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Aeronautics & Space

Video: ‘Tires as propellers’ for flying cars is a neat concept—but (probably) not possible

By Lisa McDonald / March 13, 2019

Goodyear released a concept design for AERO, a two-in-one airless tire that serves as both tire and propeller in future flying cars. Though realizing such a design may not be possible, it can trigger discussion about future directions for technology development.

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An easier way to measure out-of-plane resistivity in ceramic matrix composites

By Jonathon Foreman / March 8, 2019

Researchers from the United States and Germany developed a method for determining both in-plane and out-of-plane resistivity simultaneously, making it easier to check for damage in ceramic matrix composites.

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Keep Mars rovers warm with durable, lightweight ceramic aerogels

By Lisa McDonald / March 5, 2019

A new highly durable ceramic aerogel created by an international research collaboration can better withstand extreme temperatures than current ceramic aerogels—making it ideal insulation for future space missions.

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Video: The voyage of Voyager 2

By Lisa McDonald / December 19, 2018

Voyager 2 reached interstellar space in November, six years after its twin, Voyager 1. Voyager 2 will use an instrument that broke on Voyager 1 to send new information about interstellar space.

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‘Super turbines’ and international study opportunities focus of NSF grant led by ACerS members

By Lisa McDonald / December 4, 2018

Gurpreet Singh and his four co-principal investigators are leading a five-year NSF study focused on ceramics for high-temperature applications, particularly jet aircraft turbines, and international collaboration opportunities for the students involved.

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3-D printed ceramic parts could support lunar colonies

By Faye Oney / November 23, 2018

Establishing colonies on the moon will require a means to fabricate spare parts for repair or replacement. One Austrian company is already 3-D printing ceramic nuts and bolts out of simulated moon dust.

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Video: 5,000 fiber-optic robots will teach scientists about dark energy’s effects on the universe

By Faye Oney / November 7, 2018

Berkeley Lab scientists are leading a project to explore the expansion of the universe. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument consists of 5,000 robots that will gather light from distant galaxies to measure dark energy’s effects on the universe.

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Video: This is why NASA’s Solar Probe will stay intact when it reaches the sun

By Faye Oney / July 25, 2018

NASA Goddard will launch its Parker Solar Probe in early August on a mission to study the mysteries of the sun. Watch today’s video to learn how engineers have designed the Solar Probe to withstand the sun’s intense heat.

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How will ceramic materials fare in outer space? This and much more inside August 2018 ACerS Bulletin

By Faye Oney / July 20, 2018

The August 2018 issue of the ACerS Bulletin is now available online. You’ll find stories about how functional ceramics will be 3-D printed for outer space applications, how fly ash waste can be used for high-performance refractories, and much more.

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Video: We could someday fly our own aircraft

By Faye Oney / July 18, 2018

Did you ever wish you could fly your own small plane without getting your pilot’s license? Watch today’s video to see how close the future really is!

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