For the technological world’s forward-thinkers, “fast and furious” is a mantra to live by. Take it from China’s brand new railway, hightailing at 350 km per hour, and America’s first bullet train. While both have graced earthly grounds with their impeccable speed, Boeing is taking it to the skies. Valkyrie II is a groundbreaking hypersonic aircraft that can circle the globe in just 1 – 3 hours, aimed for launch in 10 – 20 years.
“This particular concept is for a military application that would be targeted for an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, and strike capabilities.” … said Kevin Bowcutt, Senior Technical Fellow of hypersonics.
The strike jet uses shockwaves to increase lift and run quicker than pretty much any moving object on the planet. To put things into perspective, Valkyrie II is 2.5 times the speed of an actual bullet.
“It’s more than twice as fast as the Concorde. So basically you can get anywhere in the world in one hour across the Atlantic, two hours across the Pacific – pretty much anywhere between two points in one-to-three hours.”
Sure, the airliner won’t launch commercially, but there’s no harm in hoping it will. I wouldn’t mind jetting off to Guam for a weekend.
We all know the power of 3D printing. If it can produce replacement limbs for animals and even mimic brain tissue, what can’t it do? The answer is simple but equally as frustrating. 3D printing doesn’t come cheap, nor is it very fast. But this metal 3D printer, which is 100 times quicker and costs 20 times less, could change that.
Desktop Metal just developed a new metal 3D printer that is reportedly faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems.
The parts go into a “de-binding bath” that separates a substantial portion of the binding polymer. The parts then go into a sintering furnace. When the product is heated to just below the melting point, the binding agent burns off and a highly dense, sintered metal is produced.
The impressive gadget doesn’t use metal powders or laser technology, making it safer to install. But the excitement doesn’t stop there. It’s reportedly better than NASA and Boeing’s laser-melted printer.
The mass production system is built for speed and definitely delivers. It is faster than machining, casting, forging or other techniques, and each production printer can produce up to 500 cubic inches of complex parts per hour.
The entire system costs around $120,000, which is a steal compared to a $1 million laser machine. Desktop Metal is still taking baby steps, but I’m expecting nothing less than an explosion in the industry.
Some people take crazy risks for the greater good. Hikers rescued a dog and her human after four days in the mountains. A pregnant doctor delivered another woman’s baby in the middle of her own birthing. This Boeing pilot did not only conduct a safety endurance test for the 787 aircraft — he did so in the shape of the plane itself.
Boeing’s aircraft took off from Seattle on Wednesday afternoon, flying around 2,000 miles to northern Michigan to begin its aerial artwork, starting at the plane’s wing tip.
Seems like the team responsible were skilled not only in engineering the flight, but artistically as well.
“The nose of the Dreamliner is pointing at the Puget Sound region, home to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The wings stretch from northern Michigan near the Canadian border to southern Texas. The tail touches Huntsville, Alabama.”
Though not all netizens were impressed by the 18-hour-long stunt, it’s good to know that Boeing is serious about engine safety.