Tag Archives: Sky

DJI: Phantom 4 Pro


The Phantom 4 Pro redefines the iconic Phantom series, bringing imaging and intelligence to new heights. Its new camera equipped with a larger 1-inch sensor and the ability to capture 4K video at 60fps and while its FlightAutonomy system adds dual rear vision sensors and two infrared sensors for a total of 5 directions of obstacle sensing and greater protection. Creators are also further empowered with a new suite of ActiveTrack and TapFly functions that makes complicated shots easier than ever

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Speaking of the Future: Advanced Aeronautics


“The story of aviation has always been the story of people who have the courage to fail, to try again, and to one day succeed. And the passion to advance aeronautical design through innovative solutions is ingrained in our culture”

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SpaceX SES-8 Launch


First of all I have to say that the music fits perfectly the video… and I want to be on the next launch flight control room! And now a few things about the video: “On December 3, 2013 SpaceX successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, with the Falcon 9 rocket delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit. Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives”

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Virgin Galactic’s Third Powered Flight


On the 10th of January 2014, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completed it’s third powered test flight. In command on the flight deck for the first time under rocket power was Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot Dave Mackay.

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Megafactories: Boeing 747-8


For years Boeing was on of the top commercially oriented plane manufacturing company in the world. The most iconic model of the brand is the 747 and for more than 40 years was the indisputably queen of the air! But recently the crown was lost by the most high tech design out there, the Airbus A380. In this National Geographic documentary (from the Megafactories series) Boeing is trying to decrease the gab and take its crown back with the 747-8

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Project Loon: The story through videos


You know Google’s Project Loon? If not then this post will solve a lot of your questions that you may have. Basically it’s a concept/research project that aims to put WiFi signal into areas that are not accessible from the available infrastructure. And all of those using balloons! Yes, balloons! So, how did Project Loon begin? Google set up an Ask Away series that answers some of the most common questions, with the first one to answer exactly on that. Flight systems engineer Cliff describes building Project Loon from the ground up and says that “sometimes the best way to go about proving that something is possible is by disproving that it’s impossible”


But how exactly this project will actually work? Google engineers answer on that as well: “We believe it’s possible to create a ring of balloons that fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet access to the earth below. Balloons present some really hard science problems, but we’re excited about the progress so far”.


In order for the project to work you have to navigate the balloons around. Otherwise you will end up having a lot of flying WiFi antennas in on place and non on the other. The easiest way to do that is by moving the flying antennas up and down. Do to the balloons operation level, the winds are sort of predictable and moving in specific directions depending on the altitude. In this video two engineers, Keegan and Dan, discuss the ins and outs of ups and downs of this operation


Of course, the most critical part of the system is the antenna system. This piece of equipment will transmit and receive all the client signals. It has to be powerful enough and simultaneously make use of as low energy as possible. On top of that the transmission graph must be wide enough to cover a wide area of user on the ground. Cyrus, Loon’s Network Engineering Lead, takes us inside the Loon antenna and describes some of the unique design considerations of balloon-based antenna systems


And in case you wondering how the cases are made there is a video for that as well. Almost every other week Project Loon YouTube channel uploads a new video answering a new question. Have a look here if you don’t want to miss anything

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