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World's First Self-Flying, Four-Seat, All-Electric, VTOL Taxi

World's First Self-Flying, Four-Seat, All-Electric, VTOL Taxi

Aerospace Technology Journal
Oct 3, 2022
Solar Power Beams: A Step Towards Cleaner Energy

Solar Power Beams: A Step Towards Cleaner Energy

Beaming solar power could help Europe access more renewable energies, in an independent way. Airbus has now demonstrated how this new technological concept could work.
External Company Press Release
SE Asia's First Helicopter Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

SE Asia's First Helicopter Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Bell's next generation five seater helicopter, the Bell 505, fueled with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel took off at Seletar Airport in Singapore for a demonstration flight. This is the first ever helicopter flight fueled with SAF in Southeast Asia.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Sep 27, 2022
World's First Electric Flying Boat Concept Completes First Flight

World's First Electric Flying Boat Concept Completes First Flight

Regent has announced that its seaglider technology demonstrator completed its first successful series of flights. The Regent seaglider is the first-ever vehicle to successfully utilize three modes of maritime operation—floating, foiling and flying—marking a major step forward in maritime transportation.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Sep 26, 2022
3D Printing Drones Build and Repair Structures While Flying

3D Printing Drones Build and Repair Structures While Flying

3D printing is gaining momentum in the construction industry. Both on-site and in the factory, static and mobile robots print materials for use in construction projects, such as steel and concrete structures. This new approach to 3D printing uses drones, that use collective building methods inspired by natural builders like bees and wasps who work together to create large, intricate structures.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Sep 19, 2022
Heart Aerospace  to Establish New Electric Airplane Industry in Sweden

Heart Aerospace to Establish New Electric Airplane Industry in Sweden

Swedish electric airplane maker Heart Aerospace announced it will establish the world's first commercial electric aircraft industry at Säve airport, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Heart Aerospace will build sustainable state-of-the-art offices, production and flight test facilities which, together, will form a new campus which will go by the name the Northern Runway.
External Company Press Release
Synhelion Starts Construction of DAWN to Produce Solar Fuels

Synhelion Starts Construction of DAWN to Produce Solar Fuels

Synhelion marks the start of construction work on DAWN - the world's first industrial plant to produce synthetic fuels using solar heat. Located in Jülich, Germany, the facility will be the first to demonstrate the entire process from concentrating sunlight to producing synthetic liquid fuel on an industrial scale. SWISS will be the first airline to fly using the CO2-neutral solar kerosene produced there.
External Company Press Release
Hermeus to Build World's Fastest Aircraft

Hermeus to Build World's Fastest Aircraft

Velo3D Inc announced Hermeus has acquired an original Sapphire and a large-format Sapphire XC that is designed for high-volume production. The printers, both of which will be calibrated for Inconel 718, will be used to build parts for Hermeus' Chimera engine and Quarterhorse aircraft.
External Company Press Release
SEA Electric to Partner Australian-first Electric Aviation Refueller

SEA Electric to Partner Australian-first Electric Aviation Refueller

The first all-electric aviation refueller in Australia was put into operation this week - a SEA Electric SEA 500 EV which has been designed and engineered in Australia.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Aug 23, 2022
Ultralight eVTOL Designed To Revolutionize Farming and Agriculture

Ultralight eVTOL Designed To Revolutionize Farming and Agriculture

Test flights exceeded expectations, resulting in the successful testing of the ultralight eVTOL flight control systems with seamless takeoff, controlled hover, forward flight, pivot turn maneuvers, and a safe, smooth landing, performing optimally in a stable flight envelope.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Aug 16, 2022
AI Pilot Can Navigate Crowded Airspace

AI Pilot Can Navigate Crowded Airspace

A team of researchers have developed the first AI pilot that enables autonomous aircraft to navigate a crowded airspace. The artificial intelligence can safely avoid collisions, predict the intent of other aircraft, track aircraft and coordinate with their actions, and communicate over the radio with pilots and air traffic controllers. The researchers aim to develop the AI so the behaviors of their system will be indistinguishable from those of a human pilot.
External Company Press Release
3D Printed Metal Parts Go Hypersonic—at Zero Miles Per Hour

3D Printed Metal Parts Go Hypersonic—at Zero Miles Per Hour

"Supersonics" denotes aircraft that break the sound barrier at Mach 1 and extends to around Mach 5, which is five times the speed of sound and more than 3,500 mph at sea level. But very weird stuff starts happening as that upper speed is reached—you enter the hypersonics environment. Exploring that unusual environment turns out to be a perfect proving ground for metal 3D printing, as researchers are learning.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Aug 11, 2022
The World's First Rechargeable, Safe, Electric Fuel

The World's First Rechargeable, Safe, Electric Fuel

Researchers have created a new type of flow battery that is predicated upon a composite material that they invented, which is a nanofluid where the nanoparticles are battery-active materials, that they called nanoelectrofuel.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 29, 2022
Volkswagen Group China Unveils Passenger Drone Prototype

Volkswagen Group China Unveils Passenger Drone Prototype

Volkswagen Group China has unveiled its first electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing passenger drone prototype, as part of its strategy to explore and break new ground in fully electric and sustainable individual mobility concepts. After intensive research, conceptual work, and development, the project team has now developed its first validation model - the V.MO. This initial prototype has also been nicknamed the 'Flying Tiger' due to its distinctive black and gold livery, which was painted to commemorate its launch in the Year of the Tiger.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 25, 2022
World's First Demonstration of a Laser Controlled Drone During Flight

World's First Demonstration of a Laser Controlled Drone During Flight

The world's first successful demonstration of an airborne un-crewed platform being controlled via a laser communication system; strengthening military capability for covert, low detection probability operations in the future.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 25, 2022
All-In-One Solar Powered Tower Makes Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel

All-In-One Solar Powered Tower Makes Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel

Researchers have designed a fuel production system that uses water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to produce aviation fuel. They have implemented the system in the field, and the design could help the aviation industry become carbon neutral.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 21, 2022
Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Cooperate on Air Mobility

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Cooperate on Air Mobility

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Motor Group are to collaborate on bringing all-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cell technology to the Advanced Air Mobility market. The partnership will leverage Rolls-Royce's aviation and certification capabilities and Hyundai Motor Group's hydrogen fuel cell technologies and industrialisation capability.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 19, 2022
Ricardo Multi-Year Deal to Develop Hybrid-Electric Aerospace Tech

Ricardo Multi-Year Deal to Develop Hybrid-Electric Aerospace Tech

The multi-year deal will see the Ricardo aerospace engineering team support Pratt & Whitney Canada in the development of advanced hybrid-electric propulsion technologies for next generation aircraft. The project is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada's regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator programme. The company is targeting a 30% improvement in fuel efficient and commensurate reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared to today's most advanced turboprop engines for regional aircraft.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 19, 2022
Strain-Sensing Smart Skin Ready to Deploy

Strain-Sensing Smart Skin Ready to Deploy

A strain-sensing smart skin that uses very small structures, carbon nanotubes, to monitor and detect damage in large structures is ready for prime time. The "strain paint" first revealed in 2012 uses the fluorescent properties of nanotubes to show when a surface has been deformed by stress.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 14, 2022
Rolls-Royce Advances Hybrid-Electric Flight

Rolls-Royce Advances Hybrid-Electric Flight

Rolls-Royce announces the development of turbogenerator technology, which includes a new small engine designed for hybrid-electric applications. The system will be an on-board power source with scalable power offerings and will complement the Rolls-Royce Electrical propulsion portfolio, enabling extended range on sustainable aviation fuels and later as it comes available through hydrogen combustion.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Oct 3, 2022
Solar Power Beams: A Step Towards Cleaner Energy

Solar Power Beams: A Step Towards Cleaner Energy

Beaming solar power could help Europe access more renewable energies, in an independent way. Airbus has now demonstrated how this new technological concept could work.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Sep 27, 2022
World's First Electric Flying Boat Concept Completes First Flight

World's First Electric Flying Boat Concept Completes First Flight

Regent has announced that its seaglider technology demonstrator completed its first successful series of flights. The Regent seaglider is the first-ever vehicle to successfully utilize three modes of maritime operation—floating, foiling and flying—marking a major step forward in maritime transportation.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Sep 19, 2022
Heart Aerospace  to Establish New Electric Airplane Industry in Sweden

Heart Aerospace to Establish New Electric Airplane Industry in Sweden

Swedish electric airplane maker Heart Aerospace announced it will establish the world's first commercial electric aircraft industry at Säve airport, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Heart Aerospace will build sustainable state-of-the-art offices, production and flight test facilities which, together, will form a new campus which will go by the name the Northern Runway.
External Company Press Release
Hermeus to Build World's Fastest Aircraft

Hermeus to Build World's Fastest Aircraft

Velo3D Inc announced Hermeus has acquired an original Sapphire and a large-format Sapphire XC that is designed for high-volume production. The printers, both of which will be calibrated for Inconel 718, will be used to build parts for Hermeus' Chimera engine and Quarterhorse aircraft.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Aug 23, 2022
Ultralight eVTOL Designed To Revolutionize Farming and Agriculture

Ultralight eVTOL Designed To Revolutionize Farming and Agriculture

Test flights exceeded expectations, resulting in the successful testing of the ultralight eVTOL flight control systems with seamless takeoff, controlled hover, forward flight, pivot turn maneuvers, and a safe, smooth landing, performing optimally in a stable flight envelope.
External Company Press Release
3D Printed Metal Parts Go Hypersonic—at Zero Miles Per Hour

3D Printed Metal Parts Go Hypersonic—at Zero Miles Per Hour

"Supersonics" denotes aircraft that break the sound barrier at Mach 1 and extends to around Mach 5, which is five times the speed of sound and more than 3,500 mph at sea level. But very weird stuff starts happening as that upper speed is reached—you enter the hypersonics environment. Exploring that unusual environment turns out to be a perfect proving ground for metal 3D printing, as researchers are learning.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 29, 2022
Volkswagen Group China Unveils Passenger Drone Prototype

Volkswagen Group China Unveils Passenger Drone Prototype

Volkswagen Group China has unveiled its first electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing passenger drone prototype, as part of its strategy to explore and break new ground in fully electric and sustainable individual mobility concepts. After intensive research, conceptual work, and development, the project team has now developed its first validation model - the V.MO. This initial prototype has also been nicknamed the 'Flying Tiger' due to its distinctive black and gold livery, which was painted to commemorate its launch in the Year of the Tiger.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 25, 2022
All-In-One Solar Powered Tower Makes Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel

All-In-One Solar Powered Tower Makes Carbon-Neutral Jet Fuel

Researchers have designed a fuel production system that uses water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to produce aviation fuel. They have implemented the system in the field, and the design could help the aviation industry become carbon neutral.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 19, 2022
Ricardo Multi-Year Deal to Develop Hybrid-Electric Aerospace Tech

Ricardo Multi-Year Deal to Develop Hybrid-Electric Aerospace Tech

The multi-year deal will see the Ricardo aerospace engineering team support Pratt & Whitney Canada in the development of advanced hybrid-electric propulsion technologies for next generation aircraft. The project is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada's regional hybrid-electric flight demonstrator programme. The company is targeting a 30% improvement in fuel efficient and commensurate reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared to today's most advanced turboprop engines for regional aircraft.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 14, 2022
Rolls-Royce Advances Hybrid-Electric Flight

Rolls-Royce Advances Hybrid-Electric Flight

Rolls-Royce announces the development of turbogenerator technology, which includes a new small engine designed for hybrid-electric applications. The system will be an on-board power source with scalable power offerings and will complement the Rolls-Royce Electrical propulsion portfolio, enabling extended range on sustainable aviation fuels and later as it comes available through hydrogen combustion.
External Company Press Release
SE Asia's First Helicopter Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

SE Asia's First Helicopter Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Bell's next generation five seater helicopter, the Bell 505, fueled with Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel took off at Seletar Airport in Singapore for a demonstration flight. This is the first ever helicopter flight fueled with SAF in Southeast Asia.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Sep 26, 2022
3D Printing Drones Build and Repair Structures While Flying

3D Printing Drones Build and Repair Structures While Flying

3D printing is gaining momentum in the construction industry. Both on-site and in the factory, static and mobile robots print materials for use in construction projects, such as steel and concrete structures. This new approach to 3D printing uses drones, that use collective building methods inspired by natural builders like bees and wasps who work together to create large, intricate structures.
External Company Press Release
Synhelion Starts Construction of DAWN to Produce Solar Fuels

Synhelion Starts Construction of DAWN to Produce Solar Fuels

Synhelion marks the start of construction work on DAWN - the world's first industrial plant to produce synthetic fuels using solar heat. Located in Jülich, Germany, the facility will be the first to demonstrate the entire process from concentrating sunlight to producing synthetic liquid fuel on an industrial scale. SWISS will be the first airline to fly using the CO2-neutral solar kerosene produced there.
External Company Press Release
SEA Electric to Partner Australian-first Electric Aviation Refueller

SEA Electric to Partner Australian-first Electric Aviation Refueller

The first all-electric aviation refueller in Australia was put into operation this week - a SEA Electric SEA 500 EV which has been designed and engineered in Australia.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Aug 16, 2022
AI Pilot Can Navigate Crowded Airspace

AI Pilot Can Navigate Crowded Airspace

A team of researchers have developed the first AI pilot that enables autonomous aircraft to navigate a crowded airspace. The artificial intelligence can safely avoid collisions, predict the intent of other aircraft, track aircraft and coordinate with their actions, and communicate over the radio with pilots and air traffic controllers. The researchers aim to develop the AI so the behaviors of their system will be indistinguishable from those of a human pilot.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Aug 11, 2022
The World's First Rechargeable, Safe, Electric Fuel

The World's First Rechargeable, Safe, Electric Fuel

Researchers have created a new type of flow battery that is predicated upon a composite material that they invented, which is a nanofluid where the nanoparticles are battery-active materials, that they called nanoelectrofuel.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 25, 2022
World's First Demonstration of a Laser Controlled Drone During Flight

World's First Demonstration of a Laser Controlled Drone During Flight

The world's first successful demonstration of an airborne un-crewed platform being controlled via a laser communication system; strengthening military capability for covert, low detection probability operations in the future.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 21, 2022
Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Cooperate on Air Mobility

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Cooperate on Air Mobility

Rolls-Royce and Hyundai Motor Group are to collaborate on bringing all-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cell technology to the Advanced Air Mobility market. The partnership will leverage Rolls-Royce's aviation and certification capabilities and Hyundai Motor Group's hydrogen fuel cell technologies and industrialisation capability.
Aerospace Technology Journal
Jul 19, 2022
Strain-Sensing Smart Skin Ready to Deploy

Strain-Sensing Smart Skin Ready to Deploy

A strain-sensing smart skin that uses very small structures, carbon nanotubes, to monitor and detect damage in large structures is ready for prime time. The "strain paint" first revealed in 2012 uses the fluorescent properties of nanotubes to show when a surface has been deformed by stress.
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