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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Boeing unveil their stunning hypersonic space plane concept

Boeing unveil their stunning hypersonic space plane concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of transportation is fast, very fast, and companies are once again getting serious about building commercial hypersonic aircraft.   It’s a vision of the future that could someday jet people from the Los Angeles to Tokyo in just three hours or cut the...

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China tests its cutting edge hypersonic aircraft that “rides its own shockwaves”

China tests its cutting edge hypersonic aircraft that “rides its own shockwaves”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China, Russia and the US are engaged in a race to create the next generation of hypersonic weapons, and the race is accelerating.   Over the past year China has announced it’s developed the world’s first quantum radar system, that neutralises US stealth, the first...

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Google reportedly mulls investing in a hypersonic tunnelling boring company

Google reportedly mulls investing in a hypersonic tunnelling boring company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a race on to increase the speed of boring tunnels by at least ten fold, and if it can be achieved it will change the economics of energy generation and transportation.   Google announced recently, quietly, very quietly, that it’s carrying out research...

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Mysterious hypersonic SR-72 demonstrator spotted in California

Mysterious hypersonic SR-72 demonstrator spotted in California

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic platforms, from autonomous aircraft to “carrier killers” and missiles, so it’s inevitable that over the next five or so years sightings are going to increase   Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Program (ADP), better known as “Skunk Works,” might be further along in the development...

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Lockheed confirms it’s building the unmanned hypersonic SR-72 aircraft

Lockheed confirms it’s building the unmanned hypersonic SR-72 aircraft

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The next generation of aircraft, and warfare, will be hypersonic and as China and Russia make big advances in the space the US is stepping up its game.   The US has been playing around with hypersonic aircraft for decades now, the most public showing...

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Russia gets ready to test its new, ‘unbeatable’ hypersonic missile system

Russia gets ready to test its new, ‘unbeatable’ hypersonic missile system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic weapons have the ability to change the balance of global warfare and render many of today’s defensive weapons systems obsolete   The race to develop unstoppable weapons capable of defeating all of today’s military defence systems is getting much too close for comfort, and...

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New heat resistant material shatters records

New heat resistant material shatters records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we push the boundaries and create new, more powerful nuclear reactors, and faster vehicles, protecting them from thermal harm becomes increasingly important, this breakthrough could mean more powerful reactors and faster hypersonic vehicles   A team of researchers in the UK have discovered that...

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US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

US Navy successfully tests it’s latest Railgun at full power

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Railguns have taken decades to develop but the technology, that fires high impact projectiles at hypersonic speeds to vaporize its targets, is now here.   The US Navy (USN) recently revealed a video of the first commissioning tests of a railgun, a futuristic weapon that...

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New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

New heat resistant material breakthrough gives hypersonic flight a boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Materials that don’t react to heat, or cold could make structures safer and solve one of the aerospace industry’s most troublesome issues.   Researchers at the University of Southern California have been trying to make a material that doesn’t respond to heat, and it seems...

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The US and China are developing supersonic submarines

The US and China are developing supersonic submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s military powers are pushing the boundaries of speed – underwater.   Water is a thousand times more dense than air and as any of you who swim will know this difference in density creates a huge amount of drag. But for submarines the problem is...

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New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

New era of hypersonic warfare forces the Pentagon to rethink its strategy

Experts around the world agree that we could be entering an era of Cold War 2.0, and that’s bad news Foreign states such as China and Russia are developing high-speed, highly manoeuvrable weapons and drones and the Pentagon and US Pacific Command want weapons to counter them said Doug Graham, Vice President of Missile Systems and Advanced Programs for...

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DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

DARPA pushes autonomous Mach 20 drone program underground

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for hypersonic speed has never been hotter.   In August 2011 a superfast unmanned military drone, the Falcon HTV-2 (Force Application and Launch from the Continental US Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2) travelling at 20 times the speed of sound, or 13,000 miles per hour, managed to...

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