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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.

Special Reports: Aerospace
Advanced Materials & Coatings - May 2021

New diamond super-material enhances military aircraft survivability…a gold film gives robots “chameleon skin”…shape-shifting nanomaterial offers exciting biotech...

White Papers: Aerospace
Ensuring Aerospace Safety & Cost-Efficiency with Fiber Optics

Keeping passengers and crews safe, flights on time, and costs and maintenance on-budget requires high-quality, innovative advanced test and measurement capabilities. Whether in...

Briefs: Motion Control
Laser-Light-Based Accelerometer
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
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.

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

A mathematical framework can help engineers make informed decisions about which sensors to use and where they must be positioned in aircraft and other machines.
Pilots and air traffic controllers no longer will rely solely on voice communications.
Facility Focus: Test & Measurement
Facility Focus: NASA Langley Research Center
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Algorithms Improve Quadrotor Drone Performance
The algorithms enable drones to quickly switch between hover and forward flight.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method Tracks What Happens Inside Batteries
The method could be key to designing more efficient batteries for specific uses such as electric cars and airplanes.
With a technique first used at NASA, researchers are making glasses that can improve your concentration.
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
Application Briefs: Imaging
Cameras Capture Asteroid Debris Retrieval
See how Space Dynamics Laboratory built the electronics for a three-camera suite onboard OSIRIS-REx.
We explore the major scientific breakthroughs achieved during 20 years of human presence on the ISS.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aircraft Thermal Heat Conduction Method
The thermal management technology could also be used for server farms and spacecraft.
NASA's phase-locked rotors reduce noise.
An Israel-based company called Eviation is working on an all-electric aircraft known as "Alice." Will it match the speeds of a jet?
This versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics and futuristic Army platforms.
Special Reports: Electronics & Computers
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...

Engineering students at the University of Cincinnati are building tiny custom CubeSat satellites to test the radiation shielding properties of carbon fiber material and take high-resolution photos of the...

NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
Autonomous Drone Navigation System Ends Reliance on GPS
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Tiny aircraft that weigh as much as a fruit fly could serve as Martian atmospheric probes.
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: RF & Microwave Electronics
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...

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