Megatall versus Supertall Skyscrapers

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently published The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall. Within this decade, the World’s first kilometer-tall building will be constructed, along with many other buildings over 600-meters tall. “The term “supertall” (which refers to a building over 300 meters) is thus no longer …

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World’s First Commercially Viable Remote Wireless Power System

Ossia Inc came out of its stealth mode on the main stage of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco by showcasing its groundbreaking wireless power technology dubbed Cota. The Cota technology, the first commercially viable remote wireless power system, redefines wireless power by automatically delivering targeted energy to multiple devices from as far away as 30 feet, …

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Terrafugia First Flying Car now with 2016 delivery estimate and second vertical takeoff flying car targets 2025

There are 5000 public use airports in the USA. On average people are a 30 minute drive fro one of those airports. The Terrafugia transition will be to takeoff from one of those airports. The flying car will cost $279,000. It uses premium gasoline and not jet fuel. They have been flying the vehicles but …

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Almost 30,000 passenger and freighter aircraft will be needed by 2032

According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) in the next 20 years (2013-2032), air traffic will grow at 4.7 per cent annually requiring over 29,220 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at nearly US$4.4 trillion. Some 28,350 of these are passenger aircraft valued at US$4.1 trillion. Of these, some 10,400 will replace existing aircraft …

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Spacex reusable rocket re-ignition was not successful but Spacex believes they can fix for next luanch

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket accomplished all of its primary objectives on today’s launch, placing its payloads in an accurate orbit over Earth’s poles and successfully demonstrating the launcher’s upgraded engines, flight computer and stage separation system. But two secondary objectives on the flight were not met. SpaceX programmed the Falcon …

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Spacex has a successful launch of its upgrade falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launched an upgraded, more powerful version of its Falcon 9 rocket Sunday — a booster the company hopes will someday carry astronauts to the space station — placing a modest Canadian science satellite into orbit along with five smaller research payloads. The Falcon 9 version 1.1 features more powerful engines, a longer first stage …

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Orbital Sciences Completes First Flight to Space Station as Astronauts Capture Cygnus Spacecraft

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sunday, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The station’s Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft — loaded with about 1,300 pounds (589 kilograms) of cargo — …

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Jetpack with 20 mile range is targeting mid-2014 commercial sales to fire and rescue with individual sales to follow

Martin Jetpack has redesigned their jetpack. The first commercial sales, now expected in mid-2014, will be for first responder applications, such as rescue, fire, and police missions. According to the company, sales to individuals will follow shortly after the initial models are vetted in field use. Manned test flights will take place again later in …

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China’s car purchases are in line with countries with 50-60% of GDP Consumption

1. Quartz.com examines China’s consumption statistics. There is a lot of concern that China’s economy is unbalanced with too much investment and not enough consumption. There are reasons to suspect that China’s consumption is nowhere near as low as the official data suggest, as Stephen Green and Wei Li at Standard Chartered highlight. For one, …

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Roadmap to a Fusion-Driven Rocket with a 90 day trip from Earth to Mars

NASA Future in Space Operations – 90-Day Single-Launch to Mars: A Case Study for The Fusion-Driven Rocket John Slough and his team are working to experimentally prove out his direct fusion propulsion system. They hope to show about 1.6 times more power out than power in before 2015 while on their NASA NIAC grants. The …

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