Researchers at Cambridge University’s Rolls Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) are engineering new materials to make the jet engines of the future. Current aircraft engines use turbine blades made from nickel-based superalloys containing nickel and aluminium, but with increasing demands for planes … Continued
You may have seen small aircraft performing incredible stunts in the air, but could a larger aircraft manage some aerial acrobatics too? Find the answer with our latest video! Find the answer to more baffling questions in How It Works magazine. Order it in print, download it onto … Continued
UK airspace is one of the busiest in the world, with over 6,000 flights travelling through it every day. The majority of this activity occurs above the south-east of England, which is home to five major airports, but it’s not just commercial … Continued
This ultralight quadcopter could provide the answer for people dreaming of piloting their own aircraft. A thermal battery powers four high-speed electric motors, which allows the Airboard to fly over any type of terrain you can throw at it. The … Continued
World View Enterprises Inc. have brought commercial space flight one giant leap closer. The company has conducted a successful test flight of its space balloon, that it hopes will take tourists to the edge of space as early as 2016. … Continued
Before the invention of power assisted steering, a three-point turn took a tremendous amount of time and effort. Changing the direction of the wheels, tyres, brake discs, pads and framework used to leave many drivers with a repetitive strain … Continued
Can the latest driverless technology out perform the skill and bravery of the fastest racing driver? According to Audi it’s got the potential to. The latest car to go driverless is the Audi RS7, however this car aims to do … Continued
Dubai might just have the fastest police force in the world. Rather than using Vauxhalls and Fords, the local law enforcement officers patrol the city streets in a fleet of supercars, including Lamborghini Aventadors, Bugatti Veyrons, Chevrolet Camaro SSs and Bentley Continentals. The Lamborghini … Continued
In March 2015, an aircraft powered only by solar energy took off in an attempt to complete the first-ever solar powered round-the-world flight. The Solar Impulse 2 started its mammoth journey in Abu Dhabi, and has been flying over oceans and continents to get back to where … Continued
1) Eco-friendly travel Research by Eurotunnel’s main operator, Eurostar, revealed that travelling from London to Paris by Eurostar creates one tenth of the CO2 that would be generated by flying there. 2) Tunnel of love The south tunnel is used when … Continued
The Pullman Palace Car Company, established in 1862 in the United States, cornered the market on luxury train travel, and Pullman coaches have been part of the Royal Train from Queen Victoria in 1869 to Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee in 2013. Discover … Continued
Breaking the sound barrier means exceeding the speed of sound at 12,192 metres (40,000 feet), that’s about 1,062 kilometres per hour (660 miles per hour). When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier with the Bell X-1 rocket plane in 1947, … Continued
To perform a 360-degree loop, an aircraft needs to achieve three phases in quick succession: the entry, the climb and the exit. Each of these would cause particular problems to anything the size and weight of even a small commercial … Continued
Signal failures are almost as old as the railway itself – with the first primitive wayside signalling systems being introduced in 1832. These days signalling relies on a combination of movable sections of track (known as points), track circuits that … Continued
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet is a fifth-generation supermaneuverable aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force. It’s used for a diverse range of missions including intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic attack. To see the F-22 Raptor in action and discover how it … Continued
From the makers of science and technology magazine How It Works comes Incredible Flying Machines. This digital-only edition is crammed full of amazing aircraft, awe-inspiring imagery and facts, making it a must-have for any aviation enthusiast. Inside, you’ll learn about drone aircraft and how … Continued
A short video of our trip to the Ford factory in Cologne Germany. Full article to appear in issue 67 of How It Works!
A chat with Simon Milward who has recently returned from crossing the channel on a solar powered boat!
A very, very cool video on the incredible new flagship aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy
A quick chat with Captain of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar Gerard d’Aboville, the largest solar powered boat in the world
This week we chat to Jerry Sanders, CEO and Chairman of SkyTran Inc. who are developing a brand new transportation system.