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Space Oddity

May 15, 2013 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield onboard the International Space Station. This is believed to be the first music video recorded in space (and as Internet memes go, it sure beats silly cat videos). Captioning kindly provided by CHS (www.chs.ca)

Controller designed for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory applications

May 14, 2013 10:44 am | Highland Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Highland Technology announces the release of the V120 VME PCI Express Crate Controller for aerospace, industrial, and laboratory application. The V120 is a VME bus master crate controller, usable as a crate slot 0 arbiter or as a secondary controller. Each PCI Express cable driver board, in a PC backplane, can drive one or two V120s over standard, flexible PCI Express cable assemblies....

Astronaut exits space station with music video

May 14, 2013 9:27 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a musical video: his own custom version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity." It's believed to be the first music video made in space, according to NASA. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's personalized rendition of "Space Oddity" was posted on YouTube on Sunday....

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Engineering Newswire 37: Boeing makes hypersonic history

May 13, 2013 9:24 am | Videos | Comments

The Boeing X-51A WaveRider unmanned hypersonic vehicle has achieved the longest air-breathing, scramjet-powered hypersonic flight in history. Last summer, an infestation took control of the Harvard robotics laboratory. The situation posed no need to call an exterminator, for this demonstration featured the first controlled flight of an insect-sized robot inspired by the biology of a fly.

NRL shatters endurance record for small electric UAV

May 10, 2013 12:40 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew their fuel cell powered Ion Tiger UAV for 48 hours and 1 minute on April 16-18 by using liquid hydrogen fuel in a new, NRL-developed, cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system. This flight shatters their previous record of 26 hours and 2 minutes set in 2009 using the same vehicle...

Kit helps developers gain fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors

May 10, 2013 11:25 am | Kontron | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron announced the ready-to-use SMARC Starterkit. The kit offers developers fast entry into the world of embedded ARM processors, which is now highly scalable owing to SMARC Computer-on-Modules. The kit comes in a sturdy transport case, has all the cables already connected and is

UK budget airline to test ash cloud detector

May 10, 2013 9:35 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.K. budget airline will create an artificial volcanic ash cloud over Europe this summer to test ash detection technology. The experiment aims to avoid the kind of chaos that paralyzed air traffic during eruptions three years ago. Thursday's announcement was made by easyJet....

Cast of Broadway's 'Matilda' chat with astronaut

May 9, 2013 9:23 am | by MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer | News | Comments

The cast members of the Tony Award-nominated "Matilda" are arguably all stars. This week, they chatted with a man closer to the actual cosmic ones. About three dozen cast members - including many children - packed a small room near Times Square on Tuesday to speak to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station

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SMT limiter diode targets receiver protection applications

May 6, 2013 12:13 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions introduced a surface mount limiter diode for receiver protection applications. The CLA4608-085LF is a low capacitance silicon PIN limiter diode designed for high power applications ranging from 10 MHz to over 6 GHz. The maximum resistance at

High-temperature air core inductors fit aerospace and military applications

May 6, 2013 11:47 am | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft CPS (Critical Products and Services Group) has released its AT392RAS inductors, targeting applications where high temperatures can be encountered. Air-core design and special materials allow operation in ambient temperatures as low as –60°C and up to 240°C. Five inductance values are

Solar plane lands in Ariz., 1st leg of major trip

May 6, 2013 10:55 am | by BOB SEAVEY & SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines. He's flying Solar Impulse, considered the world's most advanced sun-powered plane.

Experimental Air Force aircraft goes hypersonic

May 6, 2013 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental, unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force went hypersonic during a test off the Southern California coast, traveling at more than 3,000 mph, the Air Force said Friday. The X-51A WaveRider flew for more than three minutes under power from its exotic scramjet engine and hit a speed of Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound.

Pentagon clears use of Samsung's devices

May 6, 2013 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. says the U.S. Department of Defense has approved using Samsung smartphones for its networks. The South Korean company said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government...

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NVision scans sniper rifle from fallen hero

May 6, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

With 160 confirmed kills, Chris Kyle is one of the most prolific snipers in American history. The best-selling author of American Sniper was recently killed on a shooting range by a fellow vet, and Kyle's wife graciously donated his sniper rifle to NVision for them to scan for a project.

China emerging as new force in drone warfare

May 3, 2013 11:43 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China's security forces considered a tactic they'd never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar. New light has been cast on China's unmanned aerial vehicle program, which has been quietly percolating for years and now appears to be moving into overdrive.

NASA rover prototype set to explore Greenland ice sheet

May 2, 2013 2:32 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

NASA's newest scientific rover is set for testing May 3 through June 8 in the highest part of Greenland. The robot known as GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, will roam the frigid landscape collecting measurements...

Muzzle flash sensor detects muzzle flash from over 100 m awa

May 2, 2013 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors announced an optical detector technology capable of detecting muzzle flash from over 100 meters away, while minimizing false alarms. Operating at the speed of light, an optical flash detection system provides an almost instantaneous response to a gunfire event, providing

Smart protocol converter translates avionics messages in real-time

May 1, 2013 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduced the AceXtreme Bridge Device to translate avionics messages in real-time between MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, and Ethernet in any direction, without a host computer. With an onboard Intel Atom processor, two Ethernet channels, two

Russia charging NASA $70 million per rocket seat

May 1, 2013 10:01 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space, and the agency's leader is blaming Congress for the extra expense. NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft....

NVision helps honor a fallen hero

April 30, 2013 4:40 pm | News | Comments

NVision recently volunteered its 3D laser-scanning services to help Sarasota sculptor Greg Marra create an exact replica of the rifle that former Navy Seal Chris Kyle used while in the military. Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle is widely considered to have been the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with over 150 confirmed kills.

B787 1st test flight in Japan since battery fire

April 29, 2013 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways has successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing 787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this year. Ray Conner, president of Boeing's consumer airline division, and ANA President Shinichiro Ito were aboard the flight Sunday.

Guns are only as ‘smart’ as we are

April 29, 2013 9:48 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I’m uncomfortable with the phrase "smart gun." Maybe that’s because the words make me think of Skynet in Terminator, or the great lesson to man about the dangers of artificial intelligence gussied up in a blockbuster action-movie franchise. While it’s probably not going to rebel and nearly exterminate all of mankind, in the wrong hands, real-world technology can become a tool for evil.

VPX processor blade provides up to 8GB DDR3-1333/1600 dual channel ECC memory

April 24, 2013 2:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced its flagship VPX product line, the VPX3000 Series rugged 3U VPX processor blade. The VPX3000 Series is ideal for system integrators who have a need for an advanced VPX board with VPX REDI and OpenVPX compliance in order to deploy high performance military and aerospace applications requiring quick time-to-market.

NTSB probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

April 23, 2013 9:50 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

As airlines prepare to resume flying Boeing's beleaguered 787 Dreamliners, federal investigators looked Tuesday at how regulators and the company tested and approved the plane's cutting-edge battery system, and whether the government cedes too much safety-testing authority to aircraft makers.

Two-way power divider offers a wide, 1 GHz to 40 GHz coverage

April 19, 2013 12:03 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

Krytar, Inc., announced a new two-way power divider offering desirable performance over the broadband frequency range of 1.0 GHz to 40.0 GHz in a compact package with 14 dB Isolation and ±0.60 dB amplitude tracking. The Model 6010400 two-way divider exhibits

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