Check out the United Arab Emirates' plans for building a Martian city—on Earth

jueves, 28 de septiembre de 2017

To prep for the one that will actually be on Mars, naturally. The government of the United Arab Emirates recently declared intentions to build a city on Mars in the next century or so. Their first step? A prototype city on Earth. This week officials launched the Mars Science City project, which w...

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NASA is teaming up with Russia to put a new space station near the moon. Here's why.

We all like having options. At the International Aeronautics Congress in Adelaide, Australia, representatives of NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced that they had signed an agreement to work together on venturing into deep space, with the first conceptual goal being a deep space...

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Airbus to challenge SSL, Orbital ATK with new space tug business - SpaceNews.com

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Airbus is working on a 7,000nm A330-900



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Wanted novel approaches for detecting stopping small UAS (drones)

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Sikorsky's S-97 Raider Could Be A Revolutionary Light Helicopter

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2017/09/27/sikorskys-s-97-raider-is-poised-to-revolutionize-light-helicopter-performance/

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Airbus is on the hunt for flying car startups to join its accelerator programme with hardware investor Hax



The firms want to find companies that will help shape "the future of urban air mobility", including the likes of autonomous airborne vehicles, which Airbus is exploring itself, having introducing a flying car concept earlier this year. Continue reading http://www.cityam.com/272798/airbus-hunt-flying-car-startups-join-its-accelerator

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COMAC C919 Jet Completes Second Test Flight

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/09/28/business/28reuters-china-aviation-comac.html?mcubz=1



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General Atomics sets UAS record with flight in civilian airspace



General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. last month flew a 1,075-nautical mile round trip—the longest by an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Class A civilian airspace—from its new Flight Test and Training Center near Grand Forks, North Dakota. http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1757/general-atomics-sets-uas-record-with-flight-in-civilian-airspace

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ANALYSIS: Bombardier faces latest setback with trade ruling

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Ryanair Just Canceled Another 18,000 Flights. Ryanair may face legal action over flight cancellations

http://fortune.com/2017/09/27/ryanair-cancels-flights/

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USAF leaders discuss ideas to address pilot shortage



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The US Air Force (USAF) has hosted a discussion on how to address aircrew crisis, which has left the service short of more than 1,500 pilots.

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PassengerDrone launches two-seater electric manned aircraft





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September 29, 2017 – Passenger Drone, is proud to announce the launch of the world’s most advanced, state-of-the-art, autonomous manned aerial vehicle.



Slightly larger than a small car, the industry leading, Passenger Drone has the potential to change the traditional means of commuter transportation. Utilizing its easy to use touch-screen, passengers simply select their destination, sit back and relax, as the drone takes over, eliminating stressful commutes with the ability to travel up to 80 km/h.

The aircraft commenced flight testing in early May 2017 and for the last few months has performed intensive testing with different simulated payload weights, simulated engine failures and different control modes. In August 2017 first manned flights with passengers onboard took place and the results and passenger feedback is overwhelming – the Passenger Drone is very easy to fly in both manual and autonomous modes and it shows amazing stability and maneuverability.



Equipped with 16 electric engines (unlike the internal combustion engines of traditional helicopters), it’s a low noise, high speed, and economical mean of transportation which emits zero emissions. Its engine system sheds the complexity of most quad-copters providing enhanced safety, performance, greater payload and range, and less noise than anything else available on the marketplace.

The vehicle’s structure is composed of lightweight and strong carbon fiber composites, specially created for Passenger Drone. The avionics, stability systems and electrical control systems have been custom designed specially for the PassengerDrone.

Potential for change

The social and economic benefits of such a vehicle are numerous. In cities around the world, traffic congestion costs commuters millions of hours every year and billions of dollars in lost productivity. The average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes, representing almost an hour every day, and just under two weeks annually. In 2016, the total cost of congestion to all drivers in the U.S. was $300 billion (including environmental costs), and that total is expected to rise by 50 percent over the next fifteen years. In many global megacities, the situation is far worse.

Leading Innovation

Passenger Drone’s industry advantages include its VTOL capabilities, the redundancy of 16 individual motors, quadruple redundant stability system as well as state of the art custom designed avionics with leading aviation industry features. Over time, VTOLs have the potential to become the go-to form of daily transportation surpassing that of owning a car. Air travel has historically been seen as an expensive proposition, due in great part to the small volume of production seen in today’s aerospace industry. Mass production of the Passenger Drone could potentially revolutionize traditional notions of transport.



Lightweight, Safe and Reliable

Passenger Drone is run strictly on FIBRE OPTICS. With the exception of the main power cables, there is not a single wire in the entire aircraft. From the connection between the control joystick, main control CPU, engine controllers and the navigation screens, everything is communicated by LIGHT.

First in it’s class for safety, reliability, and security the drone should be practically foolproof. The 16 individual rotors are all powered separately ensuring stability, cohesion, and redundancy.

Market Segment

With the launch of PassengerDrone and few other similar projects in 2017 there is a completely new market segment forming in aviation market – the electric VTOL ( Vertical Takeoff and Landing) Manned Aerial Vehichles . We are proud to join the MAV club alongside some of the largest companies in the world (Uber, Airbus, Google, Daimler and many others) who are working in the same direction.





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Abu Dhabi to set Mars Science City, the largest space stimulation city ever built



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Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have launched the Mars Science City project.

The AED 500 million-City will cover 1.9 million square feet, making it the largest space stimulation city ever built and will provide a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars.

The project, which was unveiled at the annual meetings for the UAE government in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, encompasses laboratories for food, energy and water, as well as agricultural testing and studies about food security in the future. The science city will also boast a museum that displays humanity’s greatest space achievements, including educational areas meant to engage young citizens with space, and inspire in them a passion for exploration and discovery.

The walls of the museum will be 3D printed, using sand from the Emirati desert.

At the meetings, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said, "The UAE seeks to establish international efforts to develop technologies that benefit humankind, and that establish the foundation of a better future for more generations to come. We also want to consolidate the passion for leadership in science in the UAE, contributing to improving life on earth and to developing innovative solutions to many of our global challenges."

He continued, "The UAE is a great country with vision and understanding of the challenges we face and the rapid changes our world is experiencing. We believe in the potential of space exploration, and in collaborating with global partners and leaders in order to harness the findings of this research and movement that seeks to meet people’s needs and improve quality of life on earth."

"The new project is another step in the UAE’s leading contributions to the global science movement; we seek to set an example and motivation for others to participate, and contribute, to humanity’s march into space," he concluded.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said, "We have great confidence in our national work teams, and Emirates Mars Mission prove that our youth are trustworthy and capable of achieving national ambitions."

The Mars Science City project falls within the UAE’s objectives to lead the global scientific race to take people to Mars, and is part of the Mars 2117 Strategy, launched during the fifth World Government Summit, which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.

This project will include advanced laboratories that stimulate the red planet’s terrain and harsh environment through advanced 3D printing technology and heat and radiation insulation. It seeks to attract the best scientific minds from around the world in a collaborative contribution in the UAE to human development and the improvement of life. It also seeks to address global challenges such as food, water and energy security on earth.

The plan for the Mars Science City project include an experiential element which will involve a team living in the stimulated red planet city for one year. It is hoped the experience will form an important reference model for future innovation around sustaining life in a hostile planetary environment. A range of experiments are to be devised which will lead to innovation around self-sufficiency in energy, water and food.

The Mars Science City structure will be the most sophisticated building the world, and will incorporate a realistic simulation environment replicating the conditions on the surface of Mars.

The city will consist of several domes, with innovative construction techniques providing support for the structures. A team of Emirati scientists, engineers and designers, led by a team from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre and Dubai Municipality, will carry out the project, in cooperation with internationally renowned architects Bjarke Ingels.

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Kalashnikov takes a shot at building a hoverbike

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