FUTURE Other modes of transport PAST
Aircraft design is still being pushed ahead everyday and many times it is being done by individuals working in their garages with few resources but a great deal of imagination.
There are also a number of clubs and associations that are pushing for new experimental designs for aircraft.
Some links below should be useful:
http://www.avdb.com/ AVDB is a non-commercial site providing data on actual, flying, homebuilt aircraft.http://aviation.about.com/hobbies/aviation/library/weekly/aa020401.htm a good general aviaton site
Look up the experimental submarine and other interesting experimental inventions links here.
The unusual aircraft that resulted from the Ames Research Center/Army X-Wing Project was flown at the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility (now Dryden Flight Research Center), Edwards, California, beginning in the spring of 1984, with a follow-on program beginning in 1986. The program, was conceived to provide an efficient combination of the vertical lift characteristic of conventional helicopters and the high cruise speed of fixed-wing aircraft. It consisted of a hybrid vehicle called the NASA/Army Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA), which was equipped with advanced X-wing rotor systemshttp://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/gallery/photo/X-Wing/HTML/index.html
The X-33 is a wedged-shaped subscale technology demonstrator prototype of a potential future Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) that Lockheed Martin has dubbed VentureStar. The company hopes to develop VentureStar early this century. Through demonstration flight and ground research, NASA’s X-33 program will provide the information needed for industry representatives such as Lockheed Martin to decide whether to proceed with the development of a full-scale, commercial RLV program.
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