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Japan launches new, cheaper rocket

September 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan successfully launched a new rocket Saturday that it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of sending satellites into space. The three-stage Epsilon lifted off from a space center on Japan's southern main island of Kyushu, following a two-week postponement. An earlier launch last month was aborted 19 seconds before a planned liftoff due to a computer glitch.

Right-angle connector qualified for 32 GHz spaceflight applications

September 16, 2013 10:24 am | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

The low-profile right-angle connector (ZQA) from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. features a non-bifurcated swept contact design for use with low-loss microwave coaxial cable qualified for 32 GHz spaceflight applications. Traditional box right-angle connectors are often associated with poor VSWR (voltage standing wave ratio) performance, particularly at frequencies approaching 18 GHz.

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

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Insights into evolution of life on Earth from 1 of Saturn's moons

September 12, 2013 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Glimpses of the events that nurtured life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago are coming from an unlikely venue almost 1 billion miles away, according to the leader of an effort to understand Titan, one of the most unusual moons in the solar system.

Engineering Update #24: Virgin Galactic's SS2 hits Mach 1.43 and Elon Musk becomes Ironman

September 12, 2013 10:21 am | Videos | Comments

In this week Engineering Update brought to you by Mouser Electronics: SpaceShipTwo also known as SS2 broke its own speed and altitude records last week achieving an altitude of 69,000 feet and a maximum speed of Mach 1.43, which is 1,088 miles per hour.

NASA launches drones from Va. to study storms

September 11, 2013 11:46 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA scientists are using former military surveillance drones to help them understand more about how tropical storms intensify, which they say could ultimately save lives by improving forecast models that predict a hurricane's strength. The unmanned Global Hawk aircraft were designed to perform high-altitude, long-endurance reconnaissance and intelligence missions for the Air Force.

Power transistor offers a broad instantaneous bandwidth

September 10, 2013 2:28 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the T1G6001032-SM, a ceramic packaged, 10W peak (P3dB) power transistor fabricated using TriQuint Semiconductor’s proven Gallium Nitride (GaN) production process.  Offering a broad instantaneous bandwidth afforded from TriQuint’s TQGaN25 process technology...

Advanced decoupling capacitors for aerospace applications

September 9, 2013 4:46 pm | by Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow, AVX | Articles | Comments

To keep pace with the ongoing technological advancements in the aerospace industry, electronics destined for use in aerospace applications must not only meet a stringent set of safety and reliability qualification requirements, but must also satisfy continual market pressures to provide maximum functionality....

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Connectors meet latest aerospace cabin needs

September 9, 2013 2:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) announces the new DEUTSCH 369 Series connectors. The DEUTSCH 369 series provides a range of high-reliability, lightweight, compact and cost-efficient connectors suited to harsh aerospace environments. This series is particularly suited to civil aerospace cabin systems applications.

SpaceShipTwo makes 2nd supersonic test flight

September 6, 2013 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Galactic says it successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing. The craft called SpaceShipTwo reached an altitude of 69,000 feet (21,030 meters) over California early Thursday after it was dropped from a carrier aircraft and its rocket was ignited for a 20-second burn.  

Power supply units provide a plug and play solution

September 6, 2013 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax plc announces the release of the MC1U series. Offered in 400W (MC1U-6A), 700W (MC1U-6B) and 1000W (MC1U-6C) versions, supporting a 47Hz to 440Hz input frequency range, these power supply units (PSUs) provide design engineers with a plug and play solution....

This is how you prepare an observatory for space

September 5, 2013 4:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you think about testing, you’re probably picturing a bench with the component and a few related tools. However, when you work for NASA and you’re testing an observatory for space, it’s a little bit of a different situation. This is NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, to its friends), which is being prepared for its launch on September 6.

120W GaN transistors offer > 50% drain efficiency from a 36V supply

September 5, 2013 1:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor wideband GaN on SiC transistors. The TriQuint T1G4012036-FL is a 120 W peak (24 W avg.) (P3dB) discrete transistor in a flange package while the TriQuint T1G4012036-FS provides an earless configuration.

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Engineering Newswire 53: New keyboard shocks internet abusers

September 3, 2013 8:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features: During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.

NASA selects Thermacore for study of spacecraft thermal control

September 3, 2013 8:33 am | Thermacore | News | Comments

Thermacore was recently selected by NASA Space Technology’s Game Changing Development Program to have one of its unique thermal management concepts evaluated for potential use in future spacecraft. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program released a solicitation to the nation to help solve a challenging spacecraft thermal management issue....

Team Tobyhanna streamlines Nett Warrior fielding process

September 2, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Team Tobyhanna is helping connect Soldiers to cutting-edge technology, which gives leaders the ability to soundlessly maneuver and track a unit's movements on the battlefield using a handheld device. Several shops here are supporting the U.S. Army's Nett Warrior system that provides warfighters secure and mobile voice, video and data communications capabilities.

Rocket carrying spy satellite launches from Calif.

August 29, 2013 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched from the central California coast Wednesday. The Delta IV Heavy rocket soared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and sped toward low-Earth orbit, officials at United Launch Alliance said.

The evolution of miniaturization within UAV connector technology

August 29, 2013 12:04 pm | by Derek Hunt, Omnetics Connector Corporation | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Throughout the world, military and aerospace engineers are focused on new design efforts to not only modernize existing operations, but at the same time, miniaturize these efforts and electronics to improve flexibility and portability as well as overall survivability in the field.

Engineering Update #22: Boeing's newest Dreamliner and a motorized surfboard

August 29, 2013 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its first appearance in Washington this week and is scheduled for delivery to Air New Zealand in 2013. The Jetsurf Board is a gas-powered surfboard that can move at up 35 mph. It has a 100-cc gas engine, and the board is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar.

Development kits include all necessary hardware and software (including source code)

August 28, 2013 2:35 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits announced the introduction of development kits for a 3.3V, 10Mbit/sec EBR-1553 solution. The kits include all necessary hardware, software (including source code) and feature Holt’s HI-6140, an integrated terminal designed for Enhanced Bit Rate 10Mbps MIL-STD-1553 or MIL-STD-1760 applications....

Digital pressure sensors with CANopen provide consistent performance in harsh environments

August 28, 2013 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s new Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen, Model DPS, are rugged, all-welded, provide consistent performance in harsh environments, and can be used in a wide range of demanding applications like transportation, process control, factory automation, medical equipment systems, and aerospace test and research.

Engineering Newswire 52: NASA crashes helicopters

August 27, 2013 11:29 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car. This episode features: NASA researchers plan to drop a 45-foot CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seats and advance experimental techniques and crash worthiness data.

Japan postpones launch of new, cheaper rocket

August 27, 2013 10:50 am | by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem that aborted the countdown 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency official Yuko Hoshikawa said an automatic countdown...

How will unmanned systems shape the future of warfare?

August 27, 2013 10:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. The second category is military/aerospace technology, specifically unmanned systems....

California vies for new space industry

August 26, 2013 9:46 am | by MIHIR ZAVERI, Associated Press | News | Comments

As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability...

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