Propulsion

Propulsion

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Articles: Test & Measurement
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
Blog: Aerospace
A team at the University of Tsukuba used a beam of microwave radiation to a launch a drone into the air. Can this type of propulsion take off?
Special Reports: Design
Medical Robotics - September 2021

Self-propelled nanobots that deliver drugs inside the human body...novel sensors that improve the safety and precision of industrial robots...a dynamic hydrogel material that makes building soft robotic...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will 'Zero-Impact' Planes Take Off?

Our May issue of Tech Briefs highlighted a hybrid-electric aircraft design from MIT that, according to its creators, could reduce global nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 95 percent.

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Using microwaves reduces the cost of launching rockets.
Briefs: Power
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Power
These engines will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly.
Briefs: Materials
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Propulsion
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Articles: Aerospace
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Briefs: Energy
Thrusters based on magnetic reconnection could complete long-distance missions in a shorter period of time.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Turboelectric Aircraft Take Off?

A recent video on Tech Briefs TV highlighted NASA’s new idea for aircraft: the STARC-ABL. The concept under development aims to bridge the gap between current jet fuel-powered aircraft and future all-electric vehicles.

Articles: Transportation
Live discussions will explore electric vehicles, propulsion, advanced electronics, and more.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
INSIDER: Imaging

When SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule...

Facility Focus: Aerospace
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
NASA Spinoff: Propulsion
The technology could allow deep-space exploration without running out of propellant.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Application Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
What does wave energy have to do with space exploration? Plenty, it turns out.
White Papers: Power
Measuring Torque Ripple and Its Effects on Electric Power and Noise & Vibration

Torque ripple can create challenges in electric motors including control, power output, noise, vibration, and durability. Torque ripple can be described as the...

Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Question of the Week: Aerospace
Will Electric Aircraft Take-Off in Everyday Aviation?

In May of 2020, the “eCaravan” aircraft, powered by a 750-horsepower electric motor and more than 2000 pounds of lithium-ion batteries, flew to a height of over 2500 feet, at over 100 miles per hour. The all-electric airplane was built by magniX, Seattle-based electric propulsion...

Blog: Aerospace
The Mars rover Perseverance has a helicopter. Will the rover have to carry it around?
Briefs: Transportation
The new technology demonstrates a 20 percent savings in fuel in typical passenger car low-load operating conditions.
Briefs: Aerospace
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Briefs: Software
This method provides a fast way to assess rocket engine performance in a variety of operating conditions.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.

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