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Geocopter Presents First Unmanned Helicopter

The GC-201 from Geocopter allows the US military to use unmanned helicopters for stealth missions. Designed and built like a normal helicopter, the GC-201 features a twin gas turbine engine propulsion system, lightweight carbon fiber fuselage and full automatic takeoff, mission, and landing capabilities.

It can cruise at 46MPH and can fly as high as 6,500 feet. The GC-201 carries a 66 pound sensor payload that brings its original weight to nearly 200 pounds. With the sensor payload attached, the helicopter can remain in flight only for about three hours, perfect for short missions.

New Airport Security Checkpoint Of The Future

The International Air Transport Association came forth with a mock up of a future security checkpoint system. Rather than removing your belts and shoes, and have TSA officials give you the royal treatment, passengers will simply walk through the machine and will receive a full body scan as they walk through the hall-like sensor.

Passengers will be sorted according to risk, and those who fly frequently will be automatically deemed less risky. No clue on whether racial profiling will play into who gets chosen for the high-risk passengers (those who pose a threat), but supposedly the system takes in a wide variety of factors when deciding.

HP Announces Ultra-Thin LCD + Low Cost Data Plans

Hewlett-Packard is releasing an ultra-thin display. If you thought Apple was the leader in this market, think again! The 21.5″ Elite L2201x has a power supply that is located outside the device, allowing for the screen to be as thin as 0.4 inches thick. The display offers a beautiful metal finish to its stand with glossy black borders around the screen itself. It only has one port which is a DisplayPort but we are hoping this will be enough for the majority of users.

Samsung Delivers Prize Winning SSD For MacBook Air

Samsung is a leading competitor against Apple, and has recently unleashed it’s Series 9 notebook to compete directly with the Macbook Air. Interestingly enough, Samsung has also supplied Apple with the company’s latest Solid-State Drive, giving the MacBook Air a solid speed boost over the original Toshiba SSD that was used for the ultra slim laptop. The new SSD by Samsung is called “blade”. According to Anandtech, the new Blade has read/write speeds of 260MB/210MB per second versus Toshiba’s read/write speeds of 210MB/185MB per second.

Enjoy All Your Tech, Web, And Video From The Air

Virgin Atlantic and Panasonic Avionics have teamed up to deliver Internet access to in-flight passengers. The deal will cost over $70 million and will combine Panasonic’s eX2 in-flight entertainment and eXPhone products into Virgin Atlantic’s A330 planes. While this is specifically for the A330 plane, other aircraft will be added in time. The deal allows passengers to place calls, send and receive text messages as well as access e-mail via their own smartphones and mobile devices.

Panasonic Avionics will use GSM phone partner AeroMobile to provide the network. The eX3 system brought by Panasonic will also allow passengers to rate the onboard films, and read comments and reviews. To make flying a little easier, passengers will be given the option to search over 300 hours of movies, music, and TV shows and save a playlist…