February 1st, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Additive manufacturing company Stratasys and unmanned aerial vehicle systems manufacturing specialist Aurora Flight Sciences have teamed to fabricate something light, fast, and revolutionary—the first jet-powered, 3-D printed drone aircraft.
January 13th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Imperial College London have discovered that hafnium carbide and tantalum carbide have some of the highest melting points of any measured materials—making these ultra-high temperature ceramics potentially perfect for use in extreme environments, such as on hypersonic vehicles that soar through space.
November 15th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers at Lehigh University report that in addition to gallium nitride’s checklist of other useful properties, the material has a wear rate that approaches that of diamonds—which could open the material’s foray into even more diverse applications.
October 21st, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
Materials Science and Technology 2016 kicks off Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah. And because we’re a group of science-and-tech-minded individuals, I’ve compiled a list of a few scientific attractions to catch in between MS&T activities next week.
September 28th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) recently used its Big Additive Manufacturing Machine to shatter the Guinness world record for the largest 3-D-printed solid object.
September 1st, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
ACerS member Valerie Wiesner, a materials engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is one of the many scientists trying to fully unlock the potential of ceramic matrix composite materials.
August 11th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
Your favorite plastic minibricks may be embarking on an out-of-this-world journey with a new concept set that celebrates that accomplishments of women in space.
August 9th, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
ACerS member and Fellow Nitin Padture penned one of three commentaries for a new aerospace-centered issue of Nature Materials. Padture’s article, “Advanced structural ceramics in aerospace propulsion,” details the vital role of advanced structural ceramics in ever-advancing vehicle propulsion systems.
August 3rd, 2016 | by April Gocha, PhD
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is preparing to send CubeSats on their first interplanetary mission—a journey to Mars.
June 29th, 2016 | by Stephanie Liverani
While those of us in the United States stare awestruck at the firework-filled night sky on July 4 in celebration of our nation’s independence, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will finally reach polar orbit around Jupiter—a long-awaited journey from when Juno launched on Aug. 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Fla.