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Making light work of orbit & altitude control

May 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Microsatellites have to be very light – every gram counts. The same applies to the gyroscopes used to sense the satellite’s orientation when in orbit. A novel prototype is seven times lighter and significantly smaller than ...   

Engineering's 4 lines of business focus on problem-solving

May 6, 2014 11:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineering is about making dreams a reality. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the team in the Engineering and Technology Directorate not only puts those visions on paper, but sees the designs all the way ...      

Air Force tests new surveillance capability

May 6, 2014 11:13 am | by U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

The Air Force successfully completed the first Maritime Modes program risk reduction flight April 14, 2014, as the service moves toward providing a new air-sea battle surveillance capability. The test flight consisted of an 11 and a half hour ...

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Vintage WWII plane crashes at airshow

May 6, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators trying to determine what caused the crash of a vintage airplane during a stunt at a California air show say they will start by examining the wreckage and ground scars. Witnesses have said it seemed like ...     

Data from U-2 spy plane caused computer issue

May 6, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration...

Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial

May 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using "genetic algorithms," according to Penn State engineers, who say these metamaterials can shield objects from...

Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

May 6, 2014 9:27 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications — from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image...

Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

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Former Air Force Major General headlines ECN IMPACT Awards

May 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The ECN IMPACT Awards celebrate innovation across the design engineering landscape, and the awards ceremony’s keynote speaker could teach us all a lesson or two on leadership. Formerly a Major General in the United States Air Force, Steve Sargeant parlayed his impressive military career into a top leadership role with a prestigious test and measurement company....

Neuron UCAV, Rafale Fighter, & Falcon 7X Business Jet formation flight

May 5, 2014 11:49 pm | Videos | Comments

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. This was the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft....

Space Station research shows that hardy little space travelers could colonize Mars

May 5, 2014 11:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the movies, humans often fear invaders from Mars. These days, scientists are more concerned about invaders to Mars, in the form of micro-organisms from Earth. Three recent scientific papers examined the risks of interplanetary exchange....

Hubble astronomers check the prescription of a cosmic lens

May 2, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

Two teams of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have discovered three distant exploding stars that have been magnified by the immense gravity of foreground galaxy clusters, which act like "cosmic lenses". These supernovae are the first of their type ever to be observed magnified in this way....

Board-to-board contacts provide off-the-shelf connector solutions for harsh environment applications

May 2, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, S.C.) has introduced a new series of single pogo pin board-to-board (BTB) contacts designed for use in high-lifecycle commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications that demand robust, high-reliability components. Available in five standard compressed stacking heights....

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A 'wimpy' dwarf fossil galaxy reveals new facts about early universe

May 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Out on the edge of the universe, 75,000 light years from us, a galaxy known as Segue 1 has some unusual properties: It is the faintest galaxy ever detected. It is very small, containing only about 1,000 stars. And it has a rare chemical composition, with vanishingly small amounts of metallic elements present....

Motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control

May 2, 2014 11:49 am | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion’s (Loomis, CA) ULT, UTH, and UTS frameless brushless motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control. New sizes recently introduced have large center through-holes and thin radial cross-section. Coupling this to the…

NASA sounding rocket to study interplanetary medium

May 2, 2014 8:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA will conduct a sounding rocket mission in May 2014, carrying a payload designed to measure the nature of the interplanetary medium, characterizing the particles that fill our solar system. The Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer, or HYPE, measures light reflected by interplanetary hydrogen....

Photos of the Day: Servicing satellites

May 2, 2014 7:21 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Earth-orbiting spacecraft are now so prevalent they could easily be taken for granted. Since April 2011, engineers at Kennedy have partnered with the SSCO at Goddard to develop robotic satellite servicing technologies necessary to bring in-orbit inspection....

Engineering Newswire: Experimental electric plane takes first flight

May 2, 2014 7:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The electric E-Fan experimental aircraft performed its first successful public flight last week and served as the highlight of Airbus Group's — that's the old EADS — E-Aircraft Day in France. An electrical energy management system, or e-FADEC, is integrated into the aircraft....

Anaren awarded $8.3 million initial contract by Raytheon to support U.S. Navy’s air and missile defense radar program

May 2, 2014 6:59 am | News | Comments

Anaren, Inc. announced that it has been awarded an $8.3 million contract from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to support the initial Engineering and Manufacturing Development (E&MD) phase of Raytheon’s contract for the U.S. Navy’s nextgeneration integrated Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR)....

Carrier card offers scalable data acquisition to PCIe

May 1, 2014 5:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP (Austin, TX) announced the release of a new PCI Express product featuring the Xilinx Kintex-7 combined with the highest performance analog I/O card available in the marketplace, according to the company. With a single-channel…

New insights into gamma-ray burst afterglows

May 1, 2014 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gamma-ray bursts are powerful bursts of gamma-ray radiation in connection with the explosive death of massive stars. The bursts themselves are short lived – lasting typically less than a few minutes, but is followed by an afterglow that can be observed for several days after the gamma-ray burst....

Space Station study seeks how plants sense 'up' and 'down'

May 1, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

On Earth, we take for granted that a plant grows up and its roots grow down. In space, however, this seemingly predictable formula is upended. How do plants sense "up" and "down" where those relative positions don't exist? The Biotube-MICRO investigation that recently arrived to the International Space Station aims to investigate....

Engineering Update #56: Building an interstellar Noah's Ark

May 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

UK scientists are busy developing a self-sustaining, bioorganic spacecraft described as an Interstellar Noah's Ark. And while this ark won't carry two of every animal, and none of the scientists involved in the project will live to see it completed, "Project Persephone," as they're calling it, could ensure the survival of humanity....

Check out the newest NASA space suit design

May 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear which space suit design the public chose for the future trips to Mars. About a month ago, NASA announced they would hold a content to select what the suits would look like.  Let’s take a moment to review the suit, itself. It’s called the Z-2 and is the successor to the Z-1 suit....

Astronomers observe corkscrew nature of light from a distant black hole

April 30, 2014 4:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For the first time an international team of astronomers has measured circular polarisation in the bright flash of light from a dying star collapsing to a black hole, giving insight into an event that happened almost 11 billion years ago. Dr Peter Curran from the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research ...

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