2013
Aerospace & Defense

The Carplane® is a bi-modal air/road convergence vehicle, currently under construction at the Research Airport in Braunschweig, Germany.

Its primary market is the BRICS countries where inadequate road infrastructure and traffic congestion impede individual transport. Just like emerging economies solved their communications challenges by installing cheap transmission masts (rather than costly land-lines), the Carplane® uses easily-cleared, short airstrips to solves personal transport challenges (rather than costly road networks which take years to build and require tearing up the landscape).

In road-mode, the Carplane® employs electric drive to reach the nearest airstrip, consuming neither fuel nor emitting noise or fumes. Takeoff and landing are electric to limit noise. When flying cross-country and on longer road trips, a ...

This entry explores the possible use of cloud computing within various aviation systems. An aviation services cloud infrastructure is proposed in order to provide Cloud Computing (CC) to the aviation end user. Such short term applications of CC are reviewed as for real-time flight data and cockpit data storage and analysis. A long term application of CC for an artificial intelligence based robotic autonomous aircraft is reviewed. CC technology has the potential to greatly benefit aviation missions due to scalability, customizability, and outreach. There are a myriad of possible applications also within the aerospace defence community in terms of long range intelligence gathering and data processing in much less time than the current technology requires and at a significantly ...

This design provides a large amount of aperture in a package that is well suited for transport into space. Instead of the large disc of a conventional telescope, the Compact Space Telescope's primary mirror assembly is an array of thin mirrors and baffles forming a long parabolic trough making it a great match for a cargo hold. Also, much of the telescope's work has been offloaded to the electronics and software increasing the efficiency of captured light.

The telescope is made to be in motion with the field of study moving somewhat perpendicular to the length of the array. In a terrestrial application, the array would be mounted in a North-South orientation using the Earth’s rotation to move the ...

The large numbers of wheeled Mine Protected, Ambush Resistant (MRAP) vehicles being fielded around the world are excellent at protecting their occupants from blast, fragments, and small arms fire. These rapidly fielded vehicles share one critical problem: very high centers of gravity (CG) that makes them prone to rolling over.

Rollover accidents have caused a large percentage of the injuries and vehicle damage suffered by MRAPs while in service. One of the contributing factors is the armored gunner's protection systems, or turrets, that are located on top of the vehicle. These steel and aluminum assemblies often weigh many hundreds of pounds, exacerbating the CG problem.

This idea is for a gunner's protection system revised to be as minimal as ...

Is a fact that Earth is entering in a space where the asteroid activity is increasing, and some meteorites that were not detected at the  time have passed very close to Earth (luckily), or in the worst case hit the planet causing more than 1000 deaths (Russia incident). For that reason I’m proposing the idea of building a Railgun on the International Space Station. It won’t be easy, cheap or safe but I think it's worth the effort.

First we have to consider how we are going to harvest the huge amount of energy. One option could be a nuclear reactor. Considering that in space there is a lot more gamma radiation, produced by the sun, than ...

Unoccupied flying vehicles have had a huge impact on the modern battlefield. The technology to fly a combat aircraft from a ground based "flight deck" thousands of miles away is happening everyday. There are issues, however, with these vehicles, especially when it involves flying aircraft over peaceful, densely populated areas; or if it involves flying passengers. To aircraft operators, on the other hand, the operator of an aircraft, whether on the ground or on-board the vehicle, is at a minimum a cost liability, and in many hostile areas they can be a liability in other ways as well.

My idea is to reduce the cost and liability associated with the pilot by combining technologies. Instead of the current 2 ...

A method for termination of tornadoes – as soon as they are noticed on radar and long before they can touch down to become destructive – is proposed.

In the US more than 1,000 tornadoes ‘touch down’ annually, causing significant damage. Current technology cannot predict which events (storms) will become tornadoes. What is known: a supercell formation within an event is a necessary condition, before a tornado develops (Figures 1,2,3 in Picture-1); but exact conditions required for a supercell to become a tornado are unknown, thus all nascent supercells (which exhibit characteristic Doppler radar ‘hook’ signature) must be tracked and targeted in the available time, treating each as a potential calamity.

The designed solution has three steps:
A. Observation, analysis, ...

A Dirigible Space Elevator, a unique combination of aerospace design and geodesic geometry, has many monetary, efficiency and energy saving uses. The geodesic exo-structure allows any airship the ability to fly upwards at speeds exceeding 150 mph. The reduced costs to get to space will improve everything with respect to technological R & D associated with space.

The space elevator works by using dirigible technology that drastically cuts costs of sending a rocket into space. By filling 12 donut shaped balloons with hot air, spaced 5,000 ft apart each, and wrapping them around an elevator that reaches to a height of 60,000 ft, a rocket can easily be transported to the top derigible. A geodesic structure being ...

Dampened Oscillatory Gravitic Unit

DOGU

During the course of researching alternative energy and propulsion systems I stumbled upon an ancient Dogu artifact and intuitively began decoding Quantum Electro Dynamic (QED) symbol components comprising an energy and propulsion system. Moreover I decoded a self-cooling superconductor comprising a resonant cavity structure constructed from a predetermined composition of ceramics’ and powered by an acoustic and em-light superimposed standing-wave to the point of refrigerated anomaly.

Furthermore I decoded a 3-phase YIG sphere filter oscillator tank circuitry designed to resonate one or more Nobel gas filled tubes comprising over-mode asymmetric shaped cavity structures. Analog to a tube amplifier found in most vintage electronics’ and continued resonance of said Nobel gas contained within a backward ...

In general lots of research is going on about drag reduction and improving the aerodynamic efficiency of flight vehicles, by adopting various methods. The aim of the research is to perform a detailed study on the effects of surface roughness on flow over an aerofoil in the trailing edge.

Smooth profile of an aerofoil is altered by applying certain surface roughness in transition and turbulent boundary layer regions. This alters flow properties and results in reduced total drag and increased aerodynamic efficiency. NACA 0018 aerofoil profile in subsonic condition is considered for the study. 2-D aerofoils with and without roughness are generated using modeling software. Surface modifications are designed on both the upper and lower sides of ...

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