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Engineering Update #96: China's drone delivery service

February 4, 2015 4:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

Selfies linked to deadly plane crash

February 4, 2015 11:50 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A pilot and passenger killed in a midnight Cessna 150K crash last year may have been distracted by taking selfies during the flight, the NTSB said. Pilot Amritpal Singh, 29, of Aurora, Co. had taken several short flights before the fatal crash near Denver on May 31, 2014....

Cloud-bursting tech guarantees a sunny wedding day

February 4, 2015 10:17 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The luxury travel site Oliver’s Travels is now offering a “cloud-bursting” service that guarantees clear skies for your wedding day. But the sun comes with a price tag, with a cost of more than $150,000. According to the company’s blog, “the service employs the talents of ...

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Environmental improvements to passenger aircraft drives component innovation

February 4, 2015 8:41 am | by Julian Thomas, Engineering Director, TT Electronics Power & Hybrid | Articles | Comments

Civil aircraft that are quieter and more economical will deliver benefits for operators, travellers, communities on the ground, and the environment. Technology advancements hold the key to progress, according to initiatives such as Europe’s Clean Sky joint undertaking. Improvements being ...

Doubling DSP efficiency with high-performance SRAM

February 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Suhail Zain, Director of New Product Development and Strategic Marketing for Aerospace & Defense, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

With their well-defined architecture and deterministic processing, DSPs accelerate the performance of a wide range of military and defense applications, including radar, software defined radio (SDRs), aircraft imaging, and target detection systems. By removing ...

NASA's Aqua satellite sees demise of Tropical Cyclone Ola

February 3, 2015 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tropical Cyclone Ola was being battered by vertical wind shear in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured an infrared picture of the storm. On Feb. 3, 2015 at 0900 UTC (4 a.m. EST), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...

‘Rugged’ drives join military drone’s arsenal of tech

February 3, 2015 10:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Mountain Secure Systems in Longmont, Colo. recently shipped an order of removable, ruggedized solid state drives for use in a pod system for the MQ-9 Reaper Drone, the company announced on Feb. 3. The MQ-9 drone is utilized by the U.S. military....

NASA budget to fund Mars mission, asteroid capture

February 3, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) ...

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Zebrafish flex their muscles for research aboard the International Space Station

February 3, 2015 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Although zebrafish are not deadlifting weights in orbit, they are helping researchers learn about muscle changes during their stay aboard the International Space Station. This impacts not only the fish, but also the crew and can have implications for Earth-related muscle ...

An aircraft’s electric power characteristics

February 3, 2015 10:14 am | by Bharat Rawal and Ron Demcko, AVX Corp | Articles | Comments

Aircraft electric power characteristics are critical in present-day designs. Design engineers of system blocks, ranging from central processing units to control surface actuators/motors, are increasingly concerned with voltage holdup and quality during transition times between ...

British Army uses old Soviet tactics with "Facebook Warriors"

February 3, 2015 8:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The British Army is creating a battalion of "Facebook Warriors" who will spread disinformation and propaganda through social media. Seriously, the definition of “warrior” is changing by the minute. The “Facebook Warriors” will take their cue ...

Engineering Newswire: Vampire-bat inspired drone walks & flies

February 2, 2015 12:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot drone was inspired by vampire bats, which use the tips of its wings like legs to essentially walk while on the ground. Likewise, the new drone has wings that act as both wings and legs. The bat-inspired drone ...

The Super Bowl is a "No Drone Zone" (really?)

January 30, 2015 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Just in case you wanted to try something dumb in front of the largest audience in the world, the FAA is here to tell you ... no. I’m not sure why this needed clarification in the first place, but the FAA has clarified that Super Bowl XLIX is a “No Drone Zone”....

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Why hard work is the best part of engineering

January 30, 2015 8:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Erin Conklin, a senior at Syracuse University (Editor: Go Orange!), studying aerospace engineering and psychology with a  minor in mathematics. When Erin was a child, she wanted to be a paleontologist. But as she grew older, her thoughts turned towards a very different career....

Drone maker restricts D.C. flights

January 29, 2015 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash-landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington, D.C.’s restricted airspace. The company, SZ DJI Technology Co. of Shenzhen, China ...

Elon Musk headlines Space Station research and development conference

January 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Independence Day is not the only important fourth this July. Hot on the heels of the holiday is the fourth annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference, which takes place in Boston July 7 to 9. Launching this year's event is a keynote speaker who lives ...

Engineering Update #95: A space telescope that beats the Hubble

January 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people the images captured by the Hubble telescope are some of the greatest in the world. But what if it was possible to take images that were 1000 times sharper than those taken by Hubble? The University of Colorado Boulder is working an an instrument package called ...

Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes

January 28, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to ...

Astronomers find solar system more than double ours in age

January 28, 2015 12:44 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A newly discovered solar system - with five small rocky planets - makes ours look like a baby. An international team of astronomers announced Tuesday that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at ...

Obama calls for more drone regulations

January 28, 2015 9:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The inebriated government employee who went on a late-night misadventure and crashed his friend’s quadcopter on the White House lawn has set off a chain reaction that finally reached the Chief Executive, as President Obama called for more drone regulations....

Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

January 27, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. At 11.2 billion years old it is the oldest star with earth-sized planets ever found and proves that such planets have formed throughout ...

Does space flight inspire school students to take STEM subjects?

January 27, 2015 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Science Education researchers at University of York are to work with leading space scientist and The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to investigate if human spaceflight inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths ...

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto: Smile for the camera!

January 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

It's showtime for Pluto. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet....

Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

January 26, 2015 3:18 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN and JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say ...

Preparing for the robot uprising

January 26, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on Thursday, Jan. 16 by Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research ...

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