Blended Wing Body Aircraft and Futuristic Aircraft Designs of the Past and Present

Recently NASA wind tunnel testing has confirmed what many eccentric aircraft and aerospace engineers have been saying for decades. And that is blended wing body aircraft are as much as 30% more efficient due to lower co-efficients of drag. Some may think that the flying wing concept is something totally new and innovative yet in review we find drawings and prototypes that go back decades.

And well some really old stuff, dating way back to WWII and Jack Northrop. And if you really want to be tricky and call question to the efficiency of the flying wing and the earliest designs here is one, which will throw you for a loop; the Egyptians had pictures of what looked like flying winged aircraft on their walls.

So perhaps this idea is not so NEW really. Blended Wings have many concerns to. If you look at a boomerang, or watch a flat object fall it spins on the way down. And let us not forget buffeting issues with flying wings which can occur as well, especially flying in an atmosphere with micro bursts, thunder storms and near airports with lots of wake turbulence too.

Luckily we have learned so much from the flying wing days of the 50′s and 60′s and the present B-2 Bombers as well that we maybe able to really take that knowledge and do better now. For instance airliners, which are flying wings such as this mock up digitally enhanced picture of a flying wing airliner;

A flying wing has many other neat aspects to it. That much wing sure plays well for eddy vortex lift and use. One would think that many who design these things are missing out on other cool possible aspects as well. For instance take thrust vectoring jets at just below the c.g. on top of the wings and put the aircraft into a high angle of attack 35-40 degrees and thus you have put the energy against the c.g. pushing it against the top of the wing rather than the thrust pushing it from the bottom of the wing as most designs show. You could have extremely short take off rolls and very efficient climb outs. The rates of climb would also significantly keep noise away from sensitive neighborhoods around airports.

Another issue is that people like to look out of the aircraft, so it might be wise for passenger aircraft where the passenger rode in the belly of the wing with now windows to play a Virtual or Augmented Reality on the cabin walls of the outside in giant screens, so the passengers would feel like you are sitting on the cloud and thus pleasing to the humans, as all humans seem to have a Closter phobic effect and combining that with air sickness would not be so good. Think on this.

Recognize All Your Losses, Past and Present, to Help Deal With Grief

Causes of Grief

No matter what the source, grief is painful. Death is obviously a major cause of grief and may be the greatest contributor to our sense of loss. However, there are so many other reasons we experience grief and pain. It’s so important to realize not all losses have to do with death. The following is a list of some other losses; you may have additional experiences that have caused pain in your life so keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list.

Disability after an illness or accident
Loss of property (something important lost, destroyed, or stolen)
Loss of relationship or love
Loss of security, job, freedom, self-esteem, status, finances, trust, innocence, hopes and dreams
Recall Previous Losses

Each time we experience a new grief, the pain may be compounded as we are reminded of our previous losses. This is normal, and although it may be painful to remember, it can actually be helpful. It may seem odd and downright uncomfortable to intentionally think about past hurts, but reviewing the course your grief has taken in the past will help you with your present pain. As you reflect on past hurts, examine your reactions. How did you resolve your grief with each one? Did you resolve your grief or just “sweep it under the rug?” Sometimes we feel it necessary to ignore the hurt, or it could be just too painful to deal with the grief at hand, so we hide it for a while. We believe that once the pain is hidden, we can continue on with our lives because the grief isn’t there to cause us trouble. But it is still there! You didn’t eliminate the issue… you just moved it. Grief may be temporarily hidden, but it will always show back up until you deal with it. So as painful as it may be, you need to recall your previous losses.

Identify, Recognize, and Work Through

With all of the painful issues of your life brought into the light, you may feel that so much grief should be left in the dark. Not true! The good news is that you can overcome these painful issues and prevent them from ever becoming future stumbling blocks. You are strong enough to deal with each issue from the past. You can resolve old issues that still cause you pain and you will release them. You will now effectively deal with each grief as it comes, refusing to hide it. You will make progress in your grief journey if you just keep moving forward! Keep proclaiming those positive affirmations and follow these steps that can help.

1. Identify your losses throughout your life, all of them, not just the most recent one. Many kinds of losses can affect you deeply so think fully and completely on this. There may be devastating losses or smaller ones that still made you feel bad; identify and recognize them all.

2. Think about how you survived past disappointment and trauma. Reflect on how you dealt with the pain at the time. Be encouraged from your past recoveries and start working through any remaining hurts. Once dealt with, most hurts just become memories with no pain associated with them.

3. Working through the pain and grief can take time and can be carried out in many different ways. You may want to talk to a trusted friend or family member about the grief you have recognized. You can also journal your feelings or participate in cathartic activities such as exercise, music or other arts. You may try prayer and take your concerns to God. (He is always interested in hearing from you in your time of need.) In some cases, professional or spiritual counseling is recommended.

Working through grief takes time and energy but it’s difficult to even begin your journey toward a healthy future without first recognizing and dealing with your past.

How to Successfully License a New Product or Invention

Most inventors dream of licensing their new product, but to many of them, that licensing deal remains elusive. Why is that? Well, licensing is hard, especially when you don’t understand what motivates companies to license products.

When a company licenses a product, they buy a certain amount of rights to your product (as determined in your licensing agreement) in exchange for royalty payments. They handle all of the manufacturing and sales of your product. You need a patent to license a product since licensees are in fact licensing the intellectual property rights of your product and without a patent, you have no intellectual property rights. To fully convince a company to license your product, you may need prototypes, market research or even actual sales results.

There are many reasons why companies license products, but the three main reasons are to stay competitive, to break into new markets or complete their product line.

Staying Competitive

In order to stay competitive, companies need to continually innovate. Innovating is expensive though, and not all companies have the funds for a great research and development department. For these companies, licensing becomes the only economical option to keep on innovating and not falling behind the competition.

So how do you find a company looking to license products to stay competitive? Marketing-leading companies aren’t nearly as likely to license a product from you. You should look for companies that are trying to keep up with, catch or even overcome the market leaders. Licensed product sales are not as profitable as sales for products developed within the company (because of royalty payments), so licensing needs to offer additional benefits other than just producing sales to make a licensing agreement very appealing for a company. So the company that would benefit most from your idea is the company most likely to license it.

You should be able to determine which companies would benefit most by licensing your product by looking at market shares, reading industry news and by looking at new product releases. Look for up-and-coming companies, or companies struggling to keep their market share.

Breaking into New Markets

When a company is looking to use licensing to break into new markets, they often look for a product related to their other products but in a slightly different market. For instance, a company that sells sporting goods to consumers may want to license a new safety product that schools and youth sport leagues would really want. They don’t sell to that market now, but by having a hot product that schools and youth sport leagues want, they could probably sell their other equipment to them too. Most distributors and retailers only buy from a few vendors so when a company licenses a hot new product for a new market, retailers and distributors will pick up that vendor, probably drop another one, and start buying either most or all of the new vendor’s product line.

If your product is only slightly better than the competition, it won’t be considered a hot new product. Your product will be a good licensing candidate for breaking into new markets if people see your product and say, “Wow!”

It is not always easy to know which companies are looking to break into new markets. You can sometimes tell when a company is trying to break into a new market by looking at what products it is introducing. If those products are related to the market they are currently in, but are really geared for a slightly different market, they are probably looking to get into that market. In other cases, a company may just be thinking and investigating. This is where it really helps to have contacts at different companies or industry insiders. Attend trade shows and industry meetings. Get to know people and start asking questions.

Completing a Product Line

Since most distributors and retailers only like to buy from a few vendors, one of the most important considerations for choosing a new vendor is the completeness of its product line. For instance, a chain of grocery stores decides to carry some basic household items. If one vendor has better products, but not all the products they want to carry, they will probably go with a vendor who has all the products they want, even if they think their products aren’t as good. So for vendors (either to distributors or retailers), having a complete product line is a must. But developing new products is expensive and most companies don’t feel like it is worthwhile to develop complimentary products, so they instead look to license them.

When looking to license a product to complete a product line, just look at companies selling to your target market. Are their holes in their product line? If so, does your product fill one of those holes? If they already have a similar product, you will be hard pressed to convince them to license yours. Companies make less money when they license products, so they prefer to stick with their own if they already have them. Your product will really need to be leaps and bounds ahead of their product for them to drop theirs and start selling yours.

How to Find Good Companies for Licensing

To find good potential companies for licensing, you will need to read trade magazines, go to trade shows, attend association and industry meetings and join industry associations. When you attend meeting and trade shows, talk to as many people as you can. At trade shows, good times to talk with people are lull times, early and late in the day and at the hotel restaurant or bar in the evenings. People will be more open to talking during these times since they won’t be so busy. Sales reps are also good contacts since they will know which companies need one of the three benefits listed above.

You need to have a good idea of the industry to know which companies would benefit most from your idea. Also, making all these contacts will help you know who are the right people to contact in each company.

Who to Approach in Companies About Licensing

Marketing and sales people are always the best starting point when approaching a company about licensing. They care the most about having a new product for market excitement, having a full product line and getting more market penetrations. R & D and new business development people often look at licensed products as competition for their own ideas. Concentrate on turning a regional or national sales manager or a marketing person into an advocate for your product and you will raise your chances of licensing the product.

Is Licensing Right for You?

When licensing your product, you will make less per sale than selling it yourself, but in some cases licensing will greatly increase your sales. The licensee will sell the product under its own name, greatly increasing credibility if the licensee is an established market player. These increased volumes can cause you to make more money in the long run. Licensing is usually better for products with a limited shelf life because the licensee will allow you to quickly move into the market. If you have a product that will be hot today, but old news tomorrow, you may miss your window of opportunity if you try to introduce the product yourself. But if you are looking to start a company and introduce other products yourself, you may want to try to sell the product yourself, establishing your brand and allowing you to introduce other products under that same brand. Even if you aren’t looking to start a company, licensing might not work out for you. But there are other options, like Private Label agreements, that will allow you to use another company’s market presence and recognition to increase your sales and allow you to not worry about the marketing of your product.