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Taming of the drones

2016-12-08
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.
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NASA BLI propulsor may leapfrog current high-efficiency designs

2016-12-21
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.
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Airbus bring four dimensions to Airspace

2016-04-17
As Airbus looks to launch new-engine option (neo) aircraft, it has announced it is also launching a new cabin brand it calls “Airspace by Airbus.”
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Pseudo satellite, potential disrupter, flies on sunlight

2016-04-26
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
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Lockheed Martin LM-100J starts taking (a similar) shape

2016-04-21
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.”
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Rolls-Royce, Purdue partner on jet engine design

2016-04-24
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.
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Airbus streamlines fiber optic cable repair process

2016-03-18
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.
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A look inside lithium-ion batteries

2014-06-20
What researchers at MIT refer to as an exotic state of matter--a “random solid solution”--affects how ions move through battery material.
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Probing ways to dampen sonic boom

2016-03-14
As airlines strive to move more and more people faster and faster, the talk of a future supersonic aircraft for commercial purposes is getting louder and louder.
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