Between the autumn of 2012 and the spring of 2013, NASA’s Voyager One spacecraft detected the vibrations of very dense plasma as it traveled through space. The vibrations, picked up using a plasma wave instrument, can be amplified so that they’re detectable by human ears. The recordings that the Voyager craft “heard” are some of the first examples of sound in deep space.
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Not a flying car, but a roadable aircraft, the Terrafugia Transition took flight for the first time March 5, 2009.
A US Airways flight flew into a flock of geese minutes after takeoff from NYC-LaGuardia bound for Charlotte, NC. The birds took out both engines and left the plane without power at a critical moment in its flight path.
Pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger saved all 155 passengers and crew members by quickly scanning for landing options and found the only place to bring down the plane safely was in the Hudson River.
Captain Sullenberger is a U.S. Air Force Academy grad who flew F-4 fighter planes while in the Air Force. He has flown for US Airways for 29 years.
Commercial jets attempting emergency landings in water is extremely rare. 27 years ago a Air Florida flight bound for Tampa from Washington National crashed into the Potomac River killing 78 people.
The Federal Aviation Administration says there were about 65,000 bird strikes to civil aircraft in the United States from 1990 to 2005, or about one for every 10,000 flights. But since 1960, only 25 have resulted in crashes by large aircraft. 23 of these incidents occured below 400 feet.
(Key Largo, FL-December 18, 2007) SPACE ACCESS, a Miami-based company, will revolutionize the tourism industry by introducing affordable space travel made possible through its advanced enabling technologies.
Beginning Thursday, December 20, guests can sign up on the company’s website, www.spaceaccess.com, on a first-come, first-serve basis for a limited number of “SpaceGateWay™ Experiences” that will take place Jan 6-11, 2008 at Florida’s most exclusive private resort community in Key Largo, FL. (more…)
Boeing has been working on sonic & supersonic jets for sometime now. The current focus is on Sonic Cruiser, a jet that will save 20% off long-distance flights with the same fuel efficiency. That means flights from NYC to LAX in just five hours instead of six.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes is focusing its new product development efforts on a design that allows faster, higher travel. The Sonic Cruiser will travel at speeds between Mach 0.95 and Mach 0.98. Cruise altitude will be in the mid-40,000 foot (above 13,000 meters) level. Initial range of the airplane will likely be between 6,000 and 7,500 nautical miles. The new jet is in the early phases of development and may change as Boeing works with its customers to understand their requirements.
“Think Aerospace” was created to celebrate and recognize all of the incredibly exciting developments in aviation and aerospace technologies. This field combines all of human knowledge, experience & ingenuity into one area. It is a sum total of all technologies that have so far been developed – rocket science certainly, but every other science too: physics, engineering, mechanics, electronics, biology, material science, computing, optics, robotics, networking, mathematics, etc.
So much more is required than just the hard sciences. Without the most sophisticated and cutting-edge thoughts in economics, finance, sociology, political science, business management, entrepreneurship and law, aerospace would never have gotten this far. To reach the stars, it will need so much more.
Some think of it as the next frontier for human exploration. I think of it as the new, new world with untold riches and opportunities awaiting us.
Reach for the stars – inspire and be inspired!