As I described in a previous post, the efficiency of the gas turbine cycle increases…
The American Air Force has reported that a test of the unmanned hypersonic X-51A “Waverider” scramjet has failed. During the test flight the aircraft disconnected successfully from the the wing of a B-52 bomber but only 16 seconds later a defect in a control fin caused the “Waverider” to spiral out of control and eventually […]
In engineering the devil lies in the detail. However the best solution can often be found in the most simplest of designs! Leonardo DaVinci knew all about it when he wrote: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication! On an aircraft up to two tons of extra weight is added by the entertainment systems […]
Put frankly, the Space Shuttle is probably the most powerful machine ever constructed. One of the earliest astronauts aptly described the Shuttle as “A very beautiful butterfly bolted to a bullet”!
During launch the three solid-rocket boosters output 37 MILLION horsepower sucking fuel through a 17-inch diameter pipe at a rate that would empty an Olympic […]