There have been several stories in the news this week about airplanes and spacecraft. I'm an Air Force veteran myself, and I've been an Aviation Week subscriber for over 20 years, but you don't have to be in the industry to keep up with the latest in aerospace technology. Even CNET covers this kind of thing today, and some of the stories I've seen this week have gotten me thinking about buying a private jet.
The Hubble Space Telescope is only 17 years old, but already, it has turned in a series of great discoveries and images.
On its birthday, Hubble's handlers have released 48 images of the Carina Nebula as new stars are being born. Carina is estimated to be 7,500 light years away. These images include data from a fixed earth telescope in Chile, and that allows them to be displayed in full color.
In the Carina Nebula, the images show outflowing winds and ultraviolet radiation from at least a dozen brilliant stars. Meanwhile, physical forces are acting on the space … Read more
Three aircraft in the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) pipeline promise to change some assumptions we have about air travel--the assumption that there's a pilot in the cockpit, for instance.
In the works is an unmanned cargo plane with a 30-ton payload capacity. IAI could have gone for an unmanned passenger jet--the technology does exists--but "the world is not yet ready to be flown without a pilot at the stick," Shlomo Tsach, IAI director of flight sciences, told the Jerusalem Post. "A psychological obstacle needs to be overcome before people are willing to fly in unmanned planes.&… Read more