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Engineer envisions ejecting rescue capsules for safer air travel

While air travel has become quite common these days, concerns over safety still prevent many of us from availing this cheap and convenient means of transport. With the aim of making civil aviation safer, Ukraine-based engineeer Vladimir Tatarenko has come up with an innovative concept, involving a specially-designed rescue container that could potentially help passengers…

Boeing could one day build an aircraft propulsion system, powered by lasers and nuclear explosion

A team of three researchers, working at Boeing, has submitted a patent application for a laser-powered aircraft propulsion system. Although it does seem ambitious, given our current, quite limited, knowledge of nuclear fission and fusion, the company believes that this self-powered engine could one day be used to propel airplanes, spacecraft and even missiles. (more…)