While unmanned systems are already transforming the way that modern warfighting is conducted, the commercial sector is still at the starting gate. That said, personal UAV ownership is expanding at an exponential rate, as small, stable, UAVs enter the market.
Fuel efficiency—and the economic and ecological benefits associated with it—continues to be the white rabbit of the global aviation industry. While engine builders look toward composites and electrification, and airframe designers toward lightweighting and aerodynamics, engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center recently completed testing of a novel concept: the boundary layer ingesting propulsor.
Zephyr 8 has a wingspan of 25 m and can carry 50% more batteries than the earlier version, yet is 30% lighter. This translates into a UAV that can carry a heavier payload and is designed to, typically, stay in the air continuously for over a month
The LM-100J will be the civil-certified version of the C-130J and an updated version of the L-100 (or L-382) cargo aircraft, and will be “the only commercial airlifter that offers all-terrain and all-weather service.”
Rolls-Royce will designate Purdue as a University Technology Partnership, which will initially encompass two research centers in the areas of advanced thermal management systems and advanced compressor systems.
Lighter than traditional metallic wiring, with much higher bandwidths, fiber optic cables are integrated throughout an aircraft in systems that include taxi aid cameras, head-up displays, in-flight entertainment, cockpit systems, and other key components.