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Design

Racetrack Simulation Hits the (Public) Road

Simulation techniques have become a vital tool in vehicle development, enabling shorter development time, fewer prototypes, and reduced costs. When used in motorsport, the advantages gained...

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Software

Sierra Space Hoping to Revolutionize Space Exploration Xcelerator

Sierra Space, a commercial space company involved in creating and building the future of space transportation and infrastructure for Low Earth orbit (LEO)...

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Unmanned Systems

Training Drones to Avoid Obstacles at High Speeds

The faster drones fly, the more unstable they become and at high speeds, their aerodynamics can be too complicated to predict. Crashes, therefore, are a common and often spectacular...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Tool Will Help Military Vehicles Fight Fires Using Less Harmful Chemicals

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new, interactive spreadsheet that will help the U.S. military extinguish...

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Aerospace

NASA Software Sets Stage for Future Flights

As any performer knows, it's important to rehearse, rehearse, and – when you think you're ready – rehearse some more. Similarly, before air taxis, cargo transport, and package-delivery...

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Aerospace

Drone Traffic Management System Wins NASA Invention of the Year

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) to Enable Civilian Low Altitude Goods and Service Delivery by UAS technology was awarded 2020 NASA Government Invention...

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Software

Validation of Architecture Models for Coordination of Unmanned Air and Ground Vehicles via Experimentation

Using the relationship of system architecture products and model-based systems engineering analysis, a UAV-UGV team can collaboratively conduct the structured, rudimentary tasks necessary to find a person in distress.

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Predicting In-Flight Air Density for More Accurate Landing

Knowing the air density outside a spacecraft vehicle can have a substantial effect on its angle of descent and ability to hit a specific landing spot. A new onboard algorithm...

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Software

Preparing for the Consequences of a Chemical Attack

Is the U.S. ready for a chemical attack on the homeland? With the very real possibility of a chemical attack in public spaces like stadiums, religious buildings, museums and theaters,...

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Software

Software Accelerates Hypersonic Engine Development

Argonne National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory developed a new numerical modeling tool that allows for a better understanding of rotating detonation engines (RDEs)....

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Aerospace

Aircraft Scheduling Models Ease Traveler Frustration

Flight schedules that allow for a little carefully designed wiggle room could prevent the frustration of cascading airport delays and cancellations. By focusing on the early phases...

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Aerospace

Sharks on a Plane? Skin Scales Lift Aircraft Design

To improve a flying vehicle, sometimes you have to turn to a reliable model that has been operating for hundreds of millions of years.

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Software

Drones Learn Autonomous Flying by Imitating Cars and Bikes

The algorithm DroNet allows drones to fly completely by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments. It produces two outputs for each single input image:...

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Aerospace

A Better Understanding of Space — Via Helicopter

An algorithm that helps engineers design better helicopters may help astronomers more precisely envision the formation of planets and galaxies. The new model understands how black holes, planets, and galaxies emerge from the vortex-rich environments of space. Researchers drew inspiration from a...

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Aerospace

Computer Model More Accurately Predicts Flight Delays

Researchers at Binghamton University have devised a new computer model that can more accurately predict delays faster than anything currently in use. The multilevel input layer...

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Software

Slim Wing Can Reduce Aircraft Fuel Use and Emissions by 50%

NASA and Boeing are designing a longer, thinner, and lighter wing that requires a brace, or truss, to provide it with extra support. The lower-drag wing will reduce both fuel burn...

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Aerospace

Airflow Model Could Reduce Time on the Tarmac

New research could lead to more efficient takeoffs on airport runways and improve safety. A mathematical tool was developed to calculate the flow of turbulent air produced by a plane’s wing...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

RF Waveform Software

X-COM Systems, LLC, a subsidiary of Bird Technologies (Reston, VA), has introduced Version 3.0 of its RF Editor Graphical RF Editor software for modifying and building custom RF signal waveform files for use in defense,...

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Software

RF Design Software

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) offers EMPro 2011.11 Electromagnetic Professional software, a 3D modeling and simulation platform that features enhancements to further speed and improve RF design and verification....

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Software

Test and Evaluation Uses of Heterogeneous Computing

T est and evaluation of current systems is a time-consuming process that reflects both the intricacies of the object of the test and the range of equipment, personnel, and environments required. Many argue that this process consumes far too much of the time that it takes to put new systems into...