A team of engineers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. have created what's being called the world's first 3D printed airplane. While 3D printing has been eyed to make airplane components (among other things), cranking out an entire, working craft is definitely something new — and something that could be promising in the growing world of unmanned aerial vehicles.
At the Paris Air Show, aerospace giant EADS teamed up with European tech consulting firm Altran to figure out a a concept for a hypothetical airport of 2050. It's gonna be so friendly and efficient that they're going to call it... Wait for it... Friend-lean.
What happens when an Airbus A360, the largest commercial airplane around, clips the tail of a wee commuter plane? The folks in the commuter plane get a ride they weren't anticipating.
Okay, maybe it's not quite a condom, but the concept is pretty close. NASA's awarded Cessna an extended research contract to work on a protective skin for airplanes that self-heal when punctured or torn.
This patent from Boeing reveals some of the new ways that passenger airliners could be made quieter, more efficient, and much much cooler looking.
Red Bull may not actually give you wings, but it does make a huge amount of money for the company who produces the stuff, and over the years the company's blown a bunch of it buying some pretty sweet aircraft to play around with.
Flying cars, or roadable aircraft if you prefer, are a problematic compromise because things that fly generally need wings or rotors and things that drive generally don't. The iCar laughs at traditional lifting surfaces and just uses its huge wheels instead.
No, this isn't a photoshop. This is actually a plane created by NASA, the AD-1, and it has oblique wings that are turned 60-degrees across its fuselage. Craziness!
NASA recently called on Lockheed Martin, Northrop Gurmman and Boeing to design the planes of the future, and the designs are in.
The above photo is no Photoshop. No, it's the result of a lot of planning and even more patience.