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NKorea halts rocket launch-pad work

July 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea has stopped construction work at a site meant to launch bigger and better long-range rockets, a possible sign that Pyongyang is slowing or even halting development of larger rockets, according to a new analysis of recent satellite imagery.

Compact, stripline design microwave directional coupler covers 0.5 GHz to 8.0 GHz frequency

July 23, 2013 10:36 am | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR introduced a new directional coupler offering low insertion loss, high directivity and tight coupling. The new directional coupler is suitable for emerging wireless ultra-broadband designs and many test and measurement applications. These couplers can also

50W railway DC-DC converters designed for railway, 24-volt vehicles

July 22, 2013 2:23 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the release of TDK-Lambda’s new CN50A24 series of 50W railway DC-DC converters.  These quarter-brick modules operate off a wide range of DC inputs from 14.4 to 36.0VDC, which is widely used in the railway industry and for 24-volt vehicles.  Available with output voltages of 5V, 12V, or 24VDC (adjustable ±10%), these fully-regulated and isolated power modules deliver exceptional performance. 

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What tools do you need for a space station?

July 22, 2013 12:19 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you think your workbench is impressive, check out some of the tool kits available on the International Space Station. British ISS astronaut Tim Peake posted some pictures of the range of tools the team uses to keep the station up and running. Check out more pictures at Peake's Flickr account.

Multitasking – The dubious badge of honor for engineers

July 22, 2013 11:49 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization | Blogs | Comments

Though around the world the ability to multitask is touted as a proof of superior work ethic, more than three decades of academic research has overwhelmingly demonstrated that multitasking substantially decreases the productivity of individuals. Studies show that switching between tasks can cause a loss of productivity as high as 40 percent when compared to single-tasking...

Engineering Update #16: Steerable paper planes and an educational robotic fish

July 18, 2013 10:14 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A robotics team from the University of Queensland has created two versions of a single-use UAV. The unmanned aerial vehicles, which are usually associated with clandestine military operations, are both designed to relay environmental information.

NASA engineer achieves another milestone in emerging nanotechnology

July 18, 2013 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A NASA engineer has achieved yet another milestone in his quest to advance an emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size.A team led by John Hagopian, an optics engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has demonstrated that it can grow a uniform layer of carbon nanotubes....

Advances in new material technology, according to engineers

July 15, 2013 9:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on new material technology. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches!

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Astronomers make landmark planet color discovery

July 12, 2013 4:14 pm | by JAMES BROOKS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Astronomers have for the first time managed to determine the color of a planet outside our solar system, a blue gas giant 63 light-years away. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team said the planet known as HD 189733B would look like a deep blue dot if viewed up close.

DC-DC converters simplify power systems for space RF equipment

July 12, 2013 3:14 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the radiation hardened ML Series dual output DC-DC power converter platform designed for RF communication equipment such as low noise amplifiers (LNA), receivers and frequency converters used onboard satellites.

Fiber-optic terminus and adapter conforms to ARINC 801

July 11, 2013 3:07 pm | Positronic Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Positronic is pleased to announce the release of a new fiber optic terminus and size 8 adapter for use in its popular Combo-D connector family. The terminus conforms to the performance criteria outlined in the ARINC 801 document, which is a widely accepted commercial aerospace standard for fiber optic termini on aircraft.

Engineering Update #15: A laser gatling gun

July 11, 2013 12:38 pm | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: A Laser Gatling Gun: A German laser weapons hobbyist has built a proof-of-concept Laser Gatling Gun. The aluminum-bodied gun's spinning turret features six blue 1.4-watt Class 4 lasers.

Aircraft automation eyed in crash

July 10, 2013 3:15 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash landing of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco has revived concerns that airline pilots get so little opportunity these days to fly without the aid of sophisticated automation that their stick-and-rudder skills are eroding. The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the accident, is a long way from reaching a conclusion as to its probable cause.

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SMT military oscillator withstands 100,000-g shock

July 10, 2013 8:50 am | IQD Frequency Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

IQD’s HGXO Series of surface mount oscillators is designed primarily for military applications such as smart munitions and projectile electronics although the devices can also be used in demanding industrial applications. Designed around a hermetically sealed high-shock crystal and a

Engineering Newswire 45: Navy commissions a semi-automatic railgun from BAE

July 9, 2013 9:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire we’re further developing BAE systems Railgun, making a bionic eye for the blind, demonstrating robotic apes, and re-reinventing the toilet. BAE Systems was awarded a $34.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research for further development of the Electromagnetic Railgun under Phase 2 of the Navy’s Innovative Naval Prototype program.

Studies: Cyberspying targeted SKorea, US military

July 8, 2013 10:13 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE and MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hackers who knocked out tens of thousands of South Korean computers simultaneously this year are out to do far more than erase hard drives, cybersecurity firms say: They also are trying to steal South Korean and U.S. military secrets with a malicious set of codes they've been sending through the Internet for years.

Chinese plane crash victims were student leaders

July 8, 2013 9:49 am | by DIDI TANG & GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two 16-year-old girls killed in the San Francisco plane crash were close friends and top students who were on Asiana Flight 214 for the same reason: to get a taste of American education and possibly brighten their futures. Wang Linjia showed talent in physics and calligraphy; Ye Mengyuan was a champion gymnast who excelled in literature...

Picatinny ammo goes from regular to unleaded

July 8, 2013 9:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

If you use the expression "get the lead out" around members of a special technical team here working on the Army's 5.56mm and 7.62mm enhanced performance ammunition programs, don't expect them to move more quickly. That's because the expression has an entirely different meaning to this select group of scientists and engineers....

LandWarNet modernization one key to Army future

July 8, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Even as forces draw down in Afghanistan and budgets are reduced, modernization of the Army network will not stagnate, said the service's chief information officer. "We ensure Soldiers have the best capability available to them, everything over IP; high-definition, full-motion video; unlimited bandwidth....

Wideband amplifier provides 10 MHz to 40 GHz continuous performance

July 3, 2013 3:46 pm | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new wideband amplifier for Multi-market applications. The MAAM-011109 is an innovative solution for customers who need a versatile, ultra-broadband packaged amplifier for IMS, Point to Point, Test & Measurement, Electronic Warfare and Aerospace and Defense applications.

Revolutionary instrument delivers a sharper universe to astronomers

July 3, 2013 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers recently got their hands on Gemini Observatory's revolutionary new adaptive optics system, called GeMS, "and the data are truly spectacular!" says Robert Blum, Deputy Director of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory with funding by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

New knowledge about early galaxies

July 3, 2013 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The early galaxies of the universe were very different from today's galaxies. Using new detailed studies carried out with the ESO Very Large Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers, including members from the Niels Bohr Institute, have studied an early galaxy in unprecedented detail....

Capacitor designed for military/aero applications

July 2, 2013 2:46 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today introduced a new TANTAMOUNT solid tantalum chip capacitor with very low ESR down to 0.180 Ω at 100 kHz. For military, avionics, and aerospace applications, the conformal-coated, surface-mount CWR26 is qualified to MIL-PRF-55365/13.

GPM spreads its wings in solar array deployment test

July 2, 2013 10:42 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA successfully completed two pre-vibration solar array deployment tests of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite on June 6 and June 15, 2013. The GPM Core will orbit Earth at an angle that enables the satellite to observe the globe from the Antarctic Circle to the Arctic Circle.

Kickstarter of the Week: A bomb squad-approved quadcopter

July 2, 2013 8:53 am | Videos | Comments

Today on PD&D's Kickstarter of the Week, after being approached by the Utah Bomb Squad for an aerial vision solution that could help search buildings for potential threats, Utah Aerials has launched a campaign to create an easy-to-use, open-source quadcopter.

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