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Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5 years, covering 5 million km without stopping. Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet....

400 watt high-intensity LED light replaces 1,000 watt metal halide

September 29, 2014 3:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-LTL-400W-LED fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) produces 52,000 lumens of high...

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

September 29, 2014 10:57 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will start and attempt to finish...

Europe Union OKs constant chatting on flights

September 29, 2014 10:01 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | News | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the...

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

Earth's water is older than the sun

September 26, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and....

A galaxy of deception

September 26, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought....

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On the road to artificial photosynthesis

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The excessive atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving global climate change could be harnessed into a renewable energy technology that would be a win for both the environment and the economy. That is the lure of artificial photosynthesis....

Photos of the Day: A drone's-eye view of the world

September 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Dronestagram | Blogs | Comments

We're very familiar with the idea of the military using drones, but drones can also be used to capture the beauty of a place. Dronestagram is a social network that collects images and video all captured by multirotors and all sent in by regular people. It's definitely an interesting view of the world. 

Blackout? Robots to the rescue

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count....

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on August 18, 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier....

Single-photon detection, generation, and applications featured in Optical Engineering

September 26, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new special section on single-photon detection, generation, and applications in Optical Engineering highlights research on technologies with applications in areas as diverse as space exploration and quantum computing, furthering the field....

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Ceramic capacitors perform in high temperatures

September 25, 2014 12:56 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its new High Temperature Radial Molded Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors which are said to offer industry-leading performance in extreme environments and high temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius. The gold-plated …

A galaxy of deception - Hubble snaps what looks like a young galaxy in the local Universe

September 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and...

Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.

Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

MOSFET driver addresses technology advances in battery operated tools

September 24, 2014 12:45 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC4606, a 85V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85V MOSFET Driver family first launched in 2013....

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Solar explosions inside a computer

September 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The shorter the interval between two explosions in the solar atmosphere, the more likely it is that the second flare will be stronger than the first one. ETH Professor Hans Jürgen Herrmann and his team have been able to demonstrate this, using model calculations....

China developing subsonic stealth bomber

September 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to early reports, China is developing a new stealth bomber to counter American influence in the Far East and firm up its own leadership and force-projection ability. We’ve previously discussed America’s plans to replace the illustrious SR-71 Blackbird ...

3U Open VPX VITA 62-compliant power supply offers five outputs, 550 Watts of power

September 24, 2014 11:58 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics Inc. (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced its fourth COTS VPXtra Power Supply designed to support the rigors of mission critical airborne, shipboard, vehicle and mobile VPX applications, as well as high-end industrial applications.

Micro coaxial cable assemblies carry EMI hardened DC power

September 24, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a broad range of highly-custom, micro coaxial cable assemblies intended to deliver signal and power. Leveraging its in-house and proprietary coaxial cable extrusion and termination capabilities …

Los Alamos researchers uncover properties in nanocomposite oxide ceramics for reactor fuel

September 23, 2014 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials....

'Space bubbles' may have aided enemy in fatal Afghan battle

September 23, 2014 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the early morning hours of March 4, 2002, military officers in Bagram, Afghanistan desperately radioed a Chinook helicopter headed for the snowcapped peak of Takur Ghar. On board were 21 men, deployed to rescue a team of Navy SEALS....

Custom 19-inch fan tray designed for demanding military applications

September 23, 2014 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Verotec (Derry, NH) has supplied a major US-based defense contractor with custom design intelligent fan trays for a major defence project. The 19-inch rack-mounted 1U trays have six fans, strategically located within the tray to maximise....

Where is that spacecraft?

September 22, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. "Unlike the air and missile defense environments where objects ...

Breezy science, plant studies and more head to space station on SpaceX-4

September 22, 2014 1:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a dragon flying through the heavens on mighty, outstretched wings. The majestic beast knows the currents of winds and how to harness their power as it soars above the clouds. SpaceX's real Dragon- the company's spacecraft that transports ...

Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

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