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West Point Cadets, MIT students solve challenges at Soldier Design Competition

April 10, 2013 11:08 am | by Alexandra Foran, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Undergraduate students from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology participated in the 10th annual Soldier Design Competition held at MIT, here, April 4. Eleven finalist teams presented their design and prototype solutions for specific Soldier challenges to a board of judges at the event....

Navy Laser Weapon System (LaWS) video

April 9, 2013 3:46 pm | Videos | Comments

Navy Laser Weapon System (LaWS) PR Video describes the history and capabilities of their new shipboard laser. It's a bit cheesy and a bit '80s (not that that's a bad thing), but it's very informative. Successful test events at China Lake and San Nicholas Island.

Star Wars on the high seas: Navy plans to deploy shipboard laser by 2014

April 9, 2013 3:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some bad news for Sci-Fi fans: The Navy’s new shipboard laser system, Laser Weapon System (LaWS), won't shoot spiffy beams of light of the sort used to kill stormtroopers, Cylons, and Klingons. But it will fire a focused infrared laser that can down drones, disable small boats, and — in the future — engage missiles and enemy jets.

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The creepiest robot yet

April 9, 2013 2:28 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is an interesting inverse phenomenon involved in creating humanoid robots: The more lifelike they are, the creepier they become. It’s not something that makes complete sense if you think about it. Theoretically, as robots become more human-like, they should begin to blend more into society and become less weird. 

Nano connector sealed to the IP67 rating

April 5, 2013 12:56 pm | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics Connector Corporation announces its latest addition to the Nano 360 family, the SureCon 360. These connectors are available in 6, 11 or 16 positions, with an IP67 rating and 3 different cable options: Military (UL94 V-O material), Medical (ISO10993 biocompatible) and standard grade.

Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars

April 4, 2013 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Human travel to Mars has long been the unachievable dangling carrot for space programs. Now, astronauts could be a step closer to our nearest planetary neighbor through a unique manipulation of nuclear fusion, the same energy that powers the sun and stars.

Puzzle of how spiral galaxies set their arms comes into focus

April 2, 2013 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the shapes of galaxies go, the spiral disk — with its characteristic pinwheel profile — is by far the most pedestrian. Our own Milky Way, astronomers believe, is a spiral. Our solar system and Earth reside somewhere near one of its filamentous, swept-back arms.

Dawn of the civilian drone age promises multiple benefits, peeping-eye concerns

April 1, 2013 8:50 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | News | Comments

The dawn of the age of aerial civilian drones is rich with possibilities for people far from the war zones where they made their devastating mark as a weapon of choice against terrorists. The unmanned, generally small aircraft can steer water and pesticides to crops with precision, saving farmers money while reducing environmental risk. They can inspect distant bridges, pipelines and power lines and find hurricane victims stranded on rooftops.

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A legitimate case for drones

March 29, 2013 3:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s been a lot of chatter in the news (and here on ECN) about drones. These arguments usually come down to questions about ethics, military power and tangentially the military industrial complex, and the relationship of the US with various other countries. It’s rare to see drones talked about in any context outside of military.

Russian spaceship docks with orbiting station

March 29, 2013 6:50 am | News | Comments

A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts successfully docked Friday with the International Space Station, bringing the size of the crew at the orbiting lab to six. Chris Cassidy of the United States and Russians Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin traveled six hours in the capsule....

Solar-powered plane set for flight across America with visits to Phoenix, Dallas, NYC

March 29, 2013 6:40 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to travel across the United States with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and New York, organizers of the trip announced Thursday.

LEDs achieve brighter and longer-lasting light for buses and trains

March 28, 2013 3:58 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new generation of the Mini Topled and Topled LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors produce a uniquely pleasant white light in varying tones that is ideal for the interior illumination of buses, trains, airplanes and cars. The successful standard packages for these LEDs have been retained....

States answer help wanted ad to be drone test site

March 27, 2013 4:40 pm | News | Comments

It's the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space. Capitalizing on Southern California's aerospace fortunes, two rival groups want to add another laurel: drone test range.

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The first high-tech war

March 27, 2013 2:54 pm | by Tom Ligon, Technical Contributor, with contributions by the SIGMA Think Tank | Blogs | Comments

Ironclad warships. A steam-powered warship defending New York’s harbor. Submarines. Rifled cannon firing elongated explosive shells. The first use of steam power for logistical support of a battle. Industrial automation. Obviously, I’m talking about the U.S. Civil War, right? Nope.

SpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashes into Pacific

March 27, 2013 1:27 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Tuesday with a full science load from the International Space Station. The privately owned cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific, off the coast of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, five hours after leaving the orbiting lab.

PCB test system designed for aircraft, transportation, and manufacturing industries

March 26, 2013 3:33 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the System 8 Diagnostic Solution Plus - a unique, versatile, easy-to-use PCB test system that uses a selection of CD-drive-size modules to create a PC-driven PCB test station. The System 8 Diagnostic Solution Plus, which can be built in a PC case or 19" rack-mounted...

Solar-powered everything!

March 25, 2013 3:14 pm | by Chris Rendall, Mechanical Engineer, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

I’ve heard for years that “soon we’ll have solar panels on everything.” To be honest, I’ve never paid much attention to the hype because these magical solar panels that can fit on and inside everything never seemed to materialize commercially, or if they did they were always way too expensive for the everyday consumer, or maybe just for me.

Industry’s first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution enables designers to safeguard high-power DC systems

March 22, 2013 3:08 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduces the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution. The RD-195 makes it faster and easier for designers to address a growing need to safeguard high-power DC systems, such as automobile and aircraft battery management systems....

Lockstep microcontrollers advance aerospace electronics safety

March 22, 2013 10:53 am | by Anthony Vaughan, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Mechanisms like lockstep CPUs, error correction code (ECC) logic for embedded memories and automated built-in self test (BIST) engines integrated into embedded controllers may greatly simplify and reduce the development time needed to design and certify safety critical electronic systems for the aerospace industry.

Counterfeit devices take us all the way to the scene of the crash

March 22, 2013 10:44 am | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rochester Electronics | Rochester Electronics, Llc | Articles | Comments

In early January 2013, the CBC News concluded its investigation about Canada’s new Hercules C-130J aircraft military transport aircraft containing counterfeit Chinese parts in the cockpit instrumentation. The report confirms what a leading U.S. testing lab has known since 2010 — that the parts are fake and could leave pilots with blank instrument panels in mid-flight.

AWG touts 50 GS/s sample rate for high-speed test apps, advanced research

March 20, 2013 6:24 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix unveiled its next generation of arbitrary waveform generators that offer up to 50 GS/s sample rate performance. The new AWG70000 Series supports a range of demanding signal generation requirements in defense electronics, high-speed serial, optical networking and advanced research

Large asteroid heading to Earth? Pray, says NASA

March 20, 2013 10:41 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

  NASA chief Charles Bolden has advice on how to handle a large asteroid headed toward New York City: Pray. That's about all the United States - or anyone for that matter - could do at this point about unknown asteroids and meteors that may be on a collision course with Earth....  

Astronomer gets grant to better measure mysterious black holes

March 18, 2013 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Black holes, the high-gravity phenomena of galaxies from which no light can escape, will be better measured thanks to a $862,769 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to a Georgia State University astronomer. Misty Bentz, assistant professor of astronomy at Georgia State, received the five-year grant to help untangle the uncertainties that exist when trying to measure black holes.

A fireside chat: Counterfeit components in the military

March 15, 2013 1:16 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Driven by financial gain and opportunism, counterfeiting is not new, or uncommon. Recently, counterfeited products have been appearing in the military and aeronautics marketplace as counterfeiters take advantage of profitable components. PD&D caught up with Mark Bollinger, Vice President of Marketing at Smith & Associates, to learn more about this trend....

Holt Integrated Circuits announces validation of world’s smallest MIL-STD-1553 remote terminal

March 15, 2013 11:07 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits announced formal MIL-STD-1553 RT validation of HI-6130/31, the world’s smallest BC/MT/ RT multi-terminal solution. Validation was performed at Test Systems, Inc., an independent Air Force approved testing service for MIL-STD-1553 remote terminals.

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