Boeing 787 Dreamliner took a 4,000-mile flight for 17 hours to trace an outline of itself in the skies above the US.
The flight started from Boeing’s Seattle headquarters in Washington at 11 pm last Tuesday. Aviation fans were able to track its unusual route avidly while cruising continually at 41,000 feet when the flight track began to take shape using flightradar24. The outline hit 17 states and spans from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the tip of Texas.
In a staggering stunt that has provoked admiration and amusement, the aircraft managed to draw a perfect outline of a massive Dreamliner in the skies over America. More »

‘Space planes’ will soon be used for commercial hypersonic travel.
Private companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are some of the private companies that in recent years have been developing space vehicles designed to launch multiple times.
The way commercial and military entities view orbital missions has been transformed due to the recent development of propulsion and spacecraft design that includes lower-cost, reusable boosters and capsules. The companies develop innovative engine designs, 3-D printing and use the same booster repeatedly. They aim to transform commercial aircrafts into so-called hypersonic space planes that are capable of carrying passengers. The new aircrafts are powered by engines that burn hydrogen fuel with oxygen from the atmosphere but without the moving parts essential of the common rockets. In addition, the planes would travel at least five times the speed of sound, which is about 3,500 miles an hour; in comparison, conventional jetliners typically fly at 500 mph. More »

Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on roads next year.
Seeing a car with no human backup is moving closer to reality after two companies announced a partnership to test fully-autonomous cars on public roads in 2018.
Two companies, Delphi, a U.K.-based company with U.S. headquarters in Metro Detroit which is an automotive electronics and parts maker, and Transdev, a French transport company, are planning to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France.

 

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Spilled nails left dozens of vehicles stranded on a 15-mile stretch of 91 Freeway, Corona.

Several motorists headed east on the 91 eastbound freeway in Corona were stranded at the border of Orange and Riverside counties after running over spilled nails and screws, according to the California Highway Patrol logs. The incident happened at 11 a.m. Thursday between the Weir Canyon Road and McKinley Street exits and left approximately 40 vehicles stranded with flat tires over a fifteen-mile stretch. According to reports, a construction vehicle possibly had accidentally spilled the nails on the road. The vehicle that spilled the nails on the 15-mile stretch of 91 Freeway has not been discovered yet, the California Highway Patrol said. More »

Wildfires that spread across more than 600 acres in central Florida‘s Polk County were being investigated as suspicious, officials said. The Indian Lake Estates subdivision encompasses 800 homes and 8,000 lots. All of them were put under a mandatory evacuation due to the large wildfire The authorities suspect the fire may have been purposefully set, said a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The mandatory evacuation of the Indian Lake Estates community was lifted Saturday at 4 p.m.
The fire that burned at least 600 acres on Friday and destroyed one business, was 60 percent contained Saturday afternoon. Extremely dry conditions fueled the fire. More »

SpaceX is planning to launch two private investors on a one-week mission around the moon, said Elon Musk during a telephone news conference on Monday.

In order to complete the mission, the company will use its new Dragon 2 space capsule and Falcon Heavy rockets. The trip would cost more than $300 million.

The SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, said that they are planning to send two travelers around the moon and back to Earth before the end of next year. The two tourists would spend about a week inside one of SpaceX’s new Dragon 2 capsules, launched on the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket. More »

800px-hyperloop-300x193-300x193Ultra-fast hyperloop train will travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes.
The futuristic Dubai has agreed a deal with Los Angeles-based startup Hyperloop One to study the potential for building a near-supersonic transport line linking it to Emirati capital Abu Dhabi. The announcement of the deal was made at the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. More »

a_storm_at_pors-loubousAirports and cruise ports shut down, trains are suspended and theme parks are closed as Hurricane Matthew began hitting Florida Thursday afternoon. Matthew is the most powerful storm to hit the state in the past decade.
A number of airports shut down in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Sanford International Airport closed at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 6. Officials said in a release that “due to current predictions” the airport would be forced to close and passengers should not go there until commercial flight activity resume. The announcement doesn’t give further information about when the airport is planning to reopen. More »

2006_Mazda_MX-5Mazda has been taking the Millionth Miata on a world tour.
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that production of the Mazda MX-5 Miata reached the milestone of one million Miatas made on April 22. It took them over 27 years to achieve that number with all of the units put together at their Ujina plant in Hiroshima where MX-5 mass-production started in April 1989.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a symbol of the company’s car-making philosophy of continuous pursuit of pleasure from driving. More »

800px-Aston-Martin_DB6_Vantage_in_Morges_-_Bonnet_logoAston Martin has finally unveiled its AM-RB 001 hypercar.

Aston Martin is teaming up with Red Bull Racing Formula One to buld a revolutionary model that may become the world’s fastest car.

The project has been headed up by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s chief technical officer and dominant F1 technical director of the past decade, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin EVP and chief creative officer, and David King, More »