• The “Right Stuff” for Innovative Engineering Teams

    No matter what the industry, getting there first with an idea that captivates the customer is the Holy Grail of engineering.

  • NASA Approves SpaceX Vehicle

    NASA has approved SpaceX's approach to Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 v.1.1 rocket, to fly its crews to and from the International Space Station.

  • Airbus Completes Flight Tests on Airspeed Sensor System for Helicopters

    Airbus Group has completed successful flight tests on a fiber-optic, eye-safe, laser-based sensor system that delivers accurate airspeed information in three axes at low and negative airspeed for rotary wing aircraft.

  • Airbus Plans Aircraft Wing Design Investment

    The European aerospace manufacturer Airbus has announced a £100 million ($156 million) investment in research into the next generation of wing design and manufacture in Wales and the southwest of England, following a funding deal with the government and the Welsh Assembly.

  • SpaceX Secures NASA Launch Services Contract

    SpaceX has secured an $87m contract from the U.S. space agency, NASA, to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. (Read "SpaceX Innovates as It Aims for Mars" by clicking here.) Under the contract, SpaceX will be responsible for spacecraft processing,

  • Boeing Breaks Ground for Composites Center

    Boeing began construction of a 367,000-square-foot facility in St. Louis, Mo., where it will build parts for the 777X aircraft.

  • Lockheed Martin's 100 MW Compact Fusion Nuclear Reactor

    A Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a compact fusion reactor (CFR) that could be developed and deployed in as little as 10 years.

  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Plans Aircraft Engine Investment

    Pratt & Whitney Canada says it will invest more than C$1 billion ($870 million) in research and development over the next 4.5 years to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines.

  • Autopilot Systems Equip Drones With Advanced Capabilities

    In September 2014, NASA issued a request seeking partners to help develop a traffic management system for eventual use by the Federal Aviation Administration that applies to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operating in Class G airspace (ground level to 500 feet).

  • FAA Wins Ruling in Drone Aircraft Case

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate a remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled November 18.

  • Boeing Signs Long-term Carbon Fiber Deal for 777x and 787 Aircraft

    Japan's Toray Industries says it will be the sole supplier of carbon fiber for Boeing Co's 777X passenger jet in addition to the 787 Dreamliner. Reuters says the deal is likely to exceed $8.6 billion for both planes. Engineering360 recently reported on the carbon fiber market and cited an IHS

  • Shape Changing Aircraft Wings

    Shape changing aircraft wings using compliant materials can improve aerodynamic efficiency, resulting in fuel savings and noise reduction.

  • Without Relativity, GPS Would Be Lost

    Ask the average person what "relativity" means, and you'll likely hear answers such as "everything's relative," "you can't go faster than light" or even the classic formula "E = mc2.”

  • Boeing, COMAC Open Plant to Transform Cooking Oil into Aviation Biofuel

    Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel.

  • GKN Aerospace Develops Wing Leading Edge Innovation

    GKN Aerospace has delivered a wing leading-edge demonstrator to the Clean Sky program, part of an effort to bring an ultra-high performance, natural laminar flow wing closer to reality.

  • Argentina Places Communications Satellite Into Orbit

    Argentina launched a geostationary satellite October 16 to provide cell phone, digital TV, internet and data services to much of South America. The satellite was launched from French Guayana's Kourou space base and is in geostationary orbit, occupying the 81 West orbital slot.

  • Mitsubishi Jet Powered by Efficient Pratt & Whitney Engine

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. held a rollout ceremony on October 18 for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), a next-generation regional jet. The partners say they are ready to proceed toward the MRJ's first flight scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

  • Imaging Innovation Could Detect Acoustically Invisible Cracks

    The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.

  • Turbine Engine Testing During Extreme Operating Conditions

    A research team has developed an in-situ facility for use at Argonne's Advanced Photon Source that accurately simulates extreme turbine engine conditions.

  • SpaceX Innovates as It Aims for Mars

    Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, is a space transport services company founded in 2002 by Elon Musk. Among its goals, the company hopes to reduce space transportation costs and eventually enable man to become an interplanetary species.


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