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Articles tagged with: aircraft

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.

London To NY In Two Hours

A jet that can fly from London to New York in two hours could rob Concorde of its title as the fastest-ever passenger plane.Plans have been unveiled for the Hypermach SonicStar, a business jet which will be capable of a top speed of 2,664mph twice as fast as Concorde.It will fly at 62,000ft, allowing passengers to see the curvature of the earth

Virgin Airlines Drops $1.4B On Fuel-Efficient Engines

Modern day aircrafts currently run on fossil fuels that both pollute the environment, and are a limited natural resource (AKA, it cannot be recreated or made). Thankfully, Virgin Airlines is stepping up to the plate by spending $1.4 billion on ultra fuel-efficient engines.

Rather than adopting biofuel technology, which is still at an infant age, Virgin Airlines is instead investing in ultra fuel-efficient aircraft. The engines are designed by CFM International and are touted to save $1.6 million in fuel costs each year, per plane.

Airbus Demonstrates Concept Plane For Year 2050

Airbus has an awesome new concept plane that it hopes will be in wide-scale production and use by the year of 2050. While we can’t estimate ticket prices, we can give you a few clues on what we may see in the upcoming decades.

Following the form-factor of a bird’s flight, the new airplane will have a skeletal formation with many transparent windows (likely tinted) that will allow the plane to be much lighter, thus requiring much less fuel.

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…