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Sub-miniature connector includes frequency range up to 100 GHz

October 1, 2013 3:21 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces immediate availability for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies' WMP series of sub-miniature, blind-mate interconnect solutions. The WMP series is ideal for complex, high performance microwave modules and systems where the use of a light weight connector is a primary issue.

Delta picks Microsoft for pilot tablets

October 1, 2013 12:47 pm | by JOSHUA FREED, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now. Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apple's iPad for that purpose. Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs.

Bias-T offers frequency band operation from 20 MHz to 20 GHz

September 30, 2013 12:16 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new ultra-wideband, SMA-connectorized Bias-T from Wavelex. The WBT000200A offers wide frequency band operation, from 20 MHz to 20 GHz, with a low insertion loss of 0.5 dB and 220 mA DC current handling.

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Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's experimental program sends drones to space

September 30, 2013 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're microwaving rubble, expanding access to space, designing elastic OLEDs, and flying tinker toys to space. This episode features: DARPA has come up with a new experimental space program -- XS-1 -- which aims to develop a fully reusable, unmanned vehicle that would provide aircraft-like access to space.

Photos of the Day: NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer into space

September 30, 2013 9:12 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools.

Directional couplers cover the ultra-broadband frequency range of 0.5 GHz to 26.5 GHz

September 27, 2013 2:19 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of three new models offering high performance over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 0.5 to 26.5 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.

Connectors deliver superior performance in harsh, high-temp Mil/Aero environments

September 27, 2013 2:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) DUALOBE connectors are designed to help withstand extreme temperatures in harsh environments within the military and commercial aerospace industries. The DUALOBE connectors are lightweight, customizable and extremely reliable.

Modular connector series addresses the rugged environmental requirements of the defense and commercial aviation markets

September 27, 2013 1:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Smiths Connectors announced the rollout of its IDI Dovetail modular connector series. Dovetail, the latest entry in the company’s wide array of interconnect products, is a new and innovative interconnect solution that has been developed to address the rugged environmental requirements of the defense and commercial aviation markets....

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This drone will make sure you’re never lost again

September 27, 2013 12:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know that moment when you’re walking around say, a college campus, and suddenly realize you’re horribly lost and all the buildings of ivy-covered bricks look exactly the same? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it happens a lot at MIT because they’ve developed a drone to make sure you’re always on the right path.

Photos of the Day: Water for future Mars astronauts?

September 27, 2013 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Within its first three months on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Rover saw a surprising diversity of soils and sediments along a half-kilometer route that tell a complex story about the gradual desiccation of the Red Planet. Perhaps most notable among findings from the ChemCam team is that all of the dust and fine soil contains small amounts of water.

Test set designed for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons

September 26, 2013 4:49 pm | Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Marvin Test Solutions (formerly known as Geotest-Marvin Test Systems) is bridging the critical test gap that exists in 4th generation aircraft with its MTS-3060 SmartCan, a universal O-level aircraft armament test set for legacy aircraft employing smart weapons.

Engineering Update #26: Apple's latest security failure

September 26, 2013 1:53 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Skyworks Solutions. In this week's headlines: The security concerns about the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner appear to be legitimate with the first report of hackers beating the system.

NASA declares end to Deep Impact comet mission

September 25, 2013 9:40 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A spacecraft that gave scientists their first peek into a comet's icy interior will explore no more, NASA said Friday. The space agency declared an end to the Deep Impact spacecraft after it unexpectedly fell silent. Engineers tried for a month to regain contact, but lost hope.

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Microwave/RF assemblies optimized for Ka-band uplink and downlink satellite applications

September 24, 2013 3:59 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has introduced a new line of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies that have been optimized for Ka-band uplink and downlink satellite applications. The durable construction of the Type 5G Series of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies provides outstanding shielding effectiveness and ensures reliable signal integrity....

US experts: NKorea can likely build key nuke parts

September 24, 2013 12:07 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korean scientists are able to build crucial equipment for uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country's secretive atomic work, according to evidence gathered by two American experts.

China criticizes Japan for military radar plans

September 23, 2013 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China criticized Japan on Monday for its plans to install a cutting-edge U.S. military radar system to monitor North Korean missile launches, saying that could impact regional stability and upset the strategic balance. The X-band radar system would boost Japan's ability to track and intercept missiles from across the Sea of Japan.

HEW DC/DC series offers a power rating of 150W

September 20, 2013 12:48 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. announces the availability of the 150W HEW DC/DC series.  The HEW Series has a wide 4:1 input range, 9 to 36VDC and 18 to 75VDC.  Output voltages are 3.3, 5, 12, 15, and 24VDC.  All models are isolated input to output.  The power rating of the HEW is 150W.

Engineering Newswire 56: Scorpion jet prototype is tactically practical

September 20, 2013 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, we're wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer's dream and an engineer's nightmare. This episode features....

China willing to open space station to foreigners

September 18, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is willing to open its future space station to foreign astronauts and even train them for such missions, a Chinese astronaut said. China's first man in space, Yang Liwei, was quoted by the official China Daily newspaper on Wednesday as saying China had received many such requests during the course of building a permanent station to be completed in 2020.

Power transistor delivers industry’s highest reliability rating and lowest pulse droop

September 17, 2013 9:22 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new ceramic GaN on SiC HEMT Power Transistor for avionics applications. The MAGX-001090-600L00 is a gold-metalized, matched GaN on Silicon Carbide, RF power transistor optimized for pulsed avionics applications, such as secondary surveillance radar in air traffic control systems.

Japan launches new, cheaper rocket

September 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan successfully launched a new rocket Saturday that it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space. The three-stage Epsilon lifted off from a space center on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu, following a two-week postponement. An earlier launch last month was aborted 19 seconds before a planned liftoff due to a computer glitch.

Right-angle connector qualified for 32 GHz spaceflight applications

September 16, 2013 10:24 am | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

The low-profile right-angle connector (ZQA) from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. features a non-bifurcated swept contact design for use with low-loss microwave coaxial cable qualified for 32 GHz spaceflight applications. Traditional box right-angle connectors are often associated with poor VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) performance, particularly at frequencies approaching 18 GHz.

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

Insights into evolution of life on Earth from 1 of Saturn's moons

September 12, 2013 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Glimpses of the events that nurtured life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago are coming from an unlikely venue almost 1 billion miles away, according to the leader of an effort to understand Titan, one of the most unusual moons in the solar system.

Engineering Update #24: Virgin Galactic's SS2 hits Mach 1.43 and Elon Musk becomes Ironman

September 12, 2013 10:21 am | Videos | Comments

In this week Engineering Update brought to you by Mouser Electronics: SpaceShipTwo also known as SS2 broke its own speed and altitude records last week achieving an altitude of 69,000 feet and a maximum speed of Mach 1.43, which is 1,088 miles per hour.

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