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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's newest hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Production has started on the navy’s newest hovercraft. Designed to haul vehicles, equipment, and supplies at land and at sea, the ship to shore connectors are slated for completion in 2017. The new crafts will be able to carry 60 tons of cargo, 14 more than ...

Lighter planes are the future

December 17, 2014 8:49 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but the...

How many American homes can Boeing's new jet power?

December 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach...

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some...

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Report: The F-35 and competitors are "equally capable"

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You may have heard that the F-35 is unpopular. To say the least. It’s also chronically over-budget, behind schedule, an astronomical long-term financial commitment, and some critics — including yours truly — question the wisdom of a “Swiss Army Knife” solution and ...

HotSpot: Stuffing bras with actuators and sensing tech

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed a bra with actuators and sensing technologies that automatically tightens in response to breast movement. According to Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) ...

Here's how engineers feel about conflict materials

December 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Conflict materials are a big deal in the electronic components world. Not only has there been a major increase in the amount of legistlation surrounding the controversy, the social awareness aspect of conflict materials has raised the issue’s profile. The social responsibility ...

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MicroTCA chassis offers high performance density

December 15, 2014 5:44 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a rugged 6-slot MicroTCA chassis in a 1U height. The chassis is designed to meet MIL-STD-901D and 810G for shock and vibration and MIL-STD-461F for EMI. The VT950 offers the highest performance density of ...

Photos of the Day: U.S. launches classified defense satellite

December 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission is classified for national security reasons, so no details ...

Engineering Update #90: The Army's drone airport

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

Air-bursting grenade to begin evaluation this summer

December 15, 2014 8:44 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

The Small Arms Grenade Munition round — a 40mm counter-defilade, air-bursting grenade designed for both the M203 and M320 launchers — will undergo evaluation in July 2015. The SAGM round has been under development by the Joint Service Small ...

Photos of the Day: Navy's laser weapon destroys moving targets at sea

December 11, 2014 10:31 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. The system is operated by ...

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Innovative application of metamaterials to improve radars

December 10, 2014 5:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the International Radar Conference held in Lille (France) the researchers of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre Pablo Rodríguez-Ulibarri and Miguel Beruete-Díaz, together with their former lecturer and current CEO of Tafco Metawireless S.L. ...

Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

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Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

Why the Navy hasn’t discovered the Holy Grail of energy independence

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A while back, the Navy announced plans to turn seawater into fuel, thereby eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels — and despotic regimes — and discovering the Holy Grail of energy independence. And no one’s talking about it. Well ... turns out ...

Hotspot: Making nuclear weapons uncrackable

December 1, 2014 12:18 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Mark Hart, a scientist and engineer in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division, has been awarded the 2015 Surety Transformation Initiative (STI) Award from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) ...

Right angle adapters certified to MIL-STD-202

December 1, 2014 9:30 am | Rfmw Ltd, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies SMA Precision Swept Right Angle Adapters. Carlisle Interconnect Technologies features a continuous right-angled design to produce optimally matched ...

Engineering Newswire: Elon Musk unveils autonomous spaceport drone ship

December 1, 2014 8:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk has revealed an image of what he calls an autonomous spaceport drone ship. SpaceX has released no official statement on the ship, but musk continued tweeting, explaining that the vehicle will allow for refuel and rocket fly back in the ...

An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots

November 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.

BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch, 35x35mm IC size. The BGA socket adapter consists of two modules (female socket module and male adapter module). The patented female socket ...

Photos of the Day: China's J-31 stealth fighter

November 25, 2014 3:52 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Shenyang J-31 (aka, “Gyrfalcon” or “Snowy Owl”) is a mid-sized, twin-engine stealth fighter intended for medium and low-altitude missions like close-air support, aerial bombardment, and suppression of enemy air defenses. With a twin-rudder, twin-engine configuration ...

Rigid flex circuitry streamlines mission-critical power

November 25, 2014 1:22 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its Rigid Flex Circuits and Assemblies. Ultra-reliable Molex rigid flex circuits and assemblies minimize impedance discontinuities in high-speed military and aerospace data and telecommunications ...

Here's what the astronauts are having for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) consists of Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore...

Replacing mailmen with drones

November 25, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

This is what it's like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle

November 25, 2014 8:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle? Perhaps, like me, if you're not familiar with the fighter than you have not had this particular dream, but for many folks this video is as close as you're going ...

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