Flying Cars Are NOT The Future Of Flight! This is...

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Since the dawn of flight we've been enthralled by the idea of flying cars, but it doesn't look like that will necessarily be the future of human flight.

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Is There A Speed Limit For Aircraft And What Happens If A Pilot Breaks It?:

"Over three million people fly around the world every day, and there can be over 13,000 aircraft in the air worldwide at any given time."

Concorde's Maiden Flight Was 40 Years Ago Today:

"This week marks the 40th anniversary of Concorde's first commercial flight. The supersonic aircraft took off from Heathrow airport on 21 January 1976, and while some may simply enjoy the nostalgia of the celebration, for those keen to see the aircraft back in service hope may be on the horizon."

New Concorde? NASA Reviving Supersonic Travel:

"Jetsetters longing for a return to supersonic travel might soon be in luck. The U.S. space agency NASA is pushing for a new passenger jet that looks set to fill the void left by Concorde."

What Is The Future Of Supersonic Flight?:

"In 2003, the Concorde, the jet that took the wealthiest of air travelers from New York to London in a mere three hours, flew its last voyage after nearly three decades of commercial flights."

Solar Panels Are Cool, But They're Not The Future Of Flight:

"Have you heard of the Solar Impulse? It's a Swiss aircraft that's powered entirely by solar energy. The ambitious goal of this project is to fly around the world using only solar power."

Electric Future: Why Electric Airplanes Are Poised To Take Off:

"Imagine sliding open the door to your hangar, unplugging the power cable snaking from your airplane to a quick-charging station on the wall and taking to the sky in a sleek four-seater powered only by the smooth, quiet, nonpolluting whir of an electric motor connected to rows of lithium battery packs nestled in the wing."

Desert Plants And Green Diesel: Meet The Jet Fuels Of The Future:

"In little over a week, Boeing has announced three new developments in its quest to produce sustainable aviation biofuel."

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views:

"You don't need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. The idea is to provide a 360-degree view using cameras mounted on the plane's exterior to capture the scenery and then project that on high-res screen on the interior cabin walls and ceiling."

What Commercial Aircraft Will Look Like In 2050:

"The aircraft industry is expecting a seven-fold increase in air traffic by 2050, and a four-fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions unless fundamental changes are made. But just how "fundamental" will those changes need to be and what will be their effect on the aircraft we use?"

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