Special Issues

Aerospace publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Experimental Design of Flying Payloads
edited by Antonio Del Vecchio and Marco Di Clemente
submission deadline 21 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 304
Keywords: hypersonic flow; aerothermodynamics; space propulsion; computational fluid dynamics; facilities and instrumentation; including high-temperature verification and testing; space payload design; verification; and testing; flight testing; experiments in space; space engineering and technological demonstrators; extrapolation from ground to flight
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Supersonic Combustion in Scramjet Engine submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4925 | Submission Open
Keywords: supersonic combustion; scramjet engine; fundamental physics; new developments; experimental techniques; numerical methods
Space Systems Preliminary Design
edited by Rob A. Vingerhoeds, Sophia Salas Cordero and Thibault Gateau
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4365 | Submission Open
Keywords: preliminary design; conceptual design; concurrent design; space systems; nanosatellites; (model-based) systems engineering; systems architecture; modeling; analysis; multi-disciplinary optimization; artificial intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Landing System Design in Aerospace
edited by Hong Nie, and Jinbao Chen
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3616 | Submission Open
Keywords: landing system; landing gear; lunar/mars lander; asteroid attached landing; soft landing; shock absorber; retraction mechanism; nose gear shimmy; gear walk; the arresting hook/cable; dynamics and control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
New Insights into Aerodynamics and Cooling in Gas Turbine Engines
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2502 | Submission Open
Keywords: gas turbine; turbine blade aerodynamics; additive manufacturing; passive flow control; advanced cooling system; turbine blade/vane cooling; novel external cooling; high-efficiency internal cooling; double-wall cooling; conjugate heat transfer; experimental/analytical methods; computational fluid dynamics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Aerodynamic Numerical Optimization in UAV Design
edited by Aleksandar M. Simonović
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2212 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); aerodynamic design optimization; aerodynamic shape optimization; optimization design; multi-objective optimization (MDO); airfoil; wing; propeller; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); aerodynamic configuration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Data-Driven Aerodynamic Modeling
edited by Philipp Bekemeyer and Stefan Görtz
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1895 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Recent Advances on Cooperative Navigation and Control Methods for Multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
edited by Zebo Zhou and Peng Lin
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1119 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Morphing Aircraft: New Configuration and New Mechanism
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 551 | Submission Open
Keywords: morphing aircraft; aircraft design; new design; new mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Aerospace Technology and Space Informatics submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 442 | Submission Open
Keywords: aerospace; space explorations; deep space; space informatics; innovative design; AI and robotics; computer simulations
Spacecraft Potential Theory and Observations
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 296 | Submission Open
Keywords: spacecraft potential; solar wind; space weathering; charged dust & space debris; space plasma physics and celestial mechanics; theory and observations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Sustainable Civil Supersonic and Hypersonic Aircraft: Main Challenges and Latest Developments
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 6762 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Dynamics, Guidance and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
edited by , Wenbin Yu and
submission deadline 21 May 2024 | Viewed by 734 | Submission Open
Keywords: analytical dynamic models; aerospace vehicle dynamics; trajectory planning; entry guidance; multi-constraint guidance; cooperative guidance; dynamics and control of formation flying; trajectory optimization; optimal control of aerospace vehicles
Supersonic Combustion and Scramjet Propulsion
edited by Junlong Zhang and Zhaohui Yao
submission deadline 24 May 2024 | Viewed by 330 | Submission Open
Keywords: scramjet propulsion; supersonic combustion; flame stabilization; flame characteristics
Laser Propulsion Science and Technology
edited by
submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10131 | Submission Open
Keywords: beamed energy propulsion; debris removal; directed energy propulsion; laser ablation; laser arrays; laser debris removal; laser-electric propulsion; laser launch; laser momentum coupling; laser orbital debris removal; laser propellant; laser propulsion; laser sails; laser thermal coupling; laser thermal propulsion; laser thrusters; lightsails
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Active Flutter Suppression and Gust Load Alleviation submission deadline 30 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3860 | Submission Open
Keywords: flutter suppression; aeroservoelasticity; control laws; gust load alleviation; unsteady aerodynamics; dynamics of actuators and sensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Space Telescopes & Payloads
edited by , , and Paula Chadwick
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 42091 | Submission Open
Keywords: space telescopes; payloads; space missions; IFUs; mission proposals; CubeSats; advances in technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
UAV Path Planning and Navigation submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 12347 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV path planning; UAV localization; challenging/GNSS-denied environment; GNSS integrity monitoring; path optimization; cooperative path planning; cooperative localization; task assignment; UAV swarm
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Space Sampling and Exploration Robotics
edited by and Shengyuan Jiang
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 8503 | Submission Open
Keywords: planetary regolith; soil– machine interaction; sampling robotics system; detecting payloads; property detection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Numerical Simulations in Electric Propulsion
edited by , , and Vittorio Giannetti
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6657 | Submission Open
Keywords: electric propulsion; plasma thrusters; plasma physics; numerical modeling; MHD; fluid methods; kinetic methods; particle-in-cell; hybrid methods
Electric Machines for Electrified Aircraft Propulsion
edited by Justin J. Scheidler and Parag Kshirsagar
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4222 | Submission Open
Keywords: electric machine configuration; design; and performance; effect of machines on aircraft-level performance; interactions between machines and other EAP system components and their combined performance; reliability; maintainability; and concept of operations; conductor selection and design; lightweighting; materials and subcomponents of cryogenic machines; thermal management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Deep Space Exploration submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1575 | Submission Open
Keywords: space exploration; orbital mechanics; space missions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization for Climate-Neutral Transport Aviation submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1462 | Submission Open
Keywords: multidisciplinary optimization; climate neutrality; hybrid-electric powertrain; hydrogen-based powertrain; sustainable aviation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Air Traffic and Transportation)
Artificial Intelligence in Drone Applications (2nd Edition) submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1404 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Space Navigation and Control Technologies
edited by Xin Ma, Wei Zhang and Dongyu Li
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 243 | Submission Open
Keywords: autonomous navigation; integrated navigation; celestial navigation; pulsar navigation; optical navigation; maneuver control; networked spacecraft cooperation; adaptive systems; robotic control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Innovative Aircraft Electrical Power Systems
edited by Seang Shen Yeoh
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 124 | Submission Open
Keywords: aircraft electrical power system; stability analysis; modelling; architecture optimisation; aircraft electric propulsion; aircraft power distribution; energy storage for aircraft; hybrid electric aircraft; other electric aircraft
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Applications of Thrust Vectoring Technology to Drone Systems
edited by Masafumi Miwa
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 122 | Submission Open
Keywords: thrust vectoring; tilt rotor drone; omnicopter; UAV; VTOL; drone system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
UHBR Engine and Ducted Propulsor Noise Reduction Technology for Future Aircraft
edited by and
submission deadline 6 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 619 | Submission Open
Keywords: UHBR engines; ducted fan; aeroacoustics; noise prediction; noise reduction; noise measurement
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Advanced Technology of Distributed Space Systems: Formation-Flying, Swarms, and Constellations
edited by , Yafei Zhao, Tao Nie and Xiangtian Zhao
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3046 | Submission Open
Keywords: distributed space system; spacecraft formation flying; swarm; constellation; coordinated perception and control; collision avoidance; satellite networking; joint sensing; communication; and computation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Mission Analysis and Design of Lighter-than-Air Flying Vehicles (2nd Edition) submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1847 | Submission Open
Keywords: lighter than air; airship; mission design; scenario study; mission analysis; balloon; electric; solar power; hybrid electric; fuel cell; hydrogen; helium; electrification; operation; ground support; ground infrastructure; hull design; preliminary design; sizing; lofting; unmanned LTA; unmanned vehicles; low atmosphere; deployment; stratospheric missions; attitude control; motion prediction; simulation; optimal sizing; automated sizing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Electro-Mechanical Actuators for Safety-Critical Aerospace Applications (2nd Edition)
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5348 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-fidelity modelling; digital twin; physics-of-failure; fault-tolerant systems; jamming-tolerant EMAs; analytical redundancy; diagnostics and prognostics; failure transient analysis; reliability/safety analysis; experimental validation; innovative designs
Research and Development of Supersonic Aircraft submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5148 | Submission Open
Keywords: supersonic aircraft design; experiments; computer simulations; aircraft design; flight experiments; sonic boom mitigation; low emission technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Orbit Determination Methods for Space Missions and Applications to the Exploration of the Solar System
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4068 | Submission Open
Keywords: orbit determination; radio science; spacecraft data; small satellites; planetary science; satellite geodesy; ephemerides
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Gust Influences on Aerospace
edited by Zhenlong Wu and Michael Hölling
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3828 | Submission Open
Keywords: gust; aerodynamics; aeroelastics; aircraft; structural dynamics; fluid-structure coupling; reduced-order modeling; CFD; wind-tunnel experiment; gust alleviation
Bioinspired Solutions for Flight
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3594 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Application of Multidisciplinary Optimization and Artificial Intelligence Techniques to Aerospace Engineering (Volume II)
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2888 | Submission Open
Keywords: aerospace engineering; multidisciplinary optimization; artificial intelligence; machine learning; data science; UAVs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Aerodynamics, Flight Dynamics and Control of Advanced Air Mobility Vehicles
edited by and Flavio J. Silvestre
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2256 | Submission Open
Keywords: advanced air mobility; multi-disciplinary design; unmanned aircraft systems; urban air mobility; flight dynamics; simulation; control; aerodynamics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Advances on Autonomous Navigation for Spacecraft Proximity Operations and Formation Flying: Algorithms Development and Verification Methods submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1926 | Submission Open
Keywords: spacecraft; proximity; rendezvous; testing; processor-in-the-loop; hardware-in-the-loop; autonomous navigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Aircraft Structural Health Monitoring and Digital Twin
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1528 | Submission Open
Keywords: aircraft structure; structural health monitoring; digital twin; structural loading identification; structural damage identification; sensor layout optimization; real-time monitoring; predictive maintenance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Advanced GNC Solutions for VTOL Systems submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1487 | Submission Open
Keywords: guidance; navigation; control; vertical take-off and landing; urban air mobility; advanced air Mobility; flight safety; electric aircraft
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Integrated Airborne Urban Mobility: A Multidisciplinary View submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1389 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Air Traffic and Transportation)
The (Near) Future of Space Resources
edited by Michael Nord
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1286 | Submission Open
Keywords: space resources; in situ resource utilization; space mining
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Planetary Exploration
edited by Roy Lichtenheldt
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1071 | Submission Open
Keywords: planetary exploration; rover; terramechanics; in situ exploration; orbital observations; robotics; subsurface; drilling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Astronautics & Space Science)
Future Airspace and Air Traffic Management Design
edited by Sebastian Schier-Morgenthal, Daniel Delahaye, Bernd Korn and Ingrid S. Gerdes
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 243 | Submission Open
Keywords: airspace design; future air traffic management structures and methods; air traffic control; automation; flexible airspace design; artificial intelligence in air traffic management; digital assistance; next (digital) level of situational awareness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Air Traffic and Transportation)
Enabling Electric Aircraft Technology and Systems for Net-Zero Operation
edited by Paul Howard Riley and Marco Rivera
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 208 | Submission Open
Keywords: lightweight electric motors; power electronics; cascaded H bridge; multi-level converters; net zero; ePlane; microgrid; lightweight batteries; battery swap; cost of ownership; energy sources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Air Traffic and Transportation)
Current Trend of High Temperature and Pressure Materials in Hypersonic Vehicles
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2024 | Viewed by 115 | Submission Open
Keywords: shock waves; high-temperature material; hypersonic flow; material– environment interaction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Integrating Disruptive Technology at the Aircraft Level submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3090 | Submission Open
Keywords: disruptive aircraft design; enabling technologies; electric propulsion; sustainable alternative fuels; MDO enhanced by Machine Learning; hydrogen-powered aircraft; coatings; smart structures; supersonic commercial flight; noise mitigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Progress in Turbomachinery Technology for Propulsion submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1063 | Submission Open
Keywords: turbomachinery; gas turbine engines; propulsion system design and integration; hybrid electric propulsion; inlet distortion; boundary layer ingestion; ultra-high bypass ratio turbofan; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); wind tunnel tests; aeroelasticity and aeromechanics; aeroacoustics of jet engines and nacelles; propeller and open rotor
Flight Dynamics, Control & Simulation (2nd Edition)
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1048 | Submission Open
Keywords: flight dynamics; performance analysis; flight simulation; advanced controls; new aircraft concepts; innovation; multidisciplinary optimization; flight mechanics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
Unmanned Aircraft System Detection and Deconfliction
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 276 | Submission Open
Keywords: uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS); drone; path planning; object detection; deconfliction; navigation; collision avoidance; obstacle avoidance; UAS traffic management (UTM); AI machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Aeronautics)
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