Hackaday Links: May 19, 2024

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If there was one question we heard most often this week, it was “Did you see it?” With “it” referring to the stunning display of aurora borealis — and australis, …read more Continue reading Hackaday Links: May 19, 2024

NASA video: Solar storms are as impressive as the auroras they caused

While millions of people who couldn’t normally see the aurora borealis took in the recent color-filled spectacle in the night sky, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory was looking straight at the sun to catch all the action. The fiery footage is well wort… Continue reading NASA video: Solar storms are as impressive as the auroras they caused

DARPA okays construction of X-65 plane with air jet flight controls

DARPA has awarded a contract to Aurora Flight Sciences to build a full-scale aircraft called the X-65. It will test a new technology that replaces moving control surfaces with Active Flow Control (AFC) actuators that use jets of air for control.Continu… Continue reading DARPA okays construction of X-65 plane with air jet flight controls

Powerful solar storms dazzle in annual aurora photography gallery

The Sun is approaching the most active period of the solar cycle, which is great news for aurora photographers around the world. As such, Capture the Atlas’ annual Northern Lights Photographer of the Year collection is particularly vibrant this year, s… Continue reading Powerful solar storms dazzle in annual aurora photography gallery

Night sky shines in 15th Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist

There are few photography subjects more fascinating and beautiful than the cosmos itself, and the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition highlights that. The shortlist for 2023 has now been published, starring some stunning shots of the … Continue reading Night sky shines in 15th Astronomy Photographer of the Year shortlist

DARPA selects competitors for its Liberty Lifter seaplane project

DARPA has chosen two radically different designs from teams led by General Atomics and Aurora Flight Systems for development of the Liberty Lifter Seaplane Wing-in-Ground Effect full-scale seaborne strategic and tactical heavy lift demonstrator.Continu… Continue reading DARPA selects competitors for its Liberty Lifter seaplane project

Active flow control X-Plane uses virtual control surfaces made from air

DARPA has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a phase 2 contract for its CRANE (Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors) program, following wind tunnel testing of a small-scale X-plane that uses compressed air bursts instead of control surfac… Continue reading Active flow control X-Plane uses virtual control surfaces made from air