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Toyota helps provide “voice” for robot astronaut headed to space

June 26, 2013 12:45 pm | News | Comments

A 13.4-inch humanoid robot named Kirobo will soon travel to the International Space Station. The mission: to participate in the first robot-human conversation experiments in space. To prepare for the trip, the robot participated in zero-gravity and other safety tests. The training, Kirobo says, was tough.

Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab

June 26, 2013 10:27 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts landed safely Wednesday on the country's northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking the latest success for China's manned space program as it enters its second decade.

Japan conversation robot ready for outer space

June 26, 2013 9:17 am | by AZUSA UCHIKURA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's first space conversation experiment between a robot and humans is ready to be launched. Developers from the Kirobo project, named after "kibo" or hope in Japanese and "robot," gathered in Tokyo Wednesday to demonstrate the humanoid robot's ability to talk.

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New laser shows what substances are made of; could be new eyes for military

June 25, 2013 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new laser that can show what objects are made of could help military aircraft identify hidden dangers such as weapons arsenals far below. "For the defense and intelligence communities, this could add a new set of eyes," said Mohammed Islam, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science...

Piezoelectric material designed for instrumentation, maritime, medical applications

June 25, 2013 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Technical Ceramics is extending its material portfolio with the launch of a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry.

Tantalum polymer chip capacitors intended for aerospace and other high-reliability applications

June 21, 2013 2:40 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has announced the availability of its new TCH Series hermetically sealed tantalum polymer chip capacitors for aerospace and other high-reliability applications. Featuring conductive polymer electrodes, TCH Series capacitors exhibit very low ESR and low derating capabilities....

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.  

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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...

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"....

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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.

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....

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.

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