News tagged with airplane

Using a phone to fly a drone (w/ video)

Imagine controlling an airplane in flight just by holding your iPhone out in front of you: tilting it in the direction you want the plane to travel, or raising it to make the plane fly higher. Or tapping a point on a map ...

Nov 08, 2011
5 / 5 (1) 5 | with audio podcast

Making runways safer

Airplanes undergo significant stresses during take-off and landing, and parts often become detached, putting subsequent runway users at risk. Until now, airport staff have had to monitor runways without technical ...

Aug 01, 2011
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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 ...

Jun 14, 2011
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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 ...

Jun 02, 2011
3.7 / 5 (3) 0

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 ...

Feb 23, 2011
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Have we reached peak travel?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Since the 1970s, passenger travel by vehicles and airplanes has grown rapidly in industrialized countries, and the International Energy Agency has predicted steady, though slower, travel growth ...

Jan 03, 2011 report
3.6 / 5 (9) 8 | with audio podcast

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 wing’s lift, which can make it impossible ...

Dec 22, 2010
3.8 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast