Category: Transport

How do planes use smart radar?

The radio waves that keep you safe in the sky and on land (Image source: Pixabay) What’s the weather going to be this afternoon? Tomorrow? Or even next week? Thanks to the weather forecast,...

What is the shipping forecast?

150 years after its maiden broadcast, the first public weather forecast system is still responsible for saving lives at sea Image source: Pixabay In late October of 1859 the iron-hulled Victorian ship Royal Charter...

Tractor evolution

How has farming progressed from horse-pulled carts to the tractors of today? (Image source: Pixabay) Tractors have been around since the 1800s, when John Froelich incorporated the first stable petrol-powered traction motor. For most...

How do electric aeroplanes work?

Inside the aircraft that’s leaving smaller carbon footprints in the sky than hi-octane jets Right now, there are an estimated 20,000 aeroplanes in use around the world. Around 3 billion people travel on these...

How do fighter jets refuel mid-air?

RAF Voyager is a flying tanker, on a mission to keep fighter jets aloft for as long as possible Image credit: Future plc Staring out of the window of an Airbus A330 aircraft, the...

What is an ion wind plane?

This futuristic concept could revolutionise aviation with silent and non-polluting power systems Image credit: Future PLC Air travel is one of the greatest barriers to reducing carbon emissions. Fossil fuel-powered jets and propellers have...

How do concrete mixers work?

These vehicles are vital to construction projects of every scale, but how do they get the job done so quickly and efficiently? (Image source: Pixabay) The need for different types of concrete – in...

Revealed: How to be a fighter pilot

Image source: Pixabay How It Works visits the RAF’s High-G facility to see how fighter pilots prepare for their greatest battle – against the forces of physics itself Royal Air Force pilots go through...

Daredevil stunt drivers

We investigate some of the most tyre-smoking, death-defying stunts that seem to fly in the face of physics It’s hard to watch the incredible vehicular stunts in films such as Fast and Furious and...