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Engineering Newswire 63: Space Glider Skids Off Runway

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:31am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re keeping things cool with a microwave, walking the walk with bipedal robots, solving traffic jam mysteries, and skidding off the runway with a space glider. This week’s episode features:

  • Space Glider Skids: Sierra Nevada recently conducted the first free-flight approach-and-landing test of the company’s Dream Chaser spacecraft, but things didn’t end smoothly.
  • Microwave Cooler: Enviro-Cool has been working on the V-Tex chiller, which can rapidly cool down a canned drink from room temperature to 5ºC in just 45s at the point of sale or consumption.
  • Walking the Walk: A research team at Texas A&M’s Amber Robotics Labs has developed a bipedal robot with the most realistic gait yet.
  • Solving the Mystery of Traffic Jams: A team of mathematicians has developed a mathematical model that shows the impact of unexpected events in traffic.

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