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New jet-powered UAV is the future of asymmetrical warfare

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While politicians and privacy advocates squabble over regulations for domestic drones, General Atomics has been hard at work developing the next unmanned terror of the skies for America’s foreign adversaries. Meet the Predator C Avenger, the future of asymmetrical warfare.

Black hawks downed: Study reveals bird threat to U.S. military helicopters

March 4, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rotary-wing aircraft, such as Apache and Chinook helicopters, play vital combat and logistical roles across the U.S. military services, but new research in the Wildlife Society Bulletin reveals how vulnerable these aircraft are to wildlife strikes.

Photos of the Day: The AirMule UAV flying donkey

March 3, 2014 9:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proving that looks aren’t everything, the AirMule UAV, developed by Israel’s Urban Aeronautics, is designed for cargo transport, medical evac, and troop supply missions. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV was unveiled in 2008, completed its maiden flight in 2010, and is scheduled for deployment this year.

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Airport lights are watching you

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Because I needed another reason to be skeptical of flying.... The newly installed LED lights in Terminal B of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey don’t just provide clean, bright light for people waiting to catch their flights. They’re part of another installment in the “things that watch us without our knowledge” saga....

Hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors feature capacitance values from 10 to 330 µF

February 28, 2014 4:35 pm | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (Liberty, SC) announces the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has the ultra-low ESR characteristics of conductive aluminum polymer capacitors packaged in a V-chip....

40G MicroTCA chassis platform is presented as industry’s first

February 28, 2014 12:17 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced a 40G MicroTCA chassis platform. The 5U chassis holds up to 12 full-sized Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) modules in the single width format. The VT866 is designed for 40GbE (10GBASE-KR) signals. 

Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV is a flying donkey

February 28, 2014 12:08 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're saving lives in a flying donkey. From Israel-based Urban Aeronautics, AirMule isn’t the prettiest airborne vehicle you’ll ever lay eyes on, but it is unique in its ability to lift payloads up to 500 kilograms.

NASA's Kepler mission finds 715 more planets outside solar system

February 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by Punditty | News | Comments

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday it had discovered an additional 715 planets orbiting a total of 305 stars, "revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system." The newly verified discoveries bring the total of known planets outside this solar...

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Engineering Update 47: The world's fastest sports car

February 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics: The world's fastest sports car: Hennessey Venom GT might have just become the fastest 2-seats sports car in the world. In a run that took place on February 14 at the Kennedy space center, the Venom hit speeds of 270.49 mpg.

Water is detected in a planet outside our solar system

February 27, 2014 11:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system with a new technique that could help researchers to learn how many planets with water, like Earth, exist throughout the universe. The astronomers detected the water in the atmosphere of a planet as massive as Jupiter that is orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis.

32 HD motor designed for rough operating conditions

February 26, 2014 3:21 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new maxon (Fall River, MA) EC-4pole 32 HD motor has been designed for extremely rough operating conditions, particularly applications in deep drilling. Deep drilling technology (called “downhole drilling” in the field of oil and gas exploration) makes it possible to recover oil and gas from depths of more than 2500 m.

Photos of the Day: The Armatix iP1 smart gun

February 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Armatix GmbH .22 iP1 smart gun system works in conjunction with a wristwatch. Both the gun and watch contain RFID chips which communicate with each other and unlock the pistol. Without the watch, the gun won’t operate. In 2002, New Jersey passed a controversial gun-control that required all guns to contain personalization technology....

Embedded graphics module features CoreAVI software drivers

February 25, 2014 12:37 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has begun shipping its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX multi-head graphics display card, the first based on the next generation AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 “Adelaar” GPU.

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Photos of the Day: The UAE's drone delivery service

February 25, 2014 9:49 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

While the U.S. struggles to adopt rules and regulations for domestic drone usage — putting Amazon’s planned 30-minute drone delivery service on the backburner for years, possibly decades — the United Arab Emirates plans to introduce their own fleet of drone couriers.

Overmolded backshells on connector interfaces offer improved reliability

February 24, 2014 4:17 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) now offers overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. Ideal for use in military, aerospace, high-end industrial, oil and gas, as well as medical applications...

Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collision

February 24, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have detected a stream of stars in one of the Andromeda Galaxy's outer satellite galaxies, a dwarf galaxy called Andromeda II.

Engineering Update 46: The United Arab Emirates' drone delivery service

February 24, 2014 8:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!

LED light ideal for use in mining applications

February 21, 2014 4:56 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.

New calibration confirms LUX dark matter results

February 21, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new high-accuracy calibration of the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) dark matter detector demonstrates the experiment's sensitivity to ultra-low energy events. The new analysis strongly confirms the result that low-mass dark matter particles were a no-show during the detector's initial run, which concluded last summer.

Europe to build planet-hunting space telescope

February 21, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it plans to launch a satellite to hunt for planets outside our solar system by 2024. ESA says the mission will be called PLATO, short for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars. The satellite will be equipped with 34 telescopes and cameras trained on 1 million nearby stars to search for tell-tale signs of orbiting planets.

Photos of the Day: The Navy's Laser Weapon System

February 21, 2014 9:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) uses the Phalanx Close in Weapon System’s (CIWS) radar track to obtain a target and combines six high-energy laser into a focused beam of light. While the laser uses a mere 30 kilowatts per volley — a few dollars a shot — the weapon is hampered by inclement weather and other adverse conditions.

Navy's laser weapon is thwarted by Mother Nature

February 21, 2014 8:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sci-Fi geeks rejoice — the U.S. Navy’s shipboard laser weapon will deploy this summer. *Cue John Williams soundtrack* But the Laser Weapon System (LaWS) — while dirt-cheap to operate — is hamstrung by Mother Nature: Inclement weather — plus a host of other conditions — could limit its effectiveness. Bummer....

Thick-film axial terminal resistors ideal for high frequency applications and controls

February 19, 2014 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ohmite Manufacturing (Arlington Heights, IL) adds a new non-inductive option to their Maxi-Mox series of thick-film axial terminal resistors. This alternative to the standard configuration is ideal for high frequency applications and controls. Features include a resistance range of 250 ohms to 1 Teraohm.

Rife with hype, exoplanet study needs patience and refinement

February 19, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine someone spent months researching new cities to call home using low-resolution images of unidentified skylines. The pictures were taken from several miles away with a camera intended for portraits, and at sunset. From these fuzzy snapshots, that person claims to know the city's air quality, the appearance of its buildings, and how often it rains.

Journalist sues police who questioned drone use

February 19, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A journalist filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Hartford police officers violated his free-speech rights by questioning his use of a remote-controlled aircraft to record images of a car wreck. Pedro Rivera asked a federal court to weigh in on the appropriate uses for aerial drones....

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