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From space to the LA streets: Shuttle's last trip

October 12, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Think launching a space shuttle is hard? Try moving it through a metropolis.Early Friday, shuttle Endeavour begins a 12-mile journey from the Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center where it will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit.To prepare for the two-day move, an army of workers cut down hundreds of trees,

SpaceX rocket glitch puts satellite in wrong orbit

October 11, 2012 10:31 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A prototype communications satellite flying as a secondary payload aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during launch Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday. One of the nine Merlin engines powering the Falcon 9 rocket shut down early...

What to look for in relays for space applications

October 11, 2012 9:34 am | by Karl Kitts, Engineering Director, High Performance Relays, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

When NASA’s Curiosity rover made a perfect landing in Gale Crater of Mars, it was 150 million miles from the nearest repairman. Every component has to operate reliably to support the vehicle’s expected operation life of 98 weeks—or one Martian year. Specifying a relay for space obviously involves finding a compact, lightweight device that meets electrical needs.

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Improving nanometer-scale manufacturing with infrared spectroscopy

October 11, 2012 9:03 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

One of the key achievements of the nanotechnology era is the development of manufacturing technologies that can fabricate nanostructures formed from multiple materials. Such nanometer-scale integration of composite materials has enabled innovations in electronic devices, solar cells, and medical diagnostics.

ONR looks to lighten the load for Marines

October 11, 2012 9:00 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Marking a return to its high-mobility, high-tempo expeditionary roots, the Marine Corps is focused on the need to "Lighten the Load" for the warfighter—and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is putting heavy effort into innovative new technologies that will help. The Corps-wide vision goes

Astronomers discover unimaginably large diamond in space

October 11, 2012 8:58 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of Earth made largely out of diamond which is orbiting a star that is visible with the naked eye.The rocky planet, called '55 Cancri e', orbits a sun-like star 40 light years away in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours.

What equipment do you need to skydive from 120,000 feet?

October 11, 2012 8:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

By this point, you’ve probably heard that Felix Baumgartner is planning to skydive from 120,000 feet above the earth. For the record, that’s about 23 miles from solid ground. The jump was originally supposed to happen on October 9, but because of 14 mph wind speeds—they needed speeds of less than 2 mph to jump safely

Laser pointer identifies dangerous chemicals in real-time

October 10, 2012 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By using an ordinary green laser pointer, the kind commonly found in offices and college lecture halls, an Israeli research team has developed a new and highly portable Raman spectrometer that can detect extremely minute traces of hazardous chemicals in real time...

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The evolution of product design tools

October 9, 2012 4:58 pm | by Engineering.com | Videos | Comments

Product concept design tools have come a long way from hand sketches. Even proper drafting rules made a big difference, and so have computer design tools. Now designers are using social media to bring consumer interaction into the concept stage of product design.

October 2012: Intelligent Systems

October 9, 2012 11:57 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the October issue of ECN, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg pontificates about the Navy’s controversial “Great Green Fleet” initiative, Executive Editor discusses smart cars receiving a higher education, and our contributors write about intelligent systems.

Skydiver's supersonic jump on weather hold

October 9, 2012 8:36 am | by JERI CLAUSING Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner to make a death-defying, 23-mile free fall into the southeastern New Mexico desert were on hold Tuesday morning due to winds, but his team was still hoping the weather would clear after sunrise in time to make the jump.

NASA to upgrade vital communications link

October 8, 2012 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Technicians and engineers are completing final system checks and spacecraft inspections on the first of NASA's third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS). Boeing Space Systems will ship TDRS-K from its satellite assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif., to Cape Canaveral, Fla., in November.

What’s the worst that could happen? RF communication disasters

October 8, 2012 11:07 am | by Michael Clonts, Product Manager, RT Logic | Articles | Comments

The morning of December 4, 2011 began normally for the team of Air Force technicians. As they settled into their shift flying unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan, perhaps they chatted casually and swapped stories from the weekend. Very soon, however, their conversations were interrupted by shrill alarm sirens blaring from their control monitors.

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SpaceX rocket blasts off for space station

October 8, 2012 8:58 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An unmanned, privately owned Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral on Sunday on a mission to restore a U.S. supply line to the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle.

Lost in migration: Earth's magnetic field overdue a flip

October 5, 2012 12:53 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The discovery by NASA rover Curiosity of evidence that water once flowed on Mars - the most Earth-like planet in the solar system - should intensify interest in what the future could hold for mankind. The only thing stopping Earth having a lifeless environment like Mars is the magnetic field that shields us from deadly solar radiation...

Scientists tune into blue whale songs with defense technology

October 5, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Australian scientists are using military technology for locating submarines to track rare blue whales hundreds of kilometers away by eavesdropping on their distinctive songs. Blue whales can communicate with each other over an entire ocean basin by emitting low frequency sounds, or deep songs.

Uppsala researchers looking for life outside our solar system

October 5, 2012 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers at Uppsala University in Sweden will receive a grant of more than SEK 23 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to search and analyse atmospheres surrounding earth-like exoplanets. Ultimately these researchers hope to find traces of life on these planets.

Far, far beyond wrist radios

October 5, 2012 8:41 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

To believe that technologies once dreamed of in science fiction novels, television shows, and comic strips may one day be a reality, or that real-world technologies might make the fantastic devices of fiction obsolete, you'd need to be either an optimist…or a futurist in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

Robert Christy, Manhattan Project physicist, dies

October 5, 2012 8:38 am | by SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER Associated Press | News | Comments

Robert F. Christy, a former California Institute of Technology professor who helped design the trigger mechanism for the atomic bombs used in World War II, died Wednesday. He was 96. Christy died of natural causes at his home in Pasadena, surrounded by his family, according to Caltech spokeswoman Deborah Williams-Hedges.

Protection against counterfeit product issues for military programs

October 3, 2012 3:22 pm | by Michael Sarpa, e2v | Articles | Comments

Counterfeit material in the semiconductor supply chain is increasingly problematic for the military and aerospace community. With the immense costs and significant program delays inherent in a system redesign, military program managers search high and low for parts to meet the original specification requirements...

Earth is singing like a whale, says NASA - Hear it now

October 3, 2012 3:04 pm | by Chris Taylor | News | Comments

Need some soothing sounds to put your Wednesday blues in perspective? We’ve got you covered. Grab your headphones and check out this hot new MP3 track from NASA, currently the number one hit across the universe: That’s the sound of the Earth “singing,” as recorded by the awesomely-named Storm Probe mission

Unmanned aerial vehicles define and challenge new interconnect requirements

October 3, 2012 12:21 pm | by Stephen Johnson, Hypertronics Corporation, www.hypertronics.com | Articles | Comments

In recent years, unmanned vehicles, be they the Predator Drones that we watch on the evening news letting loose with pinpoint-precision Hellfire Missiles that take out enemy targets from high above the earth, a bomb-detecting/disposal ground vehicle that keeps soldiers and law enforcement people out of harm's way...

Impact and mitigation of counterfeit ICs in the aerospace and defense market

October 3, 2012 11:45 am | by Brad Little, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Over the years, the relative stability of the defense and aerospace industry has served as a stable and reliable revenue pool. This market has attracted a variety of manufacturers to help offset the cyclical changes in the commercial and industrial markets. Aerospace and defense (A&D) companies continuously search for the latest and best commercial technologies...

Space station to move to avoid debris

October 3, 2012 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Russian space program's Mission Control Center says it will move the International Space Station into a different orbit to avoid possible collision with a fragment of debris.Mission Control Center spokeswoman Nadyezhda Zavyalova said the Russian Zvevda module will fire booster rockets to carry out the operation Thursday at 07:22 a.m. Moscow time (0322 GMT).

Osprey Aircraft Fly To Okinawa Despite Protests

October 2, 2012 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Six Osprey hybrid aircraft were transferred to a U.S. base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Monday — and were greeted by hundreds of protesters outside the fence showing their concern about the plane's safety. The aircraft — which takes off like a helicopter and flies like an airplane — flew safely from Iwakuni, on the Japanese main island, to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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