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The Physics Behind NASA’s 'Quiet' Supersonic Jet Design

August 16, 2017 Given the current state of commercial air travel, any effort to get the flight over with more quickly could be considered noble. Supersonic flight is the obvious answer. That technology isn’t even new. The Concorde’s maiden flight was in 1969, and service ended in 2003. Getting a plane to fly...

Hyperloop Just Broke Its Speed Record. That Was The Easy Part

August 3, 2017 The future of high-speed transportation is fast approaching—at 192 miles per hour to be exact. Hyperloop One, the Los Angeles-based startup that’s developing Elon Musk’s brainchild, said Wednesday (Aug. 2) its passenger pod traveled farther and faster than ever before during a test late last month. The pod, which looks...

Drones Are Our Noisy Future: People Find Their Buzzing More Annoying Than Cars or Trucks

July 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The delivery mode of the future sounds terrible. A recent NASA study has found that the buzz of a drone is more annoying to people than the rumble of cars and trucks, a sign that the ambitions of Amazon, UPS and Domino’s Pizza to delivery their goods by drone could...

The Essential Guide To Staying In Shape On Your Next Business Trip

June 20, 2017 Among the lies I tell myself before business trips are two old favorites: “I’ll stick to seltzer and lime at cocktail hour” and “I’m going to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to exercise.” Typically, neither happens (my most consistent travel workout is lugging my exercise gear through the airport). But...

Airport Security Lines Are About to Get Worse―A Perfect Advertisement for TSA PreCheck

May 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Your laptop isn’t the only item you’ll have to part with at airport security. For over a year, the Transportation Security Administration has been quietly testing new security requirements at 10 U.S. airports, including in Los Angeles, Boston and Las Vegas, that require passengers to remove any electronic item larger...

At the Heart of Laptop Ban Debate, Officials Ask Which Is Worse: Bombs or Accidental Battery Fires?

May 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a debate over air travel safety, U.S. and European officials agree on one thing: Laptops on flights could be dangerous. The proposed expansion of a U.S. ban on laptops and other large consumer electronics in cabins could land more of these devices in the luggage hold, creating the risk...

Laptops and Tablets Are Now Banned from Use on 56 Routes to the US

March 21, 2017 The United States will prohibit passengers traveling on several routes to the US from the Middle East and North Africa from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone on board with them. The Department of Homeland Security will publicly announce the rule as early as today (March 21), according to senior...

Laptops and Tablets Have Been Banned From Being Used on 56 Routes to the US

March 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The United States will prohibit passengers traveling on several routes to the US from the Middle East and North Africa from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone on board with them. The Department of Homeland Security will publicly announce the rule as early as today (March 21), according to senior...

Laptops and Tablets Have Been Banned from Being Used on 56 Routes to the U.S.

March 21, 2017 The United States will prohibit passengers traveling on several routes to the US from the Middle East and North Africa from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone on board with them. The Department of Homeland Security will publicly announce the rule as early as today (March 21), according to senior...

There Were 46% More Potential Near-Misses Between US Planes and Drones

February 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Drones can deliver pizza and packages, but it’s illegal to fly them near aircraft under U.S. law. Yet, the Federal Aviation Administration logged 1,274 reports of “possible” drone sightings to air traffic control between February to September of 2016, a 46 percent increase from the same period the year prior,...