Intelligent Autonomous Systems

Analyzing AI

By Cat Hofacker

January 1, 2024

Nisar Ahmed, aerospace engineering professor at the University of Colorado Boulder

Termination shock

By Jonathan O'Callaghan

October 1, 2023

Starship’s slow-motion destruction in April was a rare example of a rocket’s flight termination system failing to do its job adequately. Such a failure could put people on the ground at risk, and so, SpaceX must prove to FAA that it has a fix in hand before the agency permits the company to launch its next Starship. Jonathan O’Callaghan takes us inside the technology.

Achieving autonomy

By Adam Hadhazy

January 1, 2020

Following in the tire tracks of autonomous cars, the development of self-flying aircraft continues. As similar as the challenges are in some regards, Adam Hadhazy discovered that aircraft engineers must largely forge their own solutions.