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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.

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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.

UAV pilots maintain situational awareness above battlefield

May 23, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Unmanned aerial vehicle pilots maintain an "eye-in-the-sky" view providing real-time surveillance high above the battlefield in order to keep Soldiers safe from unexpected "enemy" attacks, at the U.S. Army National Training Center, here. Before putting Soldiers in harm's way, military unmanned aerial vehicles, known as UAVs, perform aerial reconnaissance, be it night or day.

Knee brace puts 'a spring in your step'

May 23, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Weight, hinge design, and assistive power of a quasi-passive exoskeleton were studied at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center here to see how these factors affect the way an individual walks. The study, done in conjunction with Yale University, also measured how much energy a person used walking with the knee brace.

The future of food: NASA's printed pizza

May 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the great world of 3D printing, nothing is more fascinating to me than the idea of printed food.  There has been some rumblings about printed meat, but it’s been mostly outliers in the industry. However, NASA just made it a little more legitimate with by offering a $125,000 grant to Systems and Materials Research Corp to develop a 3D printed version of an American (and worldwide) favorite: Pizza.

Radiation-hardened DC-DC power converters for space systems

May 22, 2013 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT Inc., a HEICO company, announced the availability of a new series of radiation hardened DC-DC power converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters to power space systems.

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Solar plane departs Phoenix on 2nd leg of US trip

May 22, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane is flying from Arizona to Texas on 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.

What steps are necessary to keep counterfeit components out of the supply chain?

May 21, 2013 3:36 pm | Articles | Comments

What steps are necessary to keep counterfeit components out of the supply chain? Are more industry standards needed? Stop having unrealistic pricing expectations. Understand and qualify quality vendors of all kinds. Allocations and obsolescence are part of our industry....

Army Ground Combat Systems adopts Sandia tool for choosing future warfighting vehicles

May 21, 2013 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine trying to solve this complex problem: You have to modernize a fleet of combat vehicles, such as tanks, tracked howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles, choosing from among more than 50 ways to update them to meet future threats. Each modernization option can be configured differently to meet a variety of missions around the globe.

Building a better team -- on Mars

May 21, 2013 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sometime in the next quarter-century, NASA plans to send the first humans to Mars, a mission that will push the boundaries of teamwork for a handful of astronauts who will spend as long as three years together in a tiny capsule. A Michigan State University project, now wrapping up its third year, aims to arm the crew....

Fueling fitness on the final frontier

May 21, 2013 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Think keeping in shape is an uphill battle? Try staying fit in space, where living quarters are cramped and prolonged weightlessness withers muscle and bone. That's the challenge a group of Michigan State University researchers will address with a new three-year, $1.2 million grant from NASA.

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Playing games in space

May 21, 2013 12:02 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Chris Hadfield might just be the coolest guy on the internet (or in this solar system.) The astronaut—who just recently returned to earth—made it part of his mission to share different things happening on the international space station since he took command—the first Canadian to do so—on December 19, 2012.

Wireless networks balance military’s defense-in-depth, custom requirements

May 20, 2013 4:44 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ultra Electronics Ems Development Corp. | Articles | Comments

Wireless and wired technologies have advanced to the point where automated control systems are routinely networked together. Information can be shared and tasks performed across long distances, via the Internet, linking systems in large industrial spaces, or across remote or rugged areas. Networked control systems (NCS) offer many benefits such as far greater efficiency than manual controls....

Flip-chip Schottky diode features high cutoff frequency

May 20, 2013 2:57 pm | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new broadband Flip Chip Schottky Diode for multi-market applications. The MADS-001317-1500 is designed for customers who need a versatile, low cost, ultra-small Schottky solution for Police Radar, Point to Point, Electronic Warfare, and Aerospace and Defense applications.

Congress gets mixed advice on regulating drones

May 20, 2013 10:58 am | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The growing use of unmanned surveillance "eyes in the sky" aircraft raises a thicket of privacy concerns, but the U.S. Congress is getting mixed advice on what, if anything, to do about it. A future with domestic drones may be inevitable. While civilian drone use is currently limited to government agencies and some public universities...

SKorea analyzing NKorea's 4 projectile launches

May 20, 2013 10:48 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea is analyzing whether projectiles North Korea fired into its eastern waters over the weekend are short-range missiles or a new type of artillery the country may be developing, officials said Monday. North Korea fired what Seoul officials called a short-range projectile Sunday, a day after conducting three similar launches.

Planes, trains, and automobiles: Faster, stronger, lighter

May 20, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

These days, aerospace engineering is all about the light stuff: building airplanes with lighter wings, fuselage and landing gear in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Advanced carbon-fiber composites have been used in recent years to lighten planes’ loads. These materials can match aluminum and titanium in strength but at a fraction of the weight, and can be found in aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380, reducing such jets’ weigh...

Dealing with counterfeits in the market

May 16, 2013 2:53 pm | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications, Rochester Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeiters are adaptable and constantly incorporating solutions that can void the latest countermeasures adopted by the electronics manufacturers and their supply chain. In some cases, the counterfeits are very hard to differentiate from the original component.

Precision Resistors: From the drawing board to reality

May 16, 2013 2:18 pm | by Yuval Hernik, Director Application Engineering, Vishay Precision Group (VPG), www.vishaypg.com | Articles | Comments

Commercial and military aircraft manufacturers are promoting the replacement of older hydraulic and pneumatic control systems by lighter and more efficient, electrically-driven systems through a trend known as MEA, or More Electric Aircraft.

Hybrid capacitor characteristics, performance, and applications

May 16, 2013 2:15 pm | by David A. Evans, Evans Capacitor Company, www.evanscap.com | Articles | Comments

An electrolytic capacitor has two electrodes, one with a dielectric, that relies on electrostatic charge storage. A battery has electrodes that store energy faradaically in electrochemical reactions involving the electrodes and electrolyte. A hybrid capacitor is the combination of two electrodes, one that stores charge electrostatically, and the other storing charge faradaically. 

Transistor series is presented as highest power for radar and communications systems

May 16, 2013 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

  M/A-COM Technology Solutions introduced a series of GaN in Plastic packaged power transistors for high-performance civilian and military radar and communications systems. The family scales to peak pulse power levels of 100 W, which is asserted to be the

Space not the final frontier for viewing movies

May 16, 2013 10:01 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The crew of the International Space Station is boldly going where no one has gone before - to see the new "Star Trek" film. The three astronauts were offered a sneak peak of "Star Trek Into Darkness" days before it opens Thursday on Earth, seeing it not in 3-D, but Zero-G.

Controllers designed for applications greater than 15 Amps

May 15, 2013 10:39 am | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries is now offering a high-powered temperature controller mounted on a heat sink that creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices, as it serves as the commander of thermoelectric modules. With a bi-directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the controller has many benefits.

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