Apollo Missions Part II – QuantumBits

If you haven’t already checked out the first instalment, you can do so here: Apollo Missions part I Apollo 9 “Spider’s First Mission…” Crew James A. McDivitt CommanderRussell L. Schweickart Lunar Module PilotDavid R. Scott Command Module Pilot Backup Crew Charles Conrad Jr. CommanderAlan L. Bean Lunar Module PilotRichard F. Gordon Jr. Command Module Pilot Payload Gumdrop…

This plane can fly for 118 hours

Because it’s solar-powered. Carrying some 17,000 solar cells, the Solar Impulse 2 plane ascends to 28,000 feet during the day to collect enough solar energy to charge the batteries attached to four electric motors. These then power the plane through the following 12 hours of darkness. At sunrise, the batteries start to recharge — and on…

Concept Video: Your Next Plane Could Take Off Vertically

The ideal airplane doesn’t need a runway. Since Kitty Hawk, the standard design of a fixed-wing airplane assumes the plane will build momentum and lift by accelerating along an open stretch of land (or sometimes sea), and will need to land by decelerating along a similar smooth path. To free airplanes from runways, they need…