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Category: Aerospace Engineering

Scientist devises a solar reactor to make water and oxygen from moon rocks

With the successful test of this solar reactor design, Denk has achieved the first step, creating H2O on the Moon using solar thermal energy. For the second step, solar electrolysis would break the H2O into hydrogen and oxygen. Credit: Thorsten Denk: Presentation at the International Annual SolarPACES Conference 2017 An aerospace engineer has built a machine to make water and oxygen from the lunar regolith, powered by solar energy. Working over a ten year period at the Plataforma Solar de…

Trump OKs test program to expand domestic drone flights

In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, an exhibitor demonstrates a drone flight at CES International, in Las Vegas. White House officials said Trump will sign a memorandum Wednesday permitting states, localities and tribes to craft their own pilot programs to test drones. There is no limit on the number of communities that can participate. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Some Americans could see a lot more drones flying around their communities as the result of a Trump administration test program…

New York advances drone industry with testing corridor

In this Oct. 17, 2017 photo, Nick Brown, a drone pilot for Pulse Aerospace of Lawrence, Kan., stands beside a Pulse Vapor unmanned aircraft at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y. New York is investing $30 million in a 50-mile drone testing corridor between Rome and Syracuse for drone research and development. (AP Photo/Mary Esch) Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in…

Israel Aerospace Industries, Hankuk Carbon, to make drones

Israel Aerospace Industries says it has formed a joint venture with Korean company Hankuk Carbon to make unmanned aircraft together. It says the new company, called Korea Aviation Technologies, will develop drones with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Its products will be aimed at both the military and civilian markets in South Korea. The two companies signed their joint venture agreement on Tuesday at the International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Seoul. Each will hold a 50 percent stake…

Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister

A view of Quebec City taken on July, 16 2017 A Canadian passenger plane landed safely after it was hit by a drone in the first case of its kind in the country, a cabinet minister said Sunday. With increasing numbers of unmanned aerial devices in the skies, collisions are still rare, but authorities around the world are looking at ways to keep jetliners out of harm’s way. The Canadian incident happened last Thursday when a drone collided with…

How scientists used NASA data to predict the corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse — ScienceDaily

When the total solar eclipse swept across the United States on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA satellites captured a diverse set of images from space. But days before the eclipse, some NASA satellites also enabled scientists to predict what the corona — the Sun’s outer atmosphere — would look like during the eclipse, from the ground. In addition to offering a case study to test our predictive abilities, the predictions also enabled some eclipse scientists to choose their study targets in…

NASA sounding rocket instrument spots signatures of long-sought small solar flares — ScienceDaily

Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument — short for Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager — lasted 15 minutes, with just six minutes of data collection. But in that short time, the cutting-edge instrument found the best evidence to date of a phenomenon scientists have been seeking for years: signatures of tiny solar flares that could help explain the mysterious extreme heating of the Sun’s outer atmosphere. FOXSI detected a type of light called hard…

Asteroid tracking network observes close approach — ScienceDaily

On Oct. 12 EDT (Oct. 11 PDT), a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). This is a little over one tenth the distance to the Moon and just above the orbital altitude of communications satellites. This encounter with TC4 is being used by asteroid trackers around the world to test their ability to operate as a coordinated international asteroid warning network. 2012 TC4 is estimated to be…