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Flying-V Plane Prototype’s First Test Flight Is A Success

The V-shaped plane will seat passengers in its wings.

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  • The engineering team behind the Flying-V aircraft successfully conducted a first test flight.
  • The scale model was piloted from the ground via a remote control.
  • The plane encountered a “rough landing” and had a minor damage.
  • It is now being repaired and prepared for the next test flights.

Some of our readers may remember that we have previously featured the Flying-V aircraft. This project by the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delft Technology University has been touted by many as the “future of air travel” not only because of its unique design (passengers are seated in the wings) but because it’s more environment friendly as it consumes 20% less fuel compared with typical planes.

Well now we have a significant update about it. According to recent reports, a prototype of the Flying-V has successfully completed its first ever test flight.

The test flight took place last month in an airbase in Germany. A remote control was used to navigate the scale model from the ground.

Malcolm Brown, chief engineer of the Flying-V testing program, shared:

“It’s been two years of intense, stressful work to reach this moment. And then to have it confirmed that it flies, all of that hard work… it was worth putting in all of the hours, making sure everything’s correct and built accurately.

And it pays off. I think we’re all happy, happy that we succeeded and achieved the goal of flying the Flying-V.”

The flight was great – the landing wasn’t.

As the engineering team admitted, they encountered problems after the Flying-V made its landing.

In a response to a YouTube comment, a KLM representative wrote:

“The Flying-V model had a somewhat rough landing and the nose wheel was damaged. This was due to a gust of wind and the pilot’s response to this.

“This is common practice with scaled model test flights (it’s estimated that one out of two scaled aircraft gets damaged this way).The model is now being repaired and prepared for subsequent test flights.”

Watch the video here:

According to the team, the Flying-V took inspiration from the Gibson electric guitar popularized by legendary musician Jimi Hendrix.

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A Different Kind of Shipworm: It Eats Rocks and Excretes Sand

So far, the Philippines is “the only place on earth” where these animals exist.

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  • In June 2019, Researchers from Northeastern's Ocean Genome Legacy Center found an unusual kind of shipworm thriving in the Abatan River in the Philippines.
  • Unlike other shipworms that bore and fed on wood, these bivalves eat rock and excrete sand.
  • These shipworms were first spotted in 2006, but it was not until 2018 that researchers were able to study them in detail.
  • Researchers suggested that these are a new genus and species of shipworm.

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Researchers Create New Test to Find Which Face Masks Are The Least Effective

Are you sure your face masks are actually doing its job?

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  • Researchers from Duke University created a new way to test the effectivity of face masks.
  • By using a simple setup, they figured out which mask is least effective against respiratory droplets.
  • One of the researchers, Martin Fischer, said companies and manufacturers may want to do this test before releasing their products in the market.
  • However, he cautioned individuals and non-experts from trying it out at home because it could pose unknown dangers.

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Japan Conducts Successful Manned Test Flight for Flying Car

The company is aiming to make the technology available “not only in Japan but also across the globe.”

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  • A technology company in Japan has conducted a manned test flight for their first flying car.
  • SkyDrive's SD-03 is expected to launch come 2023 and the successful first test is a good sign, according to the firm.
  • More tests will be counted soon and if things go as planned, the company hopes to make the vehicle available for the rest of the world.

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