Scientists develop remote control system for cockroaches

jueves, 6 de septiembre de 2012

Scientists develop remote control system for cockroaches:
One of the 'backpack'-equipped remote-control Madagascar hissing cockroaches
Much to the annoyance of home-owners everywhere, cockroaches are amazingly tough, and they’re able to squeeze into remarkably small spaces. These are some of the same qualities that researchers would like to see in tiny reconnaissance robots that could perform tasks such as searching earthquake-damaged buildings for survivors. Such adaptable, robust mini-robots would be quite challenging to create, however. A team of scientists from North Carolina State University are working on an alternative – sensor-equipped real cockroaches that are remotely controlled by human operators... Continue Reading Scientists develop remote control system for cockroaches


Virgin ofrece a sus viajeros frecuentes la posibilidad de ganarse un viaje al espacio

Virgin ofrece a sus viajeros frecuentes la posibilidad de ganarse un viaje al espacio: Las aerolíneas fueron pioneras en esto de los programas de recompensas, en los cuales se ofrecen millas de viajeros frecuentes equivalentes a determinada cantidad de euros o dólares (o de la moneda local de cada país) de modo que luego se puedan utilizar para comprar billetes con descuentos o -si hemos viajado mucho y comprado muchos billetes- directamente no pagar nada por ellos.


PZL Swidnik desvela el helicóptero SW-4 ‘Solo’ RUAS/OPH

PZL Swidnik , filial de AgustaWestland, desveló el prototipo del monomotor SW-4Solo Rotorcraft Unmanned Air System/Optionally Piloted Helicopter (RUAS/OPH) no tripulado en Kielce (Polonia), como resultado de la cooperación de los equipos de ingeniería de ambas empresas. Es una versión del helicóptero SW-4. En la configuración RUAS puede asumir tareas de vigilancia marítima, de fronteras y campo de batalla; adquisición de blancos y reconocimiento; seguridad interior, monitorización ambiental, inspección terrestre y cartografía y evaluación de desastres y daños y suministros de carga.

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F-35B Completes First Airborne Engine Start Tests

F-35B Completes First Airborne Engine Start Tests: BF-2 Made 27 Successful Air Starts Last Month The F-35 integrated test force announced the completion of a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance on the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter September 4.


Syrian rebels say civilian airliners now 'legitimate targets'

Syrian rebels say civilian airliners now 'legitimate targets': Civilian aircraft flying in or out of airports in the Syrian cities of Damascus or Aleppo risk being shot down from 10 September onwards, opposition group the Free Syrian Army has publicly declared.


New EADS Group Executive Committee Appointed

Leiden, 06 September 2012

Chief Executive Officer completes composition of top executive body
John Leahy, Günter Butschek and Bernhard Gerwert join the Group Executive Committee

EADS has announced today the composition of the new Group Executive Committee, as previously indicated in May upon conclusion of the Annual General Meeting.

The Group Executive Committee’s focus is on defining overall strategies and policies, on developing and coordinating key markets and campaigns, on people and leadership development, as well as on furthering research & development and product strategies with significant Group-wide impact.

”We want EADS to become an even stronger international player in the aerospace and defence industry than it is today. Therefore, our clear focus is to further strengthen the international competitiveness of this unique enterprise, improving profitability and delivering value for customers and shareholders as well as creating opportunities for our employees and partners. The Group’s top executive body, which has been put in place, is united in achieving those objectives and I thank the Board of Directors for their trust and support in setting it up,” said Tom Enders, CEO of EADS.

Besides Tom Enders, 53, as the EADS Chief Executive, the following top managers form the EADS Group Executive Committee:

  • François Auque, 56, CEO of Astrium and Coordination of Space & Defence
  • Thierry Baril, 47, Chief Human Resources Officer EADS & Airbus
  • Lutz Bertling, 50, CEO of Eurocopter
  • Jean Botti, 55, Chief Technical Officer of EADS
  • Fabrice Brégier, 51, CEO of Airbus
  • Günter Butschek, 51, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus
  • Bernhard Gerwert, 59, CEO of Cassidian
  • Marwan Lahoud, 46, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of EADS
  • John Leahy, 62, Chief Operating Officer – Customers of Airbus
  • Sean O’Keefe, 56, CEO of EADS North America
  • Domingo Ureña-Raso, 54, Head of Airbus Military
  • Harald Wilhelm, 46, Chief Financial Officer of EADS & Airbus


Airbus unveils its 2050 vision for ‘Smarter Skies’

A future with more flights, fewer emissions and quicker passenger journey times


Global aircraft manufacturer Airbus today releases the latest instalment of the Future by Airbus, its vision for sustainable aviation in 2050 and beyond. For the first time the vision looks beyond aircraft design to how the aircraft is operated both on the ground and in the air in order to meet the expected growth in air travel in a sustainable way.

Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus, says: "Our engineers are continuously encouraged to think widely and come up with `disruptive' ideas which will assist our industry in meeting the 2050 targets we have signed up to. These and the other tough environmental targets will only be met by a combination of investment in smarter aircraft design and optimising the environment in which the aircraft operates. That is why our latest Future by Airbus Smarter Skies concepts focus on not just what we fly but, how we may fly in 2050 and beyond."

Already today, if the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and technology on board the aircraft were optimised, Airbus research based on recent research suggests that flights in Europe and the US could on average be around 13 minutes shorter, and flights in other parts of the world could be shorter too. Assuming around 30 million flights per year, this would save around 9 million tonnes of excess fuel annually, which equates to over 28 million tonnes of avoidable CO2 emissions and a saving of 5 million hours of excess flight time. Add to this new aircraft design, alternative energy sources and new ways of flying and you could see even more significant improvements.

The Future by Airbus concentrates on just that and the Smarter Skies vision consists of five concepts which could be implemented across all the stages of an aircraft's operation to reduce waste in the system (waste in time, waste in fuel, reduction of CO2). These are:

Aircraft take-off in continuous 'eco-climb'
· Aircraft launched through assisted take-offs using renewably powered, propelled acceleration, allowing steeper climb from airports to minimise noise and reach efficient cruise altitudes quicker.

· As space becomes a premium and mega-cities become a reality, this approach could also minimise land use, as shorter runways could be utilised.

Aircraft in free flight and formation along 'express skyways'
· Highly intelligent aircraft would be able to "self-organise" and select the most efficient and environmentally friendly routes ("free flight"), making the optimum use of prevailing weather and atmospheric conditions.

· High frequency routes would also allow aircraft to benefit from flying in formation like birds during cruise bringing efficiency improvements due to drag reduction and lower energy use

Low-noise, free-glide approaches and landings
· Aircraft allowed to take free glide approaches into airports that reduce emissions during the overall decent and reduce noise during the steeper approach as there is no need for engine thrust or air breaking.

· These approaches would also reduce the landing speed earlier which would make shorter landing distances achievable (less runway needed).
Low emission ground operations
· On landing aircraft engines could be switched off sooner and runways cleared faster, ground handling emissions could be cut.

· Technology could optimise an aircraft's landing position with enough accuracy for an autonomous renewably powered taxiing carriage to be ready, so aircraft could be transported away from runways quicker, which would optimise terminal space, and remove runway and gate limitations.

Powering future aircraft and infrastructure
· The use of sustainable biofuels and other potential alternative energy sources (such as electricity, hydrogen, solar etc) will be necessary to secure supply and further reduce aviation's environmental footprint in the long term. This will allow the extensive introduction of regionally sourced renewable energy close to airports, feeding both aircraft and infrastructure requirements sustainably.

Airbus is already working on a number of innovative solutions today to meet the challenges of sustainable aviation in the future, whether it be the development and use of alternative fuels; investment in aircraft design; or in supporting more efficient ATM. Airbus is also one of the major actors of the NEXTGEN and SESAR programmes - which seek to enhance the performance of the ATM system through a better use of aircraft capabilities, changes in infrastructure and organisation. These new capabilities are designed to reduce traffic congestion and delays, will allow more direct routes, better flight profiles, and should help reduce the cost of air navigation services through advanced communications and technologies..

"We know people want to fly more in the future and our forecasts support this. We also know that they don't want to fly at any cost," says Charles Champion. Our focus at Airbus is on meeting this continuous growth in demand, keeping the passenger, our customers and the environment at the centre of our thinking. The future of sustainable aviation is the sum of many parts and success will require collaboration amongst all the parties who are passionate about ensuring a successful prospect for aviation."

For more information on Future by Airbus go to

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