Saturday, April 12, 2014

✈ New Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo ✈

Brief Description:

The Airbus A380 Superjumbo is a ultraefficient double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, an EADS subsidiary. Currently the largest passenger airliner in the world, superseding the Boeing 747 that was first introduced in 1969, and which was the largest and most expensive aircraft in the world until the introduction of the Airbus A380 in 2007. But it will still have a shorter fuselage than the Airbus A340-600 which is Airbus' next biggest passenger aeroplane.

The A380 is the first commercial airliner to have a central wing box made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic. It is also the first to have a smoothly contoured wing cross section. The wings of other commercial airliners are partitioned span-wise into sections. This flowing, continuous cross section optimises aerodynamic efficiency.
The cabin has features to reduce traveller fatigue such as a quieter interior and have a higher pressurisation than previous generation of aircraft. This means the A380 is pressurised and kept at the equivalent altitude of 1,520 m (5,000 ft) even when flying as high up as 12,000 m (39,000 ft).

Travellers can also be happy to have 50% less cabin noise during flights and 50% more cabin area and volume, larger windows, bigger overhead bins, and 60 cm (2.0 ft) extra headroom versus the 747-400.

The Seating options range from 4-abreast in the first class to 11-across in economy On other aircraft, economy seats range from 41.5 cm (16.3 in) to 52.3 cm (20.6 in) in width, A380 economy seats are up to 48 cm (19 in) wide in a 10-abreast configuration compared with the 10-abreast configuration on the 747-400 which typically has seats 44.5 cm (17.5 in) wide.

Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo Blueprint Aircraft Aviation Drawing Passanger Placement
Airbus A380-800 Superjumbo Blueprint Aircraft Aviation Drawing Passanger Placement Seating

525 to 853 passengers

15,700 kilometres or 8,500 nm

Twin-deck, Twin-aisle

Cross Section:
7,15m (7150 centimeters)

Wing Span:
79.8m (261ft 10in)

72,75m (238ft 8in)

24,08 m (79ft)

Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.85

Max Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.88

Cargo Volume:
600.00 cubic metres (21,188.82 cubic feet)

Maximum Payload:
152,400.00 kg (335,981.04 lbs)

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
560,000kg (1,234,600lb)

Minimum Take Off Distance:
2,898.65 metres (9,510.00 feets)

Minimum Landing Distance:
762.00 metres (2,500.00 feets)

Fuel Tank Capacity:
356,000.00 litres (94,055.20 gallons)

Country of origin
Europe (France, Germany, Spain, UK)

Maiden flight
27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France.

First commercial flight 
25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.

Named Airbus A3XX during much the development phase, but the nickname Superjumbo has since been given.

There are a number of a380 airlines currently in service and a few of you may already have traveled with british airways flights that uses the new "jumbo jet".  British Airways has ordered 12 A380 Superjumbos, which will be progressively delivered until 2016. British airways flight will have 10 by the end of 2015.

In Asia, Korean Air has ordered ten aircrafts type A380-861 of which the first one was delivered in May 2011. The korean air a380 ordered are a bit different than the other a380 airlines because they have furnished the A380s with only 407 seats. This means less seats than all other A380 airlines. However Korean Air is also the first airline that is having an reserved upper deck only for the Business Class. With another unique feature also being the small duty free shop, where passengers can purchase cosmetics, perfumes and alcoholic beverages. Now how about that for the company jet but I doubt anyone would have the use for an airbus a380 private jet in the near future.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

[Caught On Video] Meteorite Hurtles Past Norwegian Skydiver

One summer day in 2012, Anders Helstrup and several other members of the Oslo Parachute Club jumped from a small plane that had taken off from Østre Æra Airport in Hedmark.

Anders was wearing his wingsuit with two GoPro HERO3 cameras fixed to his helmet. After he had released his parachute something never before caught on camera happened. On the way down he realised something strange was happening.

Meteorite Hurtles Past Norwegian Skydiver Dark Flight GoPro Hero
Meteorite Hurtles Past Norwegian Skydiver GoPro Hero
“I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,”

After landing Anders looked at the film from the two GoPro HERO3 cameras from the jump, which then clearly showed that something did happen.

Something that looks like a stone hurtles past Anders, missing him by only a few metres.

“When we stopped the GoPro film, we could clearly see something that looked like a stone. At first it crossed my mind that it had been packed into a parachute, but it’s simply too big for that.”

Search for Meteorite in the forest

Later that day, Anders returned to Oslo. But he could not stop thinking about his strange experience, so he took time off from work to go back to the Rena area for a couple of days to look for the meteorite but with no luck.

“We continued the search during the summer. I got my girlfriend, family and friends to join the project. We searched the forest and kept looking.".

Eventually Anders contacted the Natural History Museum in Oslo.

 Meteorite experts get involved

“The GoPro film caused a sensation in the meteorite community. They seemed convinced that this was a meteorite, perhaps I was the one who was the most sceptical.”

Now Anders suddenly had a whole flock of meteorite enthusiasts following him. They analysed and triangulated and narrowed down the search area.

In the summer of 2012 Anders and his helpers had begun searching an area of one and a half square kilometres. Today, the area has been limited to 100 times a hundred meters, but that’s big enough especially when you’re not really sure what a meteorite looks like.

“I found a stone which I thought was a meteorite and took it to the museum. They just fell about laughing,"

“It can’t be anything else”

Although Andres is still not completely convinced that it was indeed a meteorite that flew past him, the experts are in no doubt.

“It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites. A fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,” said geologist Hans Amundsen.

He explained that the meteorite had been part of a larger stone that had exploded perhaps 20 kilometres above Anders.

Amundsen thinks he can make out coloured patches in the stone, and believes that in that case it may be a breccia a common type of meteorite rock.

“A world first”

When a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it slows down and ionizes molecules around it; it is this blazing track across the sky that is called a meteor.

When the light disappears, the meteorite enters the stage called "dark flight"; it then no longer travels at an angle, but falls straight down.

“It has never happened before that a meteorite has been filmed during dark flight; this is the first time in world history,” said Amundsen.

That fact means that the meteorite, which Amundsen says would normally be worth a few hundred thousand kroner, is actually far more valuable than its weight would suggest.

Help needed

How valuable the meteorite may be remains irrelevant so long as it has not been found.

“We just have to find out exactly where Anders was when the meteorite passed. At that moment the meteorite was falling straight down at about 300 kilometres per hour,” said Amundsen.

He points out that the terrain is difficult to search in marshes, thick forest and scrub. And now they want help in both calculating and searching. To get help, they have created a website.

“The aim of the website is to present the story in simple terms, relating what happened and letting people see the videos and still pictures,” explained Anders.

“Now nerds and creative people from all over the world can have a go,” said Amundsen.

He finds it hard to give an opinion on the probability of filming a meteorite during a parachute jump, but makes a try anyway. “It’s certainly much less likely than winning the lottery three times in a row.”

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