Tagged: Mechanical

Using the Right Thread-Locker on Your Drone

There are several types of thread-lock at the hardware store; which is best for our drones?

Answer: Thread-lock, as the name implies, keeps threaded parts from coming apart under most conditions. There are two types: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical thread-lock includes split washers, star washers, and nylon-insert nuts. Chemical thread-lock can

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Bath University Wins UAS Challenge 2017

Engineering students from Bath University have beaten other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge. Now in its third year, the annual event encourages teams of undergraduates to undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS, also

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QinetiQ to host UAS Challenge 2017 at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre

QinetiQ will provide Snowdonia Aerospace Centre as the venue for this year’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Operated by QinetiQ in partnership with Snowdonia Aerospace LLP, the site in Llanbedr, northwest Wales, is an active testing and training centre for all types

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NASA Tech Could Help Safe sUAS Emergency Landings

Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raises the risk to people and property below being hit when those devices have mechanical problems. That’s why NASA researchers are building technology to help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land without hurting anyone on the ground. A team at the

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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,

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Northrop Grumman Sponsors UK Young Engineers UAS Challenge

Northrop Grumman Corporation is sponsoring, for the third consecutive year, the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge as part of the company’s global commitment to encourage innovative thinking in engineering and technology, and inspire young engineers of the future. Student engineers from twenty-two universities across

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UAE Research Shows Hydrogen Could Lift UAS Higher

The American University of Sharjah has announced that a research exercise run by Prof Mohamed Gadalla, of the mechanical engineering department, has resulted in a multi-propeller drone powered by a hydrogen fuel cell being flown in front of the main university building. It has been described as the first time

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HySpex SW developer position

You will be in charge of developing our next-generation software solutions for controlling and operating HySpex cameras for all application areas. The software will interface with different types of hardware, including sensors/cameras, electro-mechanical systems, gyro-stabilized mounts, radio links and various types of navigation solutions. Comprehensive documentation and strict version control

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USU Aerospace Engineer Creates Free 3-D Aircraft Design Software

As interest in small autonomous aerial vehicles and their applications continues to expand, a Utah State University aerospace engineer is offering the public a free software tool that could revolutionize the drone industry. Doug Hunsaker, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at USU, is offering a free, easy

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Octobot – First Autonomous Entirely Soft Robot

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3D-printed robot — nicknamed the octobot — could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines. Soft robotics could revolutionize

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UAV Inspections of Dogger Bank Meteorological Masts

Cyberhawk Innovations has completed an operation and maintenance inspection project on Forewind’s Dogger Bank meteorological masts using UAVs. The project saw a team of three from Cyberhawk, including offshore UAV pilots and a mechanical engineer, mobilise to the Round 3 development site to undertake UAV inspections of the two meteorological

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Assistant/Associate Professorship in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Tenure and Tenure-Track Faculty Positions Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is one of the largest mechanical and

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Research into Attack-Resilient Micro Aerial Vehicles

Guoquan Huang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware was recently awarded a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to design resource-aware, attack-resilient, consistent MAV navigation. The $166,000 award will enable Huang, whose expertise lies in robotics, to develop consistent state estimation algorithms that will allow

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Paperlike Battery Electrode Developed by a Kansas State University Engineer

A paperlike battery electrode developed by a Kansas State University engineer may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles. Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team created the battery electrode using silicon oxycarbide-glass and graphene. The battery electrode has all the

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