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Category Archive: Aerospace

  1. Radia’s WindRunner: Setting New Heights as the World’s Largest Aircraft

    Apr
    02
    2024

    Pioneering Cargo Transportation: Beyond the Boeing 747 Radia’s WindRunner is revolutionizing cargo transportation not with passenger capacity, but with its sheer size and targeted purpose. Poised to become the world’s largest aircraft, surpassing even the legendary Boeing 747, this behemoth stretches an astounding 350 feet, with a wingspan that could nearly cradle a football field. […]

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  2. What Is The Difference Between Steel Billets and Steel Bars?

    Mar
    06
    2024

    Steel is perhaps the most versatile material used to build everything around us, from buildings and bridges to cars and aircraft. Depending on the application and manufacturing process, steel comes in various forms. Two of the fundamental forms are billets and bars, which are refined and ready-to-use forms of steel tailored for production purposes.  At […]

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  3. Tube Drawing

    Feb
    14
    2024

    Tubes are an integral part of the modern world and are present in almost every industry. They are used mainly for transferring pressurized or unpressurized fluids (liquid and gas) but also for structural purposes.  As such, tubes find use in various industries, including construction, aircraft, oil, gas, petrochemical, automotive, chemical, water treatment, sanitary systems, medical, […]

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  4. Aluminum 7075: The Lightweight Alloy Transforming Aerospace and Automotive Industries

    Jan
    30
    2024

    The mobility industry stands before its biggest obstacle yet: creating a sustainable, CO2-free transport for people and goods. The race has been on for some time, and various companies have different solutions to make our long-desired reality. From battery-electric road-going vehicles to hybrid airplanes, the mobility landscape of the future looks vastly different from the […]

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  5. Dutch Start-Up Elysian: All-Electric 90-Seat Aircraft Unveiled

    Jan
    23
    2024

    Image source: Elysian. Elysian Aircraft, a start-up from the Netherlands, revealed plans for a new fully electric aircraft, the E9X, able to carry 90 passengers with an 800 km (497 miles) range. This would be achieved by using a battery pack with a 360 Wh/kg power density. Furthermore, the range may even be extended to […]

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  6. What is Seamless Tubing?

    Jan
    02
    2024

    Seamless tubing is a type of metal tubing manufactured without welding seams, giving it a much higher strength, better durability, and higher corrosion resistance. Moreover, seamless tubing keeps uniformity throughout its length, which might be preferable in some applications.  The main advantage of seamless tubing is the lack of weak points. For example, a longitudinally […]

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  7. Know Why Mercury Thermometers Are Not Allowed On Flights

    Dec
    21
    2023

    Ensuring Safety in the Skies Aviation safety ranks among the top priorities for all individuals, whether they are pilots, flight attendants, or passengers. Strict regulations are in place to ensure compliance with safety standards, and one such regulation prohibits passengers from carrying mercury thermometers on flights. Instead, they are advised to carry digital thermometers, as […]

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  8. DARPA Selects Competitors for VTOL X-Plane

    Dec
    21
    2023

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected four competitors for the Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) project. The contract includes the design, building, and testing of an SPRINT X-Plane demonstrator. As stated, “The goal of the programme is to provide these aircraft with the ability to cruise at speeds from 400 to 450 […]

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  9. Honeywell’s New Jet Engine Sets New Standards in Performance and Efficiency

    Dec
    04
    2023

    About a month ago, Honeywell, a technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services, declared that its engine – the HTF7500 turbofan, had successfully passed the compatibility test when being used on an Embraer Praetor 600 aircraft with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), marking this the first time the fuel was […]

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  10. A Guide to Purchasing Inconel: Tips and Considerations

    Oct
    02
    2023

    Inconel® is a family of nickel-chromium superalloys known for its high strength, corrosion resistance, and oxidation resistance at high temperatures. Well-suited for demanding applications, Inconel alloys typically comprise 50-70% nickel, 15-25% chromium, and other elements, including iron, cobalt, molybdenum, and tungsten. The specific composition of an Inconel alloy depends on its intended application. Inconel’s unique […]

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  11. ASKA A5 eVTOL: First Flying Car with FAA and DMV Approval

    Sep
    26
    2023

    ASKA A5 – the electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle, developed by US air mobility company ASKA, recently received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The drive and fly technology offers the opportunity to not only drive on public roads but also travel by air. ASKA A5 is a four-seat vehicle comparable to […]

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  12. Virgin Galactic: First Tourist Flight to Space!

    Sep
    21
    2023

    The American space tourism company Virgin Galactic operated the second commercial flight to the edge of space, called Galactic 02. This is the first flight that carried tourist passengers, which included the British former Olympian Jon Goodwin, who bought the ticket 18 years ago, and Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers (a mother and daughter) from […]

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  13. NASA’s X-59 QueSST: A Step Closer to its First Flight

    Sep
    11
    2023

    The X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) – NASA’s experimental supersonic aircraft is now a step closer to its first flight. Located at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, the aircraft completed many milestones and was moved from the construction site for its first flight. The flight is scheduled for this year after a series […]

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  14. How Pulsed Electrochemical Machining Is A Viable Alternative to Conventional Manufacturing Methods

    Sep
    05
    2023

    Recent advancements in material science and design engineering have increased the popularity of advanced metal alloys, especially in critical industries such as aerospace and medical device manufacturing. However, the increased usage of these advanced materials in complex geometries has set new manufacturing challenges as it is often difficult and expensive to machine these parts with […]

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  15. NASA’s Valkyrie Robot to Be Tested in Australia

    Aug
    29
    2023

    NASA’s humanoid robot Valkyrie will be tested at offshore energy facilities in Perth, Western Australia, far away from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The collaboration is part of the Space Act Agreement with the global Australian energy company Woodside Energy. The NASA team traveled to Woodside’s headquarters in Perth, provided training to […]

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  16. Collins Aerospace: $14M Expansion of the Iowa Center

    Aug
    22
    2023

    The American technology company Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of RTX Corporation, recently opened the expansion of its additive manufacturing center in West Des Moines, Iowa. The expansion costs are estimated at $14 million, with an area of 9,000 square feet. This addition provides enough space for new 3D metal printers. Moreover, the additive manufacturing capabilities […]

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  17. Blue Origin to Develop Solar Systems from Moon’s Regolith with NASA

    Aug
    08
    2023

    The Moon is a key destination in NASA’s long-term plan to explore the solar system. In efforts to advance this space exploration, NASA has partnered with Blue Origin to develop solar systems from the Moon’s regolith. Blue Origin, the private aerospace manufacturer founded by billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, has become NASA’S key partner in its […]

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  18. A Tiny Yet Mighty Mach 5 Ramjet Engine Poised to Catapult Drones into Supersonic Domination

    Aug
    01
    2023

    Air-breathing hypersonic power plants, also known as scramjet engines, are designed to operate at extremely high speeds, typically in the hypersonic regime i.e; Mach 5 and above. These air-breathing scramjet engines are generally fighter-jet engine-seized. Engineers and researchers have been working on innovative designs to reduce the size of scramjet engines. The goal is to […]

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