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To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

December 6, 2012 2:19 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A team of former NASA executives is launching a private venture to send people to the moon for a price that is definitely out of this world. For $1.5 billion, the newly formed business is offering countries a two-person trip to the moon, either for research or national prestige. The venture was announced Wednesday.

Cosmic radio waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'

December 5, 2012 8:43 am | by MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts - and they mimic the chirping of birds.NASA's Van Allen Probes have been exploring the hostile radiation belts surrounding Earth for just three months. But already, they've collected measurements of high-energy

Mars redux: NASA to launch Curiosity-like rover

December 5, 2012 8:41 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If you thought NASA's latest Mars landing was a nail-biter, get ready for a sequel.The space agency on Tuesday announced plans to launch another mega-rover to the red planet in 2020 that will be modeled after the wildly popular Curiosity.To keep costs down, engineers will borrow Curiosity's

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NASA's Mars rover finds traces of carbon - one essential for life

December 4, 2012 9:18 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to look for the chemical ingredients and environments for microbial life, has found hints of carbon, though whether this building block for life on Earth has played a similar role on Mars is unknown, scientists said on Monday.

NASA: Voyager 1 enters new region of solar system

December 4, 2012 9:14 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The unstoppable Voyager 1 spacecraft has sailed into a new realm of the solar system that scientists did not know existed. Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, have been speeding away from the sun toward interstellar space, or the space between stars. Over the summer, Voyager 1, which is farther along in its journey,

Pressure transducers support wind tunnel testing, turbulent airflow measurements, and other high-intensity aerodynamic testing

November 30, 2012 3:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the successful application of Endevco 8507C rugged, miniature piezoresistive pressure transducers, as well as its full range of acoustic microphones, to support the requirements of hypersonic, transonic and "quiet flow" wind tunnel testing; turbulent airflow measurements; and other high-intensity aerodynamic testing.

TWIE 125: Non-Lethal Missile Knocks Out Electronics

November 28, 2012 4:25 pm | by Engineering.com | Videos | Comments

TWIE 125: Non-Lethal Missile Knocks Out Electronics: This Week in Engineering - Seismologists convicted of manslaughter; finding damaged nuclear cores; power outage missile; robot tightrope-walker; testing bridges with rain; and bricks from cow blood.

Directional couplers cover 2.0 GHz to 40.0 GHz

November 28, 2012 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of two new models offering high performance over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 2.0 to 40.0 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.

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The UK Ministry of Defence uses IBM technology to create smarter, greener buildings

November 28, 2012 9:20 am | News | Comments

The United Kingdom’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded IBM with a contract that will help it gain greater insight and intelligence in relation to its entire property portfolio. DIO, an operational arm of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), is responsible for the management of some 4,000 separate sites....

NASA ponders new missions for spare spy telescopes

November 28, 2012 8:56 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA is looking for new ideas on what to do with two space telescopes left over from a once-secret U.S. spy satellite program.The U.S. space agency asked the scientific community on Tuesday for its input into possible missions for a pair of space telescopes donated last year to NASA by the National Reconnaissance Office

BGA packages minimize size, weight, and power

November 27, 2012 3:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduces Mil-Temp versions of its Micro-ACE TE and Total-ACE MIL-STD-1553 BGA packages for use in extended temperature applications. These versions are offered in addition to the standard temperature components and share the same dimensions and pinout configurations.

AC/DC power supply certified to MIL-STD 810G, MIL461F, and MIL-COTS

November 27, 2012 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys announces the release of their ruggedized XF Series of 400~1,000 Watt field-configurable AC/DC power supplies intended for harsh environments including Mil-COTS applications. The power chassis of the new XF family of are rated from 400W to 1000W in a package measuring 10.55 x 5.00 x 1.59”.

Type 6 module includes three independent display interfaces

November 27, 2012 1:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology presents its latest COM Express offering, the Express-IB. The Express-IB is a high performance COM.0 R2.0 Type 6 module featuring an Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor supporting Intel HD Graphics integrated on the CPU with three independent displays.

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U.S. astronaut, Russian cosmonaut to spend a year in space

November 27, 2012 9:15 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Two veterans of the International Space Station will return for an experimental year-long stay aboard the orbital outpost, a test run for future missions to the moon, asteroids and Mars, NASA said on Monday. Former U.S. space shuttle pilot and station commander Scott Kelly, 48, who last flew in 2011,

AP IMPACT: Will NYC act to block future surges?

November 27, 2012 9:13 am | by JEFF DONN Associated Press | News | Comments

Think Sandy was just a 100-year storm that devastated New York City? Imagine one just as bad, or worse, every three years.Prominent planners and builders say now is the time to think big to shield the city's core: a 5-mile barrier blocking the entryway to New York Harbor, an archipelago of man-made islets

Ah, that new car smell: NASA technology protects spacecraft from outgassed molecular contaminants

November 20, 2012 9:45 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Outgassing — the physical process that creates that oh-so-alluring new car smell — isn't healthy for humans and, as it turns out, not particularly wholesome for sensitive satellite instruments, either. But a team of NASA engineers has created a new way to protect those instruments from its ill effects.

Feedthrough capacitors rated at 200A

November 20, 2012 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

For high power EMI filtering applications, where high current ratings are required, Syfer Technology has announced the SLV range of DC and AC feedthrough capacitors rated at 200A. This complements the extension to the existing SLG range rated at 100A. Typical applications for both ranges are considered to be IT servers....

Through-hole dot matrix display offers high performance, easy to use

November 19, 2012 3:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. announces the ELMM-457SURCB/A3, a high performance, easy to use through-hole dot matrix display driven by packaged IC. Each display can be directly interfaced with a microprocessor. The serial IC interface allows the display of 104 built-in characters and 24 custom

GaN transistor offers 30W P3dB at 6GHz

November 19, 2012 1:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s T1G6003028-FL, DC – 6GHz GaN transistor offering 30W P3dB at 6GHz and up to 40W P3dB midband.  Gain at P3dB is >11dB requiring half the power from a driver stage compared to some competitors. Linear gain is >14dB.

MIL-STD-1553 test and simulation tool includes amplitude range of 0V to 20.5V

November 19, 2012 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) adds variable voltage programmability to the BU-67210F/I/T one to four channel MIL-STD-1553 AceXtreme PMC, PCI, and cPCI/PXI Card family to create a feature-rich and highly dynamic test, simulation, and verification tool.

Soyuz with crew of three lands in Kazakhstan

November 19, 2012 8:31 am | by Robin Paxton, Reuters | News | Comments

A Russian Soyuz capsule landed on the Kazakh steppe on Monday, safely delivering a trio of astronauts from a four-month stint aboard the International Space Station.The Soyuz TMA-05M capsule, carrying Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. .

Stacked MLC capacitor series accommodates a broad range of applications

November 16, 2012 11:45 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its range of surface mount switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors to include the new SMM Series (switch mode max capacitance) stacked MLC capacitors, which incorporate the “High K” Super X7R dielectric. Featuring high dielectric constant (K), the capacitors provide

Military drones zero in on $400 billion civilian market

November 15, 2012 9:10 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Military drone technology, which has revolutionized warfare over the last decade, will be ready for civilian use within four years and could create a market worth more than $400 billion.That's the prediction from a UK research project backed by the government and top aerospace companies hoping

South Korean presidential candidate promises freer web browsing

November 15, 2012 9:05 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean presidential candidate has promised to get rid of encryption technology that has tied South Korean Internet users to a single web browser - Microsoft's Internet Explorer -for online financial transactions. Ahn Cheol-soo, a popular independent presidential candidate,

DC/DC converters achieve 92% efficiency

November 14, 2012 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAIA Converter releases a new family of high input voltage DC/DC Converters targeting Avionic, Aerospace, Military and Missile applications. Uniquely compact, the 155-480V input voltage range MGDS-175-S is ideal for 270V applications such as those with MIL-STD-704E/F requirements....

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