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Israel leads global drone exports as demand grows

June 6, 2013 11:46 am | by TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an expansive hangar in central Israel, workers toil on one of the world's most contentious aircraft, fitting dozens of drones with advanced sensors, cameras and lasers before they are shipped to militaries worldwide to perform highly sensitive tasks. Whereas drones are often criticized elsewhere for being morally and legally objectionable...

LNAs tout very low noise figure for consumer, military and industrial apps

June 4, 2013 12:08 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. announced a portfolio of low noise amplifiers (LNAs) that provide a desirable noise figure, a critical component to boosting weak incoming signals for today’s 4G wireless infrastructure as well as diverse broad market systems including GPS, broadband, military and satellite

Rare stellar alignment offers opportunity to hunt for planets

June 4, 2013 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri's precise path in the heavens and predicted the two close encounters using data from Hubble.

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Injection-molded case serves industrial and military applications

June 3, 2013 5:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SKB just introduced their new 3i-2617-12 Injection Molded case for industrial and military applications. And Canyonwest Cases is making them available to companies needing proven-tough cases to safeguard sensitive or expensive equipment.

Rugged connectors created for harsh environments

June 3, 2013 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated supports challenging industrial automation, aerospace and defence network connectivity with its compact Brad® Nano-Change® (M8) connectors.  The rugged Nano-Change product line offers the industry’s broadest selection of space-saving connectors, cordsets, receptacles, inserts, splitters and moulded junction boxes for sensor and actuator applications.

GaAs amplifier die designed for military, space applications

June 3, 2013 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC is offering a new device from their growing MMIC library of standard products. The CMD187 is a wideband GaAs MMIC amplifier die for applications from 2 to 20 GHz. This device delivers greater than 22 dB of flat gain with a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +14 dBm, and a noise figure of 4.5 dB at 20 GHz.

Reality catches up with sci-fi in storm drones

June 3, 2013 10:23 am | by JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the time it premiered, "Twister" put forth a fantastical science fiction idea: Release probes into a storm in order to figure out which tornadoes could develop into killers. It's no longer fiction. Oklahoma State University researchers are designing and building sleek, Kevlar-reinforced unmanned aircraft...

Engineer pushes environmental approach in processes

June 3, 2013 9:57 am | by Heather R. Smith, Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Public Affairs | News | Comments

Words like green and sustainability are often used to refer to recycling, taking better care of the Earth, and new or alternative forms of energy, such as solar- or wind-power. Army engineer Gregory Harris would say it's much more than that and is working to make that point to the Army and to manufacturers involved in developing the latest military technology.

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Corn-Feds: Army plans to power plants with plants

June 3, 2013 9:49 am | by Audra Calloway (AMC) | News | Comments

Picatinny has formed a partnership with private industry to develop a fuel cell that runs off ethanol, which could potentially power the Army's ammunition facilities as an environmentally friendly energy source. A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts a fuel source into electricity.

Between a 'rock or something' and an MRE

May 31, 2013 3:36 pm | by Bob Reinert, USAG-Natick Public Affairs | News | Comments

FORT DRUM, N.Y.-- As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan evolves from full spectrum combat operations to a support role in helping Afghan forces take hold of their country's security, unit commanders emphasize the need for network mobility.

Texting proves beneficial in auditory overload situations

May 31, 2013 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

During command and control operations, military personnel are frequently exposed to extreme auditory overload – essentially bombarded by multiple messages coming from radio networks, loudspeakers, and live voices in an environment also filled with high-level noise from weapons and vehicles.

Astronauts face radiation threat on long Mars trip

May 31, 2013 3:26 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much radiation as they'd get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported Thursday. That dose would, in some cases, exceed NASA's standards and is enough to raise an astronaut's cancer risk by 3 percent.

2 to 20 GHz broadband amplifier offers positive bias

May 31, 2013 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC is offering a new device from their growing MMIC library of standard products. The CMD187 is a wideband GaAs MMIC amplifier die for applications from 2 to 20 GHz. This device delivers greater than 22 dB of flat gain with a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +14 dBm, and a noise figure of 4.5 dB at 20 GHz.

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Engineering catalogue details markets and applications

May 30, 2013 2:35 pm | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD has recently released its Engineered Fluid Dispensing Product Catalog Fifth Edition. The 112-page catalog details information about markets and applications that use and benefit from Nordson EFD precision dispensing systems, the fluids dispensed and dispensing applications for each industry, and customer comments.

UN expert urges moratorium on 'killer robots'

May 30, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nations should agree to a moratorium on developing robots for war that can function autonomously before it is too late to stop their use, a U.N. human rights expert warned Thursday. U.N. special rapporteur Christof Heyns urged a temporary freeze on producing or using so-called killer robots, saying it would give nations time to think through the implications...

HotSpot Episode 14: Wearable technology: When will it arrive?

May 29, 2013 9:14 am | Videos | Comments

So the wearable tech revolution seems to keep getting delayed, first with Google Glass and now with the Apple smartwatch, which might end up being another 2014 release. Late 2014, at that. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities warns us not to get our hopes up for a 2013 iWatch, saying software and hardware challenges could force Apple to push its ship date back until late 2014.

Recently returned Expedition 35 crew participates in Google+ Hangout

May 24, 2013 11:44 am | Videos | Comments

NASA hosted a Google+ Hangout from the Johnson Space Center with three recently returned International Space Station Astronauts. NASA Astronauts Kevin Ford, Tom Marshburn and Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield answered wide ranging questions about daily living in a weightless environment, conducting cutting edge scientific research, and doing spacewalks while orbiting the earth every ninety minutes.

First launch of X-47B unmanned drone from aircraft carrier

May 24, 2013 11:27 am | Videos | Comments

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) taxies and launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is the first aircraft carrier to successfully catapult launch an unmanned aircraft from its flight deck.

NASA head views progress on asteroid lasso mission

May 24, 2013 9:56 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Surrounded by engineers, NASA chief Charles Bolden inspected a prototype spacecraft engine that could power an audacious mission to lasso an asteroid and tow it closer to Earth for astronauts to explore. Bolden checked on the progress Thursday a month after the Obama administration unveiled its 2014 budget...

ESO's Very Large Telescope celebrates 15 years of success

May 23, 2013 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With this new view of a spectacular stellar nursery ESO is celebrating 15 years of the Very Large Telescope — the world's most advanced optical instrument. This picture reveals thick clumps of dust silhouetted against the pink glowing gas cloud known to astronomers as IC 2944.

Amplifier operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz and has a rated power of 260 W

May 23, 2013 12:36 pm | Teseq, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a rated power level of 260 W. For use in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is appropriate for automotive, military and aerospace BCI

Tesla uses stock, note sale to repay government

May 23, 2013 10:56 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors, which makes a highly acclaimed $70,000 electric car, has paid off a startup loan from the U.S. government nine years early. The Palo Alto, Calif., company said it wired in a $451.8 million payment to the government on Wednesday.

Solar plane completes 2nd leg of trip in Texas

May 23, 2013 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane has landed in Texas, completing 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.

Engineering Update #11: Navy launches drone from aircraft carrier

May 23, 2013 10:42 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's headlines:  For the first time ever, the Navy has launched a drone the size of a fighter jet from the USS George H.W. Bush warship. Scientists at Germany's Max Planck Institute have created polymer-based flexible circuits, able to withstand high temperatures. These flexible paper circuits are so efficient, low cost, and versatile that they promise to open doors into new possible electronic applications.

Engineering Newswire 38: Lockheed laser shoots down drones

May 23, 2013 8:39 am | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin has developed the ADAM system, which stands for Area Defense Anti-Munitions. This system is designed to destroy close-in improvised rocket and unmanned aerial threats with a laser. The markets between consumer and professional 3D printing are quickly beginning to blur. Even the unique electronics distributor, Saelig, has taken to selling 3D printers, like the new Afinia.

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