FlyNow eCopter takes a smaller, simpler approach to “air taxi” travel

There are now a number of companies working on eVTOL "air taxis," most of which look a bit like larger versions of consumer quadcopter drones. The eCopter is different, however, in a way that could make it more likely to see real-world use.

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LuftCar signs deal to develop detachable flying vans in the Philippines

Florida's LuftCar has designed a real burger with the lot: a hydrogen-powered jeepney van that backs into a special detachable airframe to turn into a high-speed, long-range, cruise-capable vectored-thrust eVTOL, perfect for island hopping.

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eHang’s eVTOL air taxi will cost buyers less than $350,000 (in China)

While some other urban air mobility startups are still just producing renderings, eHang's EH 216 eVTOL has already been leared for commercial air taxi work in China. The company has now gone a step further, by announcing the retail price.

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Paddle wheel ground effect vehicle accelerates as it skims the surface

Things can get ugly and inefficient when a ground effect vehicle accidentally skims the water, adding significant drag that can drastically slow it down, wrench it sideways or just cost energy. One inventor is solving this problem with paddle wheels.

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Kawasaki’s supercharged 1,000cc Ninja-copter drone lifts 440 pounds

Armed with a 300-horsepower, supercharged engine from Kawasaki's fearsome H2R hyperbike, the K-Racer X1 unmanned helicopter is an absolute beast of a cargo drone, the size of a small car. Watch it lifting a national-record weight in this new video.

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Cryo-compressed hydrogen: A 40% aircraft range boost over liquid H2

ZeroAvia is working with San Francisco startup Verne to bring an even more energy-dense form of hydrogen to the clean aviation space. Cryo-compressed H2 could reduce costs, speed up fueling, and unlock 40% more flight range than cryogenic liquid H2.

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X-59 supersonic X-plane gets rolled out by NASA and Lockheed Martin

With the usual ballyhoo, NASA and Lockheed Martin have rolled out the X-59 supersonic aircraft today. In a ceremony at the famous Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, the experimental plane was introduced to the public before a party of dignitaries.

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DARPA okays construction of X-65 plane with air jet flight controls

DARPA has awarded a contract to Aurora Flight Sciences to build a full-scale aircraft called the X-65. It will test a new technology that replaces moving control surfaces with Active Flow Control (AFC) actuators that use jets of air for control.

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Autonomous air-to-air refueling system will radically boost endurance

Airbus innovation division UpNext is testing its next-gen autonomous systems for air-to-air in-flight refueling, which could be a revolutionary leap forward for a variety of military and civil aircraft, safely extending range and endurance.

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Gravity tests head-tracking, shoulder-mounted firearms on its jet suit

In a video posted to TikTok, Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning has shown off what appears to be live-fire aerial testing of a shoulder-mounted, head-tracking weapons system for the Iron Man-style jet suit he's been flying since 2017.

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