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Pakistan unveils first armed domestic drone

March 16, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

As we’ve all adjusted to the new paradigm of “asymmetrical” warfare, militaries have embraced drones as the premier tool against worldwide insurgencies. And with its “Buraq” indigenous armed drone, Pakistan is the latest member of the UAV club....

Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

Supersonic car gets armor plating

March 16, 2015 9:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

When a car is traveling at 1,000 miles per hour, sometimes things get weird. One of several design challenges faced by the Bloodhound Supersonic car, built in the UK both as an educational tool and to break the land speed record....

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What it's like to fly a CV-22 Osprey

March 16, 2015 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The CV-22 Osprey is arguably one of the coolest aircraft around.

Why I dream of working at SpaceX with Elon Musk

March 13, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ishmeet Grewal, a Junior Computer Science and Engineering Student at The Ohio State University.

Harnessing the tides

March 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical....

Sensors and the Internet of Things

March 13, 2015 9:23 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

On its current trajectory, global IP traffic should to grow over the five-year interval from 2013 to 2018 at a CAGR of 21% from 107 to 247 exabytes per month, according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index report. Consumer traffic dominates the trend, accounting for about 80% ...

F-35 won’t provide sufficient close-air support until 2022

March 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Officials with the Joint Strike Fighter program recently announced that the F-35 won’t be able to utilize the military’s top close-air support bomb, the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), until 2022, five years after the SDB II enters service in 2017....

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Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

Electric vehicles make the connection

March 12, 2015 11:56 am | by Mark Jennings, Engineering Director of Dawson Shanahan | Articles | Comments

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are booming, with UK registrations in 2014 up to nearly 1.3 million, an increase of 10 percent from last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Not to mention, Nissan sold its 100,000th LEAF, making it the best-selling EV in history.

The next big thing in data centers

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Brian Davies, Director of Global Sales & Marketing, Anderson Power Products | Articles | Comments

Data centers powered by 400 VDC distribution have been a topic of discussion and debate for many years. Much of the support comes from industry studies. In 2007, one of the earliest studies of 400 VDC distribution was presented at the International Telecommunications Energy Conference....

Flow cell concept car has 1,000 km range

March 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A concept car using the first low-voltage flow cell engine in the world was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. The Quantino, one of two new models introduced by nanoFlowcell at the show, is powered by a two-sided flow cell....

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This is what a MiG-29 takeoff looks like (from between the engines)

March 11, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are many videos of fighter jets on the internet (and quite a  number here on ECN) but this is the first one we've seen with this particular angle. This is a MiG-29 launching off of an aircraft carrier as recorded by a camera placed between the twin engines. 

Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

Mil/Aero cable assembly challenges require “out of the box” options

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Steve Jones, Vice President, BTC Electronic Components | Articles | Comments

As avionics and military vehicle control systems continue to become more and more complex, many military and aerospace manufacturers and customers have faced the challenge of having to create increasingly sophisticated cable assemblies, wiring harnesses, and test cables ...

From the Top: The future of wearables

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In the final part of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California discuss the future of the wearables market and its place in the industry.  

From the Top: The best location for innovation

March 11, 2015 10:51 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In part two of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California  discuss the importance of the location and set up of the TE lab.

Top 5 common mistakes to avoid in power electronics design

March 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Tom Colella, Electrocube | Articles | Comments

With more than 50 years in the electronics industry, we thought it would be helpful to assemble a top five list of the most common mistakes that occur during the design of power electronics systems. This information comes from our observations and yes, some of our own experiences ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Manufacturing shouldn’t be a dirty word for today’s STEM talent

March 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low-skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce....

Shared opportunities for natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle markets

March 10, 2015 8:03 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Fueling stations that offer both hydrogen and natural gas could benefit distributors of both fuel types, says a new Sandia National Laboratories report, “Transitioning the Transportation Sector: Exploring the Intersection of Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Natural Gas Vehicles.” The ...

Choosing the right Schottky diode for a LED backlight boost converter

March 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by Steven Shackell, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

LED backlight boost converters that are incorporated into modern wireless devices tend to consume large quantities of power. The Schottky diode selected is pivotal when it comes to ensuring the boost converter’s overall efficiency reaches its highest level....

Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

What’s the best defense against component counterfeiting?

March 9, 2015 12:01 pm | Articles | Comments

If we were to do a root cause analysis of the counterfeit component crisis in the electronics supply chain, I think we would find that while sourcing outside the authorized channel and the blatant disregard of criminals for intellectual property rights are significant contributors to the problem....

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