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Special Reports: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Additive Manufacturing - November 2020

AM/3D Printing is fundamentally changing how products are prototyped and produced in aerospace, medical, electronics, and many other fields. To help you keep pace with the latest advances, we present...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Bio-Inspired Wing Design for Small Drones
Taking a cue from birds and insects, the wing design helps drones fly more efficiently and makes them more robust to atmospheric turbulence.
Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Aerospace & Defense - October 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, you'll learn about NASA's return to the moon with Apollo's twin sister Artemis, how autonomous...

Special Reports: Aerospace
RF & Microwave Electronics - October 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Aerospace & Defense Technology and Tech Briefs, read about how advances in RF electronics are enabling new applications in space and...

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability...

The robots could fly silently for covert operations and stay steady through turbulence.
In 2019, NASA engineers test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine combustion chamber.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA John C. Stennis Space Center
Stennis now is testing RS-25 rocket engines for the Space Launch System (SLS) that will carry humans back to the Moon.
Special Reports: Transportation
Power Electronics - September 2020

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Special Reports: Robotics, Automation & Control
Aerospace & Defense - September 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, you'll learn about the technology driving the Mars 2020 rover, how NASA will use GPS to...

White Papers: Aerospace
Laser Requirements for Time Gated Active Night Vision Imaging Systems

In 1929, physicist Kalman Tihanyi made a significant impact on the world when he invented the world’s first night vision camera. While the original night vision imaging...

Although life has not been found on Mars just year, a researcher from NYU thinks there could be life...under it.
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
This method detects power line faults using a drone.
Mars 2020 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and other NASA experts offer a briefing on this week's launch of the Perseverance rover.
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...

Watch NASA experts review this week's preparations, as the Perseverance rover launches and begins its journey to Mars.

The Perseverance rover has an almost human-like way of keeping its lenses clean.
Question of the Week: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

Our lead INSIDER story today showcased a morphing MADCAT aircraft wing.

“From a first glance, it literally doesn’t look like anything that anyone’s ever seen before,” said MIT researcher Ben Jennet in our Here's an Idea episode.

How about you? Will Morphing Wings Take Off?

The Mars rover Perseverance has a helicopter. Will the rover have to carry it around?
Ben Jennet is a PhD student at MIT and a former space research fellow at NASA. He is working with NASA to develop a new kind of aircraft wing that's flexible and changes mid-flight.
Technology Leaders: Nanotechnology
ZERODUR: The Highly Technical Glass-Ceramic
Highly technical glass-ceramic delivers optical precision at nanometer scale.
This method creates a thin-film electrode for a bio-nanobattery.
Briefs: Propulsion
SMART Solar Sail
The miniaturized, autonomous, reconfigurable solar sail is capable of very fine maneuvering by small surface deformation.
Automated systems developed for NASA now serve as office conference bridges.
Aircraft may have a huge amount of data available, but this doesn’t mean it’s the right data to troubleshoot a problem.
A reader asks NASA experts: How much hardware from the Curiosity rover is being used on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover?
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we learn how researcher Roger Wiens went from sketching Mars and making homemade telescopes to bringing science instruments to Mars itself.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.

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