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Pseudo satellite, potential disrupter, flies on sunlight

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

Airbus bring four dimensions to Airspace

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.”

Small-diameter springs and rings

New advances in manufacturing have allowed Smalley engineers to design and manufacture wave springs and retaining rings as small as 4 mm (0.16 in) in diameter.

Jaguar puts a brave Pace on testing its new crossover

Take-it-to-the-limit testing is typically reserved for vehicle development teams, but Jaguar's route and the sensational topography clearly gave Automotive Engineering good insight into F-Pace's dynamic capabilities and its four-year development.

Mustang loses scoops, little else in transition to RHD

“One Ford," the technological and commercial philosophy the company is energetically pursuing to minimize the need for market-specific vehicle modifications. The Mustang, now on sale in the U.K. and Europe, proves the system works.

Fiat demonstrates improved fuel efficiency with low-temperature liquid cooling loop

A second coolant loop in a Fiat Grande Punto prototype provides liquid cooling of the A/C condenser and turbo intercooler, with potential for including air coolers for engine and transmission oil, power steering fluid and other heat exchangers. Engineers measured a 5% improvement in fuel economy during A/C-on operation during NEDC testing.

Johnson Controls invests in LTU research lab

The newly named Johnson Controls Vehicle Engineering Laboratory, on the Lawrence Technological University campus in Michigan, will serve the energy-storage-system supplier and benefit LTU engineering students.

Connectivity forces business model changes

As connectivity and eventually autonomous driving become more common, the auto industry may evolve to focus more on car sharing and gaining revenue from connected services. That will require changes in human machine interfaces and business models, according to panelists at SAE World Congress.