Propulsion

Propulsion

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?
Briefs: Aerospace
The reaction converts 90% of plastic to jet fuel and other valuable hydrocarbon products within an hour at moderate temperatures.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This fuel cell could power a variety of transportation modes such as unmanned underwater vehicles, drones, and eventually electric aircraft.
Briefs: Energy
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The valve enables telerobotic resupplying of media such as propellant and pressurant.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This method is a faster way to manufacture combustion chambers and nozzles for aerospace propulsion as well as heat exchangers in oil and gas applications.
Special Reports: Materials
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: Aerospace
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
Briefs: Aerospace
Applications include wind turbines, solar arrays, commercial space mobile launchers, and industrial process stacks and equipment.
Question of the Week: Propulsion
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: Materials
This additively manufactured alloy is tailored for high-temperature applications.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Using microwaves reduces the cost of launching rockets.
Briefs: Materials
The thruster provides a low-cost, extremely efficient propulsion source for miniature satellites.
Briefs: Imaging
These engines will allow upper stage rockets for space missions to become lighter, travel farther, and burn more cleanly.
Briefs: Aerospace
This method increases burn rate of solid propellants.
Briefs: Aerospace
The proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent.
Articles: Energy
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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: Propulsion
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: Robotics, Automation & Control
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: Communications
What does wave energy have to do with space exploration? Plenty, it turns out.
Facility Focus: Aerospace
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.

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