If an airship is going to crash, it should do so in a test flight. The large, lumbering lighter-than-air craft are forever burned into the public's mind as a beautiful failure of a previous age, when in 1937 the German airship Hindenburg fell to a fiery death in the fields of New Jersey. That explosion shaped the perception of airships for a century, from everything to jokes in Archer and the iconic setpiece in NBC's upcoming time travel show Timeless, set to debut this fall.
Two years ago the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offered $15,000 to anybody – literally anybody – who could come up with an idea to speed up airport security. It awarded the prize to somebodies for something. Who knows. They wouldn't say who won or for which idea, but since we're here two years later with longer wait times than ever, it's fair to say it hasn't lived up to the groundbreaking ideals of that call to action.
With their latest, low-cost unmanned flying machine, Yuneec isn't really selling a drone. No, the core product behind the brand new Breeze quadcopter is, at its heart, selfies. Effortless, aerial, unique and sometimes video-recorded selfies. The drone is merely the tool with which to get them.
Air is a drag. The very fluid that makes flight possible also pulls against airplanes, creating friction and resistance as they fly through the sky. With a buzz and a light blue electric glow, researchers are experimenting with plasma as a tool to manipulate air around airplane wings, reducing drag and saving on cost. Plus, the airplane wings would glow electric blue, which honestly feel like reason enough
It's put away now, Jim Harris says. Not much more to do. He visited the instrument storage at Kennedy Space Center, to make sure everything was in order. When you ask a flight systems design engineer at Lockheed Martin about his involvement in a device that could make history, expect the response to be disarmingly modest.
The human brain is a fuel hog, and that, it turns out, is key to how our intelligence evolved. It has long been believed that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to increasing brain size, but a team of researchers from South Africa and Australia have overturned that assumption.