2013
Aerospace & Defense

There is a need for fast, efficient, safe travel over the water. To achieve speeds in excess of 100 knots, the craft will have to employ aerodynamic alleviation to rise above the water surface. Introducing the Bayou Skimmer, a twin hull wing-in-ground effect craft with features of a regular boat, yet features of a captured air bubble plus a variable azimuth thrust pod.

To ensure prompt surface clearence, the leading edge of the main lift surface is equipped with airfoils mounted on a rotating spindle. In rotation, the airfoils become high lift Magnus Rotors, but also double duty as forward wing flaps. The rear of the craft is equipped with hydraulic actuated skis that lift the craft ...

The Problem:

Be careful what you wish for you might get it. We needed detailed information on the dangers of radiation for spacefarers so we instrumented the LRO and Curiosity missions to give us this data. The answer we got was alarming and not what we wanted at all.

The radiation danger to space faring humans is at least twice as bad as we had thought, our old designs were not good enough, all our designs were deadly. Also the worst danger is from Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR). They may not be as concentrated as a solar storm, or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), but they are 24/7/365 and they are deeply penetrating. They are so penetrating ...

Want to know what it feels like to be in space, without actually having to go into orbit or travel to the moon?

Space Synapse’s Earth Rider venture allows you to do just this.

While the advent of a commercial space industry will soon allow a growing number of people to have the extraordinary experience of space travel and the view of Earth from space, sometimes called the Overview Effect, high costs have put it out of reach for all but a very few. To date, some 500 individuals have actually had the opportunity to see our planet from orbit or travel to the surface of the moon. The Earth Rider vision is to establish an inspiring program that ...

The Hyperion solar array would be a constellation of transpolar satellites equipped with retractable reflective dishes. When deployed, the dishes redirect sunlight toward any asteroid or comet that threatens the Earth. The redirected sunlight can be used in many ways. The primary purpose being the study and destruction of metiors and comets that threaten Earth.

Unfocused light can illuminate the near side of objects, allowing scientists and engineers to better gauge their size and topography. When focused, the solar energy can be used to super heat a localized point of the object. Scientists and engineers can then use spectrum analysis to determine the chemical composition of the object.
If enough solar energy were focused on an object its internal ...

Paradoxically, the idea that underlies “On the Origin of Species,” written by Charles Darwin comes from geology. Just as rivers have created large geological formations so natural selection has created animals with an optimal configuration, relative to the environment in which they live. Recent research has uncovered that some features of the fins and of the tail of cetaceans would appear to contradict some aerodynamic theories. Bionicists are convinced of the performance of nature’s way of optimization. This sophisticated method is running already 3 billion years, in a really big laboratory: the surface of the Earth. Now, the laboratory is large enough and the time is long enough to find good solutions (perhaps optimal solutions) under the biological constraints.

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Time Dilation Machine: Includes a rotating colder than absolute zero superconductor rotated by an array of nuclear gamma pico-lasers. Powered by either an anti-matter battery or fusion or fission power. The rotation of the superconductor is stabilized by electro-static bearings on each side. The device is in the shape of a rotating sphere with a door unlocking/locking device utilizing direct and network communications with a laser array door entrance. The system utilizes a rolling code quantum computer global cloud network for dipole electron capture for the pico-laser and rotating below absolute zero super conductor system quantum software. A person is located inside the device complete with food production equipment and a paper-less and water-less toilet. The system is levitated ...

The primary goal of the UMCAV is to provide a platform that can be adapted for multiple purposes using modular frames and parts, requiring little effort to switch between variations. While any system will have its pros and cons, the best thing an engineer can do is find a way to keep costs down while maintaining product integrity. As such, the aircraft will be designed so that internal components will consist of current off the shelf technologies that are easily accessible to reduce maintenance and production costs. The aircraft would be constructed from both metals and composites (i.e. carbon fiber and Teflon). The use of materials in specific locations would depend on cost, stress analysis, and weight considerations. Composites ...

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Future Aircraft Carrier Battle Groups (ACBG) will be facing the very real threat of swarm attacks by dozens or even hundreds of hypersonic missiles. With the ongoing advancement of modern missile technology, it will become increasingly difficult to destroy missiles before they are launched. For example, the cost of upgrading Aegis cruisers and destroyers to counter missiles such as the Chinese DF-21 D will be about $10 billion. The ranges and speeds of anti-ship missiles are continuously increasing, making it impossible to destroy them before launch in constrained areas such as the Persian Gulf. With future projected velocities exceeding Mack 5 (6,200 kph at sea level) current defense systems will not ...

Our solar-blind filter permits direct imaging of the UV absorption and reflection characteristics from an object, and has many applications. Imaging at UV wavelengths is useful in atmospheric monitoring (SO2) and in secure communication. Scientific (astronomy) and military communication and detection applications in exo-atmosphere and underwater environments can be served. UV surveillance, monitoring, and data collection by UAV is made possible.

Isolation of a band of UV wavelengths shorter than ~400 nm from longer wavelength energy present in the background environment is a challenging problem. Digital CMOS and CCD array detectors respond to the undesired long wavelength energy with many times higher sensitivity to energy in the UV region below ~400 nm. Insufficient rejection of long wavelength energy dilutes ...

Innovation

Vibration energy harvesting (VEH) is the process of capturing available free energy from the local environment (e.g airframe structural vibrations) and converting it into an electrical form. While there are commercially available vibration energy harvesters, challenges such as low power density and a limited operational frequency bandwidth have prevented the widespread application of vibration energy harvesters. VEH may be used as a power source for structural health monitoring (SHM) sensors in military aircraft (see Figure 1). A SHM system might consist of: (i) a sensor mounted inside the aircraft which monitors in-flight mechanical loads on an airframe, (ii) an energy harvester to be used as a power source, and (iii) an acoustic electric feedthrough based wireless link which ...

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