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The Future With Flying Car ..........

A prototype flying car that supposedly does the job of both a helicopter and a truck went up for sale on eBay a few days before Halloween. That privately-developed AT Black Knight Transformer represents a vision of the flying car future that has seemingly fallen out of favor as new startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere pursue the idea of flying cars without wheels. But flying car enthusiasts or companies with specialized missions in mind may still find something to admire in the Black Knight Transformer’s hybrid flying car design.
The aerospace startup called Advanced Tactics had U.S. military missions in mind when it first began developing the Black Knight Transformer. U.S. military research agencies were sponsoring design competitions that evoked visions of a Humvee capable of taking flight like a flying car from “Blade Runner” or “Back to the Future.” That military flying car fantasy fit neatly with past science fiction stories about vehicles capable of transforming from drivin…

Will it be a breakthrough year for Space?

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris. In 1972, Apollo 17 completed the last lunar landing mission to date. We haven’t continued to push the boundaries of Space since; no manned Mars missions, no deep space exploration — we haven’t even returned to the Moon. But we are only at the beginning of 2017, however, and there are some very promising initiatives that may truly open up Space, and unlike government-sponsored flights of the 1950s and ’60s, private enterprise is leading the way. Commercial aerospace is going through a significant transformation, creating new markets and disrupting existing ones. Driven by innovation and technological advancement, the days of large, government-supported incumbents charging “cost plus margin” fees for launch services are quickly fading. Three such disruptors include Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, all of which are radically redefining space launch systems by focusing on cost reducti…