With commercial air travel becoming more inconvenient because of fewer direct flights and crowded airplanes, corporations are turning to what many of the Fortune 500 have know for years--business jet aircraft can be a productive tool for maximizing use of corporate time. Gulfstream jets fly higher than commercial traffic and are routed directly to a destination without traffic-control delays. Their speed and range are seldom exceeded commercially. Technology advancements such as improved instrumentation displays, satellite navigation, and pilot head-up displays for foul-weather landing were introduced on Gulfstreams before seeing commercial use. Spearheading such innovation has been Charles Coppi. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, he directed engineering and was principal conceptual development engineer on all six Gulfstream models. The airplanes' design versatility is also shown by many Coppi-led adaptations, including the unique training aircraft for teaching astronauts to land the Space Shuttle. He also pioneered work for short and vertical take-off airplanes, airborne surveillance, and anti-submarine aircraft.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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