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Solar Flair

In Greek mythology, flying too high cost Icarus his life when the sun melted his waxen wings. Today, solar energy factors in another epic flight – an trans-Atlantic attempt by the world’s first solar-powered airplane. And the Internet can put any arm-chair pilot in the cockpit.

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Fasten Your Seat Belts


New spacecraft will soon be fulfilling tourists’ astronautical dreams.

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Airbus Presents a Futuristic Vision of
Air Travel

Have you ever wondered what air travel might look like in the year 2050? Aircraft manufacturers at Airbus have, and to them the future looks exceedingly bright (and comfortable).

Their new Concept Cabin, a futuristic design created for the 49th biennial Paris Air Show, features a transparent roof that can adjust its opacity, giving passengers a panoramic view of the skies. The streamlined web that supports this canopy will be made of a lightweight titanium modeled after bird bones. Airbus engineers even predict that much of the cabin will be able to be 3D printed.

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Human-Powered Helicopter Takes Off

Judy Wexler, 24, is the first woman to pilot a human-powered helicopter

More than 30 years ago, the American Helicopter Society International challenged engineers to create a human-powered helicopter that could reach an altitude of at least three meters and hover for at least 60 seconds. Sikorsky Aircraft promised $20,000 to the winner. Now, they’ve upped the award to $250,000.

In pursuit of the elusive prize, a helicopter designed by a team of students from the University of Maryland has become the third human-powered helicopter to successfully leave the ground, and the first to be piloted by a woman.

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Airbus to Make an Invisible Plane

Wonder Woman has been jetting around in an invisible plane since 1942. Now, sometime this century, the rest of us non-superheros might be able to do so, as well.

Not for those with easily-induced vertigo, a future Airbus passenger plane would have the ability to turn its fuselage (the main body of the airplane) completely transparent. Next time your captain turns on the fasten seatbelt light, he or she might next announce that the cabin is about to…disappear from sight!

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