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Top 10 Aerospace Companies in the World

Top 10 Aerospace Companies in the World

What Does an Aerospace Company Do? “Aerospace companies” are usually aerospace manufacturers, and they research, design, build, test, sell and maintain aircraft/aircraft parts, missiles, rockets and spacecraft/spacecraft parts. This can include but not limited to: space vehicles, aircraft engines and propulsion units. The aerospace industry is made up of military, industrial and commercial applications. It …

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What is Electroforming and where is it used?

The best way to describe electroforming is a metal forming process used to manufacture parts using electrolyte deposition onto a model. In the manufacturing industry this model is known as a mandrel. It is a highly specialized process which sounds fairly simple in theory but not so easy in practice. We will now take a …

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Main Parts of an Airplane and their Functions

Although aircrafts have evolved a lot since the WWI, the major components of an aircraft have remained same.  The location, size and type of the components may vary from a Cessna 172 to Boeing 727, however the primary functionality of the components remains same. Major parts of an Airplane Powerplant Fuselage Wings Empennage Landing gear …

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MMPDS – A Guide to “Metallic Materials Properties Development Standardization”

Farmers have The Old Farmer’s Almanac and parents have the famous book Baby and Childcare. Have you ever wondered what the ‘Bible’ of aircraft engineering is? For more than six decades, a guide has been the essential design and maintenance guide for aircraft engineers – the MMPDS. These initials stand for Metallic Materials Properties Development …

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3 Things You Don’t Know About Aerodynamics

If your answer to the above questions is “NO”, then consider yourself lucky. You are in for a treat today. In this article we will have a very brief introduction of aerodynamics and aerodynamic forces and then, look at frequently happening events around us. We will try to decipher how aerodynamics influence these actions which …

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Engineering Disasters: Space Shuttle Columbia (2003)

  This short article covers the circumstances surrounding the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003 and the steps taken to correct the root cause of the accident. Space Shuttle Columbia broke up on re-entry On February 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia broke up as it returned to earth’s, killing the seven astronauts on board. The investigation …

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What’s It Like to Work for NASA as a Design Engineer?

At first glance, to work for NASA seems very glamorous, very satisfying but ultimately something for the “nerdy” types who like to work on their own. However, in reality life as a NASA mechanical design engineer is very different to the impression you get when you watch rocket launches from Cape Canaveral! Finding a job …

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Engineering Disasters: Hindenburg (1937)

What really happened to the Hindenburg? A German passenger airship called The LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and crashed during its attempt to dock in New Jersey on May 6, 1937, just after completing a transatlantic flight from Frankfurt, Germany three days earlier. The incident shattered public confidence in the giant, passenger-carrying rigid airship and …

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Engineering Disasters: Space Shuttle Challenger (1986)

The launch of the shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986 was a huge television event, largely because one of the astronauts was New Hampshire’s Christa McAuliffe, a member of the Teacher in Space program. This was a NASA program announced by Ronald Reagan in 1984 to inspire students, honor teachers, and spur interest in the flagging space …

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Lilium Aircraft: The Future of Personal Flights

The 22nd century never seemed so close As the 21st century advances, science-fiction could soon be science fact thanks to Lilium aircraft. Whilst  we are used to seeing people in flying cars in cartoons or sci-fi movies, it is not generally considered that we may actually be getting pretty close to the real thing. Given the technological …

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