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....So far crowdfunding has paid for development of the so-called Skydrive car, which uses drone technology and has three wheels and four rotors. Retro tech: Flying car prototypes. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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Toyota 'backs flying car project' in Japan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 10:33:46 AM
....So far crowdfunding has paid for development of the so-called Skydrive car, which uses drone technology and has three wheels and four rotors. Retro tech: Flying car prototypes. ...
TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 11:01:13 PM
....The suit can currently fly uninterrupted for around 10 minutes. The start-up he founded, Gravity, is working on new technology for the device which Mr Browning said will make the current prototype look "like child's play". ...
Electric flying car that takes off vertically could be future of transport image
....Munich-based Lilium, backed by investors who include Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, said the planned five-seater jet, which will be capable of vertical take-off and landing, could be used for urban air-taxi and ride-sharing services. In flight tests, a two-seat prototype executed manoeuvres that included a mid-air transition from hover mode – like a drone – to wing-borne flight - like a conventional aircraft, Lilium said. ...
Ultrasonic clothes dryer 'halves drying time' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 02:15:16 PM
....According to the US Department of Energy, which supported the project, standard clothes dryers take an average of 50 minutes to dry a medium-sized load. The prototype model can dry the same amount of laundry in about 20 minutes. ...
Facing the future image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 11:29:50 PM
Making a splash image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 11:12:51 PM
....I was secretly relieved that the answer was no. What started as a university robotics research project in Norway 10 years ago, has become a commercial prototype - and it is unavoidably snake-like. ...
Uncharted 4 wins best game at Bafta awards image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:22:52 PM
....The "ones to watch" prize - which highlights new talent - went to Among the Stones. The platformer was developed as a prototype by six students for their Abertay University course. ...
Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:12:58 PM
....Members of the British public are getting their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus. Over the next three weeks, about 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London. ...
Driving licences could be on phones by 2018 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 05:50:10 PM
.... It wants the digital service to allow people to share and validate information with “trusted” third parties, although stressed that the new system will not replace existing plastic licences. The DVLA chief executive, Oliver Morley, revealed on Twitter in May 2016 that a prototype for a digital licence was in development. ...
Horses for courses image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:54:11 AM
...."This specialised MBA is the missing link," says Ms Serret, who now works as a research assistant for an Embry-Riddle aviation business professor. Projects she has been involved in include working out the marketability of an aeroplane prototype, and advising the Puerto Rican government. ...
Smart vision image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 12:57:32 AM
....The Microsoft software is open to third-party development by members of the public. Currently, Marx's prototype provides audio descriptions of video captured on a smartphone camera. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 12:56:12 AM
....". Smith tried many prototypes until he developed Active Hands, a grip-aid which goes over the hand and straps around the item that needs to be picked up. ...
Cobbling together: the Brooklynites who gather to make handcrafted shoes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 12:00:07 PM
.... All around the workspace are in-process shoes, with hundreds of thin nails holding the leather in place, a testament to the hand-destroying work. While all the shoemakers can talk endlessly about the joy of designing and painstakingly creating a prototype, none of them want to spend weeks making 30 identical pairs. ...
World’s first transgender doll to be unveiled at New York toy fair image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 06:50:08 PM
....Tonner hopes to begin producing the dolls in a limited edition run in late spring or early summer and selling them online and via specialist toy retailers. A prototype of the plastic doll – 18 inches (45cm) high – will be unveiled at the Toy Fair in Manhattan this weekend. ...
Power tools and sausage sizzles: meet the new Aussie face of Homebase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 05:11:27 PM
....”. The St Albans store is a Bunnings Warehouse – the chain’s biggest store format – and one of four planned prototypes for the DIY chain that will replace Homebase over the next five years. ...
Amazon and Google fight crucial battle over voice recognition image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of January 2017 07:03:00 AM
....”. Even so, there are persistent rumours that Apple has prototyped an Echo-like device in secret but is undecided on whether to release it. ...
Twelve things you need to know about driverless cars image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 07:30:09 AM
....”. From vertical take-off and landing “flying car” prototypes to “sidewalk robots” and delivery drones, by 2030 our roads and pavements may have begun to resemble a scene from Blade Runner. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 12:09:54 AM
....Prof Lane believes that we're also going to start seeing biometric devices integrated not just into clothes and wearable devices, but directly on to our bodies as well. For example, US tech firm Chaotic Moon Studios - now called Fjord - has created a prototype tech tattoo - a skin-mounted monitor that connects to your smartphone to monitor heart rate, blood pressure and even track movement via GPS. ...
Tidal lagoon: £1.3bn Swansea Bay project backed by review image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 11:30:17 AM
....". The Swansea Bay project would involve 16 turbines along a breakwater but is seen as only the start - a prototype for much larger lagoons. ...
Jetpack to work image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 12:11:26 AM
....". Martin Aircraft Company, based in New Zealand, already has a working prototype that can fly at 2,800ft (850m) at 45km/h (27mph) for 28 minutes. ...
Government review likely to back Swansea Bay tidal lagoon image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 06:00:26 AM
....But when the independent review by former energy minister Charles Hendry is published on Thursday, sources told the Guardian it will be broadly positive towards the £1. 3bn prototype plan. ...
CES 2017: Razer three-screened laptops 'stolen' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 03:22:22 AM
. Two prototype models of an unusual gaming laptop with three screens have been stolen at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, according to PC maker Razer. ...
Flying high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 01:02:39 AM
....Boeing and Lockheed Martin are also developing supersonic passenger jets, but Sir Richard is hoping to beat them to the punch. The prototype, nicknamed "Baby Boom", will see its first test flight take place later this year though the first commercial flight of its scaled-up successor is not expected until 2023. ...
Diesel cars are 10 times more toxic than trucks and buses, data shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 06:01:10 AM
....The ICCT analysis showed that manufacturers were able to ensure that heavy duty vehicles kept below pollution limits when on the road, but that emissions from cars soar once in the real world. Official EU tests for cars are currently limited to laboratory measurements of prototype vehicles. ...
CES 2017: Samsung and LG TVs battle to blend in image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 06:07:16 AM
....This wasn't demonstrated at the press conference, noted Mr Wetherill, but it was, he said, "an interesting concept". Panasonic did not discuss its OLED TV plans at its press conference, though it is possible a prototype will be on the CES trade show floor. ...
CES 2017: Hyundai's self-driving car deals with illegal moves image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 12:07:32 AM
....Self-driving car tech is one of the big themes of this year's CES expo in Las Vegas. South Korea's Hyundai is one of those showing off a prototype. ...
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Robocop designer's real world robot image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 07:29:56 AM
. A South Korean company has unveiled a prototype for the world's first manned, two-legged robot. ...
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World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 09:44:36 PM
....The machine will make the decisions, according to a set of principles laid out by Dalio about the company vision. “It’s ambitious, but it’s not unreasonable,” said Devin Fidler, research director at the Institute For The Future, who has built a prototype management system called iCEO. ...
Pull a fast one: London bar installs world's first tap-and-pay beer pump image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 12:01:38 AM
....Pay@Pump allows drinkers to order and pour their own pint and pay with a contactless card or device touched on a pad at the base of the pump. The technology has been devised by Barclaycard – and a prototype designed and installed in a Central London pub, Henry’s Café Bar - to help reduce queuing time for customers buying drinks during busy periods. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 03:26:00 AM
...."But we need new expertise and we are working with the Warwick Manufacturing Group and Warwick University to get that - that's where the future lies. "Once the prototype is in place, you get your product in the showrooms, make them affordable and then you need the workforce to build them. ...
Machine food image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 12:36:28 AM
....The Hands Free Hectare project will use flying drones and automated tractors in the coming year to grow and harvest a cereal crop. Engineers from Harper Adams University - together with a North Yorkshire farming technology company called Precision Decisions - are testing prototype machines now, and aim to plant their crop in March for harvest in September. ...
SpaceX aims to launch internet from space image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 01:50:01 PM
....Some 4,425 satellites (plus spares), operating in 83 orbital planes, at altitudes ranging from 689 miles to 823 miles (1,110 km to 1,325 km). It is understood SpaceX has some prototype satellites it will launch next year, but the actual constellation will not see the light of day until the turn of the decade. ...
Jaguar launches electric performance car to rival Tesla image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 03:25:27 PM
.... . Jaguar has unveiled a prototype of a high-performance electric car it calls the I-PACE, which should be on the roads in 2018. ...
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Richard Branson reveals prototype for supersonic passenger aircraft image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 01:00:17 PM
. Sir Richard Branson on Tuesday heralded the rebirth of supersonic passenger flights with the unveiling of a prototype aircraft promising 3. ...
Sainsbury's joins Christmas ad battle with animation and James Corden image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 12:01:32 AM
.... All the puppets were built by Mackinnon and Saunders in Manchester, the company that makes most of the puppets for Tim Burton’s animated films, such as Frankenweenie. The puppets’ faces, 1,700 of which were used to create the film, were all printed by 3D Print Bureau in Stoke-on-Trent, a company which usually makes prototypes for engineers or items for medical use. ...
Clicks and bricks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 11:03:15 PM
....". Building information modelling (BIM) - developing a 3D digital prototype of a project - is moving up a gear. ...
How car design has gone virtual image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 2nd of October 2016 11:14:42 PM
....In the past, cars were built almost by a process of trial and error. You built a prototype, then tested it to find out what worked and what didn't. ...
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Thirsty business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of September 2016 11:09:19 PM
....Whether it's by using renewable power, or choosing to locate their data centres in environments that naturally lend themselves to the cooling process, here's how some of them are giving their green credentials a boost. In February 2016, Microsoft finished testing its first prototype underwater data centre, the concept being that the surrounding water keeps the centre cool rather than requiring energy draining air conditioning or alternative cooling mechanisms. ...
Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of September 2016 05:12:15 PM
....". The prototype spaceship is planned to make test flights in four years, initially going into space, but not into orbit. ...
Arnold Palmer: How golfer defined sports marketing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 26th of September 2016 12:17:33 PM
....The likes of Tiger Woods, who signed lucrative deals with global firms such as Nike, American Express and GM, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, who launched a number of commercial ventures, from sports clothing to wines, as well as tennis stars such as Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova all followed in the path created by Palmer. "He was the prototype for all of today's high earning sports men and women, and one of the few people you can truly say changed the world of sports business," says Mr Currie. ...
Ford wants to remove the steering wheel image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of September 2016 05:40:05 PM
.... . The BBC'’s Michelle Fleury took a ride in one of 10 Ford Fusions fitted with some of the prototype tech the US carmaker is using to achieve that goal. ...
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Take me to paradise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of August 2016 01:00:39 AM
Could ethanol power the future for electric cars? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of August 2016 09:04:08 PM
....Some companies are betting that hydrogen fuel cells will be the power source of the future, but Nissan believes bio-ethanol produced from sugar cane or corn could also produce zero-emission electric energy. Nissan recently unveiled its prototype solid-oxide fuel cell vehicle in Brazil, where ethanol is readily available in all gas stations - in marked contrast to hydrogen pumps. ...
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Student creates working ‘Iron Man’ suit – for just £580
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 11:35:29 AM
....Mr Manikandan and his team presented their creation at the American Society of Research’s recent conference on Mechanics and Manufacturing, and a paper from the developers is published in July’s International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics. The team are continuing to work on improving their prototype, with an immediate focus on making it easier to walk quickly while using it. ...

China’s straddling bus hits wall of criticism and doubt
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:09:11 PM
...."The environmental impact assessment of the project has not been approved yet, and many documents are still waiting to be signed," he said. The bus sparked global attention last Tuesday when a test drive was made by a prototype model that had been built in the eastern Jiangsu province. ...

Self-pouring wine machine for sale (just £25,000)
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 08:00:00 PM
....The contraption, built from around 300 pieces of scrap iron, could suit a dedicated drinker who fears using a hand-held corkscrew is becoming too much effort. Designed by Rob Higgs and made in 2006, the corkscrew is a bronze prototype made with items including drills, spanners, cannon balls, a lathe handle, and clock springs. ...
Airlander 10: Aircraft leaves hangar for first time image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 05:06:55 PM
....The machine is about 60ft (18m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has spent the past nine years developing the prototype in the Cardington hangar after the US Army ran out of money to develop it as a surveillance machine. ...
Slumdog multi-millionaire image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 11:16:39 PM
....". Omar, who Ambarish describes as "the smart, educated one", made an app prototype of his friend's face superimposed over the Queen's. ...
Airshow history image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 11:02:33 PM
....1952 was marked by the worst ever accident at a UK air show. A prototype de Havilland DH110 broke up in mid-air, killing the two crew and 29 spectators. ...
BMW and Intel plan robot car production image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 1st of July 2016 01:29:18 PM
....They pledged to make the results of the research available to other car makers and electronics firms to help standardise technologies used in autonomous vehicles. Early work would focus on a "highly automated driving" prototype which BMW said it planned to demonstrate this year. ...
How we made the Dyson vacuum cleaner image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of May 2016 06:25:44 AM
.... My engineering instinct kicked in. Could that work on a smaller scale? So I created a cardboard prototype and strapped it on to my machine. ...
The laser that can spot dangerous bacteria in food image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of May 2016 03:44:46 PM
....Park and his colleagues now aim to commercialise the technology and have suggested that it could be part of a “smart” fridge within the next two years. A prototype device is currently being developed, which will then be put through trials. ...
Lyft to trial driverless cars on US roads image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of May 2016 02:40:17 PM
.... Customers who use the app are expected to be offered a choice of whether they want to be part of the trials or would prefer a human driver. Lyft’s prototype app for the service is understood to include options that allow the passenger to order their robot chauffeur to tell them when they have reached their destination. ...
Who invented the cash machine? I did – and all I earned was £10 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of April 2016 11:09:34 AM
....” Aside from the cards with punched holes, that pretty much describes today’s ATM. After Goodfellow successfully demonstrated the methodology by producing a model, the go-ahead was given for prototypes to be built, and the first Chubb-branded machines were installed at branches of Westminster Bank (later to become NatWest) in 1967. ...
Celebrity endorsements saved Tangle Teezer a fortune, says CEO image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 09:36:32 AM
.... He had devised a special technique using a comb and a brush for flicking the tangles out, but with nothing else on the market, in 2003, he set to work designing a solution. Working with a manufacturer, he spent the next few years developing prototypes, and in 2007, was persuaded by a friend to try for Dragons’ Den. ...
UK farmers to test hi-tech beans that could prevent food waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 15th of April 2016 05:00:12 AM
.... Or in a grain silo, strategically scattered beans could assess temperature, moisture and CO2, to gauge potential problem areas before they develop. By late summer this year, the BeanIoT prototypes will be placed in silos around Cambridgeshire, where Holland’s company RFMOD is headquartered. ...
City News: Nationwide Building Society, Food suppliers, Economy concerns image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 10th of April 2016 06:47:00 PM
. Nationwide Building Society has developed a prototype within a mobile banking app, which could provide an extra layer of “behavioural biometrics” security by recognising unique patterns from people’s interactions with their smartphone or tablet. ...
Japan's Silicon Valley? Osaka hopes hi-tech startups will reverse economic woes image
....Shoppers can try smartphone apps while they are being coded, sample the latest energy-efficient gadgets, or even sit down to a meal of the world’s first farmed bluefin tuna (a species that has been critically overfished in the wild). Inside a three-storey space called The Lab are even more experimental prototypes, including drones, holograms and digital shopping assistants. ...
How your bank is reacting to competition image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 01:04:38 PM
.... People can come in and get business advice. Jon Paterson runs a 3-D printing service, which prototypes design ideas at a bank branch in Brighton. ...
Nuclear fusion needs a 'Wright brothers' moment, says firm closing on the target image
....The plasma needed for fusion energy reaches an extraordinary temperature: 100mC, hotter than the core of the sun. But Tokamak Energy’s third prototype, currently under construction, aims to reach 15mC in the next 12 months and 100mC by the end of 2017. ...
Supersonic jet startup vows 'affordable' travel – if you have $5,000 to spare image
....”. Branson is partnering with Blake Scholl, a pilot and former Amazon executive, who is building a prototype of the new jet, called Boom, in an aircraft hanger in Colorado. ...
Supersonic jet startup vows 'affordable' travel – if you have $5,000 to spare image
....”. Branson is partnering with Blake Scholl, a pilot and former Amazon executive, who is building a prototype of the new jet, called Boom, in an aircraft hanger in Colorado. ...
The nuclear industry: a small revolution image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 09:46:11 AM
....The USA, Canada, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Argentina are all interested in SMRs. China has been operating a prototype since 2000. ...
Apple announces new recycling program as interest in green gadgets grows image
.... Google, which calls its plan Project Ara, plans to hire manufacturers to produce the phone. The company unveiled a working prototype in May 2015, but the project reportedly has been delayed since then. ...
Nike's self-lacers limited to app users image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of March 2016 01:50:18 PM
.... A glowing component built into the sole acts as a wireless charging point, while LEDs on the back indicate how much charge remains. Attendees at the company's Innovation Summit in New York were able to try on functioning prototypes. ...
Startup of the Year 2015-2016 competition entry: One Third Stories image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 05:46:06 PM
.... It makes learning a language as easy as reading a story. Since graduating last July we’ve gone through an accelerator (Ignite 100), launched our prototype that validated the product, we are getting a start-up loan and launching our first official product via Kickstarter in April. ...
Solar storage tiles and paint: how to make old homes more energy efficient image
....Last year the paint reached efficiencies of 3% and Dastoor estimates that if painted across a roof, the cells in the paint could produce enough electricity to power a household – at around a tenth of the cost of installing a silicon solar panel system. It is expected the first prototypes of the paint will be available within a year. ...
The innovators: portable solar panels that can be unrolled like a carpet image
.... The surface it is placed on does not have to be flat, he said. An initial prototype had a capacity of 6KW, about twice that of a solar array on a typical family home. ...
Anti-insect paint and electric planes: can technology make aviation sustainable? image
.... Astro Teller, the captain of moonshots at Google, revealed earlier this month that the technology giant had been working on a lighter-­than-air, variable-buoyancy cargo airship: “This could get the cost of shipping closer to boats than planes, get the carbon footprint of moving cargo lower than for boats, and get speeds of transport halfway between boats and planes – all without needing runways,” he wrote. However, Google calculated the cost of a building an initial prototype at close to $200m (£144m). ...
Energy policy U-turns 'may cost households £120 a year' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of March 2016 12:01:48 AM
....18 November Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, says energy policy needs to be “reset”. 25 November Chancellor’s autumn statement reveals £1bn cut in competition for prototype carbon capture and storage project. ...
Is your smartphone listening to you? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of March 2016 12:22:34 AM
....However, to our collective surprise, the answer was a resounding yes. They created a prototype app, we started chatting in the vicinity of the phone it was on and watched our words appear on a laptop screen nearby. ...
McLaren unveils £1bn investment plan image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 07:03:55 PM
....About a quarter of the new £1bn investment will go directly into research and development, Mr Flewitt said. This will include work on an all-electric prototype. ...
Aston Martin creates 750 jobs in Wales image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of February 2016 12:36:43 AM
.... . The prototype was unveiled at the Geneva motor show last year and is expected to cost at least £160,000 to buy. ...
Fresh blood to help fight malaria image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 20th of February 2016 04:12:20 PM
....” . To bring down the cost of developing the device, the nanotechnology graduate used 3D printers to create bespoke parts for the prototype. ...
Virgin Galactic returns with SpaceShipTwo test flight image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 08:37:33 AM
.... Test could bring Virgin Galactic take-off closer (Photo: Mark Chivers). In 2014 the commercial space programme suffered a setback when one pilot was killed and another seriously injured during a test flight of the prototype space tourism rocket. ...
Aston Martin linked to Faraday Future image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of February 2016 03:44:08 PM
....The firms said the partnership was designed to develop a production version of Aston Martin's RapidE concept vehicle. A prototype edition of the electric sports saloon was unveiled in October. ...

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