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Released: 23-May-2022 12:30 PM EDT
Charting a safe course through a highly uncertain environment
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

An autonomous spacecraft exploring the far-flung regions of the universe descends through the atmosphere of a remote exoplanet. The vehicle, and the researchers who programmed it, don’t know much about this environment.

Newswise: Nuclear rocket engine heat transfer research wins best student paper at NETS conference
20-May-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Nuclear rocket engine heat transfer research wins best student paper at NETS conference
University of Alabama Huntsville

A research paper about heat transfer inside the reactor of a conceptual liquid-fueled nuclear rocket engine by a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) graduate student won best student paper at the American Nuclear Society’s recent Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS) conference

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Released: 10-May-2022 4:10 PM EDT
4D composite printing can improve the wings of drones, according to new Concordia research
Concordia University

Suong Hoa’s manufacturing technique could make small aircraft easier to build and more fuel efficient.

Newswise: CubeSat propulsion research lands UAH doctoral student a DOE Sandia Labs internship
Released: 3-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT
CubeSat propulsion research lands UAH doctoral student a DOE Sandia Labs internship
University of Alabama Huntsville

Research to propel microsatellites and CubeSats with ionized plasma from a micro-electrical engine will take a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) doctoral student in aerospace engineering to Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico this fall.

Newswise: Butterfly-like micro-aerial vehicle places graduating UAH senior second at AIAA regional
Released: 28-Apr-2022 9:50 AM EDT
Butterfly-like micro-aerial vehicle places graduating UAH senior second at AIAA regional
University of Alabama Huntsville

A graduating senior at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) who is working to develop a micro-aerial vehicle that can fly like a monarch butterfly has won second place for his paper in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Regional Student Conferences Region II Undergraduate Category.

Newswise: Cycloalkanes a strong candidate for reducing aviation emissions
Released: 21-Apr-2022 11:30 AM EDT
Cycloalkanes a strong candidate for reducing aviation emissions
Sandia National Laboratories

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have released data that could play an important role in the future development of cleaner and more sustainable aviation fuel. The team explored the physical properties of cycloalkanes, which, when used in jet fuel may reduce condensation trail formation and soot emissions as compared to current fuels.

Released: 7-Apr-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Argonne Scientists Team with NASA to Enhance Faster-Than-Sound Jet Engines
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists have used artificial intelligence to enhance hypersonic combustion.

Newswise: New Perspective Highlights Promise of Hybrid Approach for Cellulosic Biofuel Production
Released: 5-Apr-2022 12:05 PM EDT
New Perspective Highlights Promise of Hybrid Approach for Cellulosic Biofuel Production
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The rapid pace of global climate change has added urgency to developing technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of transportation technologies, especially in sectors that are difficult to electrify. In response, researchers collaborating through the Center for Bioenergy Innovation make the case that scientific advances support a hybrid approach using biological and catalytic methods for producing cellulosic biofuel for use in airplanes, ships and long-haul trucks.

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Released: 4-Apr-2022 1:45 PM EDT
Scientists Develop Environmentally Safe, Frost-Resistant Coatings
University of Illinois Chicago

Researchers have developed an extensive family of more than 80 anti-freezing coatings, which can be applied to industrial surfaces as a longer-lasting alternative to conventional deicers.

Newswise: Hoverfly brains mapped to detect sound of distant drones
14-Mar-2022 3:00 PM EDT
Hoverfly brains mapped to detect sound of distant drones
University of South Australia

For the first time, Australian researchers have reverse engineered the visual systems of hoverflies to detect drones’ acoustic signatures from almost four kilometres away. The finding could help combat the growing use of IED-carrying drones, including those used in Ukraine.

Released: 24-Feb-2022 1:55 PM EST
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Released: 15-Feb-2022 5:05 AM EST
Diagnosis during flight
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Together with teams from England and Germany, Empa researchers developed a monitoring system for aircraft components. In the future, minor damage could be detected and monitored during flight without the aircraft having to go into the hangar for maintenance. This will reduce operating costs and increase safety at the same time.

Released: 24-Jan-2022 2:05 PM EST
Argonne scientists use artificial intelligence to improve airplane manufacturing
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne scientists are using AI to determine the best welding conditions for manufacturing of airplane components.

Released: 18-Jan-2022 3:00 PM EST
Missouri S&T expert available to discuss 5G effects on airlines
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Kurt Kosbar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, works in the area of communication, signal processing and telemetry and can offer insight on commercial carriers' concerns with 5G telephone communication.

Newswise: Owl Wing Design Reduces Aircraft, Wind Turbine Noise Pollution
13-Jan-2022 2:10 PM EST
Owl Wing Design Reduces Aircraft, Wind Turbine Noise Pollution
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Physics of Fluids, researchers used the characteristics of owl wings to inform airfoil design and significantly reduce trailing-edge noise. The team used noise calculation and analysis software to conduct a series of detailed theoretical studies of simplified airfoils with characteristics reminiscent of owl wings. They applied their findings to suppress the noise of rotating machinery. Improving the flow conditions around the trailing edge and optimizing the shape of the edge suppressed the noise.

Released: 13-Jan-2022 3:45 PM EST
Researchers Produce System to Predict Passenger Flow to Increase Airport Efficiency
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Research in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management reveals a method to improve decision making within airport operations by producing accurate traveler forecasts in real-time.

Newswise: ‘Self-driving’ satellites poised to unlock space engineering potential
Released: 12-Jan-2022 10:45 AM EST
‘Self-driving’ satellites poised to unlock space engineering potential
Cornell University

In the future, mass transportation will almost certainly involve self-driving vehicles. The aerospace industry is pushing that idea even further, all the way to space. Now, a Cornell University project that demonstrates the technology’s potential is poised to take flight.

Newswise: New SIA-NUS Corporate Laboratory to spur digital innovation in Singapore’s aviation sector
Released: 10-Jan-2022 1:05 AM EST
New SIA-NUS Corporate Laboratory to spur digital innovation in Singapore’s aviation sector
National University of Singapore

Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) today launched a new digital aviation corporate laboratory, which will co-create innovative technologies and solutions that would accelerate the digital transformation of Singapore’s aviation sector, and help redefine the air travel experience for passengers.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 11:40 AM EST
University of North Dakota hosts summit on mental health in aviation
University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota brought all sides of the aviation industry to the table on Wednesday to discuss mental health and wellbeing among the industry’s student body and workforce.

3-Nov-2021 9:50 AM EDT
Aviation’s present-day contribution to human-induced global warming is 4% and will increase over the next 30 years should pre-Covid growth resume
Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing

Aviation is responsible for more global warming than implied by its carbon footprint alone. According to new research published today, aviation could consume up one-sixth of the remaining temperature budget required to limit warming to 1.5˚C by 2050.

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Released: 14-Oct-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Plant-based jet fuel could reduce emissions by 68%
University of Georgia

Replacing petroleum-based aviation fuel with sustainable aviation fuel derived from a type of mustard plant can reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%, according to new research.

Released: 12-Oct-2021 10:45 AM EDT
New UAH concept for rotating detonation ramjet engine gets hypersonics funding
University of Alabama Huntsville

Development of a new concept for a solid-fueled ramjet using a rotating detonation engine (RDE) for hypersonic air-breathing propulsion at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, has attracted a three-year, $1.5 million grant.

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Released: 1-Oct-2021 2:00 PM EDT
The latest research news in Archaeology and Anthropology

“Throw me the idol; I’ll throw you the whip!” - From Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Released: 23-Sep-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Laser treatment shows potential for reducing industrial chemical processing for vehicles
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A multidisciplinary team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has applied a laser-interference structuring technique that makes significant strides toward eliminating the need for hazardous chemicals for corrosion protection in military vehicles and aircraft systems.

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Released: 20-Sep-2021 6:10 PM EDT
Forward-thinking white paper charts R&D path to give electric aviation industry wings
Argonne National Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center and other experts aim to make electric aviation a reality.

Released: 15-Sep-2021 3:45 PM EDT
For Aviation, an ‘Unprecedented Opportunity’
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Air transportation policy and logistics expert Martin Dresner says the post-COVID period will provide the aviation industry with a tremendous opportunity to build back better and greener, and this hinges on cooperative initiatives under centralized leadership.

Newswise: Repurposing the Iron Rails for Drones: Property and Technology for the 21st Century
Released: 10-Sep-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Repurposing the Iron Rails for Drones: Property and Technology for the 21st Century
University of Florida

Even though the technology exists to deliver packages to my doorstep, the judicial interpretation of property rights erect legal barriers that stymie innovation and reflect a revisionist history of the sanctity of private property. Updating our utility and transportation infrastructure to accommodate new technologies is sensible, environmentally sound and logistically workable.

Newswise: Developing multifunctional composite materials for aerospace applications
Released: 2-Sep-2021 5:55 PM EDT
Developing multifunctional composite materials for aerospace applications
South Dakota State University

The multifunctionality build into natural systems, such as shells and exoskeletons,may serve as inspiration for the development of new composites for aerospace applications.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Newswise: Study Identifies Patterns In Bird-Plane Collisions
Released: 19-Aug-2021 1:40 PM EDT
Study Identifies Patterns In Bird-Plane Collisions
Cornell University

Scientists from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners have been looking for patterns in bird strike data from three New York City area airports. Their model predicts that the risk for damaging strikes during periods with very high migration intensity increases by as much as 400% to 700%.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Faster and Cheaper Ethanol-to-Jet-Fuel on the Horizon
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gasses into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Newswise: Should Planes Be More Like Birds?
7-Jul-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Should Planes Be More Like Birds?
University of Bristol

Would planes be better if they were more like birds? Engineers from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College have been studying our feathered-friends to answer this very question, the answer to which will be revealed at the Royal Society Summer Science 2021.

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Released: 15-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Internships Put Futures in Flight
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL intern Ki Ahn spent this past year as an undergraduate at PNNL gaining hands-on research experience in clean energy storage technologies for vehicles and aviation. Ahn is enrolling in Stanford University this fall to finish his bachelor’s degree. With plans to major in mechanical engineering or computer science, he wants to explore how future aircraft technologies can be designed to reduce harmful environmental effects.

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Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Cleared for takeoff
Sandia National Laboratories

A 30-year program that made flying safer through continued innovations in airplane inspection, maintenance and airworthiness research has ended its tenure at Sandia National Laboratories. The Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Assurance Center, or AANC, operated by Sandia for the FAA, is moving to the National Institute of Aviation Research at Wichita State University to combine with another long-standing FAA center. The planned move supports shifts in structure at both Sandia and the FAA.

20-May-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Fuel Flow, Heat Fluctuations Drive Dangerous Oscillations in Rocket Engines
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Combustion engines can develop high frequency oscillations, leading to structural damage to and unsafe operating conditions. In Physics of Fluids, research clarifies the feedback processes that give rise to these oscillations. The investigators studied simulated combustion events in a computational model of a rocket combustor and their analysis involved sophisticated techniques, including symbolic dynamics and the use of complex networks to understand the transition into oscillatory behavior.

Newswise: MEDIA ADVISORY: Story, Feature Ideas from 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Released: 3-Jun-2021 1:40 PM EDT
MEDIA ADVISORY: Story, Feature Ideas from 180th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The 180th ASA Meeting, being held virtually June 8-10, will feature sessions on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted hearing health, affected noise annoyance in urban settings, and adjusted how teachers talked and listened to their students. There will be presentations on how acoustics shapes speech in children, impacts mental health, and potentially signals health problems.

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Released: 2-Jun-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Largest aerospace society names Sandia researcher ‘Engineer of the Year’
Sandia National Laboratories

Humberto “Tito” Silva III, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher, has been named Engineer of the Year by the world’s largest aerospace technical society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Released: 25-May-2021 12:05 PM EDT
FirePoint’s Future Innovators internship brings underrepresented students into DoD’s talent pipeline
Wichita State University

The FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State University has welcomed the first class of students into its Future Innovators Program, a new engineering internship opportunity aimed at introducing historically underrepresented students into the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) technical talent pipeline.

Released: 21-May-2021 9:45 AM EDT
DHS Partners with South Korea for Aviation Security
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea (MOLIT), which authorizes the two countries to conduct a field demonstration of S&T-funded technology in civil aviation security.

Released: 7-May-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Greater Aircraft Efficiency Sought Through Improved Air Flow Control Techniques
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

With the support of a three-year, $1.1 million contract from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, engineers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will study flow separation on existing planes with complex three-dimensional geometries — like the jets the Air Force currently uses —and what can be improved for aircraft of the future. Through improved aerodynamics, researchers aim to increase the efficiency, range, and even the stealth of aircraft.

Released: 27-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
DHS-Funded Security Technology Licensed for Commercialization
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T is pushing the boundaries of technology, architecture, and industry partnerships to meet TSA’s current and future challenges and improve the screening experience for both travelers and screeners.

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Released: 27-Apr-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Shoe Scanner Technology on the Horizon
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A shoe scanner may allow people passing through security screening to keep their shoes on. PNNL built the scanner based on the same technology it used to develop airport scanners. It's licensed to Liberty Defense.

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Released: 26-Apr-2021 12:25 PM EDT
Airports could generate enough solar energy to power a city: Study
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University

A new study has found Australia's government-owned airports could produce enough electricity to power 136,000 homes, if they had large-scale rooftop solar systems installed.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 2:45 PM EDT
New Los Alamos technology detects thermal neutrons in aircraft
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new technology developed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and Honeywell is providing needed atmospheric environment information to the aerospace industry.

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Released: 22-Mar-2021 8:25 AM EDT
Control System Helps Several Drones Team Up to Deliver Heavy Packages
Georgia Institute of Technology

A research team has developed a modular solution for drone delivery of larger packages without the need for a complex fleet of drones of varying sizes. By allowing teams of small drones to collaboratively lift objects using an adaptive control algorithm, the strategy could allow a wide range of packages to be delivered using a combination of several standard-sized vehicles.

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