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NASA's LRO mission and North America to experience total lunar eclipse

April 9, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment....

Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

April 9, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies that slowly cool down over billions of years. On the way to this final phase of their lives the stars throw their atmospheres out into the space....

Aircraft Interiors Expo

April 8, 2014 8:32 am | Events

Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 is the world's biggest aircraft interiors exhibition! Make sure you don't miss out on experiencing everything the industry has to offer all under one roof in just 3 days. Be a part of the world's largest Aircraft Interiors exhibition to view the latest and best innovations....

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Power supplies extend the useful life of U.S. Navy UYQ-21(V) Display System Consoles for more than seven years

April 7, 2014 9:56 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics (Hauppauge, NY) has received follow-on orders for its Model 94020 Power Supplies designed to help the U.S. Navy keep its UYQ-21(V) display systems operational. These are the latest in a series of repeat orders that began after the program started in 2007....

Photos of the Day: The Pentagon's secret orbital spacecraft

April 7, 2014 8:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

In December 2012, the Pentagon, in conjunction with NASA and Boeing, launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than a year – 469 days, to be exact – breaking its own longevity record. The spacecraft, measuring over 29 feet in length, is designed to be reusable....

Keep politics off of the space station

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the Ukraine v. Russia (winner gets Crimea) battle began, one of the first things I said was, “Man, I bet it’s super awkward in space right now.” While Russian and U.S. relations have never been great, there hasn’t been an international issue to this degree between the two countries in quite some time.

Alta Data Technologies uses Holt MIL-STD-1553 Integrated Transceiver/Transformer combination on eNet2-1553TM Device

April 4, 2014 2:57 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced that Alta Data Technologies (Alta) selected its integrated MIL-STD-1553 transceiver/transformer combination product, HI-2579, for use in the eNet2-1553 real-time Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 converter device....

Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus

April 3, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent pictures back to Earth depicting an icy Saturnian moon spewing water vapor and ice from fractures, known as "tiger stripes," in its frozen surface. It was big news that tiny Enceladus—a mere 500 kilometers in diameter—was such an active place...

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This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

An ethics framework should be used to decide health standards for extended, exploratory spaceflights

April 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA should use an ethics framework when deciding whether, and under what conditions, spaceflights that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days are acceptable if they do not meet current health standards, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine....

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

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

Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

From Martian rocks, a planet's watery story emerges

April 2, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) describes the technique....

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Low-noise amplifiers survive up to 2W of input power without performance degradation

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) from TriQuint. The TGA2611 and TGA2612 are broadband LNAs fabricated on TriQuint's production....

Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

Galactic serial killer

April 2, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent. For instance, it has some unusual dust lanes [1] embedded within a much larger envelope of stars, and a population of unusually small globular star clusters. These suggest that it may have already swallowed a dust-rich spiral galaxy....

How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

April 1, 2014 8:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds and grandparents....

'Cosmic barometer' could reveal violent events in universe's past

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can create regions of great heat and high pressure. Researchers from Imperial College London have now developed a method for analysing the pressure experienced by tiny samples of organic material....

More than 1,000 satellites are flying overhead

March 31, 2014 11:11 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris....

Power amplifiers feature gain flatness from 0.50 dB to 1.0 dB

March 31, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) introduces a new family of coaxial X band high-gain power amplifiers. These RF amplifiers are typically used as driver amplifiers or high-power output amplifiers in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications....

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

March 31, 2014 9:12 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications....

Photos of the Day: The half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation and communications assistance, and the first prototype from Thales is expected in the next five years. The autonomous airship operating at an altitude of about 20 km....

COTS Air-flow through (AFT) rugged chassis is presented as industry’s first

March 28, 2014 3:35 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the Hybricon AFT16, which is said to be the industry’s first COTS OpenVPX Air Flow Through (AFT) Chassis. Leveraging the company’s AFT subsystem technology, the AFT16 supports

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

March 28, 2014 1:40 pm | Videos | 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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