Concept Modules

 

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Aerospace Engineering

 

Experimental Aerodynamics and Concepts Group

 

A few examples of concepts. Several of the essays below come from the website of the United States Centennial of Flight Commission. These are one-of-a-kind treasures, commissioned from experts in each field on the occasion of the 2003 Centenary of the first powered human aerodynamic flight by the Wright Brothers. They now reside at the web archives of the University of North Texas Library. Other essays are linked as we find exceptionally useful ones anywhere. We do not usually store or archive these linked essays. In time, we expect that EXTROVERT original content essays will outnumber these.

 

These are in alphabetical order.

A

USCFC Essay: Advanced Reentry Vehicles

USCFC Essay: Advanced Wind Tunnels

EXTROVERT: Aerodynamics

USCFC Essay: Aerodynamic Resistance and the Use of Aerodynamic Coefficients

USCFC Essay: Aerodynamic Devices

USCFC Essay: Aerial Refueling

USCFC Essay: Airfoils

EXTROVERT: Aircraft Design

EXTROVERT: Aircraft Stability

USCFC Essay: Aircraft Landing Technology

USCFC Essay: Aircraft Navigation Technology

USCFC essay: An Introduction to the Airplane

USCFC Essay: Airships and Balloons in the World War II Period

USCFC Essay: Arianespace and the Ariane Family of Rockets

USCFC Essay: The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

USCFC Essay: Astronauts and Cosmonauts

USCFC Essay: Astronomy From Space

USCFC Essay: Atlas

EXTROVERT: Atmosphere

USCFC essay: Atmosphere

USCFC Essay: Aviation Fuel

 

B

 

USCFC Essay: Ballistic Missile Defense

USCFC Essay: Balloons as Forerunners of
Spaceflight and Exploration

USCFC Essay: Ballooning and Meteorology in
the Twentieth Century

USCFC Essay: Balloons in the American Civil War

 

C

USCFC Essay: Cape Canaveral

USCFC Essay: The Challenger Accident

USCFC Essay: Commercial Communications Satellites

USCFC Essay: Composites and Advanced Materials

USCFC Essay: Computers in Aviation

USCFC Essay: Comsat and Intelsat

EXTROVERT: Conical Flow

USCFC Essay: Control

 

D

USCFC Essay: Delta Wings

EXTROVERT: Deterministic Phenomena

USCFC Essay: Drag

USCFC Essay: Dynamic Longitudinal, Directional and Lateral Stability

 

E

USCFC Essay: Early Balloon Flight in Europe

USCFC Essay: Early Balloon Flight in the United States

USCFC Essay: Early Developments in Aerodynamics

USCFC Essay: Early Helicopter Technology

USCFC Essay: Early Reentry Vehicles: Blunt Bodies and Ablatives

USCFC Essay: Early Scientific Balloons

USCFC Essay: Early Soviet Human Spaceflight Program

USCFC Essay: Early U.S. Rocketry

USCFC Essay: Early X-Planes

USCFC Essay: Earth Observation Satellites

USCFC Essay: Energia and Khrunichev

USCFC Essay: The Era of the Dirigible

USCFC Essay: The Evolution of the Wind Tunnel

USCFC Essay: Exploring Comets, Asteroids, and Other Bodies in the Solar System

USCFC Essay: Exploration of the Inner Planets

USCFC Essay: Exploration of the Outer Planets

 

F

USCFC Essay: First Flights of the Airship

USCFC Essay: The First Wind Tunnels

USCFC Essay: Fluids and Fluid Flow

USCFC Essay: Flying Wings

USCFC Essay: Foreign Launch Vehicles

USCFC Essay: Forward-Swept Wings

 

H

USCFC Essay: Hermann Oberth

EXTROVERT: High Speed Aerodynamics

USCFC Essay: Horatio Phillips and Cambered Wing Design

USCFC Essay: Hypersonic Flight

 

I

USCFC Essay: Ideal Fluid Flow and Pressure Distribution

USCFC Essay: Ideal Fluid Flow and Conservation of Energy and Mass

USCFC Essay: International Space Agencies

USCFC Essay: The International Space Station and Its Predecessors

 

J

USCFC Essay: Jet Engines

 

K

USCFC Essay: Konstantin E. Tsiolkovskiy

 

L

Low Speed Aerodynamics

USCFC Essay: Lifting Bodies

 

M

USCFC Essay: Metal-Skinned Aircraft

USCFC Essay: Meteorological Satellites

USCFC Essay: Methods of Reducing Induced Drag

USCFC Essay: Military Use of Balloons in the Mid-
and Late Nineteenth Century

USCFC Essay: Military Use of Balloons During the Napoleonic Era

USCFC Essay: Missile Early Warning Satellites

USCFC Essay: Modern-Day Airships

USCFC Essay: The Monoplane

 

N

USCFC Essay: The National Advisory Committe for Aeronautics (NACA)

USCFC Essay: NACA Low-Drag Engine Cowling

USCFC Essay: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

USCFC Essay: Noise Reduction Technology

 

O

USCFC Essay: Operational Remote Sensing Satellites

 

P

EXTROVERT: Vehicle Performance

USCFC Essay: Performance: Class 1 Airplane Motions

USCFC Essay: Performance: Class 2 and Class 3 Motion

USCFC Essay: Piston Engines

USCFC Essay: Planetary Research

USCFC Essay: Postwar U.S. Rocketry

EXTROVERT: Pressure

USCFC Essay: Principles of Rocketry

USCFC Essay: Project Apollo

USCFC Essay: Project Gemini

USCFC Essay: Project Mercury

USCFC Essay: Propellers and Rotors

EXTROVERT: Propulsion

 

R

USCFC Essay: Radar

USCFC Essay: The Race to the Stratosphere -
Record Balloon Flights Part I

USCFC Essay: Record Balloon Flights Part II

USCFC Essay: Reconnaissance and Signals Intelligence Satellites

USCFC Essay: Real Fluid Flow

USCFC Essay: Retractable Landing Gear

USCFC Essay: Robert H. Goddard

USCFC Essay: Robotic U.S. Missions to the Moon

 

S

USCFC Essay: Scientific Balloons in the Second Half
of the Twentieth Century

USCFC Essay: Scientific Research in the First Part
of the Twentieth Century

USCFC Essay: Sergei P. Korolev

USCFC Essay: Shuttle Thermal Protection System

USCFC Essay: Simulators

USCFC Essay: Skin Friction Drag

USCFC Essay: Skylab

USCFC Essay: Slotted Wings, Flaps, and High-Lift Devices

USCFC Essay: Solar-Terrestrial Physics: The Sun and the Earth

USCFC Essay: Solid Propellants for Missiles and Rockets

USCFC Essay: The Soviet Race to the Moon

USCFC Essay: Soviet/Russian Launch Vehicles

USCFC Essay: Soviet Space Stations

USCFC Essay: Space Shuttle

USCFC Essay: Sputnik and the Crisis That Followed

USCFC Essay: Stability

USCFC Essay: Stealth Aircraft

USCFC Essay: Stealth Technology

USCFC Essay: Subsonic AirFlow Effects - Airfoils and Wings

USCFC Essay: Subsonic AirFlow Effects - The Two-Dimensional Coefficients

USCFC Essay: Supercritical Airfoil

USCFC Essay: Supersonic Flow

USCFC Essay: Swept Wings and the B-47 Bomber

EXTROVERT: Systems

 

T

EXTROVERT: Temperature

USCFC Essay: Theodor von Karman

EXTROVERT: Thermodynamics

USCFC Essay: Thor, Agena, and Delta

USCFC Essay: Thrust

USCFC Essay: The Titan Launch Vehicle

USCFC Essay: The Tragedy of Apollo 1

USCFC Essay: Transonic Flow

USCFC Essay: Types of Wings and Transonic Flow

 

U

USCFC Essay: Upper Stages

USCFC Essay: U.S. Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Builders

 

V

USCFC Essay: Vandenberg Air Force Base

USCFC Essay: Variable-Pitch Propellers

USCFC Essay: Variable-Sweep Wings

USCFC Essay: Vera Simons and the Da Vinci Balloon Project

USCFC Essay: The V-2 (A4) Ballistic Missile Technology

EXTROVERT: Vortex

USCFC Essay: V/STOL Technology and Aircraft

 

W

USCFC Essay: Wernher von Braun

USCFC Essay: The Work of Ludwig Prandtl

USCFC Essay: Wing Vortices

 

X

USCFC Essay: The X-15 and Hypersonics

 

Z

USCFC Essay: The Zeppelin

 

 

Below is a sketch of a Brayton Cycle to convert intensified solar energy to mechanical work, and eventually to beamed power, in Space. See our papers under "Space Power Grid", an example of a heavily multidisciplinary advanced concept development exercise, enabled by the EXTROVERT project.

Brayton cycle

Original EXTROVERT essays are Copyright Narayanan Komerath 2010, 2011, 2012. USCFC essays are linked with gratitude and acknowledgement to their present residence at the University of North Texas Library and are originally from the Official Commission Website, Curator. Email: centennialofoflighttech@hq.nasa.gov

Contact komerath at gatech dot edu Thanks!