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SpaceX’s Grasshopper VTVL takes a 40 meter hop

SpaceX’s Grasshopper VTVL takes a 40 meter hop

The SpaceX Grasshopper vertical takeoff vertical landing (VTVL) testbed has successfully flown to a height of 40 meters (131 ft), hovered for a bit and subsequently landed in a picture perfect test on December 17, 2012. The Grasshopper had previously taken two hops to less than 6 m (20 ft)…

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Hexacopter and hexapod: together at last

Hexacopter and hexapod: together at last

What do you get when you cross a hexacopter with a hexapod? A hexacopterpod? Hexapodcopter? Hexahexapopter? Whatever it’s called, it’s pretty cool and it comes courtesy of a couple of some industrious lads at Mad Lab Industries. After first attempting to get a quadrocopter and hexapod to mate by throwing…

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X-47B completes first sea trials

X-47B completes first sea trials

The Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first sea trials aboard the Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman this week. The unmanned aircraft was shipped aboard the Truman on November 26 and has been subjected to a wide variety of tests to…

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Burrito Bomber UAV delivers edible payload

Burrito Bomber UAV delivers edible payload

Delivering fresh food to someone’s door is far from unusual, but delivering it by flying drone is another story entirely. A team of designers at Darwin Aerospace recently built the “Burrito Bomber,” a UAV outfitted with a release mechanism and autopilot controls, so it can take food orders and air…

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NASA says the world won’t end in December

NASA says the world won’t end in December

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’ve heard the rumor that existence as we know it will come to an end in less than three weeks. So says those who ascribe to the “Mayans predicted the end of the world” theory, which states that…

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