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Are We Approaching the Death of Manned Flight?

Posted by Novel Engineering on October 24, 2017

For thousands of years, humans could only dream of flying through the air. Then, in the early 20th century, their dreams took off when manned flight finally became a reality. In the decades since, piloting of commercial and military aircraft has become a profession with many different specialties and objectives. But with the advent of fast and sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can perform many of the same duties as manned aircraft, engineers and pilots in both the public and private sectors are beginning to wonder: is this the beginning of the end of manned flight?

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Are You Dragging Dead Weight from Your Legacy Systems?

Posted by Novel Engineering on February 14, 2017

Across all industries, legacy systems are a fact of life.  New systems and technologies are adopted, each of them promising to be the magic bullet that solves all the company’s problems. But over time, those systems begin to outlive their usefulness and become incompatible with newer systems, or changes in company strategy. It’s very common for a system that was once seen as a solution to become a hindrance over time.

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Taking Flight with Safety-Critical Embedded Systems

Posted by Novel Engineering on January 31, 2017

Flight is one of the miracles of modern life. It has made the world a smaller place, allowed human beings to travel from one side of the Earth to another in less than 24 hours, and helped usher in an integrated, globally connected economy. It’s also an essential component of military activity around the world. Such complex and expensive machines require sophisticated safety-critical embedded systems in order to function properly. In this article, we’ll explain how these systems are put to work in aviation applications.

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FAA Clears Nevada for Drone Test-Site Flight

Posted by Novel Engineering on June 9, 2014

Source: The Washington Times - Author: Martin Griffith

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Nevada to begin flying drones under a federal research program into unmanned aerial systems.

FAA officials announced Monday that the state was granted a two-year certificate of authorization to use an Insitu ScanEagle at a southern Nevada airport.

Plans call for the first flight to take place this summer at the U.S. Department of Energy-owned Desert Rock Airport in Mercury, which is 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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