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posted in May 2013
Slideshow: Anatomy of a Composite-Heavy Jetliner
Engineering Materials 
5/31/2013  21 comments
The airframe of Airbus's A350 XWB consists of a bigger proportion of carbon-fiber-reinforced composite structures than any other commercial jet to date: over 53 percent by weight.
NASA to Use Dreamliner Lithium-Ion Battery Packs to Power ISS
Blog 
5/30/2013  40 comments
NASA, throughout the 787-battery mess, has held on to a contract with Boeing for the design of a lithium-ion battery pack that will replace aging NiMH batteries on the International Space Station.
NASA Tests Biofuel, Reports Reduced Emissions
Engineering Materials 
5/28/2013  7 comments
Initial reports from NASA's first round of flight tests of a jet biofuel based on camelina plants show fewer emissions than from conventional jet fuel.
3D Printing Round-Up: Innovative Medical Field & Space Exploration Pursuits
CAD/CAM Corner 
5/23/2013  16 comments
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
Your Chance to Win an Exploration & Discovery Experience & Go Behind the Scenes at NASA
Blog 
5/23/2013  13 comments
Littelfuse Inc. has created a NASA Exploration & Discovery Experience for the engineering community as part of its 2013 Speed2Design promotion.
Slideshow: Composites Help Disintegrate Spacecraft Fuel Tanks
Engineering Materials 
5/22/2013  9 comments
Carbon fiber composites are being used in a satellite fuel tank designed to burn up on re-entry.
Altered Design Hampers Transmitters
Sherlock Ohms 
5/7/2013  10 comments
The cooling system on the space transmitters ran into problems from metallic goo. Someone improvised a mess.
Video: NASA Working on Lunar Mining Robot
Blog 
5/2/2013  22 comments
NASA is working on a robot for lunar mining operations to produce rocket propellant, water, air, or construction materials for astronauts.




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