engineering

carbon nanotubesSuperstrong materials for electric spaceplanes instead of space elevators

China has carbon nanotube bundles in the lab that are 20 times stronger than kevlar. They are trying to scale them up for mass production. If they succeed in mass producing tons of this material then what has been impossible …

airplanes1000 mph Supersonic business jet on track for 2023 first flight

Aerion Supersonic is still on track to its first supersonic flight in 2023. Complete certification is targeted for 2025. Supersonic business jet developer Aerion has launched preliminary design of its 12-seater, Mach 1.4-capable AS2 and revealed ambitions to develop bigger …

electric carsTesla Factory Tour

Elon Musk discusses what is easy and hard for robotic assembly. People are better wiring harnesses and dealing with floppy and unusual shapes. The robots for a 7X24 hour factory needs advanced robotic technicians at all times. If something breaks …

darpaLiquid Piston gets more DARPA funding for 30KW engine 30 times smaller than todays engines

DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston an additional $2.5 million to continue development of its 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype, bringing DARPA’s total funding of the engine technology to $6 million. When development of the fully packaged engine is complete, the …

elon muskElectric Tesla Roadster with rockets will beat all performance metrics of gas sports cars

Elon Musk wants the new Tesla Roadster is to beat gas sports cars on every performance metric by far and without exceptions. * faster from 0 to 60 mph * faster on the quarter mile * better braking, cornering and …

air pollutionBosch reduces diesel exhaust smog to 1/10th the legal limits

Robert Bosch GmbH said its engineers have developed a new diesel-exhaust system that cuts emissions to 1/10th the legal limits taking effect in 2020 and can help automakers avoid potential driving bans in Europe that threaten to doom the engine …

airplaneChina claims it has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine

China has designs for a mass production hypersonic engine for low-cost planes or spacecraft capable of traveling five times faster than the speed of sound. The plant that would be built in Hefei, in China’s eastern Anhui province, could give …

air forceChina has solved high altitude jet engine problems

Video of Chengdu J-10 and Shenyang J-11 jets flying low over snow-capped mountains was posted on the People’s Liberation Army’s official website on Monday. The jets are part of China’s fleet of third-generation lightweight multi-role fighter aircraft and are powered …

aircraftDARPA Selects Orbital ATK for Hypersonic Engine Research

Orbital ATK has entered a new DARPA contract to study the integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) program. The AFRE program seeks to develop a new …

air forceChina’s jet engine technology around the level of Germany

China is exporting a ceramic jet engine blade processing machine as part of a wider jet engine collaboration between Germany and China. The machinery produces turbine blades capable of withstanding temperatures several hundred degrees Celsius higher than the melting point …