Category: Solidarity Economics

RoadEdge Shepherds™

Traditional TBL Tractors scoop up the nose landing gear, lifting it off the ground, avoiding the complexity and time penalty of connecting/disconnecting a towbar because the aircraft’s nose wheel weight provides the necessary downward force.

TBL systems are much shorter than conventional tug+towbar systems because they have a single pivot point instead of one at either end of the towbar, making its geometry simpler for more precise control with a wider variety of aircraft, requiring less maneuvering space.

RoadEdge Shepherds™ are wireless powered, semi-autonomous, electric TBL tractors capable of moving any aircraft from the smallest single-engine type to narrow-body airliners, military cargo and airline-sized business jets. Though the majority of aircraft do not require adapters, an automated tool changer enables a wide range of adapters for unique craft and circumstances.

The Velocity inspired Maelström scale-model will utilize a durable rectenna array film applied to the bottom of the wings and fuselage, providing main flight power within the TMA/TCA.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
NRL Conducts Successful Terrestrial Microwave Power Beaming Demonstration

OccultAlloy™ Data + Power + Control

RoadEdge™ Modules are low-profile, adaptive smartgrid-to-smartroad devices for semi-permanent, seasonal, and emergency deployment as the name implies alongside of the path, road, runway, on the periphery of forest or field, requiring no time-consuming and costly replacement or refurbishing of existing infrastructure. REMs are by design are extremely rugged, fault-tolerant, hot-swappable, quickly and inexpensively repaired and upgradeable.

Advanced motion capture give us precision metrics of the aircraft position and attitude for enhanced situational awareness at a reduced workload for pilot to ATC staff. This real-time data informs the modular system of emitters that employ phased-array beam focusing and steering, while also creating virtually instantaneous beam occultations (eclipses) when any person, animal, or object impinges upon the space between the aircraft and emitters.

LongSpéır AırBrıdge™

Scale Model Demonstrator Project
In this application, the term applies to a semi-autonomous ecosystem for underserved airports dedicated to general aviation and small to medium scale commercial aviation, providing features that would otherwise be economically unsustainable, with increased safety, reduced pilot workload and aircraft power requirements.

Instead of focusing on ever more advanced hardware for individual planes, affordable only by a few, we strive to democratize runway infrastructure for the common good of all aviators, through social and technological innovation in precision motion capture and precision directed energy for airborne and ground support vehicles.

While cruising at altitude consumes the greater overall fuel or battery power consumed, takeoff and climb stages consume energy at the highest rate in the shortest time. During these phases, the maximum effort is demanded of motors to generate thrust needed to reach cruising altitude. Hybrid aircraft with expensive onboard generators are not introduced to save the environment, but to save the escalating profit margins of aviation tech monopolies.

The near-term solution is proven, safe, secure beamed energy for Power Assisted Taxi, Takeoff, In-Pattern Loitering, Assisted Landing, thereby reducing onboard power requirements, increasing available launch power, load capacity, extending vehicle range, increased flight crew and passenger safety, a conservative solution that accelerates adoption of electric aviation.

Transit Doesn’t Need to Profit | RMTransit

Detractors often bring up the profitability of public transit as a point against spending money on transit projects, but does transit actually need to make money? Let’s talk about that.

Why Air Travel Sucks (And Is About To Get Worse) | More Perfect Union

The JetBlueSpirit merger is about to make flying even worse. Four airlines already control 82% of the U.S. market. If JetBlue is allowed to buy up one of the few low-cost airlines, it will cut flights and hike prices industry-wide. Aviation expert William McGee from the American Economic Liberties Project spoke with our producer Paula Pecorella about the looming merger and why flying keeps getting more hellish. It wasn’t always this bad. Decades ago, flight delays were rare, and planes had gourmet food and spiral staircases. Then deregulation happened.

UC Davis Seminar: Transportation Equity in California | Adonia E. Lugo, PhD

Full Title: Defining a Mobility Justice Research Agenda for Transportation Equity in California
Speaker: Adonia E. Lugo, PhD, Equity Research Manager, UCLA
Abstract: In 2017, the Untokening collective released the “1.0 Principles of Mobility Justice” and created a conversation around mobility justice in transportation planning practice. Lugo, the lead author of the principles, will comment on her work to define a research agenda rooted in mobility justice to advance transportation equity within the UC Institute of Transportation Studies system.

Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance (Scribd/Print/Kindle/Audible)
By Adonia E. Lugo, PhD • Equity Research Manager at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and a core organizer of The Untokening, and in May 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed her to the California Transportation Commission.

The Orwellian Nightmare Of Being A Truck Driver | Karen Levy | TMR

Long-haul Truckers are crucial to the American economy and value their independence, but are facing increased digital surveillance through mandatory digital monitors. These devices track their location and behaviours, leading to new forms of managerial and legal control. Karen Levy’s book Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance offers insight into this changing industry and raises questions about technology’s impact on work and privacy. The book highlights the challenges and resistance faced by truckers in this new reality. It contributes to discussions about protecting public interests and human dignity in the digital age.

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