Ice developing on the wings of aircraft during flight is responsible for many disasters. Two of the most notable deaths attributed to such crashes are Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Ice is also responsible for dozens of flight cancellations and delays at airports today. New software developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) helps pilots detect icing potential in the atmosphere. Current Icing Potential (CIP) maps plot cloud droplets, freezing rain, and drizzle that form ice on aircraft wings and provide a Web-based display indicating icing conditions. "The CIP product has continued to provide users with valuable information on where to expect areas of in-flight icing since it became operational a few months ago," says Gregory Burke, director of the Office of Air Traffic Systems Development at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For more information, go to http://cdm.aviationweather.noaa.gov.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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