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Pulsar with widest orbit ever detected

May 1, 2015 2:43 pm | by National Radio Astronomy Observatory | News | Comments

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using ...

Mars researchers suspend reality when working in Utah desert

May 1, 2015 2:37 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars Society chose the American Southwest for its training facility because the soil and...

SpaceX mile-high escape test will feature 'Buster' the dummy

May 1, 2015 2:34 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace writer | News | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed...

Engineering Newswire: Modular robotic vehicle moves like a crab

May 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

NASA’s modular robotic vehicle, or MRV, was developed to advance technologies for applications...

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SMD dual antenna includes both inertial navigation and GPS-compassing capabilities

May 1, 2015 12:58 pm | VectorNav Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

VectorNav Technologies introduced a surface mount version of its market- leading VN-300 Dual Antenna GPS-aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS). The VN-300 surface mount device (SMD) is a miniature MEMS-based inertial navigation module that includes both inertial navigation and GPS- compassing capabilities....

Photos of the Day: Amazon CEO launches unmanned test flight

May 1, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the latest development in the commercial space race, the private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos launched their unmanned spaceship in its maiden test flight.

Power supplies include a repeatable waveform from 600 Hz to 3000 Hz

May 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Amada Miyachi | Product Releases | Comments

Miyachi America Corporation announces its new IS-800CR and IS-1400CR mid-frequency inverter power supplies. These new power supplies are perfect for a wide range of aerospace, electronic automotive, battery, and appliance applications, including commutator fusing, copper wire to terminal, sheet metal, and bus bar....

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Engineering Live: What happened to our fascination with space? (On Demand)

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Videos | Comments

The 1960s was arguably the most fascinating time in the world of space. Sputnik had been launched just a few years prior and the entire decade ended with the first moon landing. So what happened?

Engineering Update #108: An all-girls engineering class

April 30, 2015 2:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....

House bill could save the A-10 (for selfish reasons)

April 30, 2015 10:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The House officially introduced a version of the annual defense budget that would save the A-10 Thunderbolt II. And this little proxy war is a perfect illustration of the ugly politics behind the F-35 and, really, defense programs in general....

RF inductors satisfy MIL-PRF-15305 for military applications

April 29, 2015 9:45 am | by Gowanda | Gowanda | Product Releases | Comments

Gowanda Electronics launches five new RF inductor series for military applications, expanding the number of QPL-approved MIL-PRF-15305 MS part numbers offered by the company. The five series that achieved Qualified Product List status and the seven MS numbers they address include ...

Robotically discovering Earth's nearest neighbors

April 29, 2015 9:42 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | News | Comments

A team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Hawaii, California, and Arizona recently discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years away. All three planets orbit their star at a distance closer than ...

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The fearsome foursome: Technologies enable ambitious MMS mission

April 29, 2015 9:30 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission -- an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that ...

3D printing isn't rocket science. Or is it?

April 29, 2015 9:10 am | by Stratasys | Blogs | Comments

Do you think 3D printers are just a new fad for hobbyists or making knickknacks? Or limited to making prototypes? Don't tell that to rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance (ULA). Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force ...

Linear position sensors designed for metrology and dimensional gauging

April 28, 2015 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

H G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce it has released a line of spring-extend AC-LVDT based dimensional gauging probes (aka pencil probes) for QC metrology, X-Y tables, and automotive/medical/aerospace test stands. These dimensional gauging probes are regularly used with ...

X-47B completes world’s first autonomous aerial refueling

April 27, 2015 11:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You might remember the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator as the first drone to execute a carrier landing. And now this semi-autonomous jet-powered craft has hit another milestone – the first Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) operation.

X-47B first to complete autonomous aerial refueling

April 23, 2015 4:25 pm | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B successfully conducted the first ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) of an unmanned aircraft April 22, completing the final test objective under the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System demonstration program.

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SBCs provide heightened data security

April 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has enhanced the C111 and C112, two of its Freescale T4-based single-slot 6U SBCs to include the new, low power, multi-core, multi-processor T4080 QorIQ with AltiVec technology. The T4080 processor significantly enhances computing performance and optimizes energy efficiency for ...

Hubble celebrates 25 years with this incredible photo

April 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th.

4 ways Mars One can attract women to its mission

April 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One Volunteer | Blogs | Comments

As a world-wide, nongovernmental venture, Mars One seeks to involve people from around the world in the settlement of Mars. But since women are usually underrepresented in space activities, Mars One may need to make extra efforts to involve women and gain ...

Engineering Update #107: The first 3D-printed, battery powered rocket

April 22, 2015 12:53 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

This is Canada's new smart gun

April 22, 2015 7:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Our Canadian brethren take a lot of flack for their peacekeeping and polite stereotypes, but that doesn't mean they're not developing the weapons of the future.

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.

How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the world.

F-35 program 'on right track'

April 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity | News | Comments

Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14....

Engineering Newswire: NASA prepares to crash into Mercury

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

At the end of this month, and after more than 10 years in space, NASA's MESSENGER mission will end when the spacecraft crashes into Mercury at more than 8,750 miles per hour. An on-board altimeter, which mapped Mercury's surface ...

Death of giant galaxies spreads from the core

April 16, 2015 2:38 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in "dead" galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed that three billion years after the Big Bang, these galaxies still made ...

DoD official: The F-35 won’t outperform the A-10

April 16, 2015 10:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The F-35’s critics have denounced the Joint Strike Fighter for years, but this is one of the first concessions from a high-level government official that this flying Swiss Army Knife won’t live up to its lofty billing. The F-35’s battlefield capabilities won’t surpass the A-10....

Training Tomahawk missiles to hit moving targets

April 15, 2015 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While the Navy ponders whether to replace the Tomahawk missile or just update it, Raytheon is preparing a multi-mode seeker test that could allow the Tomahawk Block IV to hit moving targets. The captive flight test would utilize a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone....

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