Autonomous planes, hypersonic jets and flying cars, Boeing unveils its future

Autonomous planes, hypersonic jets and flying cars, Boeing unveils its future

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day aircraft will be fully autonomous, but getting there is a journey of many steps and this is one of them, and Boeing is placing its bets.   Everything it seems these days is going autonomous, from cars, trains and trucks, to giant cargo ships...

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After four year wait Cape Canaveral gets its license to launch commercial space planes

After four year wait Cape Canaveral gets its license to launch commercial space planes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past you would need a rocket to get into space, but today there are more planes taking on that role, and Cape Canaveral wants to dominate the future of commercial space flight.   As the race for space heats up, Cape Canaveral is...

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A powerful battery breakthrough from MIT could usher in electric planes

A powerful battery breakthrough from MIT could usher in electric planes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The airline industry is one of the world’s heaviest polluters and it’s getting worse as air travel increases, electric aircraft will reverse that trend.   Over the past year or so I’ve been discussing the eventual emergence of fully electric aircraft and sky taxis, such...

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Boeing will trial its first self-piloting planes in 2018

Boeing will trial its first self-piloting planes in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of transportation is autonomous, and giant passenger planes will be no different.   At this week’s Paris Airshow Boeing, who along with Rolls Royce are talking about fuel-less aircraft, announced that they are looking towards a “brave new world” where jetliners fly without...

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Amazon completes it’s first autonomous drone delivery on American soil

Amazon completes it’s first autonomous drone delivery on American soil

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Time to delivery is the new retail battlefield and Amazon is getting closer to realising its 30 minute goal   Amazon, who last December became the first company to successfully complete the UK’s first drone delivery, has been testing its Prime Air drone delivery drones for...

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Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

Drone ray gun gets FAA approval to take out drones at airports

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones are increasingly being used by criminals and terrorists to disrupt and destroy high value targets so security services around the world are now in an arms race to make sure they stay one step ahead of the threat.   A UK created “ray gun”...

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Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

Drones get new eyes in the sky with Echodynes miniature radar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more and more drones clutter the skies systems that can detect, and avoid other airborne obstacles become more crucial   Echodyne, a US based materials Radar company, want to see a day when radar equipped drones fill the skies and deliver your packages and...

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Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

Ubers flying taxis will take passengers to the heavens and back by 2021

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most urban transportation systems today are at capacity and, or, gridlocked. Using the airspace above cities is one way to alleviate those burdens.   There’s no doubt that Uber has redefined the world of business and sparked a revolution. Whether it’s because they’re masters at tapping...

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Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

Uber and Airbus team up on urban sky-taxi project

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Uber is eyeing up the next generation of transport – think Star Wars’ urban transport systems crossed with a DJI drone.   Always on the lookout for new opportunities Uber is eyeing the skies for its next big project and it’s partnering with Airbus to achieve it....

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UPS tests out drone deliveries over the Atlantic

UPS tests out drone deliveries over the Atlantic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While some companies see drones as disruptive to their business others see them as a new opportunity, UPS is in the latter camp   One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered...

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Zipline drones take to the skies to save lives

Zipline drones take to the skies to save lives

Drone company Zipline takes to the skies to deliver medical care packages San Francisco based startup, Zipline, is about to begin testing its drone delivery system intended to deliver medical supplies to remote areas of the US, and then eventually to the rest of the world this week. While it’s still pending...

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The first private moon landing gets the green light

The first private moon landing gets the green light

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more private organisations are taking on the final frontier, now Moon Express have a license to land on the Moon.   Less than half a century after Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon the FAA has granted approval...

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First FAA approved drone flight drops donuts from heaven

First FAA approved drone flight drops donuts from heaven

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only will drone deliveries cut down the length of time that consumers have to wait for their goods to be delivered, further denting the value of brick and mortar retailers, but it will usher in a new era of Donuts-on-demand.   7-Eleven, the world’s...

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