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31/08/17
The use of electron beam welding in aerospace engineering has enabled some of the biggest breakthroughs in the field - which has led to the dawn of consumer space travel just around the corner.

What this will look like for the general public has up to now been unknown, however, this week, space travel entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled what his newly designed spacesuits look like. While the traditional spacesuit is thought of as a big and bulky outfit, Musk’s SpaceX suit is more streamlined and stylish.

In a post on his Instagram page, Musk explained that this wasn’t just a mock-up, but a working prototype: “Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics and function. Easy to do either separately”.

The spacesuit will be used for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, according to BT.com, a programme which will launch astronauts from the US to the International Space Station. At present, astronauts must be launched from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

SpaceX already runs private flights with supplies for the International Space Station, however, has not launched private flights with human passengers as of yet.

However, earlier this year, Elon Musk announced that he would be launching a private flight around the moon for two private paying customers. The passengers haven’t yet been announced, while they await medical approval, however they have paid a significant deposit to fund the mission.

Critics have said that a flight in 2018 is a lofty goal however, so only time will tell if these private citizens will get to don this spacesuit next year.
22/08/17
DeLorean is a name that’s become synonymous with futuristic-looking cars and, of course, the infamous flying, time-travelling vehicle in the Back to the Future trilogy.

It therefore seems only natural that Paul DeLorean, nephew of John DeLorean, who founded the automaker that produced the car featured in the movies, is working on a flying car concept of his own through his company DeLorean Aerospace.

Speaking recently to Wired, he revealed that his firm is making progress with its design for a flying car.

“We are moving forward on a full-size, piloted prototype which will carry two passengers and is designed to operate, fully electric, for a range of 120 miles,” Mr DeLorean stated.

The car itself will have two seats and be a vertical takeoff vehicle, with the ultimate aim to make this car self-flying so that anyone can use it.

At almost 20 feet long and 18.5 feet wide, it’s far larger than a standard road car, but there are clever design features to make it a little more manageable when it comes to storage. For instance, the wings can fold into tuck against the sides of the car to allow it to fit into a large garage.

The biggest headline from the DeLorean specs though is the range. Companies such as Neva Aviation and Airbus, who are both developing flying cars of their own, are aiming for much shorter ranges with their vehicles - 25 and 50 miles respectively.

Far from being a sci-fi dream, flying cars are getting ever closer to being a reality and this area of development is a growing sector within the aerospace industry.

Wards Auto recently reported that at least ten companies are expected to launch flying cars within the next five years, with some businesses already taking pre-orders for their flying vehicles.

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03/08/17
It’s not every day when you work with helium leak testing in the oil industry and run into one Mr Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook founder and CEO surprised workers in Williston, North Dakota, by arranging a last minute visit to their tracking site to understand more about the oil and gas industry. His visit is part of his 2017 resolution to visit every state in America. Zuckerberg is known for his annual pledges and he describes them as necessary for him to “to learn new things and grow outside of my work”.

It is reported that his visit included being shown round a drilling rig as well as a round table discussion about the effects of fracking and the wider oil industry. He took to Facebook to state

“I believe stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation. Given that, I think it's even more important to learn about our energy industry, even if it's controversial. I encourage all of you to get out and learn about all perspectives on issues you care about too. Regardless of your views on energy, I think you'll find the community around this fascinating.”

He goes on to make comments on the wider community he met in this isolated town as well as highlighting social issues in such transient communities. Local Newspaper, The Bismark Tribune, interviewed executive director of the Williston Economic Department Shawn Wenko who said “He came across as a very nice guy, very open to conversation,” Wenko said. “We were excited that, of all the places in the world he could choose to go, he chose to come here and understand the oil and gas industry.”

With tracking being such a contentious issue it is refreshing to see someone so prominent promoting education, understanding and open discussion in the oil industry.