Monthly Archives: October 2010

46th AIAA/ASME Joint Propulsion Conference 2010 Review-3

This is the 3rd review of papers from the 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (JPC) which took place from 25th to 28th of July 2010, in Nashville, TN. The second review can be found here. The first review … Continue reading

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Recycled Military Fighter Planes Could be Next Generation Satellite Launchers

Here is a link to an article from Space.com that I thought was brilliant and a clever re-use of resources.   A recent entrant into this emerging field [of small satellite launch] is NanoLauncher. The startup will rely on decommissioned … Continue reading

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46th AIAA/ASME Joint Propulsion Conference 2010 Review-2

This is another review of papers from the 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (JPC) which took place from 25th to 28th of July 2010, in Nashville, TN. The third review can be found here. And the first review can be … Continue reading

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DARPA Wants a VTOL Flying Hummer Called the Transformer TX

DARPA issued the following solicitation (# DARPA-BAA-10-52) for a VTOL Roadable Air Vehicle on April 12, 2010. It calls for a 4-man (4 fully equipped personnel) troop carrier, with a maximum payload capacity of 1000 lbs, and a combat range … Continue reading

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Gasification for Renewable Fuel Supply

With this entry, I wanted to put together in one place some information on gasification technology for the reference of all those interested in renewable fuels and as an introduction to those who are new to this technology. Gasification is … Continue reading

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Biofuels for Aviation

Here is an interesting news article from the Society of Automotive Engineers website (SAE.org) on aviation fuels derived from plant matter.  Here are some excerpts from the article. Embraer is researching sugar cane fermentation as a fuel source for its … Continue reading

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Electric Propulsion Systems for Manned Aircraft

Current electric propulsion technology intended for manned atmospheric flight involves replacing the internal combustion piston-propeller engine or the turboprop engine (turbine-compressor + shaft output to propeller or rotor) with electric motors to drive the propellers or rotors. Propellers are more … Continue reading

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