Supersonic Jets being resurrected for the business elite

Fastest business jet on the planet.

Spike Aerospace, a Boston based aerospace company, is working on a new aircraft that it believes will be the fastest business jet in the world. The aircraft is called the S-512 and Spike says that the jet will be capable of cruising at Mach 1.6 and will have a max speed of Mach 1.8. (Video)

 

 

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Google plans to build $82 million aircraft facility for their private jets

The proposed 29-acre expansion will include an executive terminal, hangars and ramp space large enough to accommodate large business jets and aircraft servicing facilities.

Google and British partner Signature Aviation plan to build a private airport terminal for the executive jet-set and they have received strong backing from local officials and it looks likely to get approval.

 

 

 

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The World’s Loudest Bike Horn Is More Deafening Than a 747 Taking Off

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Get out of the way!

A UK insurance company has found the perfect way for pedestrians and drivers to resent cyclists even more. It’s created the Hornster bicycle which features a triumvirate of horns on the handle bars capable of blasting out a deafening 178 decibel honk…

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Would you like to choose your flight seat mate using Facebook?

This is what KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is doing: their incoming check-in system will allow passengers to choose seat mates based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, so he or she would be someone who shares your interests.

That’s not a bad idea…

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How much radiation are you exposed to on a plane?

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Radiation is all around you on an airplange.

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, you’ve probably heard me and other people talk about the radiation exposure we experience in everyday life. All humans, throughout history, have been exposed to background radiation produced constantly by the natural environment. Then there’s added exposures from modern sources: X-rays and medical scans, living near power plants (both coal and nuclear, and the coal is actually worse), and flying in airplanes…

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Airbus Fantasy Jet of the Future is Leaner, Cleaner and Quieter

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Airbus “fantasy plane”

As soon as 2030, we might be flying in a new, more efficient aircraft with long, curled wings, a U-shaped tail, and a lightweight body — if manufacturer Airbus develops the “fantasy plane” it unveiled today at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. The concept aircraft is more fuel efficient, boasts advanced interior systems, and, best of all, it’s quieter.

 

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NASA’s Supersonic Green Machine – Futuristic Jet Designed to Minimize Sonic Boom

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The jet is designed to be far more fuel-efficient than Concorde with a greatly reduced sonic boom.

It looks like a plane designed for a superhero or an invading alien force. But this sleek, green aircraft could one day be the supersonic jet of the future.

 

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Why Can’t Planes Fly Near Volcanic Ash? A (Very) Brief Look At Engine Failure

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Ash does not blast.

Nearly a week into the volcanic ash crisis plaguing swaths of Europe, passengers and airlines alike are starting to tire of the restricted airspace. The haunting cloud drifting thousands of feet above Earth’s surface is often invisible to the naked eye both at ground level and high into the reaches of the troposphere, causing many to wonder how this material could impact a flight. Could all of these microscopic particles of ash really be that big of problem?

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Cool Jet Hotels and Houses From Around the World

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Boeing 727 House

Not everyone opts for the conventional when building structures.  People have used unusual materials such as bottles, tires, and even trash to contruct their houses.  There are even vehicles that were formerly used as means of conveyance (e.g. buses, trains, trucks) that are now fashioned into unique dwellings.  Once they are stripped of seats and equpment they present ready-made, enclosed spaces (with windows) that are easily converted into rooms. 

Recycled airplanes are being converted into homes, hotels, restaurants, etc.  Here is a collection of cool converted airplanes from around the world. (Pics)

 

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