100 Top Technologies: 'Tipping the Wing' to 'Printing the Future'Guy Norris Graham Warwick May 12, 2016
Supercritical airfoils and winglets reshaped commercial aircraft, in the same way delta wings and relaxed stability became common characteristics of combat aircraft. The tiltrotor introduced a “third way” to fly, but dynamic-system advances have ensured helicopters stay dominant. The “glass cockpit” has evolved with night-vision devices, headup displays, sidesticks and electronic flight bags. But what technologies lie ahead for aerospace? Reusable spacecraft and additive manufacturing for sure, but what about flying cars, jetpacks or another attempt at nuclear-powered aircraft? Only the future will tell.
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