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Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

Photos of the Day: Altered-gravity aircraft inaugurated

May 8, 2015 1:22 pm | by European Space Agency (ESA) | News | Comments

ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week. Repeatedly putting the aircraft on an ...

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Drone use poised to expand to newsrooms despite FAA limits

May 8, 2015 11:44 am | by SALLY HO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Newsgathering by drone is gaining traction as an industry practice, but how the technology can actually be used to cover the news of the day is murky given its legal limitations. The emerging technology has been used in ...

Development kit helps fast track device prototyping

May 7, 2015 2:43 pm | by Avnet, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Electronics Marketing released the new Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA DSP development kit with JESD204B high-speed analog. The kit provides a comprehensive platform for rapid prototyping of high performance digital signal processing applications with wideband analog data acquisition in sectors including communications, medical imaging, test and measurement and defense/aerospace.

High-altitude balloon class emphasizes hands-on learning

May 7, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

On a fine day in April a sizeable crowd gathered to watch as a helium-filled balloon rose, carrying into the sky several students’ projects from Prof. Vicki Coverstone’s high-altitude balloon class. The balloon would rise some 90,000 feet before popping from the ...

Engineering Newswire: Air-powered car claims zero pollution

May 7, 2015 1:50 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the developer of the tiny car AIRPod, plans to produce and sell the first compressed air-powered car in the United States by the second half of 2015. The AIRPod, which is marketed as THE solution to urban pollution and ...

Engineering Update #109: NASA’s 10-engine tiltrotor drone

May 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

At first glance, NASA’s new 10-engine drone looks like someone Frankensteined together a C-130, V-22 Osprey, and a Harrier for good measure. So naturally, they dubbed it the GL-10 Greased Lightning. The Greased Lightning is a battery powered, diesel-electric hybrid....

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NASA’s morphing-wing technology could make flying more ... tolerable

May 6, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

While NASA experiments with tiltrotor drones capable of switching from aircraft to helicopter mid-air, it’s also testing a shape-changing wing that could save millions in fuel costs and improve the passenger experience. NASA has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Ann Arbor-based FlexSys ...

Space debris from satellite explosion increases collision risk for space craft

May 6, 2015 10:54 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Debris from the US Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F13 satellite, which recently exploded in orbit, could pose a threat to other spacecraft and missions according to new research from the University of Southampton.

US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs ...

Astronomers find farthest galaxy: 13.1 billion light-years

May 6, 2015 10:21 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a baby blue galaxy that is farther away in distance and time than any galaxy ever seen. It's among the universe's first generation of galaxies, from 13.1 billion years ago. Yale and University of California Santa Cruz scientists used three ...

UAE to explore Mars' atmosphere with probe named 'Hope'

May 6, 2015 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates says its planned 2020 mission to Mars will study the planet's atmosphere and will be appropriately named "Hope." The UAE team behind the project revealed new details on the probe Wednesday.

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Photos of the Day: NASA flies 4 spacecraft in tight formation

May 5, 2015 12:10 pm | by NASA | 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 ...

How bats are teaching scientists to build better aircraft

May 4, 2015 12:11 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively studied, the contribution of ...

Pilot to fly solar plane across Pacific for 5 days, 5 nights

May 4, 2015 9:18 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and ...

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 lack of vegetation resemble the landscape of the red planet, but that's where the similarities end. Most of the simulations in Utah require participants to imagine the ...

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 to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride from Cape Canaveral, Florida....

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 in future space and earth vehicles. Some of these technologies include redundant by-wire systems, liquid cooling, motor technology ...

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....

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....

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