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DC-DC converters with IP66-rated protection suit extreme environments

April 6, 2015 8:45 am | by Absopulse | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics’ HVI 500-D3G series of high input voltage, ultra-rugged, IP66-rated DC-DC converters are designed and built for extreme applications that require a waterproof, dust-proof, sand-proof, oil-, fire- and/or explosion-proof solution. They are typically used in heavy industry, mining ...

Chief of naval research talks naval STEM workforce at upcoming expo

April 2, 2015 10:05 am | by Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Students from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., will have an opportunity to engage in all things STEM -- short for science, technology, engineering and math -- at the Naval STEM Exposition, held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on April 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Engineering Update #104: Amazon drones leaving America

April 1, 2015 4:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

With the ink still drying on the FAAs newest drone regulations, which include requiring the pilots to be licensed and the drones to always be in line sight of the pilot and a spotter, Amazon has taken off for the Great White North. And they’re taking their drones with them....

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Marine Corps’ robotic war balls could aid amphibious landings

April 1, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Since 1775, the United States Marines Corps has been the foremost authority on amphibious warfare, and they’ve perfected the art of establishing beachheads on hostile shores. An amphibious drone from Guardbot Inc. could aid these complex military maneuvers....

This drone can do your taxes for you

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Tax preparation might seem like an odd task for a 5,000 lb soulless automaton, but then, the Taxbot is a joint venture of the IRS....

Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

This is what a Moon settlement could look like

March 30, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Picture this. It's several (decades/centuries) in the future. All food is organically harvested in BioDomes, no one has driven a car in 20 years and Robot Madonna is still cranking out the tunes.

Dark matter even darker than once thought

March 26, 2015 3:59 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | News | Comments

Astronomers using observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have studied how dark matter in clusters of galaxies behaves when the clusters collide. The results, published in the journal Science on 27 March 2015 ...

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American, Russian leaving Earth for year at space station

March 26, 2015 1:19 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut will leave Earth this week and move into the International Space Station for an entire year, all in the name of science. Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko begin their marathon mission with a Soyuz rocket launch from ...

NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it

March 26, 2015 1:16 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it - a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars. The space agency Wednesday unveiled details of the $1.25 billion plan....

Today in Engineering History: First NASA X-15 flight reaches Mach 2.0

March 25, 2015 4:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, NASA Flight Research Center test pilot, Joe Walker, flew the first NASA flight in a North American X-15 rocket aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft reached Mach 2.0 at 48,630 feet. The X-15 rocket-powered aircraft was 50 ft. long....

Sensor cable monitors fences of all kinds and can even detect low-level drone fly-bys

March 25, 2015 12:25 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of experimental physicists, led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University....

Latest F-35 software glitch mucks with the jet's sensors

March 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A seemingly endless string of hardware and software errors have plagued the F-35, and ... here’s another one. A brand new software glitch is causing the JSF’s sensors to malfunction when detecting targets whilst in formation....

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Gain block offers 19dBm of output P1dB

March 25, 2015 11:59 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA3503-SM, 2 to 30GHz Gain Block from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA3503-SM offers 19dBm of output P1dB with a corresponding small signal gain of up to 10dB. Output third order intercept is >25dBm. Wideband performance of the TGA3503-SM supports multiple applications....

Photos of the Day: Jet engine powers world's fastest ship

March 25, 2015 9:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When the first C-5 transport plane took off in 1968, it became the world’s largest aircraft, capable of lifting 130 tons of cargo. As tall as a six-story building and 80 yards long, the U.S. Air Force called it “a beautiful, useful giant.”

Northrop Grumman selects Wind River for Black Hawk Cockpit Digitization Program

March 23, 2015 11:01 am | by Wind River | News | Comments

Wind River, has announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter.

A firsthand glimpse at the Navy’s Blue Angels

March 23, 2015 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

They’re the rock stars of the military, the glamorous face of the Navy’s recruitment efforts, and arguably the most celebrated flight demonstration team in the world. They’re the Blue Angels — more elite than the Navy SEALs, more precise than a brain surgeon, and as close-knit as any Special Forces unit....

Amazon finally gets approval to fly drones (Sort of)

March 23, 2015 7:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Watching the FAA try and figure out how to regulate drones is sort of like watching a newborn foal figure out how to walk.

Photos of the Day: Test flights for Mars landing tech

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars — or any other planetary body — with more precision than ever before....

Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof laptop bag could save your life

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

If you need to stop speeding projectiles but bulletproof vests are just too bulky, maybe a bulletproof laptop bag is the next best thing. The MTS Multi-Threat Shield by Force Training Institute should have you covered, literally. It’s a three-foot ballistic shield ...

Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

The future of government and military space

March 19, 2015 11:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this week, I took a ride down to the nation’s capital for the Satellite 2015 expo and was fortunate enough to attend the panel “The Future of Government and Military Space: Safe Bets and Bold Predictions.” Moderated by Vice Admiral Lyle Bien (Ret.) and sporting an esteemed panel ...

Would you win a dodgeball fight with a robot?

March 18, 2015 4:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Most readers of a certain age group--before the game was banned because someone knew someone who had their eye ripped out by a ball--will recall with a mixture of fear and excitement the experiences of playing dodge ball in gym class.

Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

Inflatable satellite antennas reduce the military’s burden

March 18, 2015 12:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

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