Aerospace News
May 21, 2019

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A new study of the environmental sustainability impacts of flying cars, formally known as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs, finds that they wouldn't ... read more

At 3,836 Mph, Which Way Does the Air Flow?

Aerospace engineers extend classical kinetic theory into high-speed aerodynamics, including hypersonic speed, which begins at 3,836 mph or roughly five times the speed of sound. The new study attempt ... read more

Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones

A group of researchers has recently developed a new software aimed at the analysis of energy generation systems based on kites and drones. They used the software to study the behavior of these ... read more

Feathers: Better Than Velcro?

The structures zipping together the barbs in bird feathers could provide a model for new adhesives and new aerospace materials, according to a new study. Researchers 3D printed models of the ... read more
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New Scheduling System Could Help Reduce Flight Delays

Scheduling and coordinating air traffic can be difficult, but taking the airlines' and passengers' delay costs into account can actually save airlines money and result in fewer delays, ... read more

Optimizing Airport Flight Patterns Take a Toll on Human Health

Health costs associated with noise from changing flight patterns over populated urban landscapes far outweigh the benefits of reduced flight times, according to a new study. The researchers used ... read more

New Aircraft-Scheduling Models May Ease Air Travel Frustrations

Flight schedules that allow for a little carefully designed wiggle room could prevent the frustration of cascading airport delays and cancellations. By focusing on the early phases of flight schedule ... read more

Aircraft Microbiome Much Like That of Homes and Offices, Study Finds

What does flying in a commercial airliner have in common with working at the office or relaxing at home? According to a new study, the answer is the microbiome -- the community of bacteria found in ... read more

Airlines and Passengers Save Billions Through Crew Planning

Research explains the complex reality of airline crew scheduling and provides an inside look at the techniques used by carriers to avoid ... read more

Reading the Minds of Pilots on the Fly

Wearable brain monitoring sensors allowed researchers to measure cognitive workload while aircraft pilots completed memory ... read more

Autonomous Glider Can Fly Like an Albatross, Cruise Like a Sailboat

Engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a ... read more

Flight: Research Examines Wing Shapes to Reduce Vortex and Wake

Recent research demonstrated that, although most wing shapes used today create turbulent wake vortices, wing geometrics can be designed to reduce or eliminate wingtip vortices almost entirely. In the ... read more

Going Beyond 'Human Error'

A human factors study using Bayes' theorem and content analysis reveals underlying teamwork, organizational, and technological influences on severe US Naval aviation ... read more

General Aviation Pilots Struggle to Interpret Weather Forecast and Observation Displays

When tested on their knowledge of 23 types of weather information, from icing forecasts and turbulence reports to radar, 204 general aviation (GA) pilots were stumped by about 42 percent of the ... read more

Evading in-Flight Lightning Strikes

A new study shows that electrically charging airplanes may reduce their risk of being struck by ... read more

Robotic Spiders and Bees: The Rise of Bioinspired Microrobots

Jumping robot spiders and swarms of robotic bees sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are already working on such ... read more

Drones More Damaging Than Bird Strikes to Planes, Study Finds

A new study focused on unmanned aerial systems is helping quantify the dangers associated with drones sharing airspace with ... read more

Research Aims to Help Renewable Jet Fuel Take Flight

The International Air Transport Association predicts that 7.2 billion passengers will fly in 2035, nearly doubling the 3.8 billion in 2016. So how do we make flying easier on the environment? Instead ... read more

Flights Worldwide Face Increased Risk of Severe Turbulence Due to Climate Change

Flights all around the world could be encountering lots more turbulence in the future, according to the first ever global projections of in-flight ... read more

Airline Industry Could Fly Thousands of Miles on Biofuel from a New Promising Feedstock

A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis estimates that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered ... read more

Do Video Game Players Make the Best Unmanned Pilots?

New research highlights the usefulness of video game players as unmanned aircraft ... read more

Surging Heat May Limit Aircraft Takeoffs Globally

Rising temperatures due to global warming will make it harder for many aircraft around the world to take off in coming decades, says a new study. During the hottest parts of the day, 10 to 30 percent ... read more

Long Term Exposure to Aircraft Noise Linked to High Blood Pressure

Long term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly during the night, is linked to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure and possibly heart flutter and stroke as well, suggests ... read more

Autonomous 'Soaring With Solar' Concept

Scientists are building on the proven concept of autonomous cooperative soaring of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which enables long endurance flights of unmanned sailplanes that use the power of ... read more

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