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Where is that spacecraft?

September 22, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. "Unlike the air and missile defense environments where objects ...

Breezy science, plant studies and more head to space station on SpaceX-4

September 22, 2014 1:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a dragon flying through the heavens on mighty, outstretched wings. The majestic beast knows the currents of winds and how to harness their power as it soars above the clouds. SpaceX's real Dragon- the company's spacecraft that transports ...

Safely on the road in electric cars

September 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Systematic light-weight construction is a decisive component of efficient electric vehicles. Yet, during Euro NACP testing light-weight L7E class vehicles (max. empty weight of 400 kg) show substantial deficits in some areas. Because the requirements ...

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Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

100G transimpedance amplifier promises high performance in optical networking systems

September 22, 2014 12:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) today introduced its first transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for the 100G optical networking market. As a key component of the system, the ONET2804T is positioned to provide high levels of sensitivity with ...

36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

3-phase Quicktest provides quick and safe temporary connection to equipment

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CLIFF Electronics (England) announces the availability of its new Quicktest QT3, a compact, robust 3-Phase power connector designed for temporary, safe and efficient connection of unterminated cables to 440VAC, 3-Phase power supplies....

TVS components offer high-voltage spike circuit protection

September 22, 2014 10:19 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) made available a new family of high-powered surface mount transient voltage suppressors (TVS) for high-voltage spike circuit protection applications that include relay drives, motors (start/stop), module lightning....

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Li-ion battery charger safeguards backup battery in automotive eCall systems

September 22, 2014 10:09 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78692, a 4.1V single-cell battery charger designed to extend the life of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78692 battery charger dissipates....

Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions

September 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect. While it is well known....

NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

September 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils....

Fanless, conduction-cooled front-end rectifier features a very low profile

September 19, 2014 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) introduced its CCR0512FP 12-volt, conduction-cooled, front-end rectifier, measuring half the height of traditional, industry-standard rectifiers, according to the company. The new “tablet-sized” rectifier delivers ...

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Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

6 GHz to 16 GHz driver amplifier delivers 21 dB of gain

September 19, 2014 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD158C4, a new 6 to 16 GHz driver amplifier, to their growing standard product line. The CMD158C4 delivers 21 dB of gain across its bandwidth, while providing ...

DC/DC converter family accepts 85-400VDC input range

September 19, 2014 10:51 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The VHV15 DC/DC Converter Family from BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) is designed with a wide input range and nominal single and dual outputs. Additional features include input-to-output isolation, short circuit protection, thermal protection ...

Sensing neuronal activity with light

September 19, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action—from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture....

Type N thermocouple wire features desirable repeatability and resistance to oxidation

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Watlow announced it offers “N” Type thermocouple wire, which is said to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation than “K” Type wire at high temperatures (1500°F and above) or in applications where sulfur is present. Watlow's Type N thermocouple wire ...

Trial begins for MRI-compatible robot designed to improve accuracy of prostate biopsies

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot....

Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

September 19, 2014 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive....

Hurricane Edouard right environment for drone test

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes ...

Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

September 19, 2014 9:47 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City's Sequoia High School....

Video games could dramatically streamline educational research

September 19, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Seeking educational curriculum researchers. Humans need not apply." A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom – and it....

Toward optical chips

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips' transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators....

Engineering Newswire: The world's 'first' 3D-printed car

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While the Strati isn’t the world’s first printed car, that doesn’t make Local Motor’s achievement at IMTS 2014 any less spectacular. They printed a car that only has 49 total parts in 44 hours, and it was drivable by the end of the show....

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