Airplane maintenance at the speed of data
While your airplane is on its way to reach your destination, all airplane systems and components are also on their way, very slowly, from a healthy state to one of malfunction.
Fiery romance: a risk-model for sky lanterns
This week it’s Valentine’s Day as well as Chinese New Year. A popular week for flying sky lanterns. How safe are they and how do you make a risk-model for them?
Kevin Cowan: ‘Rote memorization is not thinking’
Space Engineering lecturer Kevin Cowan wants to teach his students the essence of understanding.
As agile as a bird’s wing
New aircraft materials and structures can save fuel and weight. In the Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics research group, Dr Roeland De Breuker and his colleagues are developing the technologies, ensuring that they can be incorporated into the design, and testing them in the lab and in flight. “You have to demonstrate the extent of savings in a credible manner so that an aircraft manufacturer wants to move forward with you,” says De Breuker.
Being part of a DreamTeam: ‘This is a unique opportunity’
Aerospace Engineering student Paul Hulsman (23) is the Team Manager of the Eco-Runner Team Delft, one of the many DreamTeams at TU Delft. The team’s aim: to build the most fuel-efficient car possible. A new team is now being put together, and Paul reflects on his time with the Eco-Runner. ‘Not everyone at TU Delft realises it, but the D:DREAM Hall is a truly wonderful place’.
Earth evolving as seen from space
The trajectory calculations for satellite missions must be as accurate as possible – an area in which Dr Ernst Schrama and his colleagues have been experts for decades. They also use satellite data to monitor changes on the surface of the earth. And with new missions with cutting-edge measuring equipment soon to be launched, the challenges keep on coming.