This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car. This episode features:
- A group of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a foldable, compact electric vehicle to save room for parking.
- SpaceX’s Grasshopper has successfully completed a divert test, meaning it flew 250 m high while drifting 100 m laterally before returning to the concrete launch pad.
- Terrafugia’s flying car is a two-place, fixed-wing, street legal airplane that can fit easily into a single-car garage, be safely driven on the highway, and be flown in and out of general aviation airports.
- NASA researchers plan to drop a 45-foot CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seats and advance experimental techniques and crash worthiness data.
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