Miniaturized power modules for aircraft bodies
Aircraft maintenance can be time consuming and expensive. It is much simpler if the airplane itself reports, where maintenance is required. The best solution is an approach for the sensor network, which even ...
A brainy innovation takes flight
A team of Northeastern University engineering students has developed a system that allows a pilot to fly a simulated airplane using nothing more than his or her brainwaves a program that has piqued military and private-sector ...
Swiss solar plane to attempt first international flight
Switzerland's solar-powered aircraft is expected to attempt its first international flight as early as next week to Brussels, the team managing the project said on Thursday.
Lab focuses on new technology to prevent icing on planes, helicopters
A little rain or fog may seem like an insignificant threat to a helicopter or airplane. But minor clouds and precipitation can be the cause of canceled flights -- or fatalities.
Let there be flight
(PhysOrg.com) -- Two sheets of paper, a few strips of sticky tape and two paper clips that's all UA engineering students had to build a high-soaring paper airplane. The Flight Design Challenge was part ...
Have we reached peak travel?
Getting ice, frost off planes problematic
The buildup of ice on surfaces can cause problems in many situations: On airplane wings or on their engine turbine blades, ice can both add weight and interfere with a wings lift, which can make it impossible ...
Terrifying pterosaurs were fragile in flight
Pterosaurs, the largest creatures ever to take to the skies, were adept fliers in a balmy breeze but would have crashed in stormy weather, according to a study published Wednesday.
Should airplanes look like birds? Engineers envision more fuel-efficient design
Airplanes do not look much like birds -- unless you were to imagine a really weird bird or a very strange plane -- but should they? This question is exactly what a pair of engineers in California and South ...
Boeing blames Dreamliner fire on faulty power panel
US aerospace giant Boeing blamed a fire aboard a test 787 Dreamliner plane on faulty power panels as the already-delayed program reeled from its latest setback.
UF team's work pays off with unmanned-flight system that captures valuable data
On an airboat on Lake Okeechobee, four University of Florida researchers prepare to launch an airplane -- by hand.
Mars mysteries could be answered through airplanes
There are regions on Mars where the ground is much too rugged for a rover to explore. Instead, a robotic, rocket-powered airplane could be the ideal way to investigate some of these intriguing but as-yet inaccessible ...
Traveling by car increases global temperatures more than by plane, but only in long term
Driving a car increases global temperatures in the long run more than making the same long-distance journey by air according to a new study. However, in the short run travelling by air has a larger adverse ...
A plane that lands like a bird (w/ Video)
Everyone knows what it's like for an airplane to land: the slow maneuvering into an approach pattern, the long descent, and the brakes slamming on as soon as the plane touches down, which seems to just barely ...