Electric ‘flying taxi’ prototype unveiled by German start-up

Lilium says electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft could be in service by 2025A new “flying taxi” has been unveiled by German start-up Lilium, which claims the vertical take-off craft could be the basis for an on-demand air service within six years….

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Vote Leave donations raise further concern over Melrose’s GKN bid

Unite demands to know if Melrose bosses who donated thousands support a hard Brexit

Political efforts to force the business secretary, Greg Clark , to intervene in the hostile takeover bid for industrial giant GKN have intensified with an accusation by Britain’s largest trade union that bosses of bidder Melrose support a hard Brexit that will damage manufacturing jobs.

Research by Unite shows Melrose’s executive chair, Christopher Miller, and his wife, Monica, donated £37,500 to Vote Leave in the runup to the EU referendum while the vice-chair, David Roper, donated £20,000 – a pro-leave stance that the union says justifies blocking the£7.4bn deal unveiled last month.

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Electric flying car that takes off vertically could be future of transport

German company Lilium beats Google and Uber to successfully test a VTOL jet that could be used as a city taxi

The once fanciful concept of flying cars appears to be a step closer to reality, after a German company completed successful test flights of a “flying taxi”.

Munich-based Lilium, backed by investors who include Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström, said the planned five-seater jet, which will be capable of vertical take-off and landing, could be used for urban air-taxi and ride-sharing services.

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Airlander 10: is this the dawning of a new age of the airship?

After maiden flight in Bedfordshire, creators of world’s largest aircraft say 100 could be in skies within five years

Above a field in rural Bedfordshire, a shiny, futuristic craft the size of a football pitch ascends majestically into the evening sky, and gawping onlookers crane their necks for a better view. This could be the trailer for the latest Independence Day film, but it is the maiden flight of the Airlander 10, a helium-filled craft aiming to kickstart a new age of the airship.

It has been a while coming – the first flight had been delayed several times and Wednesday’s takeoff was held up for hours – but once in the air, showing off its curves as it banks and soars for its audience, the Airlander is quite a spectacle.

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EasyJet plans to cut carbon emissions with hydrogen fuel-cell trial

The airline hopes to test technology later this year which would allow its planes to taxi to and from the runway using zero-emissions fuelEasyJet has unveiled plans to use hydrogen fuel cells on its aircraft to save up to 50,000 tonnes of fuel a year a…

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Richard Branson’s space project comes crashing down in the Mojave

Virgin boss puts on a brave face after SpaceShipTwo disaster but future of Virgin Galactic in hands of US crash investigators and Arab investors

Few projects in the history of aviation have carried the weight of so many ill omens as Sir Richard Branson’s extravagant venture to send civilians into space. Even before Friday’s disaster in the skies above the Mojave desert, in which the Virgin Galactic test craft SpaceShipTwo was destroyed and one of the test pilots, 39-year-old Michael Alsbury, killed, this was a project marked by bad luck and near-calamity.

Five years ago, as Branson was declaring SpaceShipTwo to be “the sexiest spaceship ever” at an unveiling at the Mojave air and space port, howling winds, sleet and near-freezing temperatures reduced the invited glitterati – politicians, actors, glamour women and some of the world’s top aerospace engineers – to human icicles. Barely 20 minutes after they abandoned their vodka cocktails and champagne, the heavy tent sheltering them on the runway collapsed. It was pure luck the structure did not succumb sooner and endanger a lot of people.

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Airbus ‘overwhelmed’ by sales success as A320neo proves a hit at Paris air show

Low-budget airline IndiGo orders 180 planes from Airbus

Airbus has staked a claim to be the world’s number one aircraft maker after it notched up a series of deals at the Paris air show that will take its total for the week to $57bn (£35.4bn).

With Boeing struggling in its wake with a mere $22bn worth of sales for the week, the pan-European manufacturer described the bounty as “overwhelming”.

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