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Crimp receptacles provide commercial-off-the-shelf alternatives

November 24, 2014 3:51 pm | Mill-Max | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) announces the addition of new crimp receptacles to their selection of wire termination products. The new 07XX series are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) alternatives to the popular Mil-Spec M39029 female crimp ...

Crew blasts off for International Space Station

November 24, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into ...

Like father, like son: Following dad into electrical engineering

November 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Anthony Cifarelli, a ​Senior Electrical Engineering student at Syracuse University (More Orange Pride!)Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.

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3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'. Researchers at Cardiff University are trying to work out the possible sounds scientists might expect to hear when the ultra-sensitive LIGO ...

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone. The drone is made from fibrous mycelium, which is a root-like material found in fungi. The material is covered in cellulose and all the circuits are ...

Radiation-hardened ASICs serve military and aerospace applications

November 19, 2014 2:44 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC in order to bring application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to market which are resilient to radiation effects. Radiation hardened by design ...

Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

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Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

November 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

Chinese stealth fighter could displace the F-35 on world stage

November 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

By the time the US military rolls out the F-35 in full, it’ll face ample 5th-gen competition – and not just a potentially superior Russian Sukhoi T-50, but two Chinese stealth fighters. In an unprecedented show of transparency, China recently showed ...

Kasey's Korner: NASA designs a new airplane wing

November 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

NASA is attempting to revolutionize air plane wing surfaces in an attempt to make airplanes quieter and more fuel efficient in the future. The Adaptive compliant Trailing Edge project, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab...

Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

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Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

NASA statement on successful Rosetta Comet landing

November 12, 2014 5:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ...

A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

Kasey's Korner: This laser can turn drones to dust

November 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Low Altitude Sentiel system is a laser designed to reduce small drones to dust within five seconds. Speed doesn’t appear to be a problem since the researchers claim the laser can shoot down drones moving at up to 111 mph up to 1,640 feet in the air with ...

6-slot chassis features high-performance density in 2U height

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 2U chassis platform that complies to the MicroTCA.4 specification for High Energy Physics and other applications requiring rear IO. The rear IO capability is an attractive option in many Mil/Aero, Physics ...

This robot fights like the Karate Kid

November 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you take a look at this recently released video from IHMC Robotics you may feel like you’ve seen these moves somewhere before. This is the Atlas robot build by Boston Dynamics. IHMC did the control algorithm that allows the 330-pound...

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

November 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever....

Kasey's Korner: This observatory will discover 70,000 new planets

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The observatory was launched last year with a mission of measuring the positioning of up to a billion stars, which again, seems like a lot, but is actually only one percent of the milky ways. It’s on a five year mission, during which a recent study has shown...

Staying safe in the air with advanced avionics technologies

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Chad Marak, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Statistics from the past 50 years reveal that commercial air travel has become one of the safest, most reliable forms of transportation. As the safety of commercial flight continues to increase, the demand for advanced commercial avionics technologies ...

Infographic: The drone revolution

November 11, 2014 8:39 am | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

Who are these drones about to revolutionize our lives? In order to help you to see more clearly about this new technology, Dronestagram has collected sufficient information to offer key market data. Who is the Drone Hobbyist today? Which devices ...

Pilot program reveals asteroid's size for the first time

November 10, 2014 4:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting. Observing the event, known as an occultation, from multiple sites where each observer ...

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