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Aeronautics

Blog: Aerospace
With good shielding and good timing, Mars-bound astronauts are safe from radiation, according to a recent study.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Professor Francois Barthelat wants to incorporate the fish fin's strong, flexible characteristics into robotic and aerospace designs.
Blog: Power
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?
Technology Leaders: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn different strategies for addressing outdated avionics, like adding in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products.
Briefs: Materials
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: Aerospace
Synthesis of fiber-metal laminates is performed using RF plasma spray deposition.
UpFront: Electronics & Computers
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Special Reports: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Aerospace Manufacturing - August 2021

Demanding applications in the aerospace industry require products and systems that are manufactured using the latest technologies – from design and simulation, to fabrication and final testing. To help...

White Papers: Aerospace
Design Considerations for Harsh-Environment Connectivity

As humans continue to explore the depths of the oceans, the heights of the mountains, and the far reaches of galaxies, the technologies we use in these extreme conditions push...

Briefs: Materials
Applications include anti-fouling and anti-contamination, aerodynamic and hydrodynamic drag reduction, and adhesive joining of composite parts.
Briefs: Aerospace
Early flutter detection will help in the development of safer and more eco-friendly aircraft turbines.
Briefs: Aerospace
Dangerous “butterfly” landmines can be detected using low-cost drones and infrared cameras.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Injection of air at the trailing edge of a winglet further reduces drag.
Facility Focus: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Duke Engineering supports clinical ultrasound imaging, restoration of hearing by cochlear implant, megapixel photography, and metamaterials.
Blog: Data Acquisition
A reader asks a Space Force expert about new markets, including data transport, traffic management, and advanced power.
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.

Articles: Aerospace
These 6 advancements are leading us to cleaner, faster aircraft.
Briefs: Aerospace
Potential applications include parachutes, hot air balloons, weather balloons, blimps, sails, and parasails.
Special Reports: Transportation
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: Aerospace
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Articles: Aerospace
Highly purified, low-outgassing silicones prevent material degradation in satellites and space vehicles.
Question of the Week: Propulsion
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: Electronics & Computers
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...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
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.
NASA Spinoff: Communications
Pilots and air traffic controllers no longer will rely solely on voice communications.
Facility Focus: Sensors/Data Acquisition
See how NASA Langley tests a variety of advanced aircraft concepts. including ways to make flying both cleaner and quieter.

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