Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo get FAA approval


Image1By Mark Brown | wired.co.uk

America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a launch permit to Virgin Galactic‘s suborbital spacecraft SpaceshipTwo and its carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo.

“This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us a major step closer to bringing our customers to space,” said George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic.

Those rocket powered, supersonic tests flights will occur towards the end of 2012.

Both ships have been through lengthy testing regimes already. WhiteKnightTwo has made 80 test flights, and SpaceShipTwo has completed 16 free flights — three of which tested the vehicle’s ” feathering” re-entry system. Leer más “Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo get FAA approval”

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How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says.


BY Ariel Schwartzhttp://www.fastcompany.com/1692134/how-terrafugia-designed-its-flying-car

How do you design a street-legal, FAA-approved flying car that has a chance at commercial success? Samuel Schweighart, the co-founder and VP of engineering at Terrafugia, has a pretty good idea. Schweighart is one of the brains behind the Transition, a $250,000 flying car set to be released in late 2011.

The bulk of the Transition’s engineering work was performed in SolidWorks, a 3-D CAD design program. Schweighart used the software to make components fit correctly in the vehicle, to ensure enough room for range clearances, and analyze metal parts for strength. “Essentially we built the plane in SolidWorks before building it in real life,” Schweighart says. Leer más “How Terrafugia Designed Its Flying Car”