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Submission + - Tinkerer Invents iPhone Interface for Ham Radios (

jjp9999 writes: By using the same technology found in older modems, Thomas Tumino, vice president of the Hall of Science Amateur Radio Club, has invented an iPhone interface for ham radios. He told The Epoch Times, 'Today there are iPhone apps where you can use the systems in the phone—and its sound card, which is being used as a modem ... And then you connect that into your radio with an interface like this, that just isolates the telephone from the radio, and then you can do all sorts of things.'

Submission + - Big Buzz for EAA $60,000 Electric Flight Prize. (

gilgsn writes: Electric Light Sport Aircrafts are sprouting up all over. Now that the Experimental Aircraft Association is offering a 60,000 prize for the best ones, manufacturers are gearing up for the last week of July competition, which will take place at AirVenture 2011 in Oshkosh, "The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration." Airplanes will be tested for endurance, speed and time-to-climb. Pilots, charge up your batteries..

Submission + - Space Shuttle Discovery Returns Home (

gilgsn writes: "Space shuttle Discovery and its six-astronaut crew ended a 13-day journey of more than five million miles and concluded the spacecraft's illustrious 27-year career with an 11:57 a.m. EST landing Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida."

Submission + - Charles H. Kaman, Amazing Inventor Passed Away. (

gilgsn writes: Charles H. Kaman designed the Ovation Guitar, but is mostly known for his advances in helicopter design and rotor concepts. He quit Sikorsky to start Kaman Helicopters in 1945 with $2000, and turned it into a billion dollar company. Charles Kaman also founded the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which has enabled thousands of the visually impaired to live more independent and productive lives. A great entrepreneur and humanitarian, he died in Bloomfield, CT. at the age of 91.

Submission + - New Helmet Lets Typhoon Pilots Look Through Plane

gilgsn writes: It looks like something out of Star Wars; it performs like something out of Star Wars, and for the fast-jet fighter pilots of the future; it could just make the difference between life and death. Welcome to the Eurofighter Typhoon’s latest weapon, not something slung under the wing, but a system with ‘brains’ that sits on the pilot’s head. The ‘Helmet Mounted Symbology System’ designed by BAE Systems, is a highly sophisticated helmet and support system that lets the pilot ‘see’ through the body of the aircraft, giving him a vital advantage when it comes to split-second decision-making.

Submission + - Waiex Electric Airplane Achieves First Flight.

gilgsn writes: The Sonex Aircraft, LLC E-Flight Initiative proof-of-concept electric-powered Waiex aircraft achieved its first flight on December 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. This short flight punctuates four years of development by the E-Flight design team in engineering, building and testing one of the most advanced electric flight packages ever conceived.

Submission + - NASA-German SOFIA Observatory's First Flights.

gilgsn writes: NASA‘s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, completed the first of three science flights on Wednesday morning to demonstrate the aircraft’s potential to make discoveries about the infrared universe. The airborne observatory will allow researchers to better understand a wide range of astronomical phenomena including how stars and planets are born, how organic substances form in interstellar space, and how supermassive black holes feed and grow.

Comment Re:Finally, we're moving into the future (Score 1) 135

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Submission + - Orion Spacecraft on the Path to Future Flight.

gilgsn writes: Preparations for Orion’s first mission in 2013 are well under way as a Lockheed Martin-led crew begins lean assembly pathfinding operations for the spacecraft. The crew is conducting simulated manufacturing and assembly operations with a full-scale Orion mockup to verify the tools, processes and spacecraft integration procedures work as expected.

Submission + - Sikorsky beats helicopter speed record, again.

gilgsn writes: 250 knots might not seem a whole lot compared to any jet, but for a helicopter, it is truly incredible. Sikorsky today successfully achieved a speed of 250 knots true air speed in level flight with their X2 Technology demonstrator, and even pushed it to 260Kts in a shallow dive. Most commercial helicopters fly at half that speed.

Submission + - Taranis and Phantom Eye Unveiled Today.

gilgsn writes: No, these are not super heroes, though "Taranis" is the Celtic god of thunder. The hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system, a demonstrator that will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days, was unveiled by Boeing today, while BAE Systems uncovered Taranis, a UAV that will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent. The days of piloted aircraft are counted..

Submission + - Another Promising Flying Car. (

gilgsn writes: Flying cars seem to be all the rage these days, with the recent FAA approval of the Terrafugia as a Light Sport Aircraft. Past and present flying cars have looked a bit odd, resembling a cross between a VW bug and a Piper. Now, comes a new stylish model that will be offered as a kit. The Switchblade by Samson Motors looks pretty fast just standing there. Let's wait for the first flight later this year..

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