Friday, June 20, 2008

HUMVEE of the air

V-STAR( VTOL-Swift Tactical Aerial Resource) is an unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Frontline Aerospace to transport supplies to soldiers in war zones.

V-STAR can fly at 600 to 1000 miles carrying cargo of 400 pounds.Hence it has been dubbed as the HUMVEE of the air. It can execute Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL). It is 21 feet long and 26 feet wide and weighs 2400 pounds. It has a cruising height of 15,000 feet and a cruise speed of 288 knots.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Boeing vs Airbus

"Boeing versus Airbus" is a really nice book written by John Newhouse which covers the entire history of the competition between Boeing and Airbus. The book gives valuable insight into the functioning of the aircraft manufacturing industry. I suggest it to be a must read for every aerospace evangelist.

Monday, June 9, 2008

QSST : Quiet SuperSonic Transport Project

QSST(Quiet SuperSonic Transport) project has been developed by Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works under a $25-million contract from SAI(Supersonic Aerospace International). The aircraft has been designed to fly between Mach 1.6 and 1.8. QSST is supposed to meet the FAA(Federal Aviation Administration)'s stringent noise regulations and will be permitted to fly over land. The first flight of QSST has been projected for 2011 and the aircraft will be put into market by 2014.

For details you can follow this link