Engineers study birds, bees to design unmanned vehicles
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Arizona aerospace and mechanical engineers are studying bird and bee flight to develop unmanned vehicles that stay aloft longer and cope with sudden and severe changes in airflow.
UA engineers study hybrid systems to design robust unmanned vehicles
The UA College of Engineering's Hybrid Dynamics and Control Laboratory is developing mathematical analysis and design methods that could radically advance the capabilities of unmanned aircraft and ground vehicles, ...
Robots imitate honey bees for aircraft aerobatics
(PhysOrg.com) -- Australian scientists have developed a novel autopilot that guides aircraft through complex aerobatic manoeuvres by watching the horizon like a honey bee.
USAF vehicle breaks record for hypersonic flight
An experimental aircraft has set a record for hypersonic flight, flying more than 3 minutes at Mach 6 - six times the speed of sound.
Making serial parts out of metal powder
Complex-shaped components in aircraft engines can be produced quickly and at a reasonable price using selective laser melting. This has been demonstrated by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser ...
Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video)
Swiss pilots aim to circle world in a solar-powered plane
Bertrand Piccard is no conventional environmental activist -- he hopes to raise awareness about the potential of renewable energy by flying a solar-powered aircraft around the world.
Research in aircraft control systems and robotics helps improve flight safety
(PhysOrg.com) -- At first blush, it may not seem like robots and aircraft control systems have anything in common. When you put them together, however, you arrive at the core of Guangjun Liu’s unique research ...
Superfast airplanes through super tiny technology
An interdisciplinary team of scientists led by Princeton engineers has been awarded a $3 million grant to study how fuel additives made of tiny particles known as nanocatalysts can help supersonic jets fly ...
GE to open advanced tech center in Michigan
General Electric announced plans Friday to open an "advanced manufacturing technology and software center" in Michigan that could create more than 1,100 job in the coming years.
Airliners could save fuel by taking a hint from birds flying in formation
(PhysOrg.com) -- From Leonardo da Vinci to the Greek tragedy of Icarus, birds have emboldened scientific minds to master flight. Now, Stanford researchers can be added to the list of ornithologically inspired ...
The rocket that thinks it's a jet
(PhysOrg.com) -- A reusable spaceplane that can take off from a conventional aircraft runway, carry over twelve tonnes to orbit and then return to land on the same runway could be less than a decade away thanks ...
Road-worthy plane? Or sky-worthy car?
(PhysOrg.com) -- What began as an MIT student project has evolved into a working prototype of a two-seater airplane that can be quickly converted into a road-worthy car. The car-plane has begun test flights ...
Continuous Descent: Saving Fuel and Reducing Noise for Airliners
(PhysOrg.com) -- Airline passengers arriving in Atlanta on early morning “redeye” flights during the past few months may have noticed something different during their descent to the runway. Instead of ...