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Unmanned cloud-seeding aircraft takes flight

Unmanned cloud-seeding aircraft takes flight
For the first time in aviation history, a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft has successfully tested a cloud-seeding payload during an experimental flight in Nevada. Flown at Hawthorne Industrial Airport under the state’s FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site designation, the Drone America Savant aircraft reached an altitude of 400ft and flew for approximately 18 minutes on April 29th, 2016.
6th May 2016

Wind River Technology powers Airbus helicopters’ system

Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, is utilising Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) system, Helionix. Helionix represents the latest technological evolution from the European helicopter manufacturer offering an unrivaled pilot assistance and intuitive human machine interface. The avionics system, which includes the certified H175 and H145 civilian rotorcrafts, significantly improves helicopter management and with its IMA approach provides unprecedented levels of performance and safety.
21st April 2016

Slimmed down aircraft wings reduce fuel & emissions by 50%

Slimmed down aircraft wings reduce fuel & emissions by 50%
Every bit of weight on an aircraft increases the fuel, emissions and money required to put it in the air. NASA and Boeing have been working together to design a longer, thinner and lighter wing – so different from typical commercial transport aircraft wings that it requires a brace, or truss, to provide the wing extra support.
8th April 2016


'World's first' personal aerial vehicle

'World's first' personal aerial vehicle
The 'world's first' certified Multicopter, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, marks a step forward in urban mobility. The Volocopter is a personal aerial vehicle designed to be so easy and safe to fly that anyone can drive it. Due to its electric propulsion, it has no tailpipe emissions and is impressively quiet.
8th April 2016

World's first full sized hybrid aircraft

BOC and a long-standing player in the lighter-than-air sector as partner to many of the world's largest aerospace assemblers and manufacturers, is sponsoring the First Flight of the Airlander, the world's first full sized hybrid aircraft. The vision of UK-based manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the Airlander is one of the largest and one of the greenest aircraft in the world.
22nd March 2016

Unorthodox unmanned aircraft could push the limits of technology

Unorthodox unmanned aircraft could push the limits of technology
For decades, aircraft designers seeking to improve Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities have endured a substantial set of interrelated challenges. Dozens of attempts have been made to increase top speed without sacrificing range, efficiency or the ability to do useful work, with each effort struggling or failing in one way or another.
7th March 2016


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