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High-tech bird watching for shapeshifting airplane wings

An international team of engineers and biologists will gain unprecedented insights into how birds fly so efficiently and then turn that knowledge to building unmanned aircraft with shapeshifting wings. These planes should be lighter, faster and dramatically more maneuverable than today’s stiff-winged aircraft.|Medium Read
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Drones and natural disasters

Michigan engineers believe they have a method to measure disasters by utilizing drone technology.|Short Read
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Skyspecs demonstrates obstacle avoidance in TedX talk

UM alumni founded drone company, SkySpecs, was invited to demonstrate football delivery and obstacle avoidance in a short TedX talk given by Lisa Ellman, UM grad, Obama Administration veteran and drone policy advisor.|Short Read
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The Wright stuff

Michigan Aerospace alum Joe Bullmer has written a book titled “The Wright Story” providing a unique and detailed account of the engineering and discovery leading to manned, powered flight.|Short Read
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NASA tests shape-changing aircraft wing

A revolutionary shape-changing aircraft wing took to the air recently in a successful test flight over NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in the Mojave Desert.|Medium Read
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100 Years of Michigan Aerospace

The first collegiate aeronautics program celebrates an anniversary.|Short Read
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Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney – Exploring navigation

Tal is researching fabrication techniques for a micro rate-integrating gyroscope, using a vacuum mold and blowtorch.|Short Read
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Morphing wing

Today Michigan engineers are revisiting the idea of the morphing wing using a multifunctional system of composite lightweight materials and integrated actuators.|Short Read
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Aero Throwback: Computers in control

Early Michigan Aerospace control theory and technologies were precursors to some of the most recent technological advancements in our cars, our homes and our computers |Medium Read
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Aero Throwback: The “Venetian Blind” plane

Michigan Engineer W. Fred Gerhardt's 1920s invention was called the “world’s first aerial bicycle.”|Short Read
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Aero Throwback: The original skunk works

Best known for answering the threat of a jet-powered Nazi super-plane, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson left another legacy as well.|Medium Read
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Aerospace research wins best paper award

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics recently awarded the distinction of Best Paper for the 2012 Multidisciplinary Analysis Optimization conference to a UM Aerospace research team.|Short Read