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      TechBits: flight technology (06.18.14)

      The main technologies behind flying haven't had drastic change in decades. {}Now, that's changing.European aircraft company Airbus is set to release an electric airplane. {}It's a departure form the petroleum engines that have been in use in aviation for about a century. The E-Fan is designed for short-term flights, particularly in the process of getting a pilot's license.There's been talk for years of commercial flight to the the edge of space. {}Now, some companies are building the aircraft that will take people there. {}The flights are expected to start at about $250,000, but they will likely come down in price over time. {}During the flights, people will experience about 6 minutes of weightlessness.An artist's conception is out for a spacecraft designed to hit warp speed- which is faster than the speed of light. {}The problem is that NASA scientists say the technology to drive the craft doesn't exist- and may not even be possible.
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