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Mega rocket Starship could enable new types of astrophysics

Starship at Starbase

“Scientists say that as well as ferrying astronauts into deep space, Starship could enable new types of astrophysics and planetary science – because it can launch heavier science payloads, such as telescopes and interplanetary spacecraft, than other space vehicles can . . . Starship could simultaneously launch multiple space telescopes to work as an array to probe the Universe, or …

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ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY PIONEERS EMBARK ON ANOTHER DECISIVE YEAR

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“the St Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line’s 109-year-old business model was fundamentally quite similar to the new air taxi services now promised by the 21st-century transportation revolutionaries working to use eVTOL aircraft for so-called urban air mobility (UAM) services. Early applications of all-electric vehicles, typically carrying just two to four passengers, largely consist of short flights of between 20 and 100 miles …

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Walmart Expands Drone Delivery in Six States

Walmart

“Once it arrives in Tampa, the drone delivery service would be available for $3.99 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET on purchases 10 pounds and under. When a customer orders a delivery, workers will load the items onto the drone, which will then carry it to the house and gently drop the package using a cable.” See More . …

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Tampa embraces e-scooters, even if we keep throwing them in the river

ESRP - e-Scooter (SLC)

“In Tampa, the scooters have traveled 3 million miles and logged 2½ million trips at an average of 1.2 miles per journey — a number, city officials say, shows that people are using them for actual transportation and not just fun on weekends . . . But Tampa’s trek into the world of e-scooters has not been without speed bumps. …

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Hyperloop technology gets huge boost in newly passed infrastructure bill

Virgin Hyperloop Vehicle

“The massive infrastructure package includes provisions that will support further development and deployment of hyperloop technology in the U.S. Hyperloop is a new form of ground transportation currently being developed by a number of companies, including Elon Musk’s Boring Company and Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop. ” See More . . . Image: Photo By Virgin Hyperloop / Media Kit, via …

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Munich Airport and Nuremberg Airport to become hubs for Lilium operations

“Based on agreements in principle with the landing site operators, Lilium has undertaken extensive preparatory work, covering site search, structural implementation and airspace integration, use cases and routes. This partnership will offer all-electric connections, with each of which can transport six passengers between different locations across Southern Germany.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Lilium / Media Kit, …

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Air Force Looks to Hybrid Electric Solution for eVTOL and UAS Energy Concerns

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“The Air Force is investing in LiquidPiston’s X-Engine technology to create a hybrid-electric propulsion system to power emerging technologies like unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and orbs, the company announced on March 4.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Akash 1997 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.aviationtoday.com/2021/03/04/air-force-looks-hybrid-electric-solution-evtol-uas-energy-concerns/By: Kelsey Reichmann (Aviation Today)

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Autonomous Vehicles or eVTOL: Which Will Be First?

Joby Aviation Aircraft

“eVTOLs will initially be human-piloted and, barring any near-term leaps in battery technology, first iterations may even have hybrid propulsion. Both factors will significantly accelerate the timeline against AVs. Because they will provide such drastic time savings, even with human pilots, these new aircraft will deliver tremendous value.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Joby Aviation / Media …

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Jaunt Air Mobility and Varon Vehicles Partner for Aerial Mobility in Latin America

Cartagena, Colombia

“Jaunt had previously partnered with Uber Elevate, and although Elevate has now been acquired by Joby Aviation, the partnership showed Jaunt’s readiness to enter markets in the U.S and abroad within the next few years. Jaunt believes its ‘Journey’ aircraft will be in operation moving people and aircraft by 2026, with demonstrations beginning in 2023.” See More . . . …

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Tampa Bay has a history of deadly wrong-way crashes, like the one that killed a Tampa police officer

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“FDOT is working to install systems to reduce the fatal crashes. . . When triggered, sensors inform FDOT, which monitors the system 24/7. Florida Highway Patrol is then alerted, and overhead highway signs warn drivers about the potential threat. Flashing lights warn the wrong-way driver to turn around.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Coolcaesar / CC BY-SA …

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