Rolls Royce EVTOL flying engine

Rolls Royce debuted its EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) concept in digital form at the Farnborough Airshow.

The system relies on 6 rotors that offer vertical and horizontal propulsion with a total of 500 kW electric power. The system includes a M250 engine, so it can be easily filled at airports.

The EVTOL can fly at speeds of 250 mph!


Data and Image courtesy: CNET – Rolls Royce EVTOL flying taxi

Free software from NASA

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Get excited! NASA published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Most of it is closely tied to NASA research and work. Here is the link to the catalog.

For example, you are building a drone or satellite from scratch. You might want to try out the app Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems File Delivery Protocol, a standard tool for getting large files to and from spacecraft.

Another app called PixelLearn lets you set rules about certain pixels and patterns, letting the program automatically find and categorize things like craters, buildings and so on.

You can prepare your drone to be steady under turbulence with Cart3D, that helps visualize fluid dynamics problems.

Read the full article here.

Russian military plane crash

A Russian defense ministry TU-154 aircraft crashed over the Black Sea. There were 91 people aboard the aircraft. The plane had recently gone missing when it took off from the Black Sea resort at Sochi, and the crash site was found by a team of rescuers near the coast of Sochi.

The ministry said that fragments of the TU-154 aircraft were found 1.5 kilometers from the Black Sea coast of Sochi at a depth of 50 to 70 meters.

The Russian news agency (RIA) commented that preliminary data indicated that the aircraft crashed due to technical malfunction.

The 91 people onboard included Russian servicemen and artists from a music ensemble on their way to celebrate the upcoming New Years with the Russian Air Force at the Hmeimin air base in Syria. Besides them, 9 journalists were also present. Read the full article here.

We wish the people onboard Rest In Peace.

Russian Military plane crash, no deaths

A russian military plane crash landed on Monday while approaching an Arctic airport, about 30 miles from the town of Tiksi in the Sakha-Yakutia region on the Laptev Sea. The plane occupants, 39 in total, had 32 passengers and 7 crew members, were injured during the incident but no one had died. 32 were said to be hospitalized, including 16 who were in grave condition. A II-76 aircraft equipped with life-support had been sent to Tiksi to bring the injured to the main military hospitals in Moscow for treatment.

The plane had landed in the tundra and broken up, but didn’t catch fire.

The Russian defence ministry said that the plane was a II-18 turboprop, a four-engine passenger plane designed in the 1950s. They are old but some are still in service with the Russian military for transportation. Although the plane’s data recorders were recovered, the cause of the crash couldn’t be concluded. It might be the local strong winds at fault or faulty equipment in the aircraft. Read the full article here.