NASA Ames 2015 Summer Series. Necessity drives innovation, and combining diverse fields yields innovative solutions that advance the capability of our technology. At NASA Ames, a project called FrankenEye combines salvaged, unmanned air systems parts with 3D printed materials to resurrect old aircraft.

In the field of unmanned aerial vehicles for science, researchers are looking for longer flight times and increased payload capability. Benefits of the additive manufacturing approach include a decrease in development time and project costs and an increase in survivability, efficiency, capability, and endurance. Kevin Reynolds describes a technology hybrid that serves as a unique approach for optimizing flight parameters.