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How ‘transparent’ is graphene? - MIT News Office

How ‘transparent’ is graphene? - MIT News Office | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
MIT researchers find that adding a coating of graphene has little effect on how a surface interacts with liquids — except in extreme cases.
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Innovation Efforts Falling Short Despite Increased Investment

Innovation Efforts Falling Short Despite Increased Investment | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
Accenture Study: Formal approach to innovation more likely to deliver competitive advantage.
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White House looks to 3D printing with $200 million plan for military, energy manufacturing

White House looks to 3D printing with $200 million plan for military, energy manufacturing | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
The White House is looking to 3D printing as a model to revitalize the American manufacturing industry. Oh, and to help design new weapons and equipement for the military. That's the basis of a new...
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Elizabeth Kautzmann's curator insight, May 16, 2013 6:23 PM

Band Wagon Jumped - On!  We know whose 'insights' truly funded the 1st grant for Rapid Prototyping~ Bring It!   Additive is Here to Stay!

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Airbus and Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Aviation

Airbus and Biomimicry: Nature Inspired Aviation | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

"What do velvet, the skin of a shark, and advancements in aircraft aerodynamics have in common? The answer rests in a field of scientific study that involves examining what can be extracted, learned and duplicated from the natural world. Known as ‘biomimicry,” or biologically inspired engineering, this is the study and imitation of nature’s best ideas to help solve human challenges. A growing number of aeronautical innovations have been inspired by an array of natural structures, organs and materials – and these tried and tested patterns of the natural world will continue to be a powerful source of inspiration in the future." 

 

Photo details: Bald Eagle , Morris Valley Road, Harrison Mills, British ColumbiaCopyright © 2008, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com


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NASA Technical Reports Server - Flight Avionics Hardware Roadmap

NASA Technical Reports Server - Flight Avionics Hardware Roadmap | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
As part of NASA's Avionics Steering Committee's stated goal to advance the avionics discipline ahead of program and project needs, the committee initiated a multi-Center technology roadmapping activity to create a comprehensive avionics roadmap. The roadmap is intended to strategically guide avionics technology development to effectively meet future NASA missions needs. The scope of the roadmap aligns with the twelve avionics elements defined in the ASC charter, but is subdivided into the following five areas: Foundational Technology (including devices and components), Command and Data Handling, Spaceflight Instrumentation, Communication and Tracking, and Human Interfaces.Collection:NASA
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Researchers in Kansas State Univ. use graphene quantum dots to detect humidity and pressure

Researchers in Kansas State Univ. use graphene quantum dots to detect humidity and pressure | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it


Vikas Berry, William H. Honstead professor of chemical engineering, and his research team are using graphene quantum dots to improve sensing devices in a twofold project. The first part involves producing the graphene quantum dots, which are ultrasmall pieces of graphene. The second part of the project involves incorporating these quantum dots into electron-tunneling based sensing devices.


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"These devices are unique because, unlike most humidity sensors, these are more responsive in vacuum," Berry said. "For example, these devices can be incorporated into space shuttles, where low humidity measurements are required. These sensors might also be able to detect trace amounts of water on Mars, which has 1/100th of the earth's atmospheric pressure. This is because the device measures humidity at a much higher resolution in vacuum."

 

"Electron-tunneling modulation in percolating-network of graphene quantum dots: fabrication, phenomenological understanding, and humidity/pressure sensing applications."

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GE CEO Jeff Immelt on 3D Printing > ENGINEERING.com

GE CEO Jeff Immelt on 3D Printing > ENGINEERING.com | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

The prestigious MIT Technology Review has named General Electric's work on 3D printing as one of its "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013".

Specifically, GE is developing a metal nozzle for its LEAP jet engine. They will use 3D metal printers to produce the nozzles, which will be lighter in weight due to an advanced design producible only on 3D printers.

Wait, we've heard this story many times before. A company improves their business process by involving 3D printing. What's the big deal?

The big deal here is the volume. GE is MASS PRODUCING these nozzles with 3D printing.

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Get Your First Look at Golden Spike’s Lunar Lander

Get Your First Look at Golden Spike’s Lunar Lander | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 8, 2013 (NGC PR) – Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed a feasibility study for a new commercial lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company (GSC).

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Allen Taylor's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:34 PM

First draft of Golden Spike's moon lander emerges. The Pumpkin looks pretty cozy.

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PICTURE: Turkish TFX fighter concept revealed at IDEF

PICTURE: Turkish TFX fighter concept revealed at IDEF | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
Three potential designs for a planned TFX Turkish fighter concept have been shown for the first time at the International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul,...
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NORFOLK (May 6, 2013)

 

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator sits on an aircraft elevator of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is scheduled to be the first aircraft carrier to catapult-launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck. George H.W. Bush is preparing to conduct training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)

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Spaceflight Now | Cygnus Mission Report | First flight of Cygnus cargo craft delayed to September

Spaceflight Now | Cygnus Mission Report | First flight of Cygnus cargo craft delayed to September | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

Orbital Sciences Corp. says the first full-up test flight of its Cygnus cargo resupply ship to the International Space Station will probably slip to September due to a combination of factors, including an engine replacement on the mission's Antares rocket and a scheduling conflict with a Japanese logistics spacecraft.

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Project Morpheus : Home

Project Morpheus : Home | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
NASA's Project Morpheus is a vertical test bed vehicle demonstrating new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and hazard detection technology.
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Safran Group Ponders Larger Turboprop Engine

Safran Group Ponders Larger Turboprop Engine | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
As plans for larger next-generation turboprop airliners gather pace, Safran group engine makers Snecma and Turbomeca have revealed ambitious studies o...
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Stacking 2-D materials produces surprising results - MIT News Office

Stacking 2-D materials produces surprising results - MIT News Office | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
New experiments reveal previously unseen effects, could lead to new kinds of electronics and optical devices.
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First pilotless aircraft makes maiden flight in UK airspace - Aerospace Technology

First pilotless aircraft makes maiden flight in UK airspace - Aerospace Technology | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
An unmanned BAE Systems' Jetstream aircraft known as 'The Flying Test Bed' has successfully completed its maiden flight, becoming the world's first unmanned flight across the UK shared airspace. The aircraft, specially adapted...
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AIRBUS: Aircraft paint suppliers explore sharkskin coating

AIRBUS: Aircraft paint suppliers explore sharkskin coating | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

The rough skin of sharks has long been known for the low friction of its myriad tiny, sharp-edged scales. Airbus tested aircraft in the 1990s which were partially covered with a foil that mimicked the animals' surface texture. But despite the promise of aerodynamic improvement, the technology has yet to pass the experimental stage.

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Obama Administration Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

Obama Administration Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

Obama Administration Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes:

Department of Defense –  “Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation”Department of Defense –  “Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing”Department of Energy – “Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing”

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3ders.org - This 3D Printed Inchworm Robot can Self-Assemble by Folding | 3D Printer & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - This 3D Printed Inchworm Robot can Self-Assemble by Folding | 3D Printer & 3D Printing News | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
The little robot can self-assemble based on the “shape memory” characteristics of the polymers in its construction. And, it was 3D printed.
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Graphene layers dramatically reduce wear and friction on sliding steel surfaces

Graphene layers dramatically reduce wear and friction on sliding steel surfaces | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have recently discovered that they could substitute one-atom-thick graphene layers for oil-based lubricants on sliding steel surfaces, enabling a dramatic reduction in the amount of wear and friction.

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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, May 10, 2013 11:05 AM

“It is interesting to see how a one-atom-thick material affects the properties at a larger scale,” Sumant said. “I believe that graphene has potential as a solid lubricant in the automotive industry and, once fully developed, it could have positive impacts on many mechanical applications that could lead to a tremendous savings of energy.”

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20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities

20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

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Aurora Flight Sciences - CENTAUR RECEIVES C4ISR AWARD FOR INNOVATION

Aurora Flight Sciences - CENTAUR RECEIVES C4ISR AWARD FOR INNOVATION | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

MANASSAS, VA, May 8, 2013 — Aurora Flight Sciences’ Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft was awarded the "Big 25 Award" from C4ISR Journal on April 26 during the annual C4ISR Journal Conference. Centaur was selected under the "Innovations" category due to its unique design that permits both manned and unmanned flight with the same aircraft.

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Marines Ponder Future of Unmanned Cargo Helicopter

Marines Ponder Future of Unmanned Cargo Helicopter | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it

The K-MAX, which has dual intermeshing rotors, can be used autonomously to rapidly transport a myriad of items, including food, water, medical supplies and ammunition in emergency situations.

To date, the K-MAX has delivered more than 3.2 million pounds of cargo, officials said. Brought to Afghanistan in November of 2011, the Marine Corps recently announced the indefinite extension of the K-MAX mission.

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Manufacturing Engineering - Tech Front: 3D Projection Maps Aero Part Assembly

Manufacturing Engineering - Tech Front: 3D Projection Maps Aero Part Assembly | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
3D Projection Maps Aero Part Assembly

ProjectionWorks is 3D projection technology that is a key component of the Fastener Insertion Live Link System (FILLS) that automates assembly line fastening of large workpieces. FILLS was developed by a team of aerospace companies, including Variation Reduction Solutions Inc., Delta Sigma, Lockheed Martin Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems under a Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory to automate data input and compare data against original specifications for fastener assembly.

 

With FILLS, mechanics on the assembly line see the most recent information relative to any aircraft or product they are working on in order to install the right part in the most efficient and accurate manner. Dozens of mechanics on the F-35, P3, C-5, and C-130 production lines, for example, are using Delta Sigma’s ProjectionWorks 3D technology to project assembly instructions directly onto aircraft parts.

As a result, FILLS is credited with saving more than 200 hours per plane and a potential $111 million for the F-35 program alone, according to David See, project manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory. "FILLS will revolutionize how we assemble, maintain and repair our fleets from jets to submarines to ships to satellites," said See.

 

The FILLS team’s accomplishment is developing improved "digital thread process" in which digital information collected by a computer is directly linked to the factory floor. "FILLS automates the hole measurements that are done on the assembly line and stores the measurements in a database," said Roger Richardson, director of business development for Delta Sigma. "FILLS then automatically creates a list of fasteners that are brought to the assembly line. ProjectionWorks then projects a color-coded map showing where the correct fasteners are to be installed in the sequence they are to be installed. The 3D map includes part numbers, directions and access to an encyclopedia of assembly information."

For their accomplishment, the FILLS team members received the 2012 Defense Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Innovation Award. ME


For more information from Delta Sigma Co., go towww.deltasigmacorp.com orwww.projectionworks.com,or phone 770-575-5100.

 

This article was first published in the May 2013 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine.  Click here for PDF. 

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MTConnect Challenge

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Ideas that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs
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NASA’s X-48 Project Completes Flight Research Campaign

NASA’s X-48 Project Completes Flight Research Campaign | Aerospace Innovation & Technology | Scoop.it
NASA’s remotely piloted X-48C hybrid-wing-body subscale aircraft, has completed an eight-month flight research campaign The aircraft shaped like a manta ray, was designed by Boeing and built using composite materials by Cranfield Aerospace in the...
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