100 Top Technologies: 'Bonded Structures' to 'Automated Throttles'Guy Norris Graham Warwick May 06, 2016
Two technology thrusts that continue to reshape aerospace—materials and computers—began to have a major impact in the 1950s and '60s. Computer-aided design became crucial as airframes moved from bonded-metal structures to carbon-fiber composites. Computational fluid dynamics became the key to advances in aerodynamics. Computer power was the secret to designing for stealth and making the resulting aircraft controllable with fly-by-wire. Through satellite navigation, head-up displays, enhanced vision, terrain databases, even autothrottles, onboard electronics and software made aircraft safer.
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