NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab has developed a lightweight, autonomous helicopter capable of flying in the thin Martian atmosphere. The prototype required a holistic systems engineering approach that accounted for the power, mass, volume and energy needed for the mission, said NASA's MiMi Aung.
A Hyperloop engineering team at the Technical University of Munich has set a record of 288 mph in the fourth speed competition for the technology. That's 4 mph faster than the record speed the team achieved last year, but short of its 372 mph goal.
Larger turbines that are more productive and efficient are becoming the norm in wind energy, but are also resulting in engineering challenges such as increased vibration and greater loads on gearboxes and transmission systems, writes the University of New South Wales' Con Doolan. But despite their challenges, "wind turbines are one of the most cost-effective and technologically sophisticated forms of renewable energy, and as the developed world comes to grips with climate change we will only see more of them," he writes.
A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have found that reducing energy use by 12% during the summer would curb air pollution from nitrogen oxide by 13.2% and from sulfur dioxide by 12.6% annually. The use of variable speed air conditioners and other energy-efficient technologies could play a key role in that effort.
The Renewable Energy Group has opened a fully-automated biodiesel fueling station in Seneca, Ill., that is always operational. The station is adjacent to REG's Seneca biorefinery facility, which can produce 60 million gallons each year.
The University of Arizona plans to use funds from NASA to give STEM opportunities to minority students. "Underrepresented students from both our local community and international partners will have an opportunity to learn about asteroid science and space systems engineering through a project that will actually launch into space," said University of Arizona President Robert Robbins.
In June, ASME and Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation Museum kicked off a two-month-long celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of human’s first step on the moon. The celebration continued July 20 — the actual date when, 50 years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on it.
Experience hands on demonstrations of visual inspections in hazardous environments and confined spaces with UAS, inspections and cleaning with crawler robots, measuring UT thickness measurements of elevated structures using UAS, and so much more at this Sept. 24-25 event. Don’t miss out on the action and the opportunity to learn from the industry’s top experts. Early registration deadline is Aug. 9. Have a question? Email Robotics@asme.org
It's the interface with complex biological factors that separates computational modeling and simulation of medical devices apart from other types of analysis. System Insight Engineering's Arlen Ward explores the differences posing significant engineering challenges that must include computational models for different biological materials as well as a variety of factors unique to each patient.
Mere weeks after President John F. Kennedy's commitment to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade, NASA got to work on the moonshot program. In this article, ASME Fellow Burton Dicht touches on the development of the Apollo Guidance Computer, the Saturn V, a spacesuit and more.
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