Engineering Newswire 39: Lockheed Completes First Vertical Takeoff

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:31am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re launching jets vertically, printing paper circuits, driving LEGO trains, and building power plants at the bottom of the sea. This episode features:

  • An F-35B test aircraft from Lockheed Martin has completed the first-ever vertical takeoff as part of the most expensive weapons system purchase in United States history.
  • Scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute have developed a method for changing the nature of paper into conductive graphite.
  • Tapping into high water pressure, Norwegian researchers are working to store electricity at the bottom of the sea in an underwater pumped hydroelectric power plant.
  • Henrik Ludvigsen had a dream: To build the longest toy train tack the world has ever seen out of LEGOS.

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