Reducing fuel consumption and emissions is a goal even in the world of espionage. AeroVironment Inc. is designing an unmanned aircraft that runs on liquid hydrogen-power. Its Global Observer will fly at an altitude of 65,000 ft for up to seven days. The high altitude, long endurance aircraft is being built for the U.S. Special Operations Command, which teamed up with other military to provide $57 million for three aircraft. AeroVironment recently picked Rockwell Collins to design the drone's navigation system. Rockwell's Athena 411 incorporates solid-state gyros and accelerometers, magnetometer, a GPS receiver and air data sensors into a single small unit.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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