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Bell V-247 Vigilant unmanned tilt-rotor

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on September 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

At the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Bell helicopter has unveiled its new V-247 Vigilant tiltrotor drone for the US Marine Corps. Like the company's V-22 Osprey, the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) can lift off and hover like a helicopter, yet has the range and speed of a fixed-wing aircraft. According to Bell, the Vigilant can carry out combat reconnaissance missions from land bases without runways or from small ships with flight decks.

Bell says that the V-247 is intended to fit...

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Saab shows new Gripen E fighter

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on May 22, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Saab has unveiled its next-generation multi-role fighter. The Gripen E prototype 39-8 "Smart Fighter" is the latest product of the Swedish/Brazilian fighter program and is aimed at markets not cleared to purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. According to Saab, the single-seater E is a major advance over previous Gripens with greater range and endurance, as well as more advanced weaponry and electronic warfare capability.

The sixth variant of the Gripen line, the first ...

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DARPA unmanned X-plane

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on March 19, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The VTOL X-Plane is the result of Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation's Phase 2 design contract for the program and is aimed at addressing both vertical and horizontal flight requiements. DARPA says that by calling on over half a century of advanced air vehicle and aeromechanics design and testing, adaptive and reconfigurable control systems, and highly integrated designs, the VTOL X-Plane does away with conventional mechanical drive systems in favor of a modular approach.

What this mean...

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Ehang 184 drone

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on January 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Ehang CEO Huazhi Hu began designing the one-seater electric drone a couple of years ago, after two of his pilot friends were killed in plane crashes. He decided that people needed a form of short-to-medium-distance personal air transport that didn't require them to have a pilot's license, and that took much of the danger out of low-altitude flight.

 

The idea behind the Chinese-built 184 is that users will simply get in, power it up, select their destination using a 12-inch t...

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Jetpacks against fire in Dubai

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on November 14, 2015 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Fires in high-rise buildings can be very problematic. It can be difficult to move around the building, to quickly get equipment to where it needs to be and even to communicate with people inside. Dubai, a place with lots of towering constructions, plans to tackle this by giving Jetpacks to its firefighters.

The country's Directorate of Civil Defence has signed a memorandum of understanding with Martin Aircraft Company for the planned initial delivery of up to 20 Jetpacks and two trainin...

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Selling exhibition at "Tbilisi Mall" 18 October, 2015

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on October 19, 2015 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"თბილისი მოლში" 18 ოქტომბერს გამართული გამოფენა–გაყიდვის დროს "საქართველოს გამომგო&...

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World's largest optical telescope

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on June 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The construction of the largest optical telescope ever built has moved one step closer today, with US$500 million in funding now committed from 11 international partners. Set to be the world's biggest and most powerful, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is constructed from seven huge mirrors that will span a total of 25.4-meters (82 ft), bringing in six times more light than any other large telescope. It is also claimed that the instrument will be able to resolve images up to ten times more ...

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SkyOrbiter internet drones test flight

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on April 28, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A Portuguese company that wants to use drones to provide internet access to offline areas of the world has completed its first test flight. Quarkson plans to use solar-powered SkyOrbiter drones that will stay airborne for weeks, months or even years at a time and will fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 m (72,000 ft).

 

Quarkson says it is ready to begin mass producing its internet-beaming SkyOrbiter dronesThe SkyOrbiter drones are designed to be fully autonomousThe SkyOrbiter L...

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Australian Spaceport

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on April 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Plans are afoot to establish a spaceport in Australia. The town of Rockhampton in Queensland is one of three locations currently being considered as a potential site for the base, which would focus primarily on space tourism.

 

Speaking to Gizmag, John Moody of Spaceport Australia said that the facility would cater for both government and private enterprise using air launch vehicles for space burials and other space tourism activities, and eventually establishing an offsite l...

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Facebook drones

Posted by Omar Bilonashvili on March 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

  Mark Zuckerberg's plans to use unmanned drones to provide internet connections appear one step closer to reality. The Facebook CEO today revealed that his Internet.org initiative has put the aircraft to the test for the first time, describing the operation as a success.

 

Zuckerberg first unveiled his vision for flying wireless internet access points in March last year. The aim of Internet.org is to use solar-powered, internet-beaming aircraft flying over remote commun...

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