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.

Briefs: Energy
The system could allow for flight speeds of Mach 6 to 17 and would have applications in air and space travel.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This system would extend the life of CubeSat satellites.
Briefs: Manned Systems
The engine could make rockets not only more fuel-efficient, but also more lightweight and less complicated to construct.
Application Briefs: Test & Measurement
What began as a research tool to collect aerodynamic data from research aircraft is now solving technical challenges for NASA.
INSIDER: Unmanned Systems

This new advance could pave the way for smaller, lighter, and more effective micro flying robots for environmental monitoring, search and rescue, and deployment in hazardous...

Application Briefs: Energy
Hybrid-electric propulsion systems hold clear potential to reduce aircraft carbon dioxide emissions and support the goal of greater sustainability in aviation.
Briefs: Propulsion
Synthesized micro-robots can convert their mechanical motion into a means of self-propulsion in water.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A remotely controlled microswimmer could navigate the human body and aid in drug delivery.
INSIDER: Aerospace

It might be tiny, but Peter Ryseck’s Mini QBIT offers hobbyists some serious fun — and could help foster new innovations in the field of unmanned aviation.

Blog: Energy
For hydrogen-powered engines to reach a mainstream adoption, there are questions about infrastructure and regulation that must be answered.
Special Reports: Nanotechnology
Space Technology - January 2022

Read about the most powerful telescope ever launched into space, the NASA rocket that will carry humans back to the moon, the nanosatellites that are dramatically reducing the cost of space science, and much...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
With the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), mankind’s understanding of the universe — and its origins — will increase exponentially.
NASA Spinoff: Propulsion
Satellite scheduling software helps consolidate data acquisition and improve weather forecasting.
INSIDER: Robotics, Automation & Control

Researchers at Caltech have built a bipedal robot that combines walking with flying to create a new type of locomotion, making it exceptionally nimble and capable of...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Motors, suspension arms, slit couplings, and more.
Briefs: Propulsion
The “nanoswimmers” could be used to remediate contaminated soil, improve water filtration, or even deliver drugs to targeted areas of the body.
Application Briefs: Energy
The power and propulsion element of NASA’s Gateway is a high-power, 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft.
Briefs: Aerospace
The low-density, graphene-based aerogel could make aircraft as quiet as a hairdryer.
Articles: Aerospace
With Artemis II — the first crewed flight of SLS and Orion — four astronauts will travel to the lunar environment in 2024.
Articles: Aerospace
Artemis I will launch from Kennedy Space Center into Earth orbit, where it will travel 40,000 miles beyond the Moon.
Articles: Motion Control
The e-kit promises to be a low-cost solution in the developing world.
Articles: Aerospace
A vision-based control algorithm saves a quadrotor after the complete loss of a single motor.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
With the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft, NASA will return humans to the lunar surface.
Blog: Transportation
One EV design is bring power out toward the wheel. But is the design here to stay? A Tech Briefs reader asks an expert at SAE.
Blog: Aerospace
A NASA expert answers your questions about the upcoming Artemis mission that will send astronauts back to the Moon.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Space Technology - October 2021

A new era of space exploration is set to begin with Artemis 1, the first in a series of increasingly complex NASA missions that will take humans back to the moon and then on to Mars. Read all about it in this...

Application Briefs: Propulsion
Eddy current displacement sensors can make measurements in harsh Industrial environments, even where pressure, dirt, or temperature fluctuations occur.
Application Briefs: Energy
See how COMSOL is supporting upcoming modifications to railway infrastructure in India.
Blog: Power
Before human explorers can head to the Moon and beyond, they need to tackle these three important tasks.

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