Antennae used in aircraft must operate reliably under extreme conditions. To achieve this, researchers carry out measurements in anechoic chambers – and, from time to time, even draw inspiration from the natural world.
Trains are cancelled or delayed, aircraft need to be de-iced, cars won’t start and machinery everywhere is pushed to the its operational limits: the challenges of the cold weather are particularly noticeable in the transportation sector but also demand creative solutions from all kinds of industries. At the same time, low temperatures, ice and snow represent a great deal of potential opportunity for countless different industries, from automotive technology to the chemical industry.
With revolutionary aircraft designs and engine constructions, William Bushnell laid the groundwork for the triple-engined Ford Trimotor passenger plane. This rugged range of aircraft was very popular with pilots due to its easy to handle flying dynamics and became known as the “Tin Goose” due to its corrugated metal cladding. The engine concept, which was highly unconventional at the time, lived on in many further models in the Ford Trimotor series and bore witness to Stout’s engineering and technical achievements.