Around the World - October

Panic struck the passengers of an “American Airlines” Boeing 757 plane after parts of it began to break apart while it was in the air

Around the World - October

After a delay of approximately four years, last month Japan unveiled the new passenger jet manufactured by MRJ

The world of aviation in the month of October: the landing of a mysterious spaceplane, the new Japanese plane, the American Airlines plane that lost control and UAVs starring in marketing tricks
Eilon Tohar

Has a mysterious spacecraft been doing over the past two years in space? What happened on the strange flight of an American Airlines plane and which plane did the “land of the rising sun” launch? IAF Site explores the month of October around the world.

The American unmanned spacecraft lands after 22 months
After almost two years in space, the Boeing X-37 spacecraft landed at the United States Air Force airbase in Vandenberg, California and attracted attention all around the world.

On December 11th, 2012, it was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and remained in space for 674 days, during which it conducted an unknown number of experiments. Speculations were not long in coming: Over the last two years, space enthusiasts have raised different hypotheses regarding the innovative tool. Some theories hold that it is a spying spacecraft, while others assert that it is intended to jam enemy satellites and even carry nuclear weapons. While the imagination of different people around the internet runs wild, the activities and goals of the X-37 have been kept secret or have been vaguely report by US authorities.

Watch the landing of the mysterious spacecraft:

 

 

 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a senior compute scientist
Dr. Alan Eustace, Vice President of Google, surprised the world when he jumped from an altitude of 41 kilometers and, in so doing, broke the world record for free falling. In a suit that was prepared especially for him and after climbing the atmosphere for two hours using a giant helium balloon, he fell at a speed no less than 1,300 kilometers an hour, which is higher than the speed of sound. Eustace broke the record of Felix Baumgartner, who was the first to exceed the speed of sound about two years ago at a highly publicized event, in which he fell from an altitude of 39 kilometers. Unlike his predecessor, Eustace made sure to keep quiet and maintain a low profile while he was practicing over the past three years of the complex project he funded. The fall lasted 15 minutes, 4.5 minutes of which went by before the parachute opened.

Japan Launches A New Plane
After a delay of approximately four years, last month Japan unveiled the new passenger jet manufactured by MRJ. The plane was received by 500 attendees at the “Nagoya” airport, where the Japanese Deputy Minister of Transportation said in his speech that “the new plane will give the Japanese transportation industry a boost”.

The Disintegrating American Airlines Plane
Panic struck the passengers of an “American Airlines” Boeing 757 plane after parts of it began to break apart while it was in the air. The plane was on its way from San Francisco to Dallas when a powerful explosion was heard and the interior panels disconnected from the interior walls of the plane. The saga ended with an emergency landing back in San Francisco. The uncontested star of the incident was a passenger named James Wilson, who reported on the event on his Facebook page in real time and was then at the center of all the media threads.

Pizza Delivery From the Air
The field of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) is gaining momentum not only in the air force, but also in the civilian world. A recently-passed law in the United States allowing the operation of UAV in airspace has led to a variety of commercial initiatives and gimmicks, including “Domino’s Pizza” delivery using UAVs as well as similar initiative by “Amazon”. A video that was uploaded last month shows UAV race reminiscent of the film “Return of the Jedi” from the Star Wars series.