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Engineering Newswire 87: Combat drone flies with twin fighter & business jet

April 28, 2014 9:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a first of its kind formation flight, including a nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle, a Rafale twin-engine fighter, and a Falcon 7X business jet. The occasion marks the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft....

Engineering Update Episode 55 bloopers

April 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update #55: The 3D-printed creation that replaced a $42,000 prosthetic

April 24, 2014 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Jeremy Simon from 3D universe was able to create a 3D-printed hand that he calls the Cyborgbeast. It's a completely mechanical device made from ABS plastic with a series of flexible cords that allow it to act like a real hand. It turned out so well that the patient says he prefers it for day-to-day use....

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Engineering Newswire: HeliCat looks like copter, drives like boat

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is great for stable & safe, fun, fast, economical and practical water travel. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy, and can travel up to 20 to 30 miles per hour in whitecap waves at 5 miles per gallon, which is impossible with other boats....

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Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but to deal with the latter, NASA is currently testing its own prototype for a hypersonic flying saucer....

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Hotspot: Remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank....

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Driverless and talking cars: New technology transforms the way we travel

April 16, 2014 8:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development (WDD) will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel. Recently, the U.S. government made a push to incorporate wireless communication technologies in future car designs....

Engineering Newswire: Disposable drones printed for cheap spying

April 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

At the University of Sheffield, engineers are 3D printing unmanned aircraft. The thought is that production costs could be low enough that this would lead to disposable UAVs to be sent on one-way flights for delivery, search, or reconnaissance purposes....

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Engineering Update #53 bloopers

April 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to David Mantey, Jason Lomberg, and Kasey Panetta for being such great sports....

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Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

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Engineering Newswire: World's fastest bullet car

April 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math, printing invisibility cloaks, and racing the world's fastest RC Car. This week's episode features the World's fastest RC bullet car. Nic Case entered the RC world after a motorcycle crash left him searching for a thrilling but safer hobby....

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Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

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Engineering Newswire: Half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus prototype

March 28, 2014 1:40 pm | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re creating nanoscale fingerprints, building a fully-functional desktop human, and building a fleet of half-drone, half-satellite StratoBuses. A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation....

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Engineering Update Episode 51: Hypersonic weapons needed to defeat advanced anti-aircraft systems

March 27, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Cold War officially ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but old habits die hard, and since the fall of the iron curtain, Russian-American relations have been a tad ... frosty. This led a senior Pentagon staffer called for hypersonic weapons....

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Kickstarter of the Week: 'Robot maniacs' build desktop robotic arms

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are bringing robots from industry, to our desks, with the uArm, a 4-axis parallel-mechanism robotic arm inspired by the ABB PalletPack robot. "When people used to talk about robotics, they thought about expensive and complicated machines," explains Aler Gu, UFactory product manager....

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