It's mostly rumor that wing-shaped aircraft don't fly, says Joe Berger, president of Performance Software Inc. and designer of a new wing-shaped glider. Performance Software Inc. is a computer services organization that provides software products and support for Mother Goose, a project organized to conduct research on Mars. Berger says that the next step in the project is the development of a glider model with a 21-ft wingspan. That's about one-third the size of the craft that might end up going to Mars. The design currently calls for a sensor that would help the craft determine the best location for landing. The aircraft may possibly include solar panels built into the wings for power generation. For more information, visit www.performancesoftware.com and www.jpl.nasa.gov.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
A group of researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a way to take material from cigarette butts and turn it into a carbon-based material that’s ideal for storing energy and creating a powerful supercapacitor.
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