Briefs Manned Systems
New design removes the need for mechanisms to perform active tilting of the wings or rotors, reducing system mass.
Briefs Data Acquisition
The simulations provide insight on the models needed to simulate a full-scale landing event.
BIRDAR™ detected small birds at distances of 1.2 to 1.3 km and large birds.
The low-density, graphene-based aerogel could make aircraft as quiet as a hairdryer.
Thermoplastic composite materials (TPC) are gaining momentum for use in commercial airplanes and other aerospace applications, including electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Briefs Robotics, Automation & Control
An algorithm runs onboard a vehicle, providing important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.
News Unmanned Systems
Cadillac unveiled three electric vehicle (EV) concepts at CES 2021. They included the Halo Portfolio autonomous van, the VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) Concept autonomous aircraft...
Learn how to take on a “follow-the-wire” design approach.
Nearly a quarter-century ago, the Vertical Flight Society, a helicopter-industry group founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, published a graphic dubbed “V/STOL Aircraft and...
Articles Robotics, Automation & Control
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Application Briefs Sensors/Data Acquisition
Beta Technologies is putting their Electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOL) prototype through the wringer.
Application Briefs Motion Control
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is home to one of the largest buildings in the world — the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — and also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The...
This technique lowers airstream noise generated at the side edges of deployed flaps, elevons, or slats.
Application Briefs RF & Microwave Electronics
Learn about the Draper Multi-Environment Navigator.
NASA’s Langley Research Center developed an inexpensive, long-endurance, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is capable of flying for 24 hours, landing in a 50 × 50...
Briefs Sensors/Data Acquisition
Landing multi-rotor drones smoothly is difficult. Complex turbulence is created by the airflow from each rotor bouncing off the ground during a descent. This turbulence is not well understood nor is it easy to compensate for, particularly for autonomous drones. That is why takeoff and landing are...
Landing is stressful on a rocket’s legs because they must handle the force from the impact with the landing pad. One way to combat this is to build legs out of materials that absorb some of...
Honeywell Debuts Fly-By-Wire System for Urban Air Mobility, Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft
Honeywell (NYSE:HON) engineers in Phoenix have packed the “brains” of an airliner’s flight controls into a “fly-by-wire”...
News Manned Systems
At January’s CES ’19, more than 170 exhibitors showed aerial drones of various shapes and sizes. Potential use cases for these devices appear to be limitless, but technical, legal and...
Heat shields are essentially used as the brakes to stop spacecraft from burning up and crashing on entry and reentry into a planet's atmosphere. Current spacecraft heat shield methods include...
Real-Time, Fuel-Optimal, Powered Descent Guidance Using Interpolated Time-of-Flight and Propellant Mass
Soft landing using rockets requires a trajectory to be planned for the lander from rocket ignition — typically several kilometers in altitude and moving at up to 200 m/s — to the point near the surface with near-zero velocity. The exact...
Application Briefs Test & Measurement
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The United States Air Force's (USAF) activities to establish air superiority and support ground combat units often...
Application Briefs Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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BRS Aerospace has engaged Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (WSU-NIAR) to develop...
The development of sensors to assist helicopter landing in degraded visual environments (DVEs) is currently an important US Army requirement addressing the...
Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Aircraft with Vectored Thrust for Control and Continuously Variable Pitch Attitude in Hover
Most fixed-wing VTOL unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) take off vertically, then transition to horizontal flight. This is a new type of UAV that has unique capability. It can vary its hover position from “nose up”...
NASA officials in Washington are pledging to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of an anomaly with a rocket booster on the Soyuz MS-10 manned spacecraft,...
News Manned Systems
A team of engineers from NASA and Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. successfully completed the eighth and final test of the Orion spacecraft Capsule Parachute Assembly System...
Airplanes, one of humanity's greatest inventions, evoke feelings of awe and amazement for most people, unless you live uncomfortably close to a major airport, in which case the feeling may become annoyance and irritation....
Briefs Test & Measurement
Optical Method for Detecting Displacements and Strains at Ultra-High Temperatures During Thermo-Mechanical Testing
NASA's Langley Research Center has developed an optical method for detecting displacements and strains at ultra-high temperatures during thermo-mechanical testing. This innovation will provide displacement and strain measurements in...