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Category: Aerospace Engineering

Computer-controlled ‘greenhouses’ in kitchens grow fresher, healthier produce

People can grow a variety of plants in the Heliponix GroPod. This photo shows Genova basil, red Russian kale, cherry tomatoes, cilantro and arugula being grown. Credit: Chris Adam/Purdue Research Foundation A Purdue University-affiliated startup that seeks to redefine “farm-to-table” when it comes to garden vegetables by delivering its first orders of an appliance that fits under a kitchen counter and grows produce year-round. Heliponix LLC, founded by two Purdue University graduates, has begun taking orders on its GroPod, a…

How are drones changing warfare, threatening security?

Credit: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Trump administration recently announced a new policy that could vastly expand the sale of armed aerial drones, a specialty of Nicholas Grossman. The professor of political science at the University of Illinois teaches international relations and is the author of the new book “Drones and Terrorism: Asymmetric Warfare and the Threat to Global Security.” He spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain. These weapons have given the U.S. a high-tech advantage…

Drone-based thermal imaging and analytics for energy efficiency

A thermal imaging test flight by an Airworks drone. Credit: MIT Sloan School of Management Say the word drone, and you’re likely to conjure up images of the latest military technology, the newest e-commerce delivery device, or something you snap a GoPro camera onto for aerial shots of the Grand Canyon. All of that is true. Increasingly, though, drone technology is entering traditional industries. One example is the construction industry, where drones are demonstrating their potential to assist in building…

Middle school youth explore nontraditional careers at MU

Middle school students and teachers get ready a day of discovery and learning at the kickoff of the nontraditional career exploration day, April 4. Photo by Melissa Grindstaff, MU College of Education. More than 70 middle school students became Mizzou Tigers for a day at a nontraditional career exploration event sponsored by University of Missouri campus partners and Commerce Bank on Wednesday, April 4. Students extracted DNA from a banana in a biochemistry lab, observed lungs inflating with oxygen during…

Quantum radar will expose stealth aircraft

Credit: University of Waterloo Stealth aircraft in the Canadian arctic will be no match for a new quantum radar system. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a new technology that promises to help radar operators cut through heavy background noise and isolate objects—including stealth aircraft and missiles—with unparalleled accuracy. “In the Arctic, space weather such as geomagnetic storms and solar flares interfere with radar operation and make the effective identification of objects more challenging,” said Jonathan Baugh,…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Southwest Airlines Flight 1380: Cracks in Airline Safety?

Over the last twenty years or so, the news about airline safety in the U. S. has been mainly good.  Before last week, the last time a passenger died in a U. S. commercial airliner accident was 2009, and for some time before that it’s been true that the most dangerous part of a plane trip is the drive to the airport.  But on Tuesday April 17, the explosive decompression that resulted from an engine fan blade on Southwest Airlines…

Optimizing space travel efficiency — ScienceDaily

Sending a human into space and doing it efficiently presents a galaxy of challenges. Koki Ho, University of Illinois assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, and his graduate students, Hao Chen and Bindu Jagannatha, explored ways to integrate the logistics of space travel by looking at a campaign of lunar missions, spacecraft design, and creating a framework to optimize fuel and other resources. Ho said it’s about finding a balance between time and the amount of fuel —…

Cycling motion keeps hydrofoils upright during flight

Credit: Delft University of Technology When you’re about to fall when riding your bike, you steer into the direction of the fall without even realising it. This correction can be explained using the principles of physics; your supports, i.e. the wheels, remain in balance due to the centre of gravity. Now, for the very first time, it has also been scientifically proven that this principle of bicycle stability can also be used to maintain the stability of a hydrofoil, such…

Automated lightweight construction reduces weight and costs

The Fraunhofer ENAS manufactures printed circuit boards in screen printing on a flexible plastic film. The tracks transmit electrical impulses – for example, to make LEDs glow. Credit: Fraunhofer ENAS The aircraft of the future flies electrically and autonomously, is feather-light and can be conveniently produced in a fully automated manner. While the electrification and permanent autopilot are still in their infancy, lightweight construction is already indispensable today. Digital manufacturing processes are about to be applied. Fraunhofer will present new…

Human factors research accelerates mission planning

GTRI researchers analyze the mission planning task. Shown are Senior Research Engineer John Huggins, Research Scientist Elizabeth Weldon, Research Engineer Jerry Ray and Research Scientist Stuart Michelson. Credit: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech The key to a successful flight mission is planning – sometimes several hours of it. Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) specialists in human factors and human computer interfaces are working with PMA-281, Strike Planning and Execution Systems in Patuxent River, Maryland, to streamline the current mission planning process…