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.
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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