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Solar plane departs Phoenix on 2nd leg of US trip

May 22, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane is flying from Arizona to Texas on the second leg of a trip across the United States. The Solar Impulse is making the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across the U.S.

What steps are necessary to keep counterfeit components out of the supply chain?

May 21, 2013 3:36 pm | Articles | Comments

What steps are necessary to keep counterfeit components out of the supply chain? Are more industry standards needed? Stop having unrealistic pricing expectations. Understand and qualify quality vendors of all kinds. Allocations and obsolescence are part of our industry....

Army Ground Combat Systems adopts Sandia tool for choosing future warfighting vehicles

May 21, 2013 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine trying to solve this complex problem: You have to modernize a fleet of combat vehicles, such as tanks, tracked howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles, choosing from among more than 50 ways to update them to meet future threats. Each modernization option can be configured differently to meet a variety of missions around the globe.

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Building a better team -- on Mars

May 21, 2013 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sometime in the next quarter-century, NASA plans to send the first humans to Mars, a mission that will push the boundaries of teamwork for a handful of astronauts who will spend as long as three years together in a tiny capsule. A Michigan State University project, now wrapping up its third year, aims to arm the crew....

Fueling fitness on the final frontier

May 21, 2013 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Think keeping in shape is an uphill battle? Try staying fit in space, where living quarters are cramped and prolonged weightlessness withers muscle and bone. That's the challenge a group of Michigan State University researchers will address with a new three-year, $1.2 million grant from NASA.

Playing games in space

May 21, 2013 12:02 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Chris Hadfield might just be the coolest guy on the internet (or in this solar system.) The astronaut—who just recently returned to earth—made it part of his mission to share different things happening on the international space station since he took command—the first Canadian to do so—on December 19, 2012.

Wireless networks balance military’s defense-in-depth, custom requirements

May 20, 2013 4:44 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ultra Electronics Ems Development Corp. | Articles | Comments

Wireless and wired technologies have advanced to the point where automated control systems are routinely networked together. Information can be shared and tasks performed across long distances, via the Internet, linking systems in large industrial spaces, or across remote or rugged areas. Networked control systems (NCS) offer many benefits such as far greater efficiency than manual controls....

Flip-chip Schottky diode features high cutoff frequency

May 20, 2013 2:57 pm | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new broadband Flip Chip Schottky Diode for multi-market applications. The MADS-001317-1500 is designed for customers who need a versatile, low cost, ultra-small Schottky solution for Police Radar, Point to Point, Electronic Warfare, and Aerospace and Defense applications.

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Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones

May 20, 2013 10:58 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but the U.S. Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it. A future with domestic drones may be inevitable. While civilian drone use is currently limited to government agencies and some public universities...

SKorea analyzing NKorea's 4 projectile launches

May 20, 2013 10:48 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea is analyzing whether projectiles North Korea fired into its eastern waters over the weekend are short-range missiles or a new type of artillery the country may be developing, officials said Monday. North Korea fired what Seoul officials called a short-range projectile Sunday, a day after conducting three similar launches.

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Faster, stronger, lighter

May 20, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

These days, aerospace engineering is all about the light stuff: building airplanes with lighter wings, fuselage and landing gear in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Advanced carbon-fiber composites have been used in recent years to lighten planes’ loads. These materials can match aluminum and titanium in strength but at a fraction of the weight, and can be found in aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380, reducing such jets’ weigh...

Dealing with counterfeits in the market

May 16, 2013 2:53 pm | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications, Rochester Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeiters are adaptable and constantly incorporating solutions that can void the latest countermeasures adopted by the electronics manufacturers and their supply chain. In some cases, the counterfeits are very hard to differentiate from the original component.

Precision Resistors: From the drawing board to reality

May 16, 2013 2:18 pm | by Yuval Hernik, Director Application Engineering, Vishay Precision Group (VPG), www.vishaypg.com | Articles | Comments

Commercial and military aircraft manufacturers are promoting the replacement of older hydraulic and pneumatic control systems by lighter and more efficient, electrically-driven systems through a trend known as MEA, or More Electric Aircraft.

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Hybrid capacitor characteristics, performance, and applications

May 16, 2013 2:15 pm | by David A. Evans, Evans Capacitor Company, www.evanscap.com | Articles | Comments

An electrolytic capacitor has two electrodes, one with a dielectric, that relies on electrostatic charge storage. A battery has electrodes that store energy faradaically in electrochemical reactions involving the electrodes and electrolyte. A hybrid capacitor is the combination of two electrodes, one that stores charge electrostatically, and the other storing charge faradaically. 

Transistor series is presented as highest power for radar and communications systems

May 16, 2013 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

  M/A-COM Technology Solutions introduced a series of GaN in Plastic packaged power transistors for high-performance civilian and military radar and communications systems. The family scales to peak pulse power levels of 100 W, which is asserted to be the

Space not the final frontier for viewing movies

May 16, 2013 10:01 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The crew of the International Space Station is boldly going where no one has gone before - to see the new "Star Trek" film. The three astronauts were offered a sneak peak of "Star Trek Into Darkness" days before it opens Thursday on Earth, seeing it not in 3-D, but Zero-G.

Controllers designed for applications greater than 15 Amps

May 15, 2013 10:39 am | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries is now offering a high-powered temperature controller mounted on a heat sink that creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices, as it serves as the commander of thermoelectric modules. With a bi-directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the controller has many benefits.

Space Oddity

May 15, 2013 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield onboard the International Space Station. This is believed to be the first music video recorded in space (and as Internet memes go, it sure beats silly cat videos). Captioning kindly provided by CHS (www.chs.ca)

Controller designed for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory applications

May 14, 2013 10:44 am | Highland Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Highland Technology announces the release of the V120 VME PCI Express Crate Controller for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory application. The V120 is a VME bus master crate controller, usable as a crate slot 0 arbiter or as a secondary controller. Each PCI Express cable driver board, in a PC backplane, can drive one or two V120s over standard, flexible PCI Express cable assemblies....

Astronaut exits space station with music video

May 14, 2013 9:27 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a musical video: his own custom version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." It's believed to be the first music video made in space, according to NASA. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's personalized rendition of "Space Oddity" was posted on YouTube on Sunday....

Engineering Newswire 37: Boeing makes hypersonic history

May 13, 2013 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

The Boeing X-51A WaveRider unmanned hypersonic vehicle has achieved the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered hypersonic flight in history. Last summer, an infestation took control of the Harvard robotics laboratory. The situation posed no need to call an exterminator, for this demonstration featured the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot inspired by the biology of a fly.

NRL shatters endurance record for small electric UAV

May 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew their fuel cell powered Ion Tiger UAV for 48 hours and 1 minute on April 16-18 by using liquid hydrogen fuel in a new, NRL-developed, cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system. This flight shatters their previous record of 26 hours and 2 minutes set in 2009 using the same vehicle...

Kit helps developers gain fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors

May 10, 2013 11:25 am | Kontron | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron announced the ready-to-use SMARC Starterkit. The kit offers developers fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors, which is now highly scalable owing to SMARC Computer-on-Modules. The kit comes in a sturdy transport case, has all the cables already connected and is

UK budget airline to test ash cloud detector

May 10, 2013 9:35 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.K. budget airline will create an artificial volcanic ash cloud over Europe this summer to test ash detection technology. The experiment aims to avoid the kind of chaos that paralyzed air traffic during eruptions three years ago. Thursday's announcement was made by easyJet....

Cast of Broadway's 'Matilda' chat with astronaut

May 9, 2013 9:23 am | by MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer | News | Comments

The cast members of the Tony Award-nominated "Matilda" are arguably all stars. This week, they chatted with a man closer to the actual cosmic ones. About three dozen cast members - including many children - packed a small room near Times Square on Tuesday to speak to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station

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