TAG: Airplanes

Elon Musk Interested In Supersonic Jets

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In the tail end of 2013, Elon Musk was asked what sort of projects he’d like to take on outside of SpaceX and Tesla. One of his visions is of a vertical takeoff/landing supersonic jet that would run more efficiently and cleaner than the lumbering jets of today. This isn’t the first time he’s brought up the idea of an electric jet, however. We got to see a sneak peek of his plans for world domination in this Iron Man 2 cameo. Check out the supersonic jet interview:

Commercial Airline Flights To Monitor Weather

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Beginning with a fleet of Southwest Airline commercial jets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), will install a series of water vapor sensors on the jets to map weather conditions. These sensors will provide data back to the NOAA and other agencies, allowing them to predict weather patterns and monitor climate change. Check out a video explanation: This is a first for the commercial airline industry, and also a giant innovative step forward for the natural science field. Southwest’s fleet of jets will be able to cover our nation’s airspace faster than individual jets… read more