Based upon research from the 2013 X-51A Waverider tests, a new hypersonic U.S. plane is planned for flight in 2023 at speeds five times the speed of sound! DARPA, the U.S. Defense Research Program also is continuing on its XS-1 experimental space plane program to launch satellites into space.
A grad student from the UK’s Royal College of Art, has devised a synthetic leaf that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen as real plants do on earth. The invention may spark a new hope for extended human space flight and colonization, as a bio synthetic source of oxygen can now be carried and created artificially in space! http://rt.com/usa/176860-synthetic-biological-leaf-created/
In its move into the private jet business, Honda has conducted its first maiden flight of its HondaJet near its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The $4.5 milllion five-seater business jet has already had over 100 pre-orders and is expected to go on sale next year! http://news.yahoo.com/hondas-first-jet-takes-skies-121617300.html
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA has announced the test launch of its saucer shaped Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle. The test flight at U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii will evaluate a new balloon-assisted launch technology of the future! http://www.space.com/26100-nasa-flying-saucer-mars-landing-test-launch.html
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been approved for flights by the Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. Virgin Galactic plans to have maiden flights of its Space Ship Two to the edge of space for its pre-paid space tourists by end of 2014! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27628476
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has announced the Dragon V2, the first commercial manned reusable spacecraft. Designed to land vertically back down to Earth, the 7 seater spaceship can be refueled and ready to go back into space the same day!
Researchers from the Technische Universität München and the TU Berlin in Germany have developed a technology to fly a plane with thoughts alone. Using a cap outfitted with EEG electrodes to communicate brain signals to flight controls, the Brainflight algorithms are accurate enough to pass a flying license test with a flight simulator! http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/28/mind-controlled-plane-germany-brainflight/
An Iron man type jetpack demo was performed at the Smithsonian Future Is Here Festival on Saturday. The jetpack works by mixing hydrogen peroxide and nitrogen gas with a silver catalyst to produce compressed steam thrust, allowing controlled flight for 26 seconds! http://www.livescience.com/45688-jetpack-flight-video.html