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A Motorless Sailplane to Explore Mars’ Atmosphere

The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.

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Aerospace

Flight-Testing of New Airbus A321XLR Gathers Momentum

Following the maiden flight of A321XLR development aircraft MSN11000, two more prototypes, currently in advanced stages of manufacture, will join the certification flight-test...

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Aerospace

How Much Do You Know About Electric Aircraft Advances?

How much do you know about the advances regarding to electric aircraft?

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Aerospace

Ceramic Matrix Composites Offer Lighter, More Durable Engine Parts

If you're looking for the next cool idea in sustainable aviation, Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) Andy Lazur may have just the thing. Only it’s designed to run hot.

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Manned Systems

The Sky is No Longer the Limit Celebrating 75 Years of Air Force Technology

Since its inception, the mission of the United States Air Force has been to fly, fight, and win — delivering airpower anytime, anywhere in defense of our nation.

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Manned Systems

Lignin-Based Jet Fuel Packs More Power

An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.

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Power

Air Force Technology Timeline

On the U.S. Air Force's 75th anniversary, see a timeline of how far it has come technology-wise.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Tiny Limbs and Long Bodies: Coordinating Lizard Locomotion

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard...

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Propulsion

Interuniversity Project to Design Wave-Powered Autonomous Robot

With the perpetual motion of its waves and tides, the Earth's ocean represents a highly predictable, theoretically limitless source of kinetic energy.

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Aerospace

Northrop Grumman and Boom Supersonic Collaborate on New Supersonic Aircraft

A new supersonic aircraft tailored to provide quick-reaction capabilities to the U.S. military and allies will be offered through a collaborative agreement...

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Power

NASA, GE Complete Historic Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Tests

Sustainable aircraft of the future are going to need propulsion systems that can use technology to generate power comparable to the equipment used in today’s commercial jets....

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Aerospace

Raytheon, Northrop Grumman Complete Second Hypersonic Weapon Flight Test

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, in partnership with Northrop Grumman, successfully completed its second flight test of the scramjet-powered Hypersonic...

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Materials

SAE International Extends Call for Abstracts, Seeks Submissions for AeroTech Conference

Engineering Events staff at SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, have extended the call for abstracts through September 21 for the...

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Aerospace

Anti-Phase Noise Suppression Rotor Technologies

Acoustic optimization for anti-phase asymmetric rotor.

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Energy

Analyses Find Cause of Fatal Problem in Rocket Engine Combustors

Advanced analyses shed light on the mechanism of a deadly problem plaguing combustion chambers in rocket engines.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Miniature Separable Fill and Drain Valve

Besides miniature spacecraft propulsion systems, the valve could also have applications in the industrial processing industry where low flow devices are commonly used.

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Motion Control

Outer Aileron Yaw Damper

A lightweight alternative to rudders for aircraft with spanwise adaptive wings.

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Test & Measurement

Evaluation and Test Requirements for Liquid Rocket Engines

This Standard establishes test and evaluation requirements related to the development, qualification (or certification), and acceptance (flight production unit) of liquid propellant rocket engines and associated propulsion systems.

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Weapons Systems

US Marine Corps to Get MQ-9A Extended Range Unmanned Aircraft Systems

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was awarded a contract for eight MQ-9A Extended Range (ER) Unmanned Aircraft Systems as part of an ARES...

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Propulsion

Full-Scale Micro-launcher Rocket

Micro-launchers such as Orbex Prime give satellite manufacturers a dedicated launch service, in contrast to larger, ‘rideshare’ launchers, where small satellites are often a secondary payload, and frequently face significant delays.

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Propulsion

Rocket Factory In-A-Box Missile Propulsion Anytime, Anywhere

AFRL’s Rocket Factory In-a-Box (RFIB) program is developing a mobile, containerized Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) production capability by aggregating revolutionary design and...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

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Manned Systems

Joby Aviation Announces Acoustic Data from NASA Testing

AFWERX Agility Prime partner Joby Aviation, a California-based company developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, recently completed developmental...

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Data Acquisition

Air Force Propulsion Team Continues Flow Visualization Study

Team members with the 717th Test Squadron, 804th Test Group, Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base are continuing to collect shadowgraph measurements...

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Aerospace

Space Technology - July 2022

Read about a novel approach to space mining, an advanced propulsion system for hypersonic flight to Mach 17, how digital technology is fueling a new space economy, and much more in this compendium of recent...

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Propulsion

Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

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Propulsion

Twisted Soft Robots Navigate Mazes Without Human or Computer Guidance

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments,...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Fireflies that light up dusky backyards on warm summer evenings use their luminescence for communication — to attract a mate, ward off predators, or lure prey.

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Unmanned Systems

Air Force and Lockheed Martin Complete ARRW Hypersonic Boosted Test Flight

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a hypersonic-boosted flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) from the...