Décès de Luigi Pascale, le cofondateur de Tecnam - Aerobuzz

martes, 14 de marzo de 2017

Luigi Pascale est décédé le 14 mars 2017 à l'âge de 93 ans. C'est lui qui avait créé en 1957 Partenavia, puis, avec son frère Giovanni, en 1986, Tecnam qui est aujourd'hui le premier constructeur d'avions légers au monde.



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TsAGI’s research improves the SSJ100


In February specialists of the Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI, part of the National Research Center “Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky”) started to research the strength of a modified door of the main landing gear of the airliner SSJ100.

The main goal of the work is to improve the Sukhoi Superjet 100 fleet. Today the aircraft is fitted with a two-part door of standard design. To enhance aerodynamic characteristics of the SSJ100, the designer, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, has modified the landing gear door design: a new modification consists of a single part, which is manufactured with the use of composite materials.

Initially, TsAGI will carry out experiments to verify the service life of the door. Then, it will be exposed to maximum operating loads, which may develop during a real flight, thus researching the residual strength. Institute specialists plan to run about 80,000 flight cycles in total.

“Improving an existing aircraft is a normal practice all over the world,” Victor Tsygankov, the Head of TsAGI’s Static and Thermal Strength Department, explained. “With minor changes, designers try to make an aircraft more cost effective, comfortable and safe. Thus, a modified door of the main landing gear will allow increasing the lift/drag ratio of the SSJ100 and reducing its takeoff run. To


TsAGI scientists presented research aimed at aircraft noise reduction


In mid-February the Central AeroHydrodynamic Institute named after professor N.E. Zhukovsky (TsAGI, part of the National Research Center “Institute named after N.E. Zhukovsky”) took part in the 2nd All-Russian Scientific and Technical Conference “Functional materials for aircraft noise reduction onboard and on site.”

TsAGI’s scientists prepared the paper entitled “Issues related to creation of efficient sound-absorbing structures for advanced high-bypass turbojet engines,” which, according to the organizers’ opinion, was declared to be the best one among those presented at the Conference. The authors analyzed the issues to be dealt with during design of structures meant for noise reduction of the aircraft engine fan. The scientists came to the conclusion that stricter ICAO’s regulations for on-site noise have brought the research process of creating sound-absorbing structures for new-generation turbojet engines to a new round of development. Therefore, all the algorithms of the process flow need modifying by more accurate consideration of the factors determining the efficiency of sound-absorbing structures.

In addition, TsAGI’s specialists referred to the issue of onboard noise in an advanced long-range aircraft. Also, they explained the acoustic research of multilayer sound-absorbing structures with corrugated fillers of air spaces and thin dense fine meshes, flat composite panels, and vibration-absorbing coatings with a reinforcing layer.

The 2nd All-Russian Scientific and Technical Conference “Functional materials for aircraft noise reduction onboard and on site” was held in VIAM along with the Process Platform “New polymer composite materials and technologies.” The Conference was attended by specialists researching the issues of aircraft noise reduction onboard and on site.


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Zero 2 Infinity Successfully Launches its First Rocket from the Edge of Space

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This milestone opens the door for safer and more efficient Space access for small satellites

Zero 2 Infinity, a company specialized in Space transportation systems, successfully launched its first rocket from the Edge of Space on March 1st.

Part of the Zero 2 Infinity team sailed a few miles off the Spanish coast to launch the balloon carrying the rocket. After soaring to 25 km (more than twice the cruising altitude of commercial airplanes), the other part of the launch team gave the order of the controlled ignition of the first Bloostar prototype from the facilities of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in El Arenosillo (Huelva, Spain).

The goals of the mission were: (i) validation of the telemetry systems in Space conditions, (ii) controlled ignition, (iii) stabilization of the rocket, (iv) monitoring of the launch sequence, (v) parachute deployment, and finally, (vi) sea recovery. All these goals were achieved in full.

This mission is part of the development of Bloostar, the first small satellite launcher to use a stratospheric balloon as a first stage. By initiating the rocket ignition from above airspace, the targeted orbit can be reached with expediency and efficiency.

This patented technique is less risky than any systems used until now. The rocket-powered phase starts already from above 95% of the mass of the atmosphere, getting there with no polluting emissions. Besides the environmental angle, this new method lets Zero 2 Infinity launch satellites with more flexibility (2 weeks notice), at a drastically lower cost and more often than ever before.

From the day it was presented, Bloostar has attracted the attention of the leading satellite companies around the world. Zero 2 Infinity already has gathered upwards of 250 million euros in Letters of Intent for future launches.

The Space sector has become more open to private initiatives and is nowadays living a revolution. From global communication services to meteorological predictions, interconnection of machines through the Internet of Things and even the possibility of having a daily picture of the entire Planet. These advances have paved the way for the creation of hundreds of companies that need efficient and safe transportation services like the ones Zero 2 Infinity is offering and developing.

Zero 2 Infinity, a private company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with subsidiaries around the world, is radically simplifying access to Space. It is the only company in Europe specialized in the elevation to the Edge of Space of components that require testing and certifying in Space conditions. At the moment, it is working on sending small satellites into orbit through its project Bloostar and has mid-term plans to send people to Near Space for science and leisure (project Bloon).


Insect-Inspired Mechanical Resilience for Multicopters

Over recent years the explosion in popularity of drones, both professionally and for amateur use, has inspired researchers to consider how to make flying robots as safe and robust as possible. Previous design methods have included producing bulky protective cages or making them as unlikely to crash as possible. Recently, researchers from Floreano Lab, NCCR Robotics and EPFL have presented a new approach to making crash resilient quadcopters – making them soft, so it doesn’t matter if they come into contact with their surrounding environment... Continue reading https://actu.epfl.ch/news/insect-inspired-mechanical-resilience-for-multic-2/

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Insect-Inspired Mechanical Resilience for MulticoptersAbstract:
The ease of use and versatility of drones has contributed to their deployment in several fields, from entertainment to search and rescue. However, drones remain vulnerable to collisions due to pilot mistakes or various system failures. This letter presents a bioinspired strategy for the design of quadcopters resilient to collisions. Abstracting the biomechanical strategy of collision resilient insects’ wings, the quadcopter has a dual-stiffness frame that rigidly withstands aerodynamic loads within the flight envelope, but can soften and fold during a collision to avoid damage. The dual-stiffness frame works in synergy with specific energy absorbing materials that protect the sensitive components of the drone hosted in the central case. The proposed approach is compared to other state-of-the art collision-tolerance strategies and is validated in a 50-g quadcopter that can withstand high-speed collisions.
Published in: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters ( Volume: 2, Issue: 3, July 2017 )


IU chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels

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The new molecule harvests sunlight to create useable material from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
March 8, 2017


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An international team of scientists led by Liang-shi Li at Indiana University has achieved a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.

The chemists have engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of "carbon reduction."

The process is reported today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

"If you can create an efficient enough molecule for this reaction, it will produce energy that is free and storable in the form of fuels," said Li, associate professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry. "This study is a major leap in that direction."

Burning fuel -- such as carbon monoxide -- produces carbon dioxide and releases energy. Turning carbon dioxide back into fuel requires at least the same amount of energy. A major goal among scientists has been decreasing the excess energy needed.

This is exactly what Li’s molecule achieves: requiring the least amount of energy reported thus far to drive the formation of carbon monoxide. The molecule -- a nanographene-rhenium complex connected via an organic compound known as bipyridine -- triggers a highly efficient reaction that converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide.

The ability to efficiently and exclusively create carbon monoxide is significant due to the molecule's versatility.

"Carbon monoxide is an important raw material in a lot of industrial processes," Li said. "It's also a way to store energy as a carbon-neutral fuel since you’re not putting any more carbon back into the atmosphere than you already removed. You're simply re-releasing the solar power you used to make it."

The secret to the molecule’s efficiency is nanographene -- a nanometer-scale piece of graphite, a common form of carbon (i.e. the black "lead" in pencils) -- because the material’s dark color absorbs a large amount of sunlight.

Li said that bipyridine-metal complexes have long been studied to reduce carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide with sunlight. But these molecules can use only a tiny sliver of the light in sunlight, primarily in the ultraviolet range, which is invisible to the naked eye. In contrast, the molecule developed at IU takes advantage of the light-absorbing power of nanographene to create a reaction that uses sunlight in the wavelength up to 600 nanometers -- a large portion of the visible light spectrum.

Essentially, Li said, the molecule acts as a two-part system: a nanographene "energy collector" that absorbs energy from sunlight and an atomic rhenium "engine" that produces carbon monoxide. The energy collector drives a flow of electrons to the rhenium atom, which repeatedly binds and converts the normally stable carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide.

The idea to link nanographene to the metal arose from Li's earlier efforts to create a more efficient solar cell with the carbon-based material. "We asked ourselves: Could we cut out the middle man -- solar cells -- and use the light-absorbing quality of nanographene alone to drive the reaction?" he said.

Next, Li plans to make the molecule more powerful, including making it last longer and survive in a non-liquid form, since solid catalysts are easier to use in the real world. He is also working to replace the rhenium atom in the molecule -- a rare element -- with manganese, a more common and less expensive metal.

All of the research on the study was conducted at IU. The first authors on the paper are Xiaoxiao Qiao and Qiqi Li, former graduate students at IU. Additional authors are professor Krishnan Raghavachari and graduate students Richard N. Schaugaard, Benjamin W. Noffke and Yijun Liu, all of the Department of Chemistry; Dongping Li, a visiting professor from Nanchang University; and Lu Liu, a visiting undergraduate from the University of Science and Technology of China.

This study was supported by IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the National Science Foundation.

Well-Defined Nanographene–Rhenium Complex as an Efficient Electrocatalyst and Photocatalyst for Selective CO2 Reduction

Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, United States
J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b12530
Publication Date (Web): March 8, 2017
Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society

Improving energy efficiency of electrocatalytic and photocatalytic CO2 conversion to useful chemicals poses a significant scientific challenge. We report on using a colloidal nanographene to form a molecular complex with a metal ion to tackle this challenge. In this work, a well-defined nanographene–Re complex was synthesized, in which electron delocalization over the nanographene and the metal ion significantly decreases the electrical potential needed to drive the chemical reduction. We show the complex can selectively electrocatalyze CO2 reduction to CO in tetrahydrofuran at −0.48 V vs NHE, the least negative potential reported for a molecular catalyst. In addition, the complex can absorb a significant spectrum of visible light to photocatalyze the chemical transformation without the need for a photosensitizer.
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