Professors Use Unmanned Aircraft to Aid Community in Assessing Hurricane Damage

When Hurricane Irma passed over Daytona Beach, tearing off roofs, twisting signs and knocking over a water park slide, professors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University were there to help assess the damage.
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Grassroots Motorsports Magazine visited with the ERAU EcoEagles to see the team's high-performance hybrid Chevy Camaro built for the EcoCAR 3 Competition.  Check out the video to hear about the competition, see the vehicle, and learn about the project.
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When Peter Wagner’s uncle introduced him to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds when he was in the fifth grade, he became hooked on learning to fly. Recent stories about the commercial pilot shortage and a tour of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus while he was in high school helped finalize his decision to live out his dream.
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Boston Dynamics has a message for everyone out there worried that a robot will soon take their job: don’t fret just yet. In a recent Ted Talk about the strides taken by the engineering and robotics design company, Boston Dynamics aired this 15-second clip of one their robotic creations showing that the days of robotic overlords might still be off in the distance.
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Recently, a new Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner took off from Seattle and flew more than 2,000 miles to Marquette, Michigan on the first leg of what the company says was an endurance test flight. The then reversed course and headed southwest, then turning and veering all over the United States. After several hours, flight trackers realized what the aircraft was doing. It was drawing itself over an 18-hour flight. “Rather than fly in random patterns, the test team got creative, flying a route that outlined a 787-8 in the skies over 22 states,” Boeing spokesman Doug Alder, Jr. told The Washington Post. “The nose of the Dreamliner is pointing at the Puget Sound region, home to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The wings stretch from northern Michigan near the Canadian border to southern Texas. The tail touches Huntsville, Alabama.”
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Have you ever dreamt about driving a car that could turn into an airplane in less than three minutes like some sort of super spy? If you have around $1.5 million lying around, you can make that dream a reality thanks to the Slovakia-based Aeromobil. The two-seat, electric craft will be available for preorder later this year and comes with a driving range of about 435 miles per charge and can reach a top speed of 99 mph. It also has a cruising range of 466 miles in the air. To learn more or to pre-order yours, visit Aeronmobil’s website.
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Earlier this month, NASA’s Juno spacecraft completed a flyover of Jupiter, resulting in some of the most detailed photos of Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot to date. This enhanced-color image from nearly 6,130 miles above the planet. For more information about the Juno mission, visit NASA’s website.
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Inside big ships, jets, rockets, hospitals, factories, oil-drilling rigs and many other operations, a type of internal combustion engine called a gas turbine reliably generates power. But routine maintenance comes with a steep price tag. Over a typical 10-year life span, keeping a gas turbine healthy may run as much as $30 million, says Reamonn Soto, whose startup business, Sensatek Propulsion Technology, offers a way to reduce those costs significantly while also increasing the efficiency of power generation.
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Meet Brent Terwilliger, whose expertise will help define best practices for the safe, responsible operation of future unmanned aerial systems.
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When Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle makes its next launch into space from West Texas, it will have a little bit of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on board: a payload designed by students in Pedro Llanos’ Spacecraft and Satellite Systems class. The Cell Research Experiment in Microgravity (CRExIM) suborbital payload will be the first of what he hopes will be many payloads to fly through Embry-Riddle. “It’s a multidisciplinary effort between various colleges at Embry-Riddle and other universities nationwide,” Llanos says. “Spaceflight operations and aerospace/mechanical engineering students – along with Embry-Riddle’s Department of Applied Aviation Sciences – are working together with a science team comprised of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Medical University of South Carolina.”
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Profiles

Alexandria Dwyer was able to combine her passion for aviation, international relations and security to become the first graduate of Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
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After piloting her first plane in college, Dr. Peggy Chabrian was hooked on the thrill of flight. Over the next 30 years, she logged 2,200 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications. As president and founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), Chabrian combines decades of aviation and academic experience to provide support and resources for women in aviation career fields and interests.
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Congratulations to Prescott Aviation Safety Program Manager Brian Roggow, recently selected as a Regional Honoree for the 2017 General Aviation Awards. With eight FAA regions, Roggow is one of the Top-8 nationally in his category, FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative of the year.
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