Amprius' silicon nanowire lithium ion batteries power Airbus Zephyr
Amprius Inc is supplying advanced lithium ion cells to the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr Program. Using Amprius' cells, which contain a 100% silicon anode, the Zephyr S flew more than 25 days, setting a new endurance and altitude record for stratospheric flight.
Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two
The event Battery & Energy Dec 4-5 Coventry University ended with a second day of presentations and discussion panels.
Audi, Airbus and Italdesign test Flying Taxi Concept
This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously.
2018 saw a significant step for aerogels in consumer electronics
2018 saw a significant step for aerogels in consumer electronics - but what is an aerogel? The Dell XPS 13 launched at CES 2018 and included the use of a material called silica aerogel for improved thermal performance. Aerogels are often dubbed "space-age technology" with most internet searches directing the reader towards use cases in the NASA stardust probe and Mars Rover, but the history, material diversity, and commercial status are very different.
Anisoprint has developed a continuous fiber 3D Printing process. Dr Fedor Antonov (CEO) spoke with technology analyst Dr Richard Collins.
Electric Vehicle Futures at the IDTechEx Show! Silicon Valley
Many new electric vehicles were on display at the IDTechEx Show! on November 14-15 in Santa Clara, but that was the tip of the iceberg. The event had a hidden message; the future enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EVs) from buses to cars to mining vehicles.
Airbus Helicopters to start large-scale printing of A350 components
Airbus Helicopters has officially launched the production of latch shafts for the doors of A350 passenger aircraft using 3D manufacturing. The printed components are cheaper to produce and weigh less than their counterparts made using traditional means, thereby helping Airbus to offer ever more economical and environmentally friendly aircraft.
Synthetic biology making strides in key applications
Synthetic biology is making strides in key applications, armed with the ability to create materials never possible before.
Tongtai is an equipment manufacturer based in Taiwan. IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao stopped by the Tongtai booth at the Taiwan International 3D Printing Show 2018.
Solar-powered aircraft breaks record
Airbus Defence and Space announced the successful landing of its first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, the new Zephyr S HAPS. Zephyr S logged a maiden flight of over 25 days, the longest duration flight ever made.
TWI leads Open Architecture Additive Manufacturing project
TWI is taking the lead in the Open Architecture Additive Manufacturing project to demonstrate the ability to manufacture large metallic components via Additive Manufacturing for the benefit of UK Aerospace.
Villinger R&D have developed a semi-conductive polymer coating. Markus Villinger (CEO) was interviewed by IDTechEx technology analyst Dr Richard Collins.
3D Printing Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core interviewed Arconic at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018.
New design for electric powered paramotor
EXOMO is a collaboration between Aeronature, the first electric paramotor school, and Aero Composites Saintonge, the aeronautics specialist of electric propulsion and maker of the E-Fan demonstrator for the Airbus Group.
€6.3m Irish drone research project
The programme will see researchers recreate flying environments for drones as digital models, taking into account a wide range of factors like air traffic, buildings and electricity lines, and then testing them in the real world at Waterford Airport and other selected locations around Ireland.
Update from March 2018.
Aerogel Technolgies produce monolithic aerogel products with a specific focus on polymer aerogels
Robotics experts to help with Sellafield decommissioning
This latest nuclear clean-up scheme sees a consortium of industry and academia tasked with designing a system for dismantling highly radioactive rooms or 'cells' at Sellafield in Cumbria, UK, Europe's most complex nuclear site.