November Around the World

Asmaleh Zefuru walking down the aisle after flying a K-570 light aircraft which took him 10 years to build himself

November Around the World

This month, Kelly Lattimer, a retired fighter pilot in the U.S Air Force and NASA’s first female research test pilot was appointed as “Virgin Galactic

November Around the World

The American startup company “Blue Origin” built an unconventional off-road-vehicle that can be in space for up to four minutes

November Around the World

Mitsubishi’s MRJ Aircraft conducted its first flight this month, and with that marked its return to the commercial aircraft market

November Around the World

Following a series of shark attacks on the coasts of Australia, this month UAV’s were deployed in order to protect the beachgoers

UAV’s versus sharks in Australia, NASA’s first Female research test pilot with another great achievement, jeep tours on Mars, a first Japanese Airliner after 50 years, a new Astronaut course opened and the African that landed straight onto the aisle.

Tal Giladi | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer Zubida

UAVs VS. Sharks
Here missiles, there sharks: following a series of shark attacks on the coasts of Australia, this month UAVs were deployed in order to protect the beachgoers. The UAVs send photos with GPS coordinates to their operators with which the sharks are found. This solution is a part of the New South Wales Government widespread plan to return safety to the shores. A part of the program, which will cost 16 Million Australian Dollars, ecological smart nets and traps will be positioned and send out an alert once the shark is caught – in order for it to be released quickly far away from the shore. Additionally, in the summer, patrol helicopters will be deployed and the authorities will be encouraged to install applications on their smartphones that warn about sharks in real-time.

Women on Mars, Men on Venus
Female representation in outer space: this month, Kelly Lattimer, a retired fighter pilot in the U.S Air Force and NASA’s first female research test pilot was appointed as “Virgin Galactic’s” (the private space company) new research test pilot. Lattimer will be trained to test fly “Virgin Galactic’s” new Spacecraft, which will be a new height for the pilot that has worked for “Boeing” and for NASA research center. “This is an exciting and busy year for us”, the company stated, that is now working on a second spacecraft after losing the first in a crash a year ago. At the moment there is no approximated date for launch.

Jeep Tour in Space
An off-road-vehicle landed VTOL in space while moving mach 3.7 and marked a historical achievement in vertical landing. The American startup company “Blue Origin” built an unconventional off-road-vehicle that can be in space for up to four minutes: “We aspire to promote human presence in space and our developments advance humanity beyond this planet which is all we know”, said the company’s representative. Will we soon get to see a jeep tour in space? Not that quickly. As opposed to other projects, such as “Virgin Galactic’s” spacecraft project, which fund themselves from space tourism and ticket that are bought for a fortune just for a few minutes in space, “Blue Origin” still faces many scientific experiments and development process and is not yet open to wide audience.

From Japan, with Love
Mitsubishi’s MRJ Aircraft conducted its first flight this month and with that marked its return to the commercial aircraft market, 50 years after presenting an airliner aircraft. The MRJ, which seats 100 people, completed a one hour flight from the airport in Nagoya and will officially begin reviewing jets. After a three year delay, the first model is expected to be handed over in the middle of 2017, with 223 orders and an additional 184 orders that haven’t been completed yet. The biggest order is from the United States and Japan see’s the aircraft as an economic advancement as all the developments come from Japan. “This is the dawn of a growing era for the aviation industry in Japan”, stated the Minister of Economy and Commerce Motto Haishi. “This aircraft will set the growth of Japans economy in motion”.

Wanted: Astronauts
Have you always dreamt of becoming an astronaut? This month, NASA began registration for the new astronaut class whose graduates will carry out missions in deep space. In addition to a BA in engineering, biology or mathematics, at least flying 1,000 hours in a jet, the candidates “will bring the Mars research to new heights and will help NASA to execute its goal – a white flag on Mars”, according to NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden. “The chosen candidates will fly from America in a spaceship to the international station and will help break through the borders of technology as we know it today”, added Bolden. Good luck!

Flying to Happiness
Arriving at your wedding in a plane? Building the plane based on YouTube videos? If you ask Asmelash Zeferu, a young man from Ethiopia – it’s definitely possible. The real surprise is the fact that Zeferu had never flown before. Zeferu walked down the aisle after flying a K-570 light aircraft for self-construction that took 10 years to build and realized two dreams in a day, marrying his loved one and flying a plane as he dreamt to since he was a child. His build was inspired by American models from the twenties and thirties, after salvaging second hand parts for years and collecting parts. The flight he took on the day of his wedding was the planes second attempt, following the failure of the first because of a broken propeller.
“I never thought my dream would really come true and that I would fly someday”, said Zeferu on his wedding day.

 

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