Aerospace

INSIDER : Aerospace
Plane Flies with No Moving Parts

Since the first airplane took flight, virtually every aircraft has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, or fans that produce a persistent, whining buzz. MIT has built the...

INSIDER : Data Acquisition
Aerial Robot Morphs in Flight

An aerial robot capable of altering its profile during flight paves the way for a new generation of large robots that can move through narrow passages, making them ideal for exploration as well as search and...

INSIDER : Materials
Corrosion Evaluation System Makes "Sense" for Aircraft Coatings

Through a Small Business Innovation Research project with Luna Innovations, the Air Force supported the development of CorRES, an improved system for coating materials...

INSIDER : Aerospace
Flight Control System Virtually Eliminates Pilot Error

The L1 adaptive flight control system maintains aircraft performance and maneuverability even in the presence of severe failures - ultimately increasing aircraft safety, resilience to...

INSIDER : Aerospace
NASA Demonstrates X-ray Navigation in Space

In a technology first, NASA demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space. This technology could work in concert with existing spacecraft-based radio and optical systems.

INSIDER : Aerospace
Origami Techniques Expand Compacted Spacecraft

Origami has once again inspired engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Besides aesthetic beauty, the Japanese tradition of paper-folding addresses a persistent problem faced by JPL engineers: how do you pack the greatest amount of spacecraft into the smallest...

INSIDER : Aerospace
Exo-Brake “Parachute” to Enable Safe Return for Small Spacecraft

Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA have been testing its Exo-Brake technology as a simple design that promises to help bring small payloads back through Earth’s atmosphere unharmed. An Exo-Brake is a tension-based, flexible braking device...