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Category: Aerospace Engineering

Study finds drones more damaging than bird strikes to planes

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Drones that collide with planes cause more damage than birds of the same size because of their solid motors, batteries and other parts, a study released by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday found. The study’s researchers say aircraft-manufacturing standards designed for bird strikes aren’t appropriate for ensuring planes can withstand collisions with drones. The FAA said it will depend on drone makers to help develop technology to detect and avoid planes. Reports of close…

How Technology Has Improved Education

Positive Effects of Technology on Modern Education Today, technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives and has drastically changed many areas of society in positive ways, including education. Technology has revolutionized the processes of teaching and learning and made them more easy, interesting, and enjoyable. Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning Technological developments like computers, mind training software, digital cameras, 3D visualization tools, PowerPoint presentations are great tools for teachers to help students develop their cognitive skills such…

NASA advances concepts for next-gen aircraft

Credit: NASA An aviation renaissance, one focused on energy efficiency and economic impact, is on the horizon, and it’s changing how engineers look at aircraft power and design.  Although the aircraft industry continues to adopt innovative technologies, which are making current aircraft more energy efficient, there’s new interest in exploring alternative propulsion systems and energy sources. This new interest presents an opportunity to develop cutting-edge technologies that will dramatically reduce fuel usage, while opening up potential new markets and business opportunities for…

Software vastly improves the ability of ships to reroute through unpredictable weather

The Navy is using new software developed by UConn engineering professor Krishna Pattipati to vastly improve the ability to route ships through unpredictable situations. Credit: University of Connecticut Major research discoveries generate news headlines. But a research undertaking by one University of Connecticut engineering lab seeks to forestall some headlines of a different kind. The loss of life because of weather events, as happened on Oct. 1, 2015 when cargo ship El Faro sank with its 33-member crew in Hurricane…

The First Evidence of Exoplanets — ScienceDaily

Beneath an elegant office building with a Spanish-style red tiled roof in Pasadena, California, three timeworn storerooms safeguard more than a century of astronomy. Down the stairs and to the right is a basement of wonder. There are countless wooden drawers and boxes, stacked floor to ceiling, with telescope plates, sunspot drawings and other records. A faint ammonia-like smell, reminiscent of old film, fills the air. Guarding one storeroom is a short black door with a sign saying “This door…

Gradation-tint smart window

Dimming glass (20 cm x 20 cm) whose darkness can be varied from a completely darkened state (left) to a completely clear state (right). Credit: National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) NIMS, Waseda University and Tama Art University developed together smart glass capable of producing various shades on its surface. Unlike the conventional types, the newly developed tinting smart glass allows users to easily change the shaded area of a window. For example, a user would be able to change…

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…