Rolls-Royce has signed up to provide its EJ200 jet engine for the Bloodhound supersonic car project, which hopes to drive a car past the 1,000 mph mark.
The jet engine will help get the vehicle to 350mph, then ignite a rocket motor that will move the car at supersonic speeds. The current land speed record is 763mph, and members of the team that set that record are involved in Bloodhound. (That vehicle, the Thrust SSC, used a Rolls Spey 202 engine.) Continue reading
We’ve been soaring like eagles in airplanes for a long time now, but up until this point humans haven’t been able to recreate one aspect of avian flight: designing aircraft with wings that flap. Researchers at the National Institute of Aerospace may have solved that problem using advancements in simulation and computer modeling to create unmanned aircraft with flappable wings.
Augmented reality (AR) is starting to become a thing. In place of the oft-quoted promise of AR, tech companies are actually starting to manufacture products capable of virtual interaction. The most basic kind of AR experience can be had by viewing a computer overlay of the real world through the window of your smart phone. This is the experience offered by the Google game (still in closed beta) Ingress.
Walking around and holding your phone in front of you is hardly the most ideal AR experience. Project Glass, also from Google, is a more ambitious use of AR, but it isn’t quite ready to go yet. For now, if you want to use AR for your business, Canon’s MREAL system seems to be the best bet on the market. Continue reading
There’s been plenty of controversy over the use of drones lately — even toy drones aren’t immune. That debate will likely get more heated as drone technology continues to get smaller and smarter.
The Air Force, for instance, is paying $3.5 million to Virginia Tech professor Wu-chun Fengto develop micro-air vehicles (MAVs), tiny drones that can do reconnaissance.
I’m not sure what it is about humans that makes us always want to go faster. Ever since someone jumped on a horse, a fair amount of technology has been dedicated to getting us from point A to point B in an ever-increasing hurry. The SpaceLiner, backed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), is a future-looking endeavor that aims to make global travel faster than ever.
The SpaceLiner is basically a low orbit shuttle with room for 50 passengers. According to the DLR, the shuttle could take off from the US, zip across the globe, and land in Europe a little over an hour later. Before that can happen, though, the project has its share of engineering problems to overcome. Continue reading