• Powering on
      Rolls-Royce's Chief Engineer discusses how new technologies in the Trent XWB family of engines are inspiring current R&D design and evaluation work as part of its strategic roadmap for future big fanjets. Ongoing development work and associated test programs extend across a broad range of activities and involve many partners.
    • Countering cybersecurity threats against unmanned vehicle systems
      Cranfield University researchers have developed a monitoring system whose purpose is to monitor mission profile implementation at both high level mission execution and at lower level software code operation to tackle specific threats of malicious code and possible spurious commands received over a vehicle's data links.
    • Big Data, aircraft, and a better future
      Aircraft manufacturers, in particular engine makers, are exploiting the opportunities that come with collecting the vast amount of data available, from customer reports to engine exhaust temperatures. Why is it potentially so useful? What are some of the best ways to use it?
    • Let the good times continue to roll
      The booming international commercial aviation sector continues to be a bright light leading the future of the aerospace industry.
    • Regional and bizjets refined and redefined
      As the regional and business jet markets steadily rebound, so too do the propulsion technologies that will provide airframers and their customers competitive advantage.
    • Getting it right with composites
      With composites now a mainstay in most new aircraft designs, the engineering emphasis has switched from understanding if they work to thinking through the most efficient way to manufacture them, such as using design-for-manufacturing software.
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems
      Deploying Next-Generation UAS Platforms with 3U VPX
    • Unmanned Ground Vehicles
      UGVs - On the Cutting Edge of Thermal Management
    • Unmanned Surface/Underwater Vehicles
      Controlling the Seas - Introducing a New Concept in Autonomous Surface/Underwater Vehicles
    • Robotics
      Connectivity in Robotic Systems
    • Propulsion
      Fanjet Evolution - the Next Steps
    • Composites
      Dry Drilling Composites Using Carbon Dioxide Cooling
    • Wireless sensing--the road to future digital avionics
      A look at the comparative performance of wired and wireless sensors, type of wireless sensors & interfaces, frequency performance, protocols, network topologies and qualification standards.
    • Testing reality in an increasingly complex design space
      Digital simulation tools have transformed the designing and testing of new airplanes, as well as the way they are manufactured and sustained.
    • Materials
      Infusing Lightweight Composite Structures
    • Business Jets
      Business Jets Bounce Back
    • Adaptive trimming of composite parts
      Some of the techniques used in the Adaptive Manufacturing System are normal aerospace processes. The unique and enabling process is the scanning and adaptive trimming.
    • Propulsion: Energy Sources
      Flying on vegetation
    • Avionics/Electronics
      Avionics heat up, in a good way
    • Unmanned Vehicles
      Reaching the benchmark in secure unmanned vehicle software
    • Thermal Management
      Submersion and directed flow cooling technology for military applications
    • RF & Microwave Technology
      Airborne antenna considerations for C-Band telemetry systems

    • Software-designed system improves wireless test speed and coverage
    • Start-up ability of UAVs on task
    • Besides low cost, easy manufacturability, light weight, long operation time, and high durability, miniature UAVs need restart capability during flight.
    • 3-D manufacturing of titanium components takes off
      MRO providers are discovering ways to innovate their procedures while remaining viable and profitable through the current downturn in government spending.
    • Commercial programs are flying high
      With economic regeneration underway this year, the rate of ordering new aircraft has been at an all-time high, with the result that backlogs for undelivered new production stretch well into the next decade for some popular models.
    • Simulations for safety
      Improved design tools let aircraft developers ensure that systems, software, and mechanical elements all work together.
    • Europe's aerospace industry looking confident
      Apart from Airbus's highly visible presence in defense and commercial aircraft, Europe also has successful capabilities in helicopters, business jets, and aero engines, and in all these areas their global market share is growing.
    • Comparing blade-element momentum modeling to 3-D CFD
      Many small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) are driven by small scale, fixed blade propellers, and the flow produced by the propeller can have a significant impact on the aerodynamics of the SUAV itself.
    • Defying convention
      Rapid prototyping has the potential to play a beneficial role in unconventional autonomous airship design. By reducing model cost, build time, difficulty of construction, and maintaining acceptable surface quality and finish, designers have greater ability to analyze several configurations of airships and to change the geometry to increase stability, reduce drag, or fulfill mission requirements.
    • Simulating lightweight vehicles operating on discrete terrain
      Researchers characterize the mobility of autonomous reconnaissance vehicles on terrain considered to be deformable, and represented as a collection of bodies of spherical shape.
    • Toward smarter manufacturing and materials
      At the U.K.'s new Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, engineers and innovators have at their disposal some of the world's most advanced design and manufacturing assets for precision engineering.
    • More electric, integrated fuel systems
      Engine system reliability can be improved by advanced electric architectures, while the reduction of hydraulic components, fuel tubes, and fittings can enhance the maintainability of the engine and minimize pilot workload.
    • Into the DEAP
      The Distributed Electrical Aerospace Propulsion project looks toward a future optimized integrated propulsion system that will allow cleaner, quieter, and more efficient performance to be incorporated into a radically innovative airframe that will feature enclosed electrically powered fans.
    • Managing the deluge of data
      The model-based development (MBD) process has been a key enabler of technical advancement in the transportation industry; however, the MBD process leads to the generation of large volumes of data artifacts and work products. To maintain efficiency while continuously improving the quality of products, it is necessary to be able to manage this data in an efficient manner.
    • Thermal simulation and testing of expanded metal foils for lightning protection
      With the implementation of major aircraft structures fabricated from carbon fiber reinforced plastic materials, lightning protection has become a more complicated issue for designers and engineers to solve.
    • Electronics take charge
      Digital controls are handling more engine control tasks on a wider range of aircraft.
    • Active safety starts in the pilot's seat
      Dassault Aviation's next-generation integrated digital avionics systems contribute to enhanced air safety in civil applications.
    • Managing positioning integrity
      Thales has established a new reference system to comply with the most demanding RNP-AR navigation procedures.
    • Business jets wait for the uplift
      A look at how the global executive jet market is fighting back after a hard few years.