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Humpback whales inspire new helicopter rotor blade design

By Damir Beciri
4 February 2012

humpback-whaleAfter observing humpback whales, a group of researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Göttingen have discovered and flight-tested a way to increase maneuverability and speed of helicopters. The findings could also improve the passenger comfort by lowering the resulting vibration caused by the main rotor. Although helicopters… »


HAVEit project provides different levels of automated driving

By Damir Beciri
30 July 2011

haveit-dlr-jointsysteminteraction-1The EU funded R&D project named Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport (HAVEit) is set to develop research concepts and technologies for highly automated driving. The system would enable drivers to choose if they would like to take over driving responsibilities, merely receive “assistance” from the vehicle, or if they would like the vehicle to… »