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

October 23, 2014 4:30 pm | 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....

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...

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...

Projected capacitive sensors pass mil/aero EMI/RFI requirements

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

Touch International (Austin, TX) confirmed that their latest MulTI-Touch line of high-...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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....

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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....

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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 ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's autonomous "swarming" boats

October 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Office of Naval Research has announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle to not only protect Navy ships, but also autonomously “swarm” hostile vessels. According to demonstrations, as many as 13 Navy boats ...

Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

NuSTAR discovers impossibly bright dead star

October 9, 2014 8:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers working with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), led by Caltech's Fiona Harrison, have found a pulsating dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. The object, previously thought to be a black hole ...

Military connectors provide shell sizes smaller than the current size 9

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

A lighter and smaller military connector has resulted from a collaboration between TT Electronics (Weybridge, UK) and Esterline Connection Technologies Souriau-Sunbank. The MABAC 38999 micro circular connectors will maintain the same design features....

Navy tests out new way of making clothes: welding

October 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility ...

Ensuring safe and secure UAV systems

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jay Thomas, Field Application Engineer, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Sightseers on the Space Needle in Seattle were recently greeted by the sight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, which circled the monument before returning to the hotel balcony from which it was launched. Without question, drones have entered....

Power sensors contain world’s widest dynamic range

October 8, 2014 10:50 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) announced the U2040 X-Series wide dynamic range power sensors, consisting of four USB models for wireless and radar applications, and a dedicated LAN model for satellite testing. With the world’s widest....

What does a safe, reliable supply chain look like?

October 7, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jeffrey Simon, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of America Semiconductor LLC | Articles | Comments

Throughout the industry, we hear distribution managers, procurement professionals, organization leaders, government/defense experts, senators, congressman, and others preach the importance of a reliable, secure supply chain. It has almost become trendy....

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