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Star Wars-style Hoverbike

Imagine zooming across the desert like Luke Skywalker on his X-34 landspeeder. Science fiction? Not to engineers at California aerospace company Aerofex, who recently took their prototype hover bike for a spectacular spin. The flying bike has two rotors instead of wheels and a mechanical steering system that responds to the pilot’s leaning movements and intuitive sense of balance.

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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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Students’ Summer: Aerospace at U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Aerospace Institute summer camp – IAI is a one-week residential program, June 11-17, 2010, for students grades 9-12 interested in aerospace engineering and aviation, held on the campus of the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign. Students learn about a variety of topics relating to aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Cost.$700. Application Deadline: April 15.

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