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NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine tech

by Mariella Moon, Engadget

It’s the first of its kind to ever be tested

A group of engineers have developed a new jet engine tech that can improve planes’ fuel efficiency by four to eight percent, and NASA has begun testing it out. They created a new type of engine propulsor — composed of the fan and a part called the inlet, which directs air into the engine — designed to be embedded into a jet plane’s body. Jet engines are typically placed away from the aircraft’s surface, because of a highly distorted film of air called the boundary layer that envelopes the plane as it zooms through the sky. This new type of jet engine propulsor takes advantage of the boundary layer instead. Continue reading NASA starts testing more fuel efficient jet engine tech

NASA’s new satellite will circle the globe repairing broken space robots

by Sarah Fecht, Popular Science

RESTORE-L COULD FIX BROKEN SATELLITES AND CLEAN UP SPACE JUNK

When a satellite runs out of fuel or fails to deploy its solar panels, who you gonna call? Right now, nobody. There’s currently no reliable way to physically repair things in orbit, which means a multi-million-dollar satellite can be rendered useless by a small glitch. But NASA has been eyeing a solution. This week, the space agency announced it’s setting aside $127 million to fund a satellite that repairs and refuels others in orbit. Continue reading NASA’s new satellite will circle the globe repairing broken space robots

AT&T And NASA To Build National Drone Tracking System

by Jennings Brown, vocativ

The company wants to protect drones from hackers

The largest telecommunications company in the world wants to serve as a watchdog for all drones in the United States — and in the process, play a major role in supervising the national airspace.

On Nov. 10, AT&T announced that it was collaborating with NASA to develop an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management program to allow agencies to monitor drones. An AT&T release states this program will make it safer for drone operators to plan and monitor flight paths, navigate drones, and use drones for surveillance. The company stated that its main focus is to lower the risk of drone-related cyber-attacks. Continue reading AT&T And NASA To Build National Drone Tracking System

Top aerospace officials just called hypersonic planes “inevitable”

by Bec Crew, Science Alert

New York to London in 30 minutes.

Aviation experts from NASA, the US Air Force, and Lockheed Martin have come together in California to announce that hyper-sonic planes are “inevitable” – meaning we’d better get used to the idea of travelling at more than five times the speed of sound.

If that speed doesn’t mean that much to you, how does 4,800 km/h (3,000 mph) sound? Or how about London to New York in 35 minutes, and London to Sydney in 2 hours? Continue reading Top aerospace officials just called hypersonic planes “inevitable”