Turbulence and the transition to turbulence are recognized as unsolved problems in physics. Likewise, control theorists have hardly ever come across a problem this challenging. The goal of active flow control is to cross these interdisciplinary boundaries by considering the relevant flow physics when designing the control algorithms.
On Friday (May 5), China’s C919 successfully completed its maiden flight, marking a huge milestone for China on the way to achieving their goal of competing in the civil aviation sector.
Uber has declared that by 2020 they plan to have a network of ‘flying cars’ in Dallas and Dubai. The new service will be called Uber Air. However, during the Uber Elevate summit of April 25-27 2017 in Texas Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden admitted that Uber is rushing the Uber Air initiative. A partnership with Aurora Flight Services might help Uber to reach its goal.
Boeing signs a contract with Norsk Titanium AS for 3D printed structural titanium parts for the 787 Dreamliner. This technology could save them millions every year.
The Airbus Zephyr is a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV that runs solely on solar power and holds multiple records in this field. Its purpose is to provide a cheap and eco-friendly alternative for local satellite-like services. Flying at an altitude of 20km, the Zephyr is able to provide a high-resolution imagery to an area of over 1,000km2.
Boeing has announced the date of the 787-10 Dreamliner maiden flight to be March 31st.