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How climate change is affecting NASA

October 31, 2014 11:46 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future.

Engineering Newswire: Flying car transforms in seconds

October 31, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Yesterday, at the Pioneers Festival Austria AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled a flying...

Army "smartsuit" would create stronger, faster soldiers

October 30, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and...

Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 8:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device...

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Photos of the Day: Supersonic skydiving suit breaks sound barrier

October 29, 2014 8:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google executive Alan Eustace, in the spacesuit, is shown with crew members Blikkies Blignaut, left, and Alex Garbino in preparation his leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert....

September 2014: Military

October 28, 2014 3:43 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Military and aerospace can be some of the most stressful environments to design for. Not only do they have rigorous specifications, the challenge of creating components or designs that function under such extreme conditions can be a trying task. High in the sky: New materials offer high-reliability capacitors for aerospace explores the solutions for designing in space.

What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

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US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

October 24, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. One element of that strategy will be looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves. The University of Washington is helping to reach that goal....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s unmanned research aircraft takes flight

October 24, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors....

Engineering Newswire: A hybrid flying yacht

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Swiss company Hydros SA is on a mission: to create the Hybrid 'Fly & Float' hydrofoil motorboat. The HY-X the prototype uses a retractable hydrofoil system developed in cooperation with French firm JMKoncept. With a simple push of a button, two side foils ...

Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

The thrill and challenge of aerial photography

October 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

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Projected capacitive sensors pass mil/aero EMI/RFI requirements

October 23, 2014 8:53 am | Touch International | Product Releases | Comments

Touch International (Austin, TX) confirmed that their latest MulTI-Touch line of high-performance projected capacitive sensors passes military and aerospace EMI/RFI requirements. This will have huge benefits for engineers looking to integrate....

Adaptive-zoom riflescope has push-button magnification

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has ...

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

October 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics today. Over several years ...

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4 ways businesses can learn from U.S. Army safety practices

October 20, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Blogs | Comments

Safety processes and procedures is a seemingly highly contradictory concept when initially applied to the US Army in ground combat operations. After all, combat and training for combat is inherently dangerous, risking, and fraught with peril....

Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the wringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this year. Dubbed the, Really O’Cool, The keyboard has laser etched keys and a sealed silicon design. The company also offers optional features....

Photos of the Day: Growing plants in space

October 17, 2014 12:12 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

 The Seedling Growth-2 mission is the second in a series of NASA-ESA collaborative plant biology experiments using the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) facility aboard the space station.  The investigation launched to the station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 21, 2014. Station crew will start the first experimental run of the study on October 17.

Fabric connector designed for wearable military applications

October 16, 2014 3:54 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand introduced ruggedized, state-of-the-art fabric connectors designed to seamlessly integrate into the fabric of wearable military applications, reducing the weight burden, improving comfort and mobility....

New cargo plane design takes off, lands vertically

October 16, 2014 12:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Historically, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles have been relegated to helicopters and expensive military aircraft. Yet the design, as applied to commercial aircraft, has not been successful without significant sacrifices in flight capabilities....

Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

Navy’s new missile features autonomous targeting

October 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) doesn’t have the sexiest name, but it more than makes up for it with its range, maneuverability, and automated targeting capabilities — the NSM can autonomously target specific sections of a ship based on its silhouette....

Astronauts receive mental health treatment through virtual reality

October 14, 2014 4:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized solace in the form....

Connector delivers easier, faster field termination

October 14, 2014 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces the launch of its new CeeLok FAS-X connector that combines rugged reliability with signal integrity to support current high-speed protocols and new, faster protocols on the horizon. The new connector features....

Engineering Update 80: China’s hypersonic glide vehicle could evade US missile defense

October 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Pentagon recently announced that China has successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle which can evade US missile defense systems and deliver nuclear warheads before we have time to react. The missile delivery system, codenamed the WU-14 ...

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

Pressure transducers intended for aerospace and defense applications

October 10, 2014 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 Corporation LTD (Grand Island, NY) announced the global market introduction of the Model 7300, a rugged, flight qualified, differential pressure transducer for aerospace and defense testing requirements. Design and development ...

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