Mechanical/​Mechatronics

Propulsion

Explore the key advances impacting propulsion technologies and applications involved in aircraft propulsion, turbo-electric distributed propulsion, and hybrid electric aircraft propulsion systems.

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INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Early in the pandemic, Víctor Ortega-Jiménez was exploring creeks near his home and observing springtails. The organisms are the most abundant non-insect hexapods on earth, and...

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INSIDER: Propulsion

The unassuming Pacific mole crab, Emerita analoga, is about to make some waves. UC Berkeley researchers have debuted a unique robot inspired by this burrowing crustacean that may someday help evaluate the...

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Briefs: Motion Control
This below-the-hook device enables gentle crane placement to decrease the risk of property damage.
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Blog: Aerospace
Using jet fuel as a means to power five gas turbines, the suit can propel pilots about 40 mph for up to eight minutes and can generate more than 1,000 horsepower.
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Briefs: Design
Biomimetics is one of the most important robotic research methods which can improve the kinematic performance of robots by imitating the structure and behavior of natural organisms.
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INSIDER: Test & Measurement

A collaborative effort has installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size — smaller than an ant’s head — so that they can walk autonomously...

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Blog: Aerospace
The UA team aims to design a motorless sailplane that can soar over the Martian surface for days at a time, using only wind for propulsion.
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Quiz: Power
How much do you know about the advances regarding to electric aircraft?
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Briefs: Power
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
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INSIDER: Propulsion

Using biological experiments, robot models, and a geometric theory of locomotion, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated how and why intermediate lizard...

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INSIDER: Power

With the perpetual motion of its waves and tides, the Earth's ocean represents a highly predictable, theoretically limitless source of kinetic energy.

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Briefs: Aerospace
Besides miniature spacecraft propulsion systems, the valve could also have applications in the industrial processing industry where low flow devices are commonly used.
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Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Single joint allows six attachments with independent movement.
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Briefs: Motion Control
Acoustic optimization for anti-phase asymmetric rotor.
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Briefs: Aerospace
Advanced analyses shed light on the mechanism of a deadly problem plaguing combustion chambers in rocket engines.
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Briefs: Aerospace
A lightweight alternative to rudders for aircraft with spanwise adaptive wings.
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Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tiny Robotic Crab Is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Space Technology - July 2022

Read about a novel approach to space mining, an advanced propulsion system for hypersonic flight to Mach 17, how digital technology is fueling a new space economy, and much more in this compendium of recent...

Articles: Aerospace
Aviation is emerging aggressively from the pandemic to turn setbacks into comebacks.
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Articles: Manned Systems
As advancements in space exploration continue, more funding will not only help achieve scientific goals but also inspire the next generation of leaders in STEM, just as it did during the 1960s.
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INSIDER: Motion Control

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny peekytoe crab.

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INSIDER: Propulsion

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that are capable of navigating complex environments,...

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INSIDER: Unmanned Systems

Fireflies that light up dusky backyards on warm summer evenings use their luminescence for communication — to attract a mate, ward off predators, or lure prey.

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INSIDER: Propulsion

A mechanical jumper developed by University of California Santa Barbara engineering professor Elliot Hawkes and collaborators is capable of achieving the tallest height — roughly 100 feet (30...

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Articles: Software

After years of lukewarm reception and limited funding, it looks as if the battery electric vehicle (BEV) market is finally going full throttle. According to a recent Forbes article, Schmidt Automotive...

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Briefs: Energy

Electrification of the transportation sector is critical to future energy and environmental resilience and will require high-power fuel cells (either standalone or in conjunction with batteries) to...

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INSIDER: Materials

In a global first, scientists have demonstrated that molecular robots are able to accomplish cargo delivery by employing a strategy of swarming, achieving a transport efficiency five times...

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INSIDER: Nanotechnology

Physicists at the University of Würzburg have propelled micrometer-sized drones significantly smaller than red blood cells, exerting precise control, using only light.

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Facility Focus: Energy
Established in 1961, PPPL's primary mission is research into and development of fusion as an energy source.
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