Transportation

The Crown has claimed regulatory control of every means of conveyance, stifling the free travel of individuals and their property. This is an intolerable act. Superior transportation technologies already exist, but are suppressed by regulations.

VTOL electric plane with 36 engines has successful test flight and will enable air taxi service

The Lilium Jet successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward fligh

Toyota-funded flying car may light a fire before the 2020 Olympics

Toyota is backing a flying car project that developers hope could be used to kick off the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with a certain high-tech flair.

A cruising airship for VIP excursions

Designed with sightseeing in mind, the Invitation can take off with a dozen VIP passengers and their families

$13,000 DIY Electric Car Drives 340 Miles On 2/3rds Of Its Battery – Video

In order to show the potential of ITAP's hybrid recycling method, they pit a Tesla Model S P90D, Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and "The Phoenix" against each other on a highway range test.

Watch this all-electric 'flying car' take its first test flight in Germany

Lilium Jet claims its can reduce travel headaches with a network of vertical take-off and landing aircraft

Aiming for a new era in airships

It's a plane, it's a helicopter, it's a butt-shaped blimp. The Airlander 10 is like no other aircraft in the skies.

Plasma propulsion could become effective and useful for higher altitude aviation...

Berkant Göksel at the Technical University of Berlin and his team now want to fit plasma engines to planes.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Flying car to go on sale

It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car.

Lilium's Funky 'Jet' Could Make Our Dreams of Flying Cars Come True

Looking at it, you wouldn't think the Lilium Jet could fly. It looks more like a computer mouse than any aircraft you've seen, and its 36 small propellers run on electricity, not jet fuel.

Gas explorer teams up with Lockheed Martin on helium-fuelled airships

Giant helium-fuelled airships could soon be plying the skies - and a Tanzania-based gas explorer hopes to be joining them for the ride.

Here's The Entire Record-Setting Nio EP9 Nurburgring Lap – Video

Back on May 12, 2017, the pure electric Nio EP9 set a new Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record. Now there's video of the entire lap of the 'Ring.

Insane Electric Go Kart Does 0-60 In 1.5 Seconds

It's faster than any Bugatti, Demon, or even Tesla you can think of.

Death Spiral for Car Ownership? End of Fuel-Powered Cars by 2024?

I have been a leading proponent that self-driving vehicles, especially trucks, will be here sooner than most think. My estimate for long-haul trucks taking over is 2021-2022 or so. Widespread adoption of self-driving cars will be slower.

Path to 1000 people per year paying less than $1 million for orbital space tourism

The cheapest advertised price to launch people to LEO is a bit over $26 million/seat on a Falcon 9/Dragon which includes a stay at a Bigelow space station [Bigelow 2015], also in development.

How Airbus Dreamed Up the Wild Design for Its Flying Car

This time a year ago, flying cars sat firmly in the "fun to think about, ain't gonna happen" category. But in recent months, company after company has emerged with totally-not-kidding plans to deliver vehicles worthy of George Jetson. And so, t

Towards an Economically Viable roadmap to large scale space colonization

Al Globus and Joe Strout have an analysis that space settlements in low (~500 km) Earth equatorial orbits may not require any radiation shielding at all.

Elon Musk just posted a bunch of pictures of his tunnel and 'Boring' equipment

Elon Musk has begun digging under Los Angeles. The entrepreneur posted Friday several pictures of equipment meant for digging tunnels beneath Los Angeles.

China plans asteroid base for interstellar travel and mining

It's one small step for man, one giant opportunity for miners. With some of Earth's valuable resources dwindling, space mining is looming as the new frontier for world governments.

China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission

Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon.

TankTwo String Batteries

Franco Gonzales of IDTechEx interviews Bert Holtappels of TankTwo about their battery packs for electric cars at the IDTechEx Show! In Berlin. TankTwo's system is comprised of multiple individual intelligent cells made from same material as traditi

Spacex set for second booster relaunch in June

SpaceX's second re-launch of a previously used Falcon 9 rocket booster is targeted for next month, for a mission launching a Bulgarian communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center.

You Don't Have to Wait for Tesla to Get Your Electric Pickup Truck

Americans love pickup trucks. The mighty Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the US for 35 years, and last year the Dodge Ram and Chevrolet Silverado placed second and third. The basic design of this quintessential American vehicle

Naysayer Reality Check: Waymo's Self-Driving Taxi Debuts in Phoenix, for Free

Every time I do a post on self-driving vehicles, readers respond that it cannot happen and won't happen for a decade, if ever.

Is This Finally Our Flying Car?

Every living human being dreams of a flying car.

No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes On the Flying Car

CLEARLAKE, Calif. -- On a recent afternoon, an aerospace engineer working for a small Silicon Valley company called Kitty Hawk piloted a flying car above a scenic lake about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

In the Age of Trump, China Eyes Electric Car Dominance

IF YOU'RE CHARGED up for a world of electric cars, consider booking a trip to China. This week, the world's automakers gathered at the Shanghai Auto Show to reveal their latest wares, pulling the cover of one electric after another.

Toyota's Still Serious About Hydrogen--It Built a Semi to Prove It

For a while there, the hydrogen fuel cell was the darling of the transportation industry. It would provide the zero emission propulsion of a battery-powered car, the refueling time of a gas-powered car, producing nada but drinkable H20 as a byproduct

Elon Musk Announces Plans To Launch All-Electric Semi Truck In September

All electric, presumably self-driving and gargantuan in size, it could make cargo transportation safer and less detrimental to the environment.

Elon Musk: Tesla Semi Truck To Debut This September, Pick-Up Truck To Follow

The news flow from Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues to be prolific.

Virgin tests space plane's "feather" re-entry system

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity suborbital spacecraft took to the skies over the Mojave desert in an unpowered flight test of the ship's feather re-entry system.

Want Electric Airplanes?

Sorry, But You Gotta Start Small and Boring

Whose is bigger? How all the Mars-bound rockets stack up

Like everything else in the 1960s, NASA's Saturn V rocket set a mark for extreme. At 363 feet tall, with 7.5 million pounds of liftoff thrust, it lifted six moon-bound missions into space. Retired in 1973, it remains the tallest, heaviest, and most

LIFE ON THE HIGH SEAS Incredible pics reveal plans for 460ft luxury superyacht...

Visionary French designer George Lucian hopes his dream yacht will be built one day

NASA is working on a 'vacuum airship' for Mars missions (and 22 other bonkers ideas)

It sounds like something out of science fiction – a vacuum airship filled with empty space, which will soar above the thin atmosphere of Mars.

Despite Other's Initial Efforts, Tesla's Gigafactory Is Years Ahead

IN THE GLOBAL ARMS RACE FOR BATTERIES, ELON MUSK IS KING AND TESLA GIGAFACTORY IS HIS CASTLE

DIY Powerwall Builders Are Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes

In May of 2015, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla's Powerwall. The battery allows homeowners to store electricity, either from the grid or solar panels.

Ford to Create New Brand of Electric Cars in China, GM Sells $5,000 Electric Car

China accounts for forty percent of global electric cars sales. Ford wants to crack that market with Fully Electric Vehicles Sold Under a New Brand, made in China of course.

More durable and longer lasting lithium-ion batteries with nanosheet anodes

Singapore researchers have a new generalized method of producing anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The anodes are made from metal oxide nanosheets, which are ultrathin, two-dimensional materials with excellent electrochemical and mechanical

More telescope for drones and satellites with weight reduction of ten to 100 times

Lockheed revealed the first images from an experimental, ultra-thin optical instrument, showing it could be possible to shrink space telescopes to a sliver of the size of today's systems while maintaining equivalent resolution.

Development and launch of centimeter accurate enhanced GPS with...

Development and launch of centimeter accurate enhanced GPS with realtime correction

Improved ion thruster

Researchers from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China have created a new inlet design for Cylindrical shaped Hall thrusters (CHTs) that may significantly increase the thrust and allows spaceships to travel greater distances.

$30 billion Small Satellite market from 2017 to 2026

Prospects for the Small Satellite Market – A global supply and demand analysis of government and commercial satellites up to 500 kg.

Toyota Says It'll Launch Solid-State Battery EVs In 2022

We feel like we've heard this countless times already, but here we go again.

Trump Continues to Resist Pressure for Afghan Escalation

Pence, McMaster Lead Call for Escalation

MXene Combines Supercapacitor Tech With Large Format EV Batteries

Researchers in Drexel University's College of Engineering are developing a new battery electrode design that will enable recharging in minutes…or even seconds.

Metallic Hydrogen claim, criticisms and rebutal

The Metallic Hydrogen Wigner–Huntington transition is only a piece of the story, – the problem of high pressure hydrogen metallization is much more interesting than we thought just a few years ago, with intriguing intermediate phases with unexpec

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