Finally! An episode about airplanes again! Strap into your ejection seat, secure the canopy, and turn on the afterburners, because this episode of Technically Speaking is about to go ballistic!
On this episode of Technically Speaking, Joe and Jacob are joined by “bossman” and imaginaire extraordinaire, Ryan Haupt to talk about cool airplanes and volcanoes!
First, Ryan submitted a paper on shape-changing wings for improved efficiency that Jacob doesn’t seem terribly impressed by. How would a shape changing wing affect efficiency in the first place? How would it be built? What are the engineering tradeoffs involved in a shape changing wing? Find out when you listen!
Next, we get all nostalgic talking about X-Planes! (not the flight sim) And much to our satisfaction, NASA appears to have earmarked some funding for 2015 to invest in new, innovative aviation ideas! Does this mean that Joe and his new 3D printer will be applying for some funds? We’re optimistic (obviously), but is 79$ Million enough? I guess we’ll find out!
Lastly, in this week’s Brainstorm, we have a listener submitted question about going scuba diving IN A VOLCANO! (and luckily we have a Geologist with us to talk about it, cuz’ we know zippy-zap about Volcanoes) How hot are volcanoes, and what do we have that can resist the heat once inside? We went a little overboard on this one… but there’s just so much to talk about! Let us know what you think!
Run Time: 1:25:51