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NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

September 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils....

Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

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6 GHz to 16 GHz driver amplifier delivers 21 dB of gain

September 19, 2014 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD158C4, a new 6 to 16 GHz driver amplifier, to their growing standard product line. The CMD158C4 delivers 21 dB of gain across its bandwidth, while providing ...

Amazon founder's firm to build new rocket engines

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches. United Launch Alliance, a collaboration of two aerospace giants that launches ...

Photos of the Day: The A-10 Thunderbolt II

September 18, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proponents of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been trying, for years, to retire the A-10 “Warthog” and replace it with the former. The A-10 excels at close-air support, and critics worry that a “Swiss Army Knife” like the F-35 — a jack of all trades....

Should we retire the A-10 Warthog?

September 17, 2014 2:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is "no," we shouldn’t. But the ongoing efforts to scuttle the A-10 in favor of the F-35 expose a sick culture in Washington that’s divorced from fiscal and military realities. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will form, to quote Lt. General ...

Analog-to-digital converter family saves energy in industrial designs

September 17, 2014 10:23 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its data converter portfolio with a new family of small, pin-compatible analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide a best-in-class power-to-performance ratio. The ADC3k family includes ...

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Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search

September 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases these gases can be produced non-biologically....

Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

Isola announces compliance with European Space Agency base-material standard

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Isola Group | News | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's ...

Engineering Newswire: Boeing's laser targets mortars, UAVs

September 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The HEL MD is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. The laser itself is idea for tactical missions because it is lightweight and compact, allowing it ...

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Millimeter-wave right-angle RF adapters available up to 50 GHz

September 12, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave Inc. (Allen, TX) releases an expanded family of high-frequency right-angle adapters, widely used in the military and commercial sectors for communications and cellular applications. Right-angle adapters are ...

NASA research helps unravel mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere

September 12, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated....

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

September 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar Thursday morning, less than three months ...

High-energy lithium batteries target military applications

September 11, 2014 2:47 pm | Tadiran Electronic Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Tadiran (Lake Success, NY) has introduced its TLM Series of rugged, long-life, lithium metal oxide batteries developed specifically for military and aerospace applications. TLM military grade batteries meet …

Engineering Update #75: A laser for all weather conditions

September 11, 2014 9:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

New tests done at Eglin Air Force Base by Boeing and the Army revealed that the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator is still usable in conditions that would normally render lasers unusable. Though the laser had previously been put through its paces....

OpenVPX backplanes include new central-switched and pass-through profiles

September 10, 2014 9:57 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has expanded its industry leading family of 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplanes with the introduction of three (3) new Hybricon central-switched ...

Linear potentiometers satisfy applications like robotic control and X-Y table feedback

September 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding resistive technology to its portfolio of linear position products. The LP-22 series of linear potentiometers offer....

Squeezed quantum communication

September 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It could be difficult for the NSA to hack encrypted messages in the future – at least if a technology being investigated by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and the University Erlangen-Nürnberg will be successful....

On Space Station, Earth's beauty is in the eye of the high definition beholder

September 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A series of new Earth science instruments launching to the International Space Station over the next year is prompting a new era of Earth observation from the orbiting outpost. These new tools that monitor ocean winds and measure clouds and pollution....

First evidence for water ice clouds found outside solar system

September 9, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas giant planets--Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune....

NRL scientist explores birth of a planet

September 9, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dr. John Carr, a scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star about 335 light years from Earth. This research is published....

New remote-sensing instrument to blaze a trail on the International Space Station

September 9, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a new instrument that will measure the character and worldwide distribution of the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants and smoke, will do more than gather data once it's deployed on....

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