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UK to build record-breaking solar planes

UK to build record-breaking solar planes

Science
A solar plane which can stay aloft for weeks at a time is to be manufactured by Airbus in the UK.The unmanned craft flies high in the atmosphere to avoid commercial air traffic and adverse weather.Known as the Zephyr, its remote-sensing potential has already seen the UK MoD invest, but Airbus also hope to develop the craft as a communications platform.The Zephyr will now begin industrial production in Farnborough, after several years of testing.Named for the Zephyr's late inventor, the newly opened Kelleher facility has the capacity to produce up to 30 of the planes each year.Its inauguration was announced at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show. Powered by solar energy during the day, and solar-charged...
How airlines are squeezing more seats onto their planes

How airlines are squeezing more seats onto their planes

Finance
WHEN Gary Leff, a prominent travel blogger, took his first flight on one of the new “no legroom” planes operated by American Airlines, he found that the experience was not nearly as bad as he feared. American had drawn howls of protest from customers when it announced it was reducing the distance between rows of seats—“seat pitch”, in industry jargon—on its new Boeing 737 Max planes to 29 inches, compared with the 31-inch pitch on its existing 737-800s. So in June it capitulated, and settled on 30 inches. Mr Leff tried out these new seats last week and was pleasantly surprised to find that “the seats themselves are no worse than” in American’s current layout in economy. That may seem counterintuitive, but aircraft-interior designers had come to American’s rescue. New thinner seats have ena
House Appropriations defense subcommittee bill could mean more ships, planes

House Appropriations defense subcommittee bill could mean more ships, planes

Business
June 27 (UPI) -- The Fiscal 2018 defense spending bill approved Tuesday by the House Appropriations defense subcommittee would provide greater funding for shipbuilding, aircraft and weapons procurement than the Navy requested.The HAC-D subcommittee on Tuesday approved a $ 584.2 billion base discretionary defense spending bill and is advancing it to the full Appropriations committee. With Overseas Contingency Operations funding of $ 73.9 billion, the spending bill reaches a total of $ 658.1 billion for the Department of Defense.OCO funding covers operations overseas and is also used to support allied nations in joint security and combat operations, including Israel, Iraq, Ukraine, Jordan and others.The bill is a compromise between President Donald Trump's $ 566 billion request and the much ...