A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

A 'Multicultural Toilet' and Other Innovations to Fix Flying

Collins Aerospace's M-Flex Duet is a self-service snack bar that can fold out of the way for landing and takeoff. Rockwell Collins Industry supplier Collins Aerospace wants to reclaim the eight feet or more of open space in front of the emergency exit doors on widebody, twin-aisle jets.

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

The Excruciating, Impossible Science of Airport Delays

Because of the federal government shutdown, the airport didn’t have enough Transportation Security Administration agents and air traffic controllers; things slowed to a ground stop . “They insert buffer time in their schedules and ground operations,” says Bo Zou, a transportation engineer at the University of Illinois.

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Boeing’s Flying Taxi Prototype Takes to the Air (Briefly)

Replace the wheels with heavy-duty helicopter skids, add four buzzing dronelike electric fans to each one, and you’ll have something like Boeing’s prototype flying taxi.

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Tesla's Cost-Cutting Layoffs and More This Week in Car News

Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week Flight Reminder of the Week This week marked 10 years since pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out both of the plane’s engines.

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight

10 Years Later, Retrace the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Flight The Airbus jet was just 2,800 feet up and nowhere near its cruising speed when the engines failed, giving pilots Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles just a few minutes to find a safe path to the ground.

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

Snow Can't Stop the Edward Scissorhands of Flying Cars

On the Ava's planned cross-country flight, the Beta team will follow along in their mobile charging vehicle, a converted tour bus outfitted with generators, solar panels, and an expanding landing pad on the roof.

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

This Year SpaceX Made Us All Believe in Reusable Rockets

To that end, the company has shown that it was able reuse the same booster three times; it also opened a new landing site, which should help reduce post-launch processing times.Another long-standing goal was to debut its heavy-lift rocket, the Falcon Heavy.

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The two aircraft don’t share any hardware, but they both use swiveling rotors to switch between flying vertically (to take off and land like a helicopter) and horizontally (to cruise like a plane).That connection has concentrated extra attention on the aircraft’s testing phase, and Bell and partner Lockheed Martin, which is in charge of the avionics and weapons systems, have done just about everything they can to smooth out its adolescence.“The whole idea from the beginning has been to find simple solutions for complex designs,” says Jeff Josselyn, manager of V-280 flight maintenance at Bell’s Arlington, Texas, headquarters.

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

Pan Am Flight 103: Robert Mueller’s 30-Year Search for Justice

And the light of hope for better days to come.” He talked of Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and of inspiration drawn from Lockerbie’s town crest, with its simple motto, “Forward.” He spoke of what was then a two-decade-long quest for justice, of how on windswept Scottish mores and frigid lochs a generation of FBI agents, investigators, and prosecutors had redoubled their dedication to fighting terrorism.

Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear

Watch Blue Origin Launch a Rocket Stuffed With NASA Gear

The vehicle will carry a bevy of NASA-sponsored payloads into suborbital space, where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to Earth.Founded by Jeff Bezos and backed by his personal wealth, Blue Origin is developing reusable rockets with the goal of lowering the cost of access to space.

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

The SpaceX 'Clown Car' Launch Actually Worked—Here's How

“I am still very concerned.” He later cited another launch of 31 objects, of which only 18 had been identified three and a half days in.“We put our plan in front of all the regulators and in front of the Combined Space Operations Center,” Blake says, referring to the relevant part of the Air Force.

Airport WiFi Is Safe, Plus Travel Scoops You May Have Missed

Airport WiFi Is Safe, Plus Travel Scoops You May Have Missed

So please be gentle with me as I introduce the theme of this car roundup, which is holiday plane travel.For this greatest of travel weeks, we're reviewing all the juicy, fun here-to-there stories we wrote in the last year or so, about building the most audacious flying machine ever, about staying healthy on your next flight, and about surprisingly safe airport Wi-Fi. We’ve got some important plane travel gear.

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

You can also use the cash to invest in wind farms, or contribute to international aid projects with environmental benefits, like distributing clean-burning cooking stoves in India.Good marketers of offsets will disclose what they’re funding, and how they calculate the emissions saved.

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

How to Land a ‘Completely Uncontrollable’ Passenger Jet

By this point, they were accompanied by a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambled by the Portuguese air force, which led the Embraer south toward the airport in Beja.Even when your navigation systems are working, that kind of guidance is helpful because it gives you one less thing to worry about.

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

A New Robotic Fly Dips and Dives Like the Real Thing

In this sense it’s autonomous to a degree, though the researchers remotely pilot it around.To fly forward, DelFly’s motors tilt the two pairs of wings forward, like a helicopter. Taken together, these wing controls produce a range of maneuvers to rival that of the fruit fly.Animation by TU Delft

NZ snowline shrinks

NZ snowline shrinks

NIWA’s End of Summer Snowline team (Dr Andrew Lorrey, Andrew Willsman, Dr Trevor Chinn) and colleagues from Victoria University Wellington (Professor Andrew Mackintosh, Dr Brian Anderson, Dr Huw Horgan and PhD candidate Lauren Vargo) survey the snow and ice coverage from the air using fixed-wing aircraft.