Briefs: Propulsion
Using Harmonics to Control Flutter in Wings with Electrical Motors

This control system concept applies principles of forced aeroelasticity to distributed electric propulsion systems.

Armstrong Flight Research Center,...

Briefs: Motion Control
Micropulse Detonation Rocket Engine for Nano-Satellite Propulsion

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

An efficient propulsion system would use a micropulse detonation rocket engine (–PDRE) for nano-satellite maneuverability...

Briefs: Motion Control
Experimental Testbed for 1-MW Turboelectric Distributed Propulsion Aircraft

A low-cost glider design mitigates risk in conducting experiments for cutting-edge “green” aircraft concepts.

Armstrong Flight Research...

Briefs: Propulsion
Propellant Loading Visualization Software

Monitoring of complex propulsion pressure systems has been simplified with colors.

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Complex pressure systems are utilized...

News: Motion Control
Aircraft with Hybrid Engine Can Recharge in Flight

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested the first aircraft to be powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, where an...

News: Motion Control
Two-Stroke Engine Features Low Consumption and Fewer Emissions

Researchers have developed a new two-stroke engine notable for its low consumption and low level of pollutant emissions. The engine is the result of Powerful, a European project...

News: Aerospace
Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets Could Help Aircraft Exceed Mach 10

A new method for improving the thrust generated by laser-propulsion systems may bring them one step closer to practical use. The method, developed by physicists Yuri Rezunkov of...

News: Propulsion
Underwater Robot Skims for Port Security

MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans.

News: Propulsion
NASA Begins Engine Test of Space Launch System Rocket

Engineers are preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to space. They installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center....

News: Motion Control
NASA Decelerators Slow Payloads Traveling at Supersonic Speed

What will it take to land heavier spacecraft on Mars? How will engineers slow large payloads traveling at supersonic speeds in a thin Martian atmosphere? The Low Density Supersonic...

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