Swiss Air Force: An Inside Look
Aug19

Swiss Air Force: An Inside Look

To be able to fly a military aircraft, aspirants have to go through a tough selection process. Eventually only a fraction of the applicants will be able to call themselves pilots. One of these people is Sebastian Blanke, Lieutenant of the Swiss Army, currently an aspirant to becoming a pilot. He shares his experiences exclusively with Leonardo Times. As a child, many people have the dream of becoming a pilot. I wasn’t any different....

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Eco-Runner
Aug17

Eco-Runner

The Eco-Runner competes in an annual event called the Shell Eco-marathon. A staggering 3000 students, spread over 200 student teams from all over Europe, compete in different classes within the competition. The Eco-Runner is a novel car designed to compete under the category of one of the most futuristic engineering concepts: cars using Hydrogen as its energy source. From Delft to Moscow and back, on one liter of hydrogen? What was...

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Flying Through the Glass Ceiling
Aug13

Flying Through the Glass Ceiling

There continues to be a considerable gender gap across engineering fields. Discriminatory workplace dynamics persist in discouraging women from pursuing an engineering-related degree and career. Can women overcome these obstacles or will the engineering world continue to dissuade them? Whenever you find yourself around other engineering students or working in a project group, I urge you to take a step back and observe the gender...

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The Current State of Electric Aircraft
Aug11

The Current State of Electric Aircraft

As the Solar Impulse arrives in Abu Dhabi, it is interesting to examine the electric aircraft on a conceptual level, as well as its current progress. Without judging the Solar Impulse team’s achievements, it is fair to say their main drivers were most certainly adventure and innovation. The latter being a pillar of aerospace engineering. It is the reason why aircraft continue to become more efficient year after year, and allow more...

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