December 17, 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of aviation, when Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights in their first powered aircraft. This special edition of the Research File examines the latest innovations in aviation. In just one century, aircraft have come a long way, and development continues.
- Smart wings for aeroplanes: Prof. Dr. Hester Bijl, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
- Better helicopters mimic birds: Prof. Dr. Ir. Theo van Holten, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
- Vibrating shirt help you to steer a helicopter: Prof. Dr. Jan van Erp, researcher TNO Human Factors, Soesterberg, Netherlands
- Improving the navigation of unmanned aerial vehicles: LdB int. Dr. Djoerd de Vries, researcher TNO Human Factors, Soesterberg, Netherlands
Producer: Liesbeth de Bakker
Broadcast: December 15, 2003