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In the XXI century, humanity is hard at work trying to adapt the airspace for private use. Major air companies and small startups alike are working on creating their own aircraft. Each year sees the introduction of ever more sophisticated working prototypes and even commercial models entering the market. Small vehicles that can carry several passengers across a relatively small distance are particularly gaining traction. Flying city taxis are a popular field of development. For example, Uber and NASA are working on a similar project together. Autonomous flying vehicles are another promising area. Facebook, Google and other big players are building their own versions.

Airbus is testing a plane with moving wings

Airbus is testing a plane with moving wings

The new aircraft will be called AlbatrossOne. As the name suggests, the engineers were inspired by albatross famous for its ability to fly long distances without flapping its wings.
Largest Ever Ampaire 337 Hybrid Plane Getting Ready for Commercial Service

Largest Ever Ampaire 337 Hybrid Plane Getting Ready for Commercial Service

Environmental problems are one of the greatest challenges of our time. To adequately address them, scientists are actively developing electric cars and hybrid aircraft. Ampaire 337 is the largest hybrid aircraft in the world, and it has recently made its first flight.
US Air Force veteran makes panoramic video on F-35 plane

US Air Force veteran makes panoramic video on F-35 plane

In his recording, the pilot talks about the structure and characteristics of the plane while filming its systems on camera. The video is panoramic, giving viewers a chance to feel like professional pilots.

Uber set to launch air taxi service next month

Uber representatives have shared the company’s plans to launch an air taxi service as soon as next month. At first, the service will only be available for New York residents. Helicopter taxis will operate on a single route.

Concept of Flying-V aircraft unveiled

Aircraft designers at the Dutch company KLM and the researchers from the Delft Technical University have recently presented a concept of the new Flying-V passenger airliner. Most of the planes have approximately the same shape, but the engineers did not want to follow the beaten path in this case.

The world’s fastest plane: what will it look like?

US-based company Hermeus has announced plans to create a new ultrasonic commercial liner. If their official announcement is to be believed, the vehicle will have a maximum Mach number of 5 (approximately 6100 km/h) which will earn it a position as the fastest plane in the world.

Flying taxis are one step closer to reality

German-based company Lilium Jet has been talking about plans to create an electric flying taxi service for a long time, with the ultimate goal of reducing traffic on the streets and harmful emissions in the air. Their prototype airplane has recently made its first flight.

BAE Systems tests unique plane

BAE Systems is a UK-based defense company launching a real revolution in the aircraft industry. One of their innovations is a plan to get rid of mechanical manoeuvring units on aircraft.  

Drones Learn to See Aircraft

Iris Automation has developed an automated course correction system for drones. It will enable safe use of UAVs at high altitudes facilitating their implementation and expanding their scope of application.

British company organizes first-ever jetpack race

British jetpack manufacturer Gravity Industries signed a contract with XBlades Entertainment to conduct the first jetpack race in history. The companies are also planning on creating a jetpack league. This initiative will benefit development of this technology and attract new investors into the industry.

P2 Xcursion amphibian plane passes all tests

Electric amphibian planes that can land on water are yet another trend in the world of technology, with many countries working on creating such vehicles. Their ability to land anywhere makes them extremely useful in emergencies.

Swiss Air Rescue Drones To Help Find Missing People

Drones can perform a variety of tasks  from tending agricultural lands to military operations. Rega is a Swiss organization dedicated to saving missing people. Its representatives have recently announced that they would be using Swiss Air Rescue UAVs for their missions.

Rhaegal Cargo Drones Ready to Take off

Drones are one of the most promising inventions of the 21st century, which can be used for a variety of purposes. Many people are waiting for the time when delivery services start using unmanned aerial vehicles, which seems to be coming soon.

Mars-bound Helicopter Passes First Tests

The mission called upon to find out whether life has ever existed on the red planet is scheduled to start out in 2020. It will be carried out by Mars 2020 rover accompanied by a small helicopter. NASA recently announced that the helicopter had passed its first tests.

Finalists for the best flying motorcycle contest named

Boeing has announced the second stage of the GoFly contest completed. The finalist startups will receive $50,000 apiece to create full-size motorcycles to compete in the contest’s finals for a $1.5-million prize.\n