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The Great Aviation Transformation Begins

On this National Aviation Day, we’re going “X.” 

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of America’s original U.S. aviation pioneers — Orville Wright. But this year we also celebrate the pioneers of right now — the women and men of NASA who are changing the face of aviation by going “X.” We’re starting the design and build of a series of piloted experimental aircraft – X-planes – for the final proof that new advanced tech and revolutionary shapes will give us faster, quieter, cleaner ways to get from here to there.

So, what is an X-plane?

Since the early days of aviation, X-planes have been used to demonstrate new technologies in their native environment – flying through the air aboard an aircraft that’s shaped differently from the tube-and-wing of today. X-planes are the final step after ground tests. They provide valuable data that can lead to changes in regulation, design, operations, and options for travel. Two of the most famous historical X-planes are the Bell X-1 and the X-15.

Why can’t I fly supersonic now, say from New York to Seattle?

Because of the loud, jarring sonic boom. Commercial supersonic flight over land and, therefore over communities, is currently prohibited. Our supersonic X-plane will fly “quiet”; there’ll still be a sonic boom but it’ll sound more like a soft “thump.”  The Low Boom Flight Demonstration X-plane, scheduled for first flight in 2021 and to begin community overflight testing in 2022, will provide the technical and human response data to federal and international regulators so they can consider lifting the ban. If that happens, someday commercial supersonic passenger flights between U.S. coasts would be less than three hours.

This is a preliminary design of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration X-plane. Its shape is carefully tailored to prevent the formation of a loud sonic boom.

Will I ever be able to carry on a conversation when a plane flies overhead?

Yes. Our next X-plane will be one that flies at regular speed, but has advanced design technologies and a nontraditional shape that drop perceived noise level by more than half. It will also reduce fuel consumption by 60-80 percent, and cut emissions by more than 80 percent. Design of this piloted X-plane is expected to begin around 2020.

This possible X-plane design is a blended wing body, which reduces drag and increases lift, and also reduces noise because the engines are placed above the fuselage.

Will I ever fly on an airplane powered like my Prius?

Probably. All- or hybrid-electric aircraft that can carry 12 – 120 passengers are becoming more likely. For a larger aircraft and possible future X-plane, NASA is studying how to use electric power generated by the engines to drive a large fan in a tail-cone and get additional thrust for takeoff and reduce fuel use.

This possible future subsonic X-plane would use electricity to power a large fan in the tail-cone, providing extra thrust at takeoff.

We – along with our government, industry and academic partners – have begun the great aviation transformation. And you’ll witness every important moment of our X-plane stories, here and on every #NationalAviationDay.

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A supersonic boom quaking the earth beneath you caused you to look up from your book. You shot your gaze to look out the window only to see smoke rising high into the atmosphere. You were surprised there weren’t any flames considering how loud the impact was. Nonetheless, in your panicked state, you rushed from your house and to the crash site.

Upon further inspection, you realized it was a rather large ship-like structure. Or was it a plane? A hybrid of the two? Whatever it was, half of it was in the dirt. You skid to a stop when you heard a rather angry voice.

“You just had to say something.”
“I am Groot.”
“Don’t give me that!”
“I did not see him give you anything,” a third voice spoke.
“That is another expression,” a female voice spoke.

Despite your confusion, you hurried over to a door near you that seemed to be only slightly open. As you were inspecting it, a hand shot through the small opening and waved around. You gripped the back part of the bent piece and placed your foot on the side of the vehicle. Seeing as how your adrenaline was still pumping, you managed to pry the hole even wider. With a final pull, you slipped on your hold and fell onto the ground with a grunt.

“Woo! Thanks for opening that, Drax,” the voice paused, “You’re definitely not Drax.”

You flicked your eyes up to see a shirtless man. Recognizing your childhood sweetheart immediately, your eyes widened. He seemed to do the same.

You glanced around quickly and rambled, “How-What happened? And why aren’t you wearing a shirt? Not that I’m complaining because, mmm. I thought you ran away after-”
“Who’s she?” the first voice asked a bit irritated.

You glanced back to see a talking raccoon. A tree-man thing stood next to him along with a tattooed man and a green-skinned girl. With a yipe, you scrambled to your feet, gripping tightly onto Peter.

“That’s…a talking raccoon. And a walking tree,” you continued to panic, “Her skin is green! What-How-Huh?” You gripped your head. “Oh boy, I’m dizzy.”
Peter chuckled as he steadied you. “It’s a long story. Let’s get you back to your house.”

He began to walk you in the direction you had come from. You nodded as you tried to make sense of everything.

“Yeah. Home makes sense.”

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Pull List For November 15th, 2017

Happy #NewComicWednesday everyone! Yes our favorite day of the week is upon us once again! The Day when all the latest comic book issues release at your local comic book stores. We here at Multiverse know with so many titles releasing new issues, it may be hard to know what titles should be on your Pull List as you browse through the shelves. Well we wanted to share with you our personal Pull List to hopefully help you with your selections. We will give you the must haves from all the best and underrated publishers.

BOOM! Studios

1. Adventure Time Comics #17


Birthdays are celebrated, Marceline gets lumpy, and an underground city is revealed! - BOOM! Studios

2. Over the Garden Wall #20


Quincy and Marguerite try increasingly zany ideas to help out their failing tea business! -

BOOM! Studios

DC Comics

1. Aquaman #30


UNDERWORLD’ finale! After Dolphin confronts Aquaman with the horrifying truth of King Rath’s new regime, all hope for Atlantis is nearly lost until an emotional reunion with Vulko gives Arthur a renewed sense of purpose. Meanwhile, Mera attempts a dangerous new plan to penetrate the Crown of Thorns and reunite with the love of her life…  at the cost of her own soul! - DC Comics

2. Batman #35


Dream of Me’ part three! Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? Turns out he’s going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman’s true intentions will be exposed. - DC Comics

3. Batman Who Laughs One Shot

Finally we get the back story of the recruiter of The Dark Nights of the Dark Multiverse, as we discovered who really controls the strings in Batman Lost. The very essence that gave earth 0′s Batman the inspiration to dawn the cowl in the first place. We for one are interested in finding out how Batman became so joker like and obtain zombie robins. 


As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues - DC Comics

4. Justice League #33


A METAL tie-in! ‘BATS OUT OF HELL’ finale! it’s the Justice League versus the Dark Knights! FIGHT! The Dark Knights have taken a fallen Justice League to the frightening castle of [REDACTED] inside the possessed Gotham City, where they will be prepared as a sacrifice!  The Justice League’s only hope is Cyborg, whose return from the Dark Multiverse has changed him forever! - DC Comics

5. Nightwing #33


Raptor’s Revenge’ part four! The streets of Bludhaven are burning. Raptor is punishing Nightwing for rejecting him. Nightwing must rally the city and the Run-Offs and hope that Blockbuster’s hatred of him doesn’t outweigh his loyalty to the people of the Blud. - DC Comics

6. Supersons #10

It’s not the Fortress of Solitude and it’s not the Batcave….Read the latest issue of Supersons to discover how the boy wonder and boy of steel built their secret headquarters. 


SECRET HEADQUARTERS’! In the aftermath of 'Planet of the Capes,’ big changes challenge both Damian and Jon, as Superboy revels in his new power and a decision by Batman rocks Robin’s world forever. And as promised earlier, the debut of the Super Sons’ new secret headquarters! - DC Comics

7. Superman #35


LAST WISH’! Surrounded by his family, Superman has much to be thankful for, but not everyone is as fortunate. See the Man of Steel grant the wishes of some sick children for the holidays. - DC Comics

8. Trinity #15


DARK DESTINY’ finale! Constantine’s quick thinking has bought the trinity some time, but is it enough for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to stop Circe and Ra’s al Ghul from unleashing the Pandora Pits? Uncertainties mount as Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro rush in to…save the day? -DC Comics

9. The Wild Storm #9


Angie Spica is given access to Jacob Marlowe’s secret lab, and discovers a treasure trove of technologies and sciences strange, ancient and alien. In this underground hold, she begins the process of fixing herself-and, perhaps, even evolving herself. In another hidden room, Jackie King and her team at IO begin planning a covert cyberwar attack against Skywatch-something even her own boss doesn’t know she’s doing. - DC’s Young Animal

Lion Forge

1. Catalyst Prime: Incidentals #4


The covert operations team of superhumans funded by billionaire Bo Vincent Chen is taking their last stand against the paramilitary unit hunting down enhanced humans, and the final battle promises to leave one of them in the hands of the enemy.  - Lion Forge

2. Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2 #4


The Pilgrimage Part Four. The convoy has begun the most treacherous part of their journey, and soon waves of monstrous attackers threaten to overwhelm Voltron! Can Allura find a way to save the convoy? - Lion Forge

Marvel Comics

1. Amazing Spider-Man #791


SPIDER-MAN & MOCKINGBIRD, flying in the air, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! The romance is blooming, but the Fall of Parker is at hand!  Can down on his luck Peter Parker escape this latest conflict with his new relationship in one piece?  - Marvel Comics

2. Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #10


Ben Reilly, A.K.A. The Scarlet Spider, is a perfect clone of The Amazing Spider-Man… but with none of the responsibility! And now, someone’s encroaching on his turf in Vegas - the new Hornet! But who is he working for, and what will his former Slingers teammates - Dusk, Prodigy, and Ricochet - have to say about it?! - Marvel Comics

3. Champions #14


THE ELECTRIFYING TEAM-UP BETWEEN THE AVENGERS AND THE CHAMPIONS CONTINUES! The High Evolutionary is on a suicide course - and he plans to take billions of people from two worlds with him! How can even the Champions and the Avengers together save an entire planet from destruction? - Marvel Comics

4. Defenders #7


“KINGPINS OF NEW YORK Part 2″ The Kingpin’s kingdom is up for grabs and the streets of Marvel will burn as every major crime figure makes a play to be the next kingpin of crime! Unfortunately for them, this is exactly why the Defenders have gathered - to defend our streets and make them a safer place! Marvel Comics

5. Doctor Strange #381


Evil is everywhere and the world needs the Sorcerer Supreme more than ever. But is the world ready for LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME? He has the cloak, the spells - he’s even got Zelma Stanton as his assistant (and possibly more?) - but is this the chance he needed to become a hero, or is the god of lies dangerously close to unlimited power? And what happened to STEPHEN STRANGE? - Marvel Comics

6. Mighty Thor #701


“DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 2″ The Mangog comes to Asgard! But is one Thor enough to take down the Ultimate Judgment? Guest artist James Harren brings his talents to the Mighty Thor! It all leads to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe!

7. Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #297


Peter Parker is back in the friendly neighborhood, but he’s persona non grata as far as the NYPD is concerned! It’s the ol’ switcheroo as we here at the House of Ideas ask that classic question - PETER PARKER: THREAT OR MENACE?! - Marvel Comics

8. Punisher #218



For years, Frank Castle has been fighting a one-man war against criminals who endanger the innocent, but when a certain one-eyed operative offers him the tools to take his fight global… how could he say no? Find out how Frank found his way into the WAR MACHINE Armor!

- Marvel Comics

9. Secret Warriors #8



Mister Sinister turns his experimental talents on the Inhumans! Sinister has plagued the X-Men for years in his attempt to jump forward mutantkind’s next evolutionary step. Now, he’s looking to evolve the Inhumans - by kidnapping and torturing them! It’s up to the Secret Warriors, the greatest team of Inhumans on Earth, to stop him. But what happens when their most fearsome warrior, Karnak, leaves to pursue his own agenda?

- Marvel Comics

10.  Spider-Men II #4


“Miles vs. Miles!” The chaos of the moment is threatening to tear Peter’s life apart. Can he possibly allow Miles to continue on as Spider-Man?! Does Peter even have a choice anymore?

Valiant Entertainment

1. Ninja-K #1 


A NEW CAN’T-MISS ONGOING SERIES! From acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and superstar artist Tomas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), the United Kingdom’s most dreaded intelligence operative delves into the cold, calculating world of espionage and international intrigue! For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division - THE NINJA PROGRAMME - into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globetrotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn. But now… an unknown enemy is hunting and killing members of THE NINJA PROGRAMME one by one - and NINJAK is next on the list. - Marvel Comics


Supersonic Commercial Flight Gets a Breath of Life

The once and future dream of traveling from New York to L.A. in less than three hours is getting a shot in the arm thanks to a new round of NASA funding. Last week, the agency said it was putting $2.3 million into eight projects to overcome barriers to commercial supersonic flight. The announcement comes more than a decade after the Concorde completed the world’s last commercial supersonic flight.

The goal of the new work is to make supersonic flight greener by reducing high-altitude emissions and to cut down on the noise from sonic booms, the extremely loud report from a shockwave created by an aircraft accelerating faster than the speed of sound. 

(A concept supersonic aircraft created by NASA.)

Sonic booms are considered such a potential public nuisance that the Federal Aviation Administration has banned civilian aircraft from conducting supersonic flight over land since 1973. The agency is now looking at changing this rule with research like that being funded by NASA which shows that noise from booms can be significantly reduced.

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anonymous asked:

Okay this is sorta random but i've seen a few posts about it and now i can't stop thinking about tmr and a superpowers au


  • teresa with some kind of power that allows her to psychologically manipulate the fuck out of people, like she could look at them and they’d think their house was on fire
  • also telekinesis for teresa
  • im laughing it would be really useful if thomas could slow down or stop time so he could THINK abt things before he did them
  • minho w… superspeed i mean COME ON but also i get a kind of like supersonic boom type vibe from him ya feel
  • newt NEWT i would love for him to have?? some cool kinda control over shadows or darkness or SOMETHING im not even sure i just want dark!newt this is @badboygally‘s fault tbh
  • actually for newt it would be cool if he could manipulate matter and like? destroy things or put them together at his will fuck
  • gally w pyrokinesis… sign me up….
  • brenda being able to make earthquakes that would be fuckin cool

anon ur making me want this oh my god