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Solar system's largest moon may have ocean lurking below

March 13, 2015 9:57 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The largest moon in the solar system harbors a salty ocean beneath its icy shell, the latest member to join a growing club of watery moons, NASA said Thursday. "The solar system is now looking like a pretty soggy place," said Jim Green ...

F-35 won’t provide sufficient close-air support until 2022

March 13, 2015 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Officials with the Joint Strike Fighter program recently announced that the F-35 won’t be able to utilize the military’s top close-air support bomb, the Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II), until 2022, five years after the SDB II enters service in 2017....

NASA spacecraft in Earth’s orbit, preparing to study magnetic reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:01 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection....

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Custom substrates increase design flexibility and density

March 12, 2015 5:45 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has added a new sidewall patterning capability to its custom thin film substrate offering. This capability allows Vishay to provide conductive patterning on up to four surfaces with compact line width and gap dimensions, increasing design flexibility and density for miniaturization ...

Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

Solar-powered plane lands in India on 2nd leg of world trip

March 12, 2015 11:26 am | by AJIT SOLANKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss pilots of a solar-powered airplane on a historic round-the-world journey said Wednesday that they want the people of India to support their campaign for clean energy, a day after the aircraft landed in the country. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg spoke to reporters ...

This is what a MiG-29 takeoff looks like (from between the engines)

March 11, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are many videos of fighter jets on the internet (and quite a  number here on ECN) but this is the first one we've seen with this particular angle. This is a MiG-29 launching off of an aircraft carrier as recorded by a camera placed between the twin engines. 

Virtual reality helps soldiers cope with PTSD

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve come a long way in our treatment (and understanding) of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During WWI, a soldier exhibiting signs of PTSD — be it mental or physical trauma — was “shell-shocked.” If he was lucky, he was pulled off ...

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Mil/Aero cable assembly challenges require “out of the box” options

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Steve Jones, Vice President, BTC Electronic Components | Articles | Comments

As avionics and military vehicle control systems continue to become more and more complex, many military and aerospace manufacturers and customers have faced the challenge of having to create increasingly sophisticated cable assemblies, wiring harnesses, and test cables ...

Q&A: A look at solar plane attempting round-the-world trip

March 10, 2015 1:26 pm | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Described by its creators as "an airborne laboratory," the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 has 17,248 ultra-efficient solar cells that transfer solar energy to four electrical motors that power the plane's propellers. The cells also recharge four lithium polymer batteries....

Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

This is how you get a snack while flying in a fighter jet

March 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

This is one of those videos you could probably go ahead and file somewhere between, "This is the reason we can't have nice things" and "This is really cool."

Micromem demonstrates UAV installation of power line monitoring mounting system

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Micromem Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully demonstrated the installation of the mounting system that will be used to house its patent pending Power Line Condition Monitoring sensor suite using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)....

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Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

Why I dream of being an astronaut

March 6, 2015 9:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Jillian Yuricich a student at The Ohio State University studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in International Studies, Security and Intelligence.

Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

This Star Wars drone might be the coolest thing ever

March 4, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

Cameras in drones: Rapid progress for $1 billion+ non-military market

March 4, 2015 11:38 am | by IDTechEx | News | Comments

Most drones are and will remain electric as detailed in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 2015-2025" www.idtechex.com/uav. Cameras of an increasing variety of types will be in more and more drones....

Could Iran achieve human spaceflight by 2016?

March 4, 2015 9:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

From the same country that brought us the smallest “stealth fighter” of all time, a “time machine”, and a “drone” held together with duct tape comes an (overly) ambitious plan to send humans into space by 2016. Iran loves to tout its “indigenous” quasi-realistic military technology....

Army Research Laboratory lays out science and technology priorities through 2019

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, director Dr. Thomas Russell approved the final technical implementation plan that will guide the laboratory's technical strategy through 2019. The implementation plan is the final element of ARL's technical strategy....

HotSpot: Smart whiskey bottle provides consumers cocktail recipes

March 4, 2015 8:32 am | by Eric Sorensen & Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Diageo and ThinFilm Electronics are changing the role of a bottle in the consumer experience, with a prototype JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL “smart bottle” that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2-5, 2015. The connected “smart bottle” ...

F-35B can’t fit full weapons load because of design flaw

March 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for the Joint Strike Fighter, the problematic 5th-gen personification of “requirements creep.” The latest blow — the most flawed version of a thoroughly flawed program can’t fit all its weapons because of a design flaw....

United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

March 3, 2015 10:46 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major ...

Flightless jet engine to keep 900-year-old city warm

March 2, 2015 3:54 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened ...

An old-looking galaxy in a young universe

March 2, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of astronomers, led by Darach Watson, from the University of Copenhagen used the Very Large Telescope's X-shooter instrument along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to observe one of the ...

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