Shape-shifting supersonic aircraft research featured on Mashable

February 23, 2018
| By: Jan McHarg
According to an article in Mashable, NASA's 2019 budget proposal includes funding for a new X-plane, specifically a supersonic aircraft designed to travel faster than the speed of sound without generating a loud sonic boom. Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas, associate vice chancellor for engineering research at Texas A&M University and principal investigator for the project, leads a team of researchers that includes Dr. Rodney Bowersox and Dr. Darren Hartl from the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

TEES researchers design supersonic transport aircraft for NASA that modifies its shape in real time

April 6, 2017
| By: Aubrey Bloom
A team of Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) researchers has been selected for a potential award by NASA to lead research into commercially viable civil supersonic transport aircraft that meet noise and efficiency requirements for overland flight. Put simply, their research is on designing an aircraft that can modify its shape in real time in order to optimize for fuel efficiency or quiet flight as the flight phase and conditions change. The team is one of five transformative system-level aviation innovations that NASA has selected as part of the NASA Aeronautics’ University Leadership Initiative (ULI.)

Skelton receives NIAC funding to explore tensegrity solutions to manned spaceflight

July 12, 2016
| By: Aubrey Bloom
Dr. Skelton's proposal "“Tensegrity Approaches to In-Space Construction of a 1g Growable Habitat” was selected by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program to receive as much as $500,000 in funding over the next several years. Dr. Skelton's research is exploring tensegrity as a structural paradigm for future space stations to, among other things, bring artificial gravity to astronauts, an important step for the future of long-term spaceflight. As a first step, Dr. Skelton's group will focus on the design of the habitat and how it will grow in space, as well as looking at smart manufacturing and robotics technologies to manufacture structures in space.

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