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Decarbonisation of aviation relies on a combination of many incremental steps and outright technological breakthroughs. To succeed, both approaches need to exist inside a collaborative ecosystem. In this spirit, Airbus and two leading European research institutions, DLR and ONERA, are exploring how high-performance computing can improve our understanding of the relationship between aerodynamics and aircraft efficiency.

Aerodynamics and the art of aircraft design

The world's first high-temperature aerial platform for Close and General Visual Inspection performs a job at 65°C on an offshore platform.

UAV Takes the Heat off Inspectors

High pressure with adjustable angle can achieve so much more

Specialised Drones delivering High Pressure Cleaning Solution

Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal research institute WSL have developed a flying device that can land on tree branches to take samples. This opens up a new dimension for scientists previously reserved for biodiversity researchers.

Special drone collects environmental DNA from trees

Tabletop exercises allow researchers to explore options and test scenarios in fields from military strategy and cybersecurity to disaster response planning. Now, NASA is using tabletop exercises to test how electric air taxis will fit safely into the national airspace – allowing passengers to one day hop across town or to a neighboring city by using new highways in the sky.

NASA Sets Table for Safe Air Taxi Flights

Cambridge engineers have used drones, handheld particle sensors and a new modelling framework to measure, map and characterise harmful shipping emission particles at both land and sea. It is the first time that multi-characteristic particle measurements – including lung deposited surface area (LDSA), black carbon, and particle number – have been performed in this way, and it is hoped that this research will inform environmental initiatives and support efforts to clean up the maritime sector.

Monitoring maritime emissions at land and sea using drones and handheld particle sensors

Hummingbirds have extreme aerial agility and flight forms, which is why many drones and other aerial vehicles are designed to mimic hummingbird movement. Using a novel modeling method, researchers gained new insights into how hummingbirds produce wing movement, which could lead to design improvements in flying robots.

Hummingbird flight could provide insights for biomimicry in aerial vehicles

A new attack discovered by the University of Michigan and NASA exploits a trusted network technology to create unexpected and potentially catastrophic behavior

Cyber vulnerability in networks used by spacecraft, aircraft and energy generation systems

End-to-end recycling solutions deliver the benefits of carbon fiber composites with a more circular approach.

Carbon Fiber Recycling: Accelerating Aerospace Circularity

The four-​seater electric aircraft “e-​Sling”, which was developed by ETH students, has taken flight for the first time. The student project has taken two years and a lot of dedication.

The e-Sling electric aircraft takes off

In this episode, we talk about how a team from TUM has developed a system composed of collaborative drones that can create structure in remote and/or disastrous areas.

Podcast: The Flying 3D Printers

An international team of researchers have created a fleet of bee-inspired flying 3D printers for building and repairing structures in-flight.

Additive manufacturing in-flight: 3D printing drones work like bees to build and repair structures

A team lead by Costa Samaras and Thiago Rodrigues has shown that using small drones for the last mile of package deliveries uses less energy and creates fewer emissions than conventional means.

Research suggests drones more efficient for last-mile deliveries

Researchers from DTU Space have developed a new type of high-resolution radar that looks in many directions concurrently.

New radar system can detect drones

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