Exploring the Viability of Electric VTOL Aircraft for Commercial Transport
The reduction in conventional traffic congestion and greenhouse gases are just some of the advantages that eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft offer over current transport in growing cities. However, are we ready to adopt the technology as a means of commercial transport anytime soon?
Various Wireless Power Transfer Techniques in Neural Stimulators and Other Implantable Medtech
Wireless power transfer technologies are being extensively studied and developed for use in implantable medical devices, the advantages of which include the early detection of diseases and the treatment of specific defective organs. This article will explore wireless power transfer in neural stimulators and outline the key benefits and design challenges.
AI Accelerators And How Engineers Can Utilise Them
Understanding the role of AI accelerators in artificial intelligence gives an insight into its benefits in the world of electronics and computing, particularly as our collective interests in human-level intelligence increase. We look at the technology and how it may benefit engineers.
Motiv Space Systems’ Vice President of Business Development Discusses Motiv’s Collaboration with NASA
Motiv Space Systems, a Pasadena-based company specialised in space robotics, is collaborating with NASA JLP on the development of the Cold Operable Lunar Deployable Arm (COLDArm), a sophisticated robotic arm that can efficiently operate on the Moon and in other celestial environments.
The Scientific Instruments of the Mars Perseverance Rover
The successful landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover was not just a breakthrough for the world: it also marked the first time that the very latest sensor technologies may be used outside our planet. We look at the ground-breaking designs and other details behind the instruments on the rover.
TPS3899 Voltage Supervisor Featuring Programmable Sense and Reset Delay
Texas Instruments’ TPS3899 Voltage Supervisor is characterised by having a small body size (just 1.50 millimetres by 1.50 millimetres) and has applications in a wide range of sectors including consumer electronics and motor drives.
Teledyne T3VNA Family of Vector Network Analysers
Measuring tools, such as oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers allow electronic engineers to test and monitor signals when designing circuits and devices. The Teledyne LeCroy company is one of the leading companies that provide test tools for such engineers to use in their projects and have recently released the Teledyne T3VNA family of network analysers.
€1.8b Quantum Plan Puts France on the Map for AI
In 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron presented the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) roadmap: his vision and strategy to make France a leader in AI technology. Now, Macron has presented a new national strategy for quantum technologies, a five-year €1.8 billion plan that will finance research in quantum computing, communications, and sensing.
Autonomous Boeing Aircraft Makes Its Maiden Flight
In what may be a major leap forward for the future of autonomous aircraft, ‘Loyal Wingman’, Boeing’s autonomous uncrewed fighter-style, jet-powered drone, has taken to the skies for the very first time in a historic test flight, carried out by Boeing Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
IBM Researcher Benjamin Lee Discusses the Company’s Recent Contributions to the Field of Silicon Photonics
The optoelectronics area, silicon photonics, may one day revolutionise computing efficiency. Ingrid Fadelli interviewed Benjamin Lee, an expert in optical networking systems and photonics at IBM’s New York-based T.J. Watson Research Lab, to hear about IBM’s recent advances in such light-inspired technology.
The NASA Perseverance Rover: Recapping the Events and the Engineering That Proved Perseverance Pays Off
On February 18th 2021, the most advanced robot ever sent to Mars landed safely, following the spacecraft’s ‘seven minutes of terror’ touchdown on an especially dangerous Martian terrain. We recap the events and discuss the engineering that helped NASA prove that perseverance really does pay off.
Three UK Green Aviation Projects Receive a Total of £84 Million in Funding
The UK’s minister for London, Paul Scully, has recently announced that £84 million of government funding has been invested in the aerospace industry to help achieve the country’s ambition of realising zero-emissions flights. The money will be used to aid three major UK aviation projects.
The EU Has Pushed for a ‘Battery Passport’ to Support Its Green Energy Goals — But Is This Enough?
Policymakers require comprehensive, circular sustainability in devices’ battery life cycles. They must ensure that batteries are given a second (if not, a third) life. We discuss the EU’s potential answer to this, namely its Battery Passport, and ask how viable such a passport could be.
UK to Host World’s First ‘Urban Air Port’ for Electric Aircraft
Coventry, a city in the UK, has been chosen as the location for the first airport for electric aircraft (such as drones and air taxis). Referred to as an ‘Urban Air Port’, the upcoming site will be carbon-neutral and is planned for late 2021.
BMW’s Production Capabilities Are Set to Be Optimised by Its Planned Quantum Computing Project
The leading automaker BMW has announced that it is planning to use Honeywell’s quantum computing technology to streamline its manufacturing operations. The car manufacturer is also working with Singapore-based startup Entropica Labs whose experience in quantum software will further inform the project.
Will Micromobility Ever Become Fully Popularised in Europe’s Cities?
Micromobility is technically illegal on some of Europe’s streets, but its increasing public demand and eco-friendliness suggest that it should be pushed forward. We look at some of the many companies that are helping to bolster electric micro vehicle uptake, and ask: could it ever be considered as practical as driving a car?