Attention and praise are quite rightly going to be heaped on pilot André Borschberg, but behind the scenes Solar Impulse is also the work of a giant logistical operation that would put a space mission to shame.
Knowing exactly how to safely evacuate a plane could one day save your life, so researchers created a terrifying Oculus Rift emergency-landing simulation that looks far more effective than a safety pamphlet ever could be. See more >
Anyone who has ever suffered a cramped long-haul flight, in seats that seem to encourage discomfort, will be happy to learn that Toyota has developed special seating that can accommodate a "wide range of body sizes".
Wouldn't decorating for Christmas be so much easier if you could simply have a decked-out tree delivered to your home that would then simply up and fly away on the 26th? Well, Santa's got a brand new drone thanks to design fly-master Otto Dieffenbach…
To help ease the lack of personal space, much-maligned US airliner Delta will this week start serving craft beer on its flights. The menu of obscure bevvies is enough to make any hipster-traveller drool.
"If the sky was full of cars flying all over the place, it would affect the skyline. And it would be noisier and there would be a greater probability of something falling on your head. Those are not good things," says Elon Musk.