Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

flying high... for pleasure.

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Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbus SE. have joined a public-private panel in Japan tasked with developing airborne vehicles in the country within the next decade.

On Friday, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that it would allocate $40.4 million to be used for the private-sector development of high-performance batteries, motors and other equipment for flying cars, Japan Times reported Saturday. The use of flying cars will help to solve the problem of traffic jams in big cities, according to industry reports. 


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Above: flying NASA concept car

Image at top from Punch, Sydney, 1865, cartoon imagining the future from a real Giffard flying-trip over Paris at 9 kilometres an hour...

Giffard was born in Paris in 1825. He invented the injector and the Giffard dirigible, an airship powered with a steam engine and weighing over 180 kg (400 lb). It was the world's first passenger-carrying airship (then known as a dirigible, from French).[1] Both practical and steerable, the hydrogen-filled airship was equipped with a 3 hp steam engine that drove a propeller. The engine was fitted with a downward-pointing funnel. The exhaust steam was mixed in with the combustion gases and it was hoped by these means to stop sparks rising up to the gas bag; he also installed a vertical rudder.

On 24 September 1852, Giffard made the first powered and controlled flight travelling 27 km from Paris to Élancourt.[2] The wind was too strong to allow him to make way against it, so he was unable to return to the start.[2] However, he was able to make turns and circles,[citation needed] proving that a powered airship could be steered and controlled.

Giffard was granted a patent for the injector on 8 May 1858. Unusually, he had thoroughly worked out the theory of this invention before making any experimental instrument, having explained the idea in 1850. Others had worked on using jets, particularly Eugène Bourdon who patented a very similar device in 1857.[3]

In 1863, he was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.[4]


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humanless cities for flying objects...

Singapore was the first country to begin trialling driverless taxis back in 2016 and last year unveiled plans to introduce "robot buses and shuttles" to commuters starting in 2020, according to local newspaper The Straits Times.

The planned flying car trial aims to determine whether the electric-powered aircraft, which was created with inner-city flight in mind, will live up to its design brief when operating in an urban environment.

Though the prototype resembles a helicopter, its drone-like capabilities means it can be operated from the ground or by a pilot, carrying two passengers for about 30 kilometres.

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The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is investigating footage posted on social media of a man fishing from a chair that's being lifted by a homemade drone.

Key points:
  • CASA says while it's a first for Australia, it's not a really sensible thing to do
  • An aviation expert says it was a risky move due to a lack of quality control over homemade drones
  • The drone's designer has declined to comment


In the vision, taken at Upper Coliban Reservoir in central Victoria, the man, with beer at hand, is carried for several metres above the water, catches a fish and eventually returns to shore.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said there were serious safety risks involved with what appeared in the footage.

"This is a first for Australia, to have a large homemade drone being used to lift someone off the ground," he said.

"It's really not a sensible thing to do in any way, shape or form; there's lots of things that could have gone wrong, someone could have been seriously injured."

Tim French, a Sunbury electrician who helped design and build the drone, has declined to comment.

Not clear if rules breached

Mr Gibson said severe breaches of aviation regulations could result in penalties of more than $10,000 in fines or CASA could pursue court action.


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