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China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

What do you look for when choosing a luxury hotel - a gym? A swimming pool? How about the ability to launch over 30 aircraft at an enemy country? If you said yes to all of the above, then China's latest

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Fully Electric E-FAN Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight in France

Fully Electric E-FAN Aircraft Completes its Maiden Flight in France

The world’s first battery-powered airplane, E-Fan, has just successfully completed its first flight in Bordeaux, France. The small experimental aircraft is powered by 120 lithium-ion polymer batteries

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Oscar Viñals’ Sky Whale is a Three-Story Gargantuan “Green” Aircraft

Oscar Viñals’ Sky Whale is a Three-Story Gargantuan “Green” Aircraft

"Sky Whale" is a concept aircraft created by Spanish designer Oscar Viñals that uses technological innovation to make air travel more efficient and ultimately, eco-friendly. A key aspect of the

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Martin Aircraft Unveils World’s First “Practical” Jetpack

Martin Aircraft Unveils World’s First “Practical” Jetpack

The jetpack is the quintessential mode of futuristic transportation - and if all goes well for New Zealand's Martin Aircraft, you might have the chance to get your hands on one soon. Looking like one of

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The MakerPlane is an Open-Source Two-Seater Aircraft That Costs Only $15,000

The MakerPlane is an Open-Source Two-Seater Aircraft That Costs Only $15,000

If you are a model plane aficionado or simply got bored on tinkering away on an old junker in the garage, the MakerPlane might be the perfect project. Able to be made for $15,000, the two-seater airplane

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Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound

Reaction Engines, a UK-based company, has been given $90.6 million by the government to produce an air-breathing engine that, if successful, would allow aircraft to go directly into space and cruise at

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Project Zero: The World’s First All-Electric Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

Project Zero: The World’s First All-Electric Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

The world’s first electric tilt-rotor aircraft has been unveiled by Anglo-Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland. The prototype—called Project Zero—features advanced tilt rotor technology that

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NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

NASA’s New X-48C Flying Wing Airplane Uses 50% Less Fuel Than Standard Aircraft

Researchers at NASA have developed a revolutionary flying wing aircraft that uses 50% less fuel than standard planes. The new manta ray-esque X-48C is based on the X-48B Blended Wing Body aircraft, which

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The Bone Yard Project Enlivens Derelict Military Aircraft with Street Art

The Bone Yard Project Enlivens Derelict Military Aircraft with Street Art

Nunca's transformation of a DC3 is among the most striking of the painted aircraft—the plane itself adopts the markings of an eagle, carrying men alongside it presenting a fantastical, romantic and yet

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Gamera II Helicopter Breaks World Altitude Record for Human-Powered Aircraft!

Gamera II Helicopter Breaks World Altitude Record for Human-Powered Aircraft!

Earlier this month we reported that a group of students from the University of Maryland broke the national record for the longest human-powered flight while simultaneously setting the world record for the

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Embry-Riddle Students Make History With “Eco Eagle” Hybrid Propulsion Aircraft

Embry-Riddle Students Make History With “Eco Eagle” Hybrid Propulsion Aircraft

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently demonstrated an aviation first by cruising the sky in a hybrid propulsion aircraft. A team of nearly 200 students spent the last year and a half

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Former Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Will Be Turned Into an Artificial Diving Reef

Former Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Will Be Turned Into an Artificial Diving Reef

Last year HMS Ark Royal, the flagship and pride of the Royal Navy, was decommissioned. The aircraft carrier was the third and final vessel of the Invincible-class to see service after it was launched into

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eGenius Plane Sets World Record for Electric Aircraft Speed

eGenius Plane Sets World Record for Electric Aircraft Speed

The eGenius, an electric glider devised by a team from the University of Stuttgart, has set a new record for electric aviation by maintaining an average speed of 100mph over two hours. The result of the

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New Study Says Aircraft Can Increase Precipitation Around Major Airports

New Study Says Aircraft Can Increase Precipitation Around Major Airports

Researchers in the United States have discovered that accidental "cloud seeding" can be caused by commercial and private jetliners around the world, increasing the precipitation around major airports.

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EADS Rethinks the Way Planes Fly With New All-Electric Aircraft Design

EADS Rethinks the Way Planes Fly With New All-Electric Aircraft Design

At the 2011 Paris Air Show the aerospace giant EADS showcased an all-electric propulsion system for a commercial airliner that could be ready to fly in just 20 years. The plane, called the VoltAir, is a

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Apple Surpasses Recycling Goals By Using Aircraft-Grade Aluminum

Apple Surpasses Recycling Goals By Using Aircraft-Grade Aluminum

By using aluminum to create the cases for its electronics, Apple has made a significant contribution to its environmental sustainability goals. Apple adopted the use of aircraft-grade aluminum back in

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All-Electric Sonex Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight

All-Electric Sonex Aircraft Completes Maiden Flight

We've seen electric aircraft advance the horizons of carbon-free aviation by leaps and bounds lately, and this month a brand new electric plane successfully conducted its maiden flight. The all-electric

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The Cri-Cri Breaks the Electric Aircraft Speed Record

The Cri-Cri Breaks the Electric Aircraft Speed Record

Remember the Cri-Cri, the world's smallest electric plane? In August, we wrote how the vehicle had made its first maiden flight near Paris, and now it has shattered the speed record for electric aircraft

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Boeing Team’s SUGAR Volt Aircraft Concept Burns 70% Less Fuel

Boeing Team’s SUGAR Volt Aircraft Concept Burns 70% Less Fuel

We recently reported on a program led by NASA that was aiming to green the future of air transportation, and now Boeing -- along with their teammates General Electric and Georgia Tech -- are following

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Cessna Engineering a 100% Electric Aircraft

Cessna Engineering a 100% Electric Aircraft

Cessna is flying into the future of aviation ahead of their competitors with plans to build and release a 100% electric aircraft. They've coupled with Bye Energy, Inc., a company that specializes in

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Airbus Unveils Fuel-Efficient Aircraft of the Future

Airbus Unveils Fuel-Efficient Aircraft of the Future

As soon as 2030, we might be flying in a new, more efficient aircraft with long, curled wings, a U-shaped tail, and a lightweight body -- if manufacturer Airbus develops the "fantasy plane" it unveiled

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New Hybrid Army Aircraft Will Fly Surveillance Missions Over Afghanistan

New Hybrid Army Aircraft Will Fly Surveillance Missions Over Afghanistan

The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle -- or LEMV for short -- may look like a silly little blimp, but it is oh, so much more than that. It's a 300 foot long hybrid aircraft that is capable of

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EADS Develops First Algae Fuel-Powered Aircraft

EADS Develops First Algae Fuel-Powered Aircraft

We've seen algae-powered cars and biofuel-powered planes, but European aerospace company EADS is the first to combine the two with an algae fuel-powered aircraft. The company's twin-engine Diamond DA 42,

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Personal Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Personal Electric Aircraft Takes Flight

Personal flying vehicles may be a bit on the esoteric end of the transportation field, but they are still fun nonetheless. Earlier this year, two single-seat lightweight aircraft made their maiden flights

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BOEING DREAMLINER: A More Sustainable Aircraft

BOEING DREAMLINER: A More Sustainable Aircraft

Air travel can be the bane of any well-meaning environmentalist. One flight can spew tons of carbon and other pollution into the air, but let's face it, there are few reasonable alternatives for

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Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace

Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace

Secret Operation 610 resembles a stealth aircraft but is completely flightless. Built within an old military airbase called Airbase Soesterberg, its monstrous design revives the dark atmosphere of

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

Previously on Inhabitat we've written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To

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NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

NASA Tests New Shape-Shifting Flaps to Make Airplanes Greener

Air travel produces roughly 5 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, edging us closer to an era of runaway climate change. As part of an ongoing effort to develop greener planes and reduce the aviation

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Horizon Mass Transit System is an All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid

Horizon Mass Transit System is an All-Electric Train-Plane Hybrid

The Horizon System is an entirely electric system of transportation conceived as a hybrid between a plane and a train. Thanks to a maglev-style mechanism, the large aircraft is able to pick up passengers

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Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

Boeing Opens Groundbreaking Cooking Oil to Aviation Biofuel Pilot Plant in China

Boeing was the first company to fly a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean, and now the company is opening a major operation in China that will be brewing the biofuel they need to run these

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