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Engineering Newswire 48: Spaceplane Propelled by Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

Thu, 07/25/2013 - 4:48pm
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we're giving amphibious airplanes a new angle of attack, flying self-assembling super copters, building rocket engines that breathe, and planning the hyperloop to prepare ourselves for tube transportation technology. This episode features:

  • The first plane to debut from consumer sport plane manufacturer ICON Aircraft, the A5 is an amphibious sport aircraft that can take off by both land and sea. This week, ICON released details about its new Angle of Attack system, a safety feature rarely found in general aviation aircraft.
  • Researchers at ETH Zurich have managed to make vehicles not only fly in synchronization, but self-assemble into a super-copter. The researchers have called the mass of individual vehicles a Distributed Flight Array.
  • Elon Musk, the creator of Paypal, CEO of Tesla Motors, and the man behind Space-X, has done it again. Musk will publish his Hyperloop design by August 12. He also wants feedback regarding possible improvements or suggested design adjustments.
  • The British government is planning on investing $92 million on an air-breathing rocket engine for a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane, which will eventually be lighter, reusable, and able to fly from conventional runways.

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