This week the Euronews team has been braving the heat wave on the baking tarmac at the Paris Air Show to bring you the latest aerospace news and incredible tech innovations. Here are our top moments:
1. The personal helicopter-drone
The SureFly made by Workhorse claims to be the easiest helicopter to fly in the world. It has a top speed of 112kph and is controlled with a joystick and an ‘up-down’ button. CEO Steve Burns told us: “if you can fly a drone, you can fly this”.
2. The drone you can ride
The Flike (or ‘flying bike’) from Hungarian company Bye Gravity is essentially a drone you can sit on and fly like a helicopter. The Flike has already been tested and can reach speeds of 60kph. Bye Gravity CEO Balazs Kerulo told Euronews that the technology is “already here” and that the only thing left to do was to get certification from places like the European Aviation Safety Agency.
3. A flying car
The future is officially here. The AeroMobil is everything you would expect from car – except it also flies. The vehicle is also waiting for its certification but is expecting to be available to the public from 2020.
4. Thomas Pesquet
He may not be a tech innovation but it was definitely a highlight spotting astronaut Thomas Pesquet who recently returned from space after a six-month stay on the International Space Station.
5. Virtual reality
This year at the Paris Air Show, VR was everywhere you looked. The top attraction definitely seemed to be the Immersive Dassault Aviation application which allowed players to fly a Rafale fighter. Check out Euronews’ own VR collection here.
6. The displays
Of course, no trip to the Paris Air Show is complete without jaw-dropping stunts from a range of stunning aircraft. Watch some of them above and discover loads of other clips, and more, in our live blog