The NASA experimental electric airplane uses 14 electric motors to increase lift and allow cruising speeds up to 175 mph.
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NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a three year contract to develop an electric propulsion system for long distance space travel.
A developer of autonomous technology, nuTonomy Inc., has just completed a fundraising campaign and rounded up approximately $3.6 million of good ol’ seed money. The advanced software developer and MIT spinoff received investments from Signal Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, and Dr. Steven LaValle, among others. The investments will go to funding continued autonomous vehicle testing […]
Electric cars aim to solve the Earth’s increasing problems with pollution, but their service to humanity can extend well past the planet’s surface. NASA has released a video of its incredible Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV), an all-electric planet-hopping uber go-kart with four independent electric motors that give it a ton of versatility. Because it’s built […]
NASA and Nissan have agreed to a five-year research partnership that will focus on zero-emissions autonomous cars.
The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) dropped a bombshell on the auto racing world today when it announced its new NASA Prototype race series at the Performance Racing Industry trade show. The series is set to begin in the Fall of 2015. The NASA Prototype race car, designated NP01, weighs just 1550 lbs and features a […]
The latest word from NASA is that the microwave space drive developed by Chinese and British teams isn’t impossible. In fact, it works really, really well!
Built by a NASA designer, the Firefly DIY camper is a rugged, go-anywhere RV concept that’s equally at home at the KOA campground or on the surface of Mars.
See that cluster of lights by North Dakota? That’s the result of fracking. Six years ago that light cluster did not exist. The reason is over the past years natural gas extraction though the use of fracking has increased exponentially as a result of the push for alternative fuel use and technological achievements.
As most of you know, NASA landed their most advanced rover yet on Mars. However, many Americans were not aware that this was about to happen, or why they should care that we (the taxpayers) just spent $2.6 billion on a nuclear vehicle with a top speed of 5mph. That none of us will ever get to drive. What is the point of this vehicle, and why should we be glad to have spent that money?
This Wednesday, LA Space Salon will host SpaceX’s Vice President of Propulsion Development, Tom Mueller. Also coming up in the world of space exploration, is BIL, a tounge-in-cheek name for a great un-conference to the TED conference happening in Long Beach. The list of speakers just on their “Space Stage” reads like a who’s who of the space travel industry.
TGIF dear readers! I have a long, long weekend ahead of me, what with the replacing of my Jeep’s clutch and all over the weekend (it won’t be pretty…) Some of today’s highlights include NASA throwing open its tech vaults, eco-driving could save truckers 22% more fuel, and Congress moves to kill Big Oil subsidies…again.
They say flying is the safest form of transportation, but it is also a big-time contributor to global emissions. Now I’m not saying electric airplanes are going to take over the sky anytime soon, but the winner of NASA’s Green Flight Challenge did manage to fly an electric airplane 200 miles in under two miles, using the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline per passenger.
A recent discovery of antimatter in the Earth’s upper magnetic fields have scientists claiming that these tiny specks of matter might one day be used to fuel inter-planetary spacecraft. Tremendous potential energies are tapped matter and antimatter interact (or, “annihilate”) in a reaction that produces energy more efficiently than the nuclear fusion at the sun’s core.
These are exciting days for aviation. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen transatlantic crossings made – for the first time! – on clean, renewable fuels. We’ve seen new developments in powertrain technology, and we’ve seen daring pilots in featherweight electric planes push themselves to new limits and new speeds …
Hydrogen fuel is a promising technology, but the economics and infrastructure just aren’t there for cars yet. But what about spacecraft? The European Space Agency has just reviewed and pass a hydrogen-powered spaceship called the Skylon. Powered by Sabre engines, what makes the Skylon unique is that it (in theory) can take off and land […]
Gliders may seem girly, until you consider that we basically landed an entire army with parachutes and gliders during World War II’s Operation Market Garden. So a diesel-powered plane with glider-like efficiency might be just what we need. With five seats and a 200 horsepower engine, the Synergy concept will tip the scales at just […]
Unlike many of my fellow gearheads, I’ve come to realize just how much potential for performance is locked away within electric vehicles. Major manufacturers have made the mistake of assuming only the eco-conscious care about electric cars. But if the Tesla Roadster proves anything, it is that there is a market for electric performance cars. Looking […]
Air travel is often hailed as the safest form of travel, and there is something to be said for getting where you need to go in a hurry. Of course, to cruise six miles or more above the Earth going hundreds of miles per hour requires highly combustible jet fuel. Lots and lots of it. […]
The title just about says it all. Chrysler, perhaps one of the worst run auto companies in recent memory, has teamed up with NASA. Yes, that NASA. I guess there are certain perks that come with being bailed out by the US government. Like teaming up with the world’s best funded space organization to develop […]