China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted space walks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years.
AVX Corporation has received T-Level MIL-PRF-49470 qualification approval for its new 25V, unencapsulated, BX characteristic (X7R dielectric), horizontally stacked SMPS capacitors in case sizes 1-6. The new components further expand AVX’s already extensive offering of BX characteristic SMPS capacitors listed on the MIL-PRF-49470 QPL....
In this week's edition of Engineering Update: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone: The Pocket Drone is a miniature, foldable tricopter designed to carry a GoPro camera. SeeThru smart glasses: The newest in smart glasses is called SeeThru, from French company, Laster Technologies.
Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new 14 watt LED drop light. These drop lights are suitable for civilian and military shelters, general maintenance, construction, aircraft interiors, emergency shelters and ship yards. The LED lamp in the FTL-3-LED-25 offers much longer lamp life....
Powerstax now presents its customer base with the Behlman PF1350 and PF1351. Targeting mission-critical industrial and military powers system designs, these compact, power factor-corrected bench-top units differentiate themselves from competing AC frequency products on the market through their compelling mix of performance, flexibility and cost effectiveness.
Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an ...
Aitech Defense Systems has expanded its line of rugged, managed Gigabit Ethernet switches to include several new versions. In addition to the original 6U CompactPCI (C660) version, Aitech now offers managed Gigabit Ethernet switches in 6U VPX (C670), 3U VPX (C680) and XMC (M620) formats.
Boeing test pilot Jason Clements goes through final flight checks in the cockpit of an F-16. He makes sure all his switches are set, the throttle is free and clear, and the lights are on. Clements does a final radio check, and the jet is ready for takeoff. He then steps out of the cockpit and closes the canopy via remote switch. The F-16 takes off with no human occupant. What in the world just happened?
In the not too distant future, you may hear the hum of a drone's rotors as it descends upon you and be filled with a sense of relief, not panic. After all, it's coming to save you, not harm you. Research at the University of Cincinnati could soon enable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)...
While MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers are mostly confined to overseas battlefields, a wide variety of unmanned systems will play an expanded role in law enforcement, commerce, and even mail delivery ... which leads to all sorts of privacy concerns. Get your thinking caps and opinions ready, because we’re looking to drill down to the core issues presented by the use of unmanned systems in Peoria, USA.
A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden. This suggestion comes from Shaocai Yu of Zhejiang University in China, and North Carolina State University in the US. In an article published in Springer’s journal Environmental Chemistry Letters...
Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.
We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.
I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program
Molex Incorporated released the Impact 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications. The scalable Impact connector technology provides
Littelfuse, Inc. offers users the ability to customize the upscreening and sorting process flows for High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes. These components protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events and have been specially screened and sorted for use in DC line protection in aviation electronics (avionics) and other applications that demand high reliability.
Today's emerging military technologies—including unmanned aerial vehicles, directed-energy weapons, lethal autonomous robots, and cyber weapons like Stuxnet—raise the prospect of upheavals in military practices so fundamental that they challenge long-established laws of war. Weapons that make their own decisions about targeting and killing humans...
Primarily used for potting and encapsulation applications, Master Bond Super Gel 9AO is a soft, urethane modified gel-like epoxy that offers thermal conductivity and electrical insulation properties. This two part system is also employed for
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, all packed within a space smaller than Earth's orbit around the Sun. The closeness of the stars, combined with their nature, has allowed the scientists to make the best measurements yet of the complex gravitational interactions in such a system.
The Super Awesome Micro Project is a car just like any other, only its made entirely of Legos. Stave Sammartino and Raul Oaida used 500,000 Lego pieces to construct the vehicle which features a car engine made from lego pieces that runs on air.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites....
Here’s the top 10 most popular, compelling, controversial, and highly-trafficked stories from 2013. These were the posts that led the most discussions, excited the most readers (for better or worse), and caught your collective eyeballs. So check out some old favorites, or catch up on a post you may have missed — and find out what all the fuss was about!
Two Russian astronauts have completed a spacewalk that included an unsuccessful attempt to install cameras on the exterior of the International Space Station. Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky placed the high-resolution cameras early in the venture that began Friday.
Rotary Electric Encoders from Netzer are said to provide exceptionally accurate, high resolution, absolute position with miniature to wide diameter hollow shaft and are available with analog or digital outputs. The holistic structure of the encoder provides
The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy. The satellite was lifted into space from French Guiana at 6:12 a.m. (0912 GMT; 4:12 a.m. EST) aboard a Russian-made Soyuz rocket, the agency said.