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Looking Back At X-29A Aircraft In 'Sweeping Forward'
2014-02-14 13:56:40

Jim Banke - Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA It looked like someone had installed the wings on backwards, and it was so unstable in flight that no pilot could fly it without the help of a computer, but the X-29A was a marvel in its day and provided research information useful for many aircraft designs still to come. A pair of the Grumman-built X-29A experimental aircraft flew 436 times between December 1984 and August 1992, with all but 14 of those trips into the air...

2014-01-08 12:20:59

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Camber Corporation is proud to be a part of aviation history as Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been named a test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The test sites will facilitate testing and research of UAS technologies to provide scientific data on the future integration of these aircraft safely with other air traffic. Congress mandated that the UAS be integrated into the...

New Conceptual Configuration For Air-breathing Hypersonic Airplanes
2013-12-17 15:00:13

Science China Press How to design a hypersonic airplane that travels from Beijing to New York in only two hours? Dr. Cui Kai and his group from State Key Laboratory of High Temperature Gas Dynamics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences set out to tackle this problem. After three years of innovative research, they presented a body-wing-blending configuration with double flanking air inlets layout to aim at design requirements of high lift-to-drag ratio as well as high...

Owls' Noiseless Wings May One Day Inspire Quieter Aircraft, Wind Turbines
2013-11-25 05:02:43

[ Watch the Video: Aerodynamic Inspiration From Silent Owl Wings ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Learning how owls use acoustic stealth to surprise their prey could one day help engineers improve the design of airplanes, submarines and wind turbines, according to research presented Sunday morning at an American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics event in Pittsburgh. Several different owl species have developed specialized plumage to essentially...

Lockheed Introduces Son Of Blackbird Hypersonic Jet
2013-11-07 12:02:57

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online While satellites and drones can provide an eye-in-the-sky for those on the ground, the military still has a use for the good old-fashioned spy plane - especially a really speedy one. For years the work of providing a quick look at the ground fell to the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, which, as the fastest plane in the world, could fly crews from New York to London in less than two hours. The Blackbird was capable of reaching speeds...

Splattered Bugs Can Be A Real Drag For Aircraft
2013-11-04 13:12:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Splattered bugs on your windshield can be gross to look at and they can even obstruct your view. However, for some, the ordeal can be much more of a problem than just an unsightly nuisance. For pilots, splattered bug guts can be a real drag, quite literally. If an airplane wing accumulates enough splattered bugs, it disrupts the flow of air over the wing and creates more drag on the plane – causing increased fuel consumption....

NASA Focuses On Supsersonic Shockwaves
2013-09-13 16:33:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online New images released by NASA depict actual shockwaves in vivid colors emanating from a plane flying at supersonic speed. Using a twin telescope and digital camera system on the ground at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, scientists created schlieren images, which show density variations in air and other transparent media. Special illumination in the images mark changes in the density of the air, revealing the shockwaves....

AirSTAR: Saving The Lives Of Pilots And Passengers
2013-07-24 10:46:43

NASA [ Watch The Video AirSTAR, Making Airliners Safer ] Loss-of-Control (LOC) occurs when an aircraft departs from normal flight. It is the leading accident category for aircraft fatalities in the commercial fleet. "Yet, flight experiments with transport aircraft are rarely conducted on conditions present in LOC accidents," said David Cox, element lead for subscale testing at NASA's Langley Research Center. For Cox and the rest of the AirSTAR (Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.