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Starling jet hybrid-electric VTOL business jet

Starling jet hybrid-electric VTOL business jet

Feb 23, 2018 United Kingdom
Developed by U.K. start-up Samad Aerospace and unveiled at this week's Singapore Airshow, the three-engine craft seats up to 10 people. It is fully electric during landing and takeoff while relying on diesel turbofan engine propulsion during high-altitude cruising.
Programming drones to fly in the face of uncertainty

Programming drones to fly in the face of uncertainty

Feb 23, 2018 United States
Companies have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door. But even putting aside the policy issues, programming drones to fly through cluttered spaces like cities is difficult. Being able to avoid obstacles while traveling at high speeds is computationally complex, especially for small drones that are limited in how much they can carry onboard for real-time processing.
Worlds largest national drone delivery network saves lives

Worlds largest national drone delivery network saves lives

Feb 22, 2018 Tanzania
Tanzania announced that it is launching the world's largest drone delivery service to provide emergency on-demand access to critical and life-saving medicines.
IDTechEx TV'Escape the earth' in this road worthy Flying Car

'Escape the earth' in this road worthy Flying Car

Feb 15, 2018
Terrafugia's mission is to create practical flying cars that enable a new dimension of personal freedom. Terrafugia (ter-ra-FOO-jee-ah) is derived from the Latin for "Escape the Earth".
IDTechEx TVEhang flying taxi trial

Ehang flying taxi trial

Feb 14, 2018 China
EHANG has unveiled footage of the latest test flights of their self-flying passenger aircraft.
Drone light show breaks Guinness World Records

Drone light show breaks Guinness World Records

Feb 12, 2018 Korea
1,218 I drones made history for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony with the Winter Olympics' first-ever drone light show that also set a Guinness World Records title for the "most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously."
Vahana's first flight a success

Vahana's first flight a success

Feb 5, 2018 United States
Airbus, A³, and the Vahana team announce their successful first flight. Alpha One, reached a height of 5 meters before descending safely. Its first flight, with a duration of 53 seconds, was fully self-piloted and the vehicle completed a second flight the following day.
Norway aims for all short-haul flights to be 100% electric by 2040

Norway aims for all short-haul flights to be 100% electric by 2040

Feb 2, 2018 Norway
Boeing Co backed startup Zunum has begun building its first electric airplane motor and is working with U.S. agencies to prepare for commercial flights to take off from small U.S. airports in 2022.
Webinar Thursday 8 February - Manned Electric Aircraft 2018-2028

Webinar Thursday 8 February - Manned Electric Aircraft 2018-2028

Feb 1, 2018 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 8 February titled Manned Electric Aircraft 2018-2028.
AirSpaceX presents flying electric taxi

AirSpaceX presents flying electric taxi

Jan 18, 2018 United States
Airspace Experience Technologies has revealed a sub-scale model of its autonomous, electric VTOL aircraft, "MOBi-ONE," designed to autonomously takeoff like a helicopter, fly like a plane, and transport passengers or cargo between urban centers, suburbs, and airports within 60 miles.
Battery electric plane takes flight in Australia

Battery electric plane takes flight in Australia

Jan 12, 2018 Australia, Slovenia
The first serially-built Pipistrel Alpha Electro took flight in Australia. The aircraft took off from Perth's Jandakot Airport and conducted two circuits around Jandakot and went on to complete another seven hours of flying over the following two days.