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Rocket carrying spy satellite launches from Calif.

August 29, 2013 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched from the central California coast Wednesday. The Delta IV Heavy rocket soared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and sped toward low-Earth orbit, officials at United Launch Alliance said.

The evolution of miniaturization within UAV connector technology

August 29, 2013 12:04 pm | by Derek Hunt, Omnetics Connector Corporation | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Throughout the world, military and aerospace engineers are focused on new design efforts to not only modernize existing operations, but at the same time, miniaturize these efforts and electronics to improve flexibility and portability as well as overall survivability in the field.

Engineering Update #22: Boeing's newest Dreamliner and a motorized surfboard

August 29, 2013 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its first appearance in Washington this week and is scheduled for delivery to Air New Zealand in 2013. The Jetsurf Board is a gas-powered surfboard that can move at up 35 mph. It has a 100-cc gas engine, and the board is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar.

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Development kits include all necessary hardware and software (including source code)

August 28, 2013 2:35 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits announced the introduction of development kits for a 3.3V, 10Mbit/sec EBR-1553 solution. The kits include all necessary hardware, software (including source code) and feature Holt’s HI-6140, an integrated terminal designed for Enhanced Bit Rate 10Mbps MIL-STD-1553 or MIL-STD-1760 applications....

Digital pressure sensors with CANopen provide consistent performance in harsh environments

August 28, 2013 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s new Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen, Model DPS, are rugged, all-welded, provide consistent performance in harsh environments, and can be used in a wide range of demanding applications like transportation, process control, factory automation, medical equipment systems, and aerospace test and research.

Engineering Newswire 52: NASA crashes helicopters

August 27, 2013 11:29 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car. This episode features: NASA researchers plan to drop a 45-foot CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seats and advance experimental techniques and crash worthiness data.

Japan postpones launch of new, cheaper rocket

August 27, 2013 10:50 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem that aborted the countdown 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency official Yuko Hoshikawa said an automatic countdown...

How will unmanned systems shape the future of warfare?

August 27, 2013 10:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. The second category is military/aerospace technology, specifically unmanned systems....

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California vies for new space industry

August 26, 2013 9:46 am | by MIHIR ZAVERI, Associated Press | News | Comments

As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability...

China helicopter training with air-to-air missiles

August 26, 2013 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese-developed attack helicopter has successfully fired air-to-air missiles for the first time, state media said Monday, in another apparent advance for the domestic arms industry. The firing took place last week during drills off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong...

Accelerometer designed for aerospace and industrial testing applications

August 22, 2013 1:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market launch of the Endevco model 7253D triaxial Isotron accelerometer designed for applications requiring the measurement of shock and vibration simultaneously in three mutually perpendicular axes.

5 US institutions to share meteorite pieces

August 22, 2013 11:28 am | News | Comments

Five U.S. institutions will share parts of a rare meteorite that exploded in a fireball over California last year, The Field Museum said Wednesday. The meteor dates to the early formation of the solar system 4 to 5 billion years ago. It was probably about the size of a minivan when it entered the Earth's atmosphere on April 22, 2012 with a loud boom.

GaN HEMTs target L-Band radar systems

August 22, 2013 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree has released two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for use in 1.2 GHz to 1.4GHz L-Band radar amplifier systems: the 250-W CGHV14250 and the 500-W CGHV14500. Featuring what is asserted to be the highest known L-Band efficiency performance at 85°C

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Engineering Update #21: Boeing's laser weaponry and Samsung's secret smartwatch

August 22, 2013 10:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Boeing's impressive laser weapon system: Boeing recently announced that its Thin Disk Laser system has achieved unexpected levels of power and efficiency, bringing the concept of laser weaponry one step closer to the battlefield.

SPDT switch-limiter touts high power handling and fast recovery time

August 22, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new SPDT switch-limiter that is suited for S-Band military and commercial radar systems. The MASL-011023 operates over the 2.7 GHz to 3.5 GHz bandwidth and handles 125W of CW power at 85°C while providing a fast recovery time of

This is what a 550-ton hovercraft landing on a Russian beach looks like

August 21, 2013 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Alright, so technically the beach is a military zone and, technically, it's not a beach that people should be swimming from or sunbathing on, but that is one scary-looking piece of military equipment. According to a Russian defense ministry spokesperson, it's actually a government-owned beach and the landing was part of some military practice maneuvers.

Pulsars make a GPS for the cosmos

August 21, 2013 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

CSIRO scientists have written software that could guide spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, show that the planet Nibiru doesn't exist … and prove that the Earth goes around the Sun. Dr George Hobbs (CSIRO) and his colleagues study pulsars — small spinning stars that deliver regular 'blips' or 'pulses' of radio waves and, sometimes, X-rays.

PCI express boards enable robust synchronous serial communications

August 21, 2013 10:41 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announced the release of two new single-port PCI Express serial I/O adapters designed for avionics, satellite, radar, and other applications that require robust synchronous communications. Both boards use the popular Zilog Z85230 Enhanced Serial Communications Controller (ESCC) for maximum compatibility with a variety of interfaces and protocols.

Mechanical-mount rotary position sensor includes integral PCB

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | Piher North America | Product Releases | Comments

Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....

VNAs add cutting-edge pulse measurement and true mode stimulus capabilities

August 20, 2013 12:20 pm | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company expanded its VectorStar family of Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) with the introduction of the MS4640B Series. Featuring a number of new cutting-edge measurement capabilities, including PulseView, which provides pulse profile, point-in-pulse and pulse-to-pulse measurements of

Wi-Fi connectivity will allow Robonaut to move

August 20, 2013 8:00 am | by Digi International | News | Comments

NASA is using Digi International’s Connect Core Wi-i.MX53 wireless module to Wi-Fi enable its Robonaut, a humanoid-type robot that will perform routine maintenance tasks on the International Space Station (ISS). NASA’s Robonaut currently exists on the ISS as a torso, bolted to a pedestal, and is connected to the station with wires for power and control.

NASA, Navy to test space capsule recovery in Va.

August 15, 2013 11:44 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy and NASA are testing out how they'll recover astronauts once they splash down in the ocean following future missions to deep space, something a Navy crew hasn't had to do in nearly 40 years. On Thursday, a team of Navy divers and the crew of the USS Arlington planned to practice retrieving a mock-up of the Orion space capsule...

Online forums provide key havens for terror plots

August 15, 2013 11:37 am | by ADAM GOLDMAN & LARA JAKES, Associated Press | News | Comments

In secretive chat rooms and on encrypted Internet message boards, al-Qaida fighters have been planning and coordinating attacks — including a threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week.

Review: Is this quadcopter a drone for the masses?

August 14, 2013 5:37 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, are revolutionizing warfare. Now, some of that technology is coming home from the war, to amuse us and give us an aerial perspective on our surroundings. I've been trying out a helicopter-type drone called the Phantom this summer. It's been an eye-opener...

High-temperature power inductors target military, aerospace applications

August 14, 2013 10:35 am | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft CPS introduced its AE619PYA Series of high-temperature, military-grade power inductors that meet all NASA low outgassing specifications. These robust, composite-core surface mount inductors are constructed of high-temperature materials to exceed the requirements of most military and aerospace applications....

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