travel
World’s Longest Nonstop Flight Starts Service From Singapore to New Jersey This Week

The longest flight in the world right now is from Perth, Australia to London, clocking in at roughly 17.5 hours. But that’s all going to change this week when Singapore Airlines starts flying from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey. Total flight time? Just under 19 hours. Read More >>

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Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space

EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening. Read More >>

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Giant 15-Foot-Wide RC Plane Weighs Less Than a Pound

Looking more like the tiny single-prop planes that amateur pilots fly, this massive replica of an Airbus A-320 airliner is actually a remote control plane with a wingspan of almost 16 feet. What’s more impressive is that it weighs less than a pound and flies slow enough that it can be piloted indoors. Read More >>

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According to Airbus, A Flying Car Reality Is Just Around The Corner

The flying car is just one of a group of futuristic technologies that are like science’s White Whales—along with jetpacks and a machine that can record our dreams (just me?). Plenty of startups have tested their own versions and now, one major company says that future will be here sooner than you think. Read More >>

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The Airbus Solution for Fat Flyers Might Be Bench Seating

Airline seats can be a tight squeeze for some people. But a new patent from Airbus suggests that one solution might be to make its seats a little more like park benches, to accommodate all kinds of width of human being. Read More >>

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Passenger Plane Makes Safe Landing Despite Having Huge Hole Blown in Fuselage

A passenger jet has safely made an emergency landing at Mogadishu’s international airport after an explosion pierced a large hole in its fuselage. Read More >>

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Airbus Working With Uber to Provide On-Demand Helicopter Flights

Airbus will provide helicopters to Uber in order to establish an on-demand flight service. The initiative, said to be a “pilot project”, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival later this week. Read More >>

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Airbus Crazy Patent Alert: Detachable Lorry-Style Cabins

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus’s notable patents from the last few years reads like a list of failed aerospace Kickstarters: bicycle saddles instead of real seats, VR headsets to escape the horrors of economy, or acrobatic stacked seating to cram in the punters. Is it possible to go more ambitious? Airbus’s R&D department says thinks so. Read More >>

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Berlin Spends £11 Million a Month to Maintain This Never-Opened Airport

As the EU’s self-appointed morality police, Germany publicly spanked Greece earlier this month for being so financially frivolous. Well, Germany has its own money troubles: namely, a catastrophe-riddled £3.8 billion airport that the country continues to pour money into — with no opening date in sight. Scheiße! Read More >>

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Tiny Computer File Error May Have Caused Massive Airbus A400M Crash

Investigators looking into the recent crash of an Airbus A400M military transporter are currently pinning the blame on what happened on a tiny missing configuration file, and are suggesting that something as simple as a wiped or overwritten driver could've cause three of the engines on the plane to shut down. Read More >>

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Airbus Plans Reusable Rockets for Your Late-2020s Space Holiday

Airbus could well go down the same route we've seen SpaceX take and make some nearly successful expeditions, suggesting that future versions of the EU's Ariane launcher could one day come with self-landing boosters that could be refuelled and sent back up again. Read More >>

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This Plane That Carries Planes Costs nearly £200 million

With a front end like The Leader's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of aeroplanes but her whopping 47 tonne cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. Read More >>