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Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....

5 ways drones could affect the American food supply

January 26, 2015 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union....

How the Air Force wasted $8.8 billion on drones

January 26, 2015 8:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

So we all know that drones are on the rise in the military, but just how much is this fancy new technology costing? The short answer: a lot. So much, in fact, that the Pentagon's internal watchdog group is trying to figure out how the Air Force is justifying spending $8.8 billion....

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Engineering Newswire: NISTAR fights global warming

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

NISTAR is an instrument set to fly aboard the weather-observing spacecraft called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR. It's intent? To measure the Earth's radiation budget. One of two Earth science instruments aboard DSCOVR ...

NASA scientists could commute to Mars

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Scientists at NASA may be able to commute to Mars this year ... virtually, anyway. NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called ...

China's J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters based on stolen F-35 documents

January 22, 2015 2:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So depending on how frightened you are of the Shenyang J-31 — and how it stacks up to the F-35 — this could come as a huge relief. After all, if the vaunted J-20 and J-31 stealth fighter jets are based, in part, on the Joint Strike Fighter, the former isn’t ...

Black hole on a diet creates a 'changing look' quasar

January 22, 2015 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Yale University astronomers have identified the first "changing look" quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch. The discovery may offer a glimpse into the life story of the universe's great beacons....

The future of NASA, the ISS, and women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ...

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Stepping stones to NASA's missions beyond low-Earth orbit

January 22, 2015 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind." When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, many strides came before to achieve that moment in history. The same is true for a human mission to Mars. One step towards that journey begins ...

Today in Engineering History: Supersonic airliner takes flight

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircraft were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR to ...

Google, Fidelity fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B investment

January 21, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California ...

Photos of the Day: SpaceX rocket crash-lands on ocean barge

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This image from video provided by SpaceX shows its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic after launch, in an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting ...

Navy to launch communication satellite Tuesday

January 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket....

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This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

The extreme environment of MILSPEC

January 16, 2015 7:21 am | by Major General Steve Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), and CEO of Marvin Test Solutions | Articles | Comments

While many industries benefit from more durable test equipment, the term “rugged test and measurement” reaches new heights when it comes to military specifications that include extreme temperature, vibration, humidity, and salt requirements....

AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015

January 15, 2015 5:24 pm | Events

With more than 8,000 attendees and 550+ exhibitors from more than 40 countries, AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems is recognized as the leading event for the unmanned systems marketplace. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) is the world’s largest ...

Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

The smart UAVs solution

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Andrew Simpson, Content Developer, Gumstix, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few things have captivated the technology world’s imagination over the last two years like unmanned aerial vehicles. From airborne home videos, to lifting tanks out of the sea in a swarm, both the fun and practical applications of UAVs seem virtually limitless....

My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

Watch a drone film the Las Vegas fire show

January 13, 2015 3:45 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

When Las Vegas isn’t actively trying to take your money, it’s entertaining you just long enough so it can continue taking your money. One of these “interludes” is the volcano fire show at the Mirage, and the good folks at Byrobot made the experience 10x hotter....

Drone World Expo

January 13, 2015 8:43 am | Events

Drone World Expo, the premier event for commercial drone technologies and applications, will take place November 17-18, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center. The expo and conference is produced for the industry, by the industry, working with ...

January 2015: Military/UAVs

January 12, 2015 4:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the January editor of ECN, we explore the world of the military in the form of MILSPEC-required extreme environments and Smart UAVS. As military technology continues to evolve towards more durable, smarter technologies, the components must also change. We’re also...

Air Force developing critical processors for satellites

January 12, 2015 2:15 pm | by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and a small business partner are developing technologies that they expect will enable successful use of high-power processors that operate on satellites with funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program....

Engineering Newswire: Mercedes' futuristic self-driving car

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Lots of new technologies and innovations were displayed this past week at CES. However, few were more impressive than Mercedes’Benz self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion. Living up to its name, this car looks like something out of a science fiction movie....

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