Aircrafts must be prepared to deal with any atmospheric condition in order to fly safely and efficiently, but with a wide range of aircraft models, shapes and purposes, it can be difficult to predict exactly how nature will affect each vehicle. Trial-and-error methods of designing and building an aircraft, testing it against controlled conditions, and then re-designing and re-building, are time-consuming and costly—the more engineers can predict about an aircraft’s performance ahead of time, the more resources they can save by building a more effective model the first time. NASA’s Glenn Research Center seeks to boost engineers’ prediction power when it comes to understanding how ice will accumulate on the surface of an aircraft during flight. LEWICE3D, a 3D simulation software that earned Glenn Research Center an R&D 100 Award last year, takes into account several factors in the movement of freezing water droplets in order to model the shapes of ice … [Read more...] about NASA Software Innovation Models Aircraft Ice Accumulation
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Drones have already been used to deliver pizza, mail, and medical supplies, but for drone delivery to go mainstream, an air traffic management system needs to be put in place to ensure safety in the skies. NASA, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has spent the last four years developing such a system for urban areas, which could pave the way for major companies like Amazon to incorporate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into their increasingly ambitious shipping operations. This week, NASA announced that for the final phase of the project, two organizations will host technical demonstrations of its traffic management system: Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas, and the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation in Corpus Christi, Texas. “This phase represents the most complicated demonstration of advanced UAS operating in a demanding urban environment that will have been tested to date,” NASA’s Ronald … [Read more...] about Delivery drones: NASA to test advanced traffic control system for cities
Stephen Cross is in his first job out of college - a dream job for him. Florida Power and Light handed him the keys to a drone, one of the tools the company will use to help get power restored faster in storms. “We utilize the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) technology, drones, for inspection and primarily seeing into inaccessible locations,” said Cross. The drones hold lightweight cameras that send back live images into disaster command centers. “The drones allowed us to take a look into those locations, identify any issue, report that immediately to the incident commander and then send the right team with the right equipment to remedy the issue,” Cross said. Updated Miami Commissioners Approve Soccer Stadium Vote Proposal The ground teams then know what equipment to take and from the images know the hazards. Florida Power and Light now has 11 of these unmanned aircrafts and they’re assigned to quick special response teams that can be deployed … [Read more...] about FPL Using Drones to Help Restore Power After Storms
It may be a year or more before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changes its rules enough for Amazon or other hopefuls to deliver products by drones. But the five-year FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, signed into law Oct. 5, confirmed controversial rules the FAA considers critical to its ability to regulate drone traffic and confirmed funding and plans for drone-specific additions that would create an air-traffic control system that can track traditional aircraft and a rapidly growing population of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The near-term goal is to provide safe, low-altitude operations for both drones and manned aircraft. The longer-term goal is to accommodate what is expected to be enormous growth in the use of commercial drones, in an efficient way, according to briefing materials from NASA. The bill covers all aspects of the FAA’s operations, but the biggest change is the integration of civilian unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system … [Read more...] about FAA Traffic Management Anticipates Flying Cars
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States is facing an “escalating” threat from the use of civilian drones as weapons by the likes of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and MS-13, the FBI director cautioned on Wednesday. In written testimony prepared for hearing by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray declared:The threat from Unmanned Aircraft Systems [UAS] in the U.S. is steadily escalating….While there has been no successful malicious use of UAS by terrorists in the United States to date, terrorist groups could easily export their battlefield experiences to use weaponized UAS outside the conflict zone. We have seen repeated and dedicated efforts to use UAS as weapons, not only by terrorist organizations, such as ISIS and Al Qa’ida, but also by transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13 and Mexican drug cartels, which may encourage [the] use of this technique in the U.S. to conduct attacks. The FBI … [Read more...] about FBI Chief Warns: MS-13, Islamic State May Use Drones to Attack U.S.