Sustainable Innovation: The Patience to Get it Right

In this series underwritten by United Technologies, we’ll explore what innovation means when it comes to product engineering. Sometimes a great idea can take decades to turn into a reality, and that’s a good thing. Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine is more than two decades in the making and represents a revolution in commercial aircraft engines. We’ll take a deeper look at this and other game-changing innovations that were worth the wait.

Greening Aviation from the Ground Up

When it comes to green aviation, most of us think about how the planes and engines are becoming more efficient (and they are!).…

NASA and the Evolution Climate Change Research

NASA’s manned space flight missions to the moon grabbed attention and glory for the agency in the '60s, but Earthrise was the seed…

Solving Wicked Problems Poses New Challenges in Today’s Funding Environment

Government spending on R&D as a percentage GDP peaked at 2.9 percent in 1964, and corporate R&D funding now represents 65 percent of…

Materials Innovation Leads to More Sustainable Products

Material science plays an increasingly significant role in product development as businesses focus on sustainability.

How the Circular Economy Greens the World of Electronics

Given the rapid pace of technology innovation, the flip side of which is obsolescence, we have created mountains of electronic waste containing a…

Fewer Than 18 Percent of People Have Flown: What Happens Next?

As incomes rise and the global middle class expands, the remaining 82 percent of the world who have yet to step foot on…

Global Aviation: Innovation and the Modern Silk Road

Air travel connects people, creates economic opportunity and support sustainable urban development. But it isn't all pie-in-the-sky. Significant challenges remain if we are…

The Reusable Space Rocket and Other 21st-Century Accomplishments

One of the first challenges identified by the international space community was the need for a reusable spacecraft. NASA got things started. And…

Dream of a Hydrogen Highway Still Alive in California

Arnold Schwarzenegger's hydrogen highway fell far short of fulfilling its goals a decade ago. But that doesn't mean hydrogen lacks a future, as…

Autonomous Technology Still Needs Humans After All

From self-driving cars to pilot-less airplanes, what is the future of autonomous machines and where do humans fit in?

Good Tech, Bad Timing: The Power of the Market

In the 21st century, we've become accustomed to technology developing at lightning speeds. But for every successful electronic device, there is a string…

The Long Road to True Innovation

In today’s world, “innovation” is often synonymous with “fast.” But when the stakes are high, the mission is critical, and failure is not…

Op/Ed: The Powerful Role of Aviation in Sustainable Urbanization

As one of humankind’s truly global industries, commercial aviation can have a powerful impact on the growth of sustainable urban environments around the…

Gearing Up for the Future of Air Travel

Increased air travel will deliver untold benefits as more people conduct business and connect with other cultures far from home. But this increase…