How airplanes counteract St. Elmo’s fire during thunderstorms

On the ground, windy conditions strengthen these electrical flashes, but new experiments tell a different story for flying objects.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aircraft research weather wind school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering

How airplanes counteract St. Elmo’s Fire during thunderstorms

On the ground, windy conditions strengthen these electrical flashes, but new experiments tell a different story for flying objects.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: aircraft research weather wind school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering

From delayed deceleration to Zooming

Jacqueline Thomas PhD ’20 recounts her final academic year at MIT, from once-in-a-lifetime field work to a virtual thesis defense.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
June 14, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: sustainability aircraft covid-19 pandemic data graduate profile research aviation students school-of-engineering alumniae aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering computer-modeling postdoctoral air-traffic



How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space astronomy nasa research asteroids school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering satellites astronomy-and-planetary-science



A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure

Carbon nanotube film produces aerospace-grade composites with no need for huge ovens or autoclaves.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: manufacturing research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering

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