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Developing COTS systems to replace legacy systems

June 21, 2013 1:44 pm | by Michael Carter, CEO, Sabtech | Articles | Comments

A driving force in the current military environment is to keep legacy equipment operating longer or replace legacy systems with new ones that simulate or emulate one or more legacy systems.  Replacements face the challenge of interfacing with disparate communication protocols and interfaces.

Would you help fund a space telescope?

June 21, 2013 1:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

For most people, thinking about space isn’t a daily activity. Sure, there are random bursts of excitement like the Mars Rover landing or Canadian superstar astronaut Chris Hadfield and of course there are people—both amateur and professional—who make space their life, but in general, it’s not something we think about too much.  

Embedded computer brings supercomputing datacenter bandwidth directly to the battlefield

June 21, 2013 12:40 pm | Kontron | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron’s StarVX High Performance Embedded Computer (HPEC) system brings supercomputing I/O bandwidth and performance, previously only achieved in IT datacenters, to the battlefield. Based only on mainstream IT technology (TCP/IP, PCIe, Intel Processors) for greater platform support and assured longevity...

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A new trophallactic strategy for multiple unmanned aerial vehicles flying in formation

June 21, 2013 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The autonomous flying of multiple UAVs in formation is an important research area in the aerospace field. Through 5 years of innovative research, the trophallactic mechanism behind social insects has helped to develop a novel trophallaxis network control method for formation flight.

Power rectifiers target high voltage systems

June 21, 2013 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

DLA Land and Maritime accepted SSDI’s qualification data for the JANS1N6512 – JANS1N6519 series of high voltage power rectifiers in accordance with MIL-PRF-19500/575. With a voltage range of 1.5 KV to 10 KV and a current rating of 0.5 A to 1.5 A, these QPL certified products target high voltage systems including TWT radar applications and space level applications.

3D printing is the future of the military

June 20, 2013 3:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Aside from offering up the world’s least-appetizing pizza (protein cheese layer anyone?) and a way to eliminate illegal poaching, 3D printing might play a vital role in the future of the military. Though the technology is not nearly advanced enough to make a significant impact right now, the Navy is looking to 3D printing as a potential money saver for the future, according to an article published in the Armed Forces Journal.

The Army’s version of Facebook

June 20, 2013 1:57 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Facebook. We use it every day to stay connected with family and friends and, well, to snoop on people and thumb through their photos. Since we’re essentially chronicling our lives, few of us probably consider it a good way to stay safe in the digital age. The U.S. Army might disagree. It’s borrowing the concept of a Facebook "timeline"....

How I learned to stop worrying and love “killer robots”

June 20, 2013 1:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Unmanned weapons systems (aka, "killer robots") have the power to reduce collateral damage and save lives, and we should support and encourage their development, not preemptively ban them and set disproportionately high ethical standards as a function of their deployment.

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A smarter way to toughen up military high-tech

June 20, 2013 12:58 pm | by Bruno Chaigneau, Application Engineer, Parker Chomerics | Articles | Comments

Procuring military equipment has become an extremely difficult task. Not only is there constant pressure to reduce expenditure, but performance requirements are increasingly hard to define as armed forces face growing and unpredictable threats such as civilian groups and militias using improvised weapons and ad hoc methods.

China astronauts float water blob in kids' lecture

June 20, 2013 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Astronauts struck floating martial arts poses, twirled gyroscopes and manipulated wobbling globes of water during a lecture Thursday from China's orbiting space station that's part of efforts to popularize the space program among young people.

Amyris and Total announce successful demonstration flight with renewable jet fuel during Paris Air Show

June 20, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

Amyris, Inc. and Total announced today a successful demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show using a breakthrough technology that converts plant sugars into renewable jet fuel. The Airbus A321 aircraft powered by two Snecma CFM56 jet engines flew from Toulouse to Paris with a blend of renewable jet fuel produced by Amyris and Total.

Solar-powered plane lands near Washington

June 19, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane nearing the close of a cross-continental journey landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nation's capital early Sunday, only one short leg to New York remaining on a voyage that opened in May.

FPGA family provides low total system cost

June 18, 2013 3:54 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation unveiled its IGLOO2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family for industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications and security applications. The non-volatile flash-based IGLOO2 FPGAs have the highest number of mainstream FPGA features....

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Army harnesses sun to reduce casualties from sniper attacks

June 18, 2013 12:20 pm | by Edric Thompson, CERDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The U.S. Army is harnessing the elements to help reduce casualties from sniper attacks on forward operating bases. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's research laboratory and aviation missile and communications-electronics RD&E centers

UT Arlington provides first academic study of journalists and private citizens' drone use

June 18, 2013 12:14 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

Newly published research from a University of Texas at Arlington communication team offers a groundbreaking perspective on the controversial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and mass communication, or “drone journalism.” The remotely guided aircraft gained prominence in the military’s hunt for suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Researchers solve mystery of X-ray light from black holes

June 18, 2013 12:10 pm | by Eurekalert! and Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

It is a mystery that has stymied astrophysicists for decades: how do black holes produce so many high-power X-rays? In a new study, astrophysicists from The Johns Hopkins University, NASA and the Rochester Institute of Technology conducted research that bridges the gap between theory and observation by demonstrating that gas spiraling toward a black hole inevitably results in X-ray emissions.

DC/DC converter offered in high temperature H-grade & high-reliability MP-grade

June 17, 2013 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the high temperature H-grade (-40°C to 150°C junction temperature) and high reliability MP-grade (-55°C to 150°C) version of the LTC3115-1 in a 20-lead thermally enhanced TSSOP package. The LTC3115-1 is a synchronous buck-boost converter that delivers up to 2A of continuous output current....

China's Shenzhou 10 ship docks with space lab

June 14, 2013 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned space capsule docked with an orbiting space station Thursday, and the three astronauts climbed aboard what will be their home for the next week, state media reported. Automated controls guided the Shenzhou-10's docking with the space lab, the Xinhua News Agency said.

What's next for near field communications? Engineers speak out

June 13, 2013 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for the "next big thing" and this month we're focusing on near-field communications. NFC only seems to be increasing in popularity and usage across the electronics board, but we want to know what's happening in your labs and on your benches.

Engineering Newswire 42: Futuristic airplanes carry passenger pods

June 13, 2013 12:27 pm | Videos | Comments

Clip-Air project researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are currently working on the technical feasibility of futuristic airplanes with a single flying wing that can transport up to three capsules. The autonomous capsules would be 30 meters long and weigh 30 tons, roughly the size of a railroad car so they’re also compatible with existing rail systems.

Wireless bonded LED touts very bright output

June 13, 2013 11:37 am | Lumex Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced the global launch of its TitanBrite Wireless Bonded LED featuring “flip chips” that are said to be up to 15 percent brighter than any others in the market. In addition to the standard 3-W and W LEDs, this LED is also available in 9 W. High light output is achieved in a

Should preemptive legislation be considered before a new technology takes off?

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

In just two years’ time, the skies around us may get a lot more crowded. Drones have received a lot of attention lately, thanks to military operations overseas and matters of congressional oversight. In September 2015, the federal government plans to issue its first drone permits for domestic use.

Critical RF switch design parameters for space

June 11, 2013 10:29 am | by Greg Horvath, Product Applications Engineer, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments associated with space applications pose particularly demanding radiation requirements on Radio Frequency (RF) components. The effects of radiation can lead to additional device parameter degradation, performance interruptions or destructive failure modes.

Chinese spacecraft blasts off with 3 astronauts

June 11, 2013 10:26 am | by ANDY WONG, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's latest manned spacecraft successfully blasted off Tuesday on a 15-day mission to dock with a space lab and educate young people about science. The Shenzhou 10 capsule carrying three astronauts lifted off as scheduled at 5:38 p.m. (0938 GMT) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert.

The rising demands and requirements of wearable soldier systems

June 10, 2013 4:18 pm | by Wes Morgan, Director, Product Management, Americas at ITT Interconnect Solutions | Articles | Comments

Modern soldiers require state-of-the-art innovations, particularly when integrating connectors within advanced Wearable Soldier Systems (WSS). Key requirements for wearable soldier electronics are: increased situational awareness, increased weapons effectiveness, and increased individual agility.

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