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itscolossal · 2 days ago
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A Conservationist Teaches Geese to Use Safer Migration Routes by Flying With Them Across Europe
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airmanisr · a day ago
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Douglas A-26 Invader
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Douglas A-26 Invader by Willard Womack Via Flickr: A-26 of the 386th Bomb Group, 1945.
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nueveg · 18 hours ago
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nasa · a month ago
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A Beginner’s Guide to Sustainable Aviation
Do you dream of catching a short flight between cities or journeying across the globe? The aviation industry currently makes up 2-3% of all carbon emissions, but the shift toward electric and hybrid aircraft will help tackle climate change and minimize the environmental impacts of commercial aviation.  
Sustainable flight will revolutionize the way we travel. From battery-powered aircraft that reduce fuel consumption, to new lightweight materials that can improve safety and efficiency during flight, here are a few important things to know about the world of sustainable aviation, and what it takes to make air travel cleaner and safer for our planet.
What is Electrified Aircraft Propulsion?
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Similar to electric or hybrid-electric cars, sustainable aircraft designs feature electric powertrain systems – the system of components that help propel an aircraft during flight – to help reduce fuel use and emissions. Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) systems let aircraft work using electric motors, and alternative fuels, rather than relying solely on traditional jet engines burning fossil fuels. At NASA, we’re developing innovative EAP technologies ranging from advanced electric machines designed to increase power and performance to new aircraft materials developed to minimize weight and reduce fuel usage.
What are the challenges with electrifying flight?
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Unlike electric vehicles on the ground, electrified aircraft face greater challenges when managing weight and heat while they’re running. In order to ensure maximum efficiency and safety, aircraft components must be designed with minimal weight to help reduce the amount of drag slowing the plane down and causing excess fuel burn. Electrified aircraft must also have advanced thermal management systems to help transfer heat effectively, and ensure onboard systems are kept cool to avoid damage.  
Our research and development of EAP technologies offer innovative solutions to these challenges. Designed to keep weight at a minimum, aircraft components such as the High Efficiency Megawatt Motor feature advanced technology that enable increased power and efficiency with three times less heat loss and weight than traditional aircraft motors. New material technologies such as electrical insulation also help transport heat more effectively to minimize heat buildup and are made of lightweight materials to ensure efficiency at high altitudes.
What are the benefits of sustainable aviation?
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From an environmental perspective, aircraft electrification offers unique opportunities to lower global emissions and minimize reliance on fossil fuels. The introduction of hybrid- or fully electric aircraft will significantly reduce overall fuel consumption by generating power and thrust via electricity and electric motors. Lightweight EAP systems and components can also help improve aircraft efficiency and reduce fuel burn, while using non-conventional, alternative fuels can help reduce harmful emissions. From an economic standpoint, EAP technologies could help strengthen commercial airliner markets with aircraft designed for around 180 passengers. Green technologies can also benefit both airline companies and you when you fly by potentially reducing aircraft maintenance and in-flight energy costs, making air travel more affordable.   
When will sustainable flight take off?
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To help turn visions of eco-friendly air travel into reality, we’re teaming up with industry to test EAP technologies on aircraft and introduce them to the U.S. commercial aviation fleet no later than 2035.  
Under our Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstration (EPFD) project, we will conduct ground and flight tests using existing aircraft modified with EAP systems to assist in transitioning these technologies into commercial products. Flight demonstrations will also enable us to identify key risks and barriers associated with integrating new EAP systems into commercial airliners and develop new standards for future EAP aircraft as they take to the skies within the next decade. 
There you have it: a quick glimpse into the world of sustainable aviation, and the shift towards keeping our skies cleaner and safer. As we embark on this journey, climb aboard and stay up to date on our latest technology developments and future flight demonstrations.  
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shorteststory · a month ago
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I set off to find a hidden WW2 plane crash on the northmost tip of Vancouver Island. Join me for a road trip as I take a break from fiction to tell the true story of the Dakota 576.
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max-e-doodle · 2 months ago
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Boeing 747 in fog.
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spockvarietyhour · 6 months ago
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Dragonfly, Dune
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drabesacraben · 2 months ago
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Cartman's new dad
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vintageeveryday · a month ago
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Women at War: Beautiful Kodachrome photographs of Female Engineers at Aircraft Factories in World War II
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iwasborntoflyy · 12 months ago
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moonlight in the wavy sea
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coolthingsguyslike · 5 months ago
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airmanisr · a day ago
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Douglas A-26
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Douglas A-26 by Willard Womack Via Flickr: A-26, "Peace Maker" of the 386th Bomb Group. The 386th flew the B-26 until shortly after the Battle of the Bulge, when they converted to the A-26.
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nueveg · a day ago
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nasa · 15 days ago
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A Beginner’s Guide to Advanced Air Mobility
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Soaring over traffic in an air taxi, receiving packages faster, and participating in a sustainable, safer mode of transportation: all could be possible with a revolutionary new type of air transportation system in development called Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).
AAM could include new aircraft developed by industry, called electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, or eVTOLs, for use in passenger, package, or cargo delivery. It may also include new places for these aircraft to take off and land called vertiports.
Our work in Advanced Air Mobility will transform the way people and goods will move through the skies. This includes using Advanced Air Mobility for public good missions such as disaster, medical, and wildfire response.
What is Advanced Air Mobility?
Our vision for Advanced Air Mobility is to map out a safe, accessible, and affordable new air transportation system alongside industry, community partners, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Once developed, passengers and cargo will travel on-demand in innovative, automated aircraft called eVTOLs, across town, between neighboring cities, or to other locations typically accessed today by car.  
What are the benefits of Advanced Air Mobility?
The addition of Advanced Air Mobility will benefit the public in several ways: easier access for travelers between rural, suburban, and urban communities; rapid package delivery; reduced commute times; disaster response, and new solutions for medical transport of passengers and supplies.
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What are the challenges associated with Advanced Air Mobility?
Various NASA simulation and flight testing efforts will study noise, automation, safety, vertiports, airspace development and operations, infrastructure, and ride quality, along with other focus areas like community integration.
These areas all need to be further researched before Advanced Air Mobility could be integrated into our skies. We’re helping emerging aviation markets navigate the creation of this new transportation system.
When will Advanced Air Mobility take off?
We provide various test results to the FAA to help with new policy and standards creation. We aim to give industry and the FAA recommendations for requirements to build a scalable Advanced Air Mobility system to help enable the industry to flourish by 2030.
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nocternalrandomness · a month ago
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wh40kartwork · 24 days ago
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Eldar Battle Genestealer Cult Forces
by Jaime Martinez 
(via Warhammer Art)
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newyorkthegoldenage · a month ago
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April 8, 1949: With the Empire State Building below, Pan Am's Clipper, the world's largest and fastest commercial airliner, takes a preview flight over Manhattan.
Photo: NY Journal American via Univ. of Texas
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mech-monster · 2 months ago
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"Two dragons, forged from the same steel, locked in mutual destruction"
It's always a bit symbolic to me when the equipment between two sides in a war is the same (or similar, I know there are different modernization packages, but still.) I have... a lot of thoughts on the Ukraine situation, but I struggle to find the words. I watch with a deep sadness as these terrible events have been unfolding, and so I draw, to express what I am feeling in the moment. (In the end, I think the important additional note here is to please not harass people just because the leadership of their country is doing shitty things. There are many examples that fit this case. Most people are just like you and I, and want to live their lives. Seeing Russian artists being harassed just for being Russian, for example, is an extremely BS thing to do. I don't see this being brought up very often, so I'm saying it here.)
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enriquemzn262 · 3 months ago
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Boeing KC-97 Stratotanker 
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coolthingsguyslike · 2 months ago
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