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June 19th, 2018 at 9:00 am

Uber shows its flying car prototype, which looks like a giant drone

Uber has unveiled its “flying car” concept aircraft at its second annual Uber Elevate Summit, which showcases prototypes for its fleet of airborne taxis.

The flying cars, which the company hopes to introduce to riders in two to five years, will conduct vertical takeoffs and landings from skyports, air stations on rooftops or the ground. Ultimately, company officials say these skyports will be equipped to handle 200 takeoffs and landings an hour, or one every 24 seconds. At first, the flying cars will be piloted, but the company aims for the aircraft to fly autonomously.

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November 27th, 2017 at 10:25 am

Asgardia, the world’s first ‘space nation’, takes flight


The world’s first “space nation” has taken flight.

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November 21st, 2017 at 10:51 am

The 25 best inventions of 2017: Simpler home security and more



A simpler home security system, a craft that will probe beyond the surface of mars, a VR headset and a DIY cooking companion.

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October 13th, 2015 at 10:01 am

Motherships are making a comeback for air launching rockets into space


We usually think of rockets that are headed to space are being launched from the ground.  But, as demand for satellite launch services rapidly increases year-over-year, interest in air launching rockets is returning to a growing market of lighter-weight payloads. And those might want a mothership.

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October 8th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Homesteading in space


People rarely bring their houses with them when they move from one city to another — they just rent, buy or build a new one. Astronauts don’t have the luxury of a realtor on other planets, or even a hardware store in space.

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Should we gamify citizenship?