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Piezoelectric accelerometers support ground vibration testing requirements

May 29, 2012 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kistler (www.kistler.com) has announced the availability of its piezoelectric accelerometer technologies for cost-effective, high-accuracy support of aircraft, helicopter, rotorcraft, missile, satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground vibration testing (GVT), as well as large-scale MIMO and SIMO aerospace structural monitoring.

Australia to share in world's largest telescope

May 29, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are celebrating today after hearing that Australia will share in hosting the world's largest telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). ICRAR – a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia – has been working towards the $2 billion SKA since its launch in 2009.

Astronauts float inside SpaceX Dragon capsule

May 29, 2012 9:14 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station opened the hatch and floated inside a Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon capsule on Saturday, the first privately owned spaceship to reach the orbital outpost, NASA said.

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Pioneering U.S. commercial spaceflight quiets critics

May 24, 2012 4:58 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A pioneering commercial spaceship closed in on the International Space Station on Wednesday, a key test in a controversial program to reduce the U.S. government's role in human space flight. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, launched its Dragon cargo capsule into orbit on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for a test run to the $100 billion orbital outpost.

Beam them up: Ashes of 'Star Trek' actor in orbit

May 24, 2012 4:52 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," spent his acting career whizzing through the cosmos. Gordon Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts. And Bob Shrake spent his work life anonymously helping send NASA's high-tech spacecraft to other planets.

Solar plane begins 1st transcontinental flight

May 24, 2012 4:38 pm | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight Thursday, aiming to reach North Africa next week.

Private ship's space station flyby called success

May 24, 2012 4:28 pm | by Marcia Dunn, Aerospace Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's first private supply ship flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station on Thursday, passing a critical test in advance of Friday's actual docking.

Brainstorm: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

May 24, 2012 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Advanced vehicle and aircraft systems contain a significant amount of embedded software supporting virtually every operation, from entertainment and engine control to critical safety functions. A recent IEEE Spectrum article noted that a premium-class automobile” probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code.

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Decision time on site for giant radio telescope

May 24, 2012 11:00 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

When completed in 2024 the "Square Kilometre Array" (SKA) will be made up of 3,000 dishes, each 15 meters wide, together with many more antennae, that will stretch over 3,000 km (1,864 miles). Scanning the sky 10,000 times faster and with 50 times the sensitivity of any other telescope, it will be used to study the origins of the universe and will be able to detect weak signals that could indicate the presence of extraterrestrial life.

Scotland Yard deploys handheld fingerprint devices to identify suspects on the go

May 24, 2012 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Scotland Yard says it's equipping its police officers with handheld fingerprint devices, something the force says will help identify suspects in a matter of seconds.

SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station trial run

May 23, 2012 11:05 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An unmanned rocket owned by privately held Space Exploration Technologies blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday on the first commercial flight to the International Space Station.

Exclusive: Spy agency seeks cyber-ops curriculum

May 23, 2012 9:55 am | by Tabassum Zakaria | News | Comments

The National Security Agency is trying to expand U.S. cyber expertise needed for secret intelligence operations against adversaries on computer networks through a new cyber-ops program at selected universities.

Clock oscillator offers ultra-low phase noise

May 22, 2012 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek Corporation’s Ultra-Low Phase Noise CCHD-950 Series HCMOS Clock Oscillator pushes the phase noise performance benchmark with a -168 dBc/Hz noise floor (100 MHz model).

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Sensors monitor vibration for a variety of commercial applications

May 19, 2012 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Series 961/960-TX sensors from Columbia Research Labs are designed specifically to monitor vibration generated by military and commercial helicopter engines, transmissions, and airframes. The model 961, single axis, and each sensor in the Model 960-TX, triaxial, feature

Commercial rocket will fly to the space station

May 18, 2012 9:19 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America's space program. If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commercial spacecraft could be ferrying astronauts to the orbiting outpost within five years.

‘The Rocket Man’ greets the ‘Rocket Men’

May 17, 2012 11:21 am | News | Comments

Continuing the celebration of André Kuipers’ music in space, British rock legend Sir Elton John sent a special message to ESA, André and the crew of the ISS on the 40th anniversary of his classic song ‘Rocket Man’. The accompanying video was recorded during Sir Elton’s Million Dollar Piano Show in Las Vegas, on 17 April, 40 years to the day after his single Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time) was released around the world.

Liquid-level reed sensors ideal for industrial and home applications

May 17, 2012 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEDER electronic offers a complete line of liquid level reed sensors, ideal for use in laboratory fluid systems, automotive fluid sensing, aerospace and marine fuel level sensors, as well as a myriad of industrial uses, electrical equipment, and home appliances. MEDER recently launched a product training module on Digikey.com to help users make the best use of liquid level sensors.

Three-man Soyuz crew departs for space station

May 15, 2012 9:13 am | by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A three-man crew blasted off from a space center in southern Kazakhstan Tuesday morning on board a Russian-made Soyuz craft for a four-and-half-month stay at the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin set off from the Baikonur facility as scheduled at 9:01 a.m. local time (0301 GMT).

Shuttle rocket-builder vying for NASA space taxi work

May 10, 2012 12:45 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Two of NASA's prime contractors are teaming with Europe's Astrium to develop a commercial space taxi built from shuttle heritage booster rockets and a prototype NASA spaceship originally designed as an alternative to the deep-space Orion capsule, the companies announced on Wednesday.

U.S. downs test missile with new interceptor

May 10, 2012 12:42 pm | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy's newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran. A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor, the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.

U.S. military embraces robots with greater autonomy

May 9, 2012 12:31 pm | by David Alexander, Reuters | News | Comments

The unattended steering wheel on the 15-ton military truck jerked sharply back and forth as the vehicle's huge tires bounced down a rain-scarred ravine through mounds of mine rubble on a rugged hillside near Pittsburgh. Oshkosh Corp engineer Noah Zych, perched in the driver's seat, kept his hands in his lap and away from the gyrating wheel as the vehicle reached the bottom of the slope and slammed into a puddle, coating the windshield in a blinding sheet of mud.

"Made in space" coming soon to a product near you

May 4, 2012 1:01 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The European Space Agency is hatching plans for a branding campaign aimed at making people more aware of the benefits of spending their hard-earned taxes on the International Space Station (ISS). The list of products and technologies that have their roots in space research is long...

Lockheed wins contract to run U.S. cyber crime lab

May 4, 2012 9:02 am | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp on Thursday said it had won a contract worth up to $454 million to support the Pentagon's Cyber Crime Center, a government facility that investigates the growing number of attacks on U.S. government networks. Lockheed beat out General Dynamics Corp, which previously ran the center, to win the contract in January, but the award was held up by a protest filed with the General Accountability Office.

Yoga for jets: why planemakers prefer bent wingtips

May 3, 2012 9:03 am | by Kyle Peterson and Tim Hepher, Reuters | News | Comments

There are, so the industry saying goes, only three secrets in the commercial airplane business: the selling price, the production cost and the shape of the wing. Boeing and Airbus are testing that proverb to the limits as they squeeze improvements out of the wings of their most popular jets to make them more aerodynamic...

500-Watt AC-DC supplies feature high efficiency, low weight for use in harsh environments

May 2, 2012 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

In order to meet customer demand for higher power output and greater reliability in a compact, lightweight design able to handle harsh environmental conditions, Abbott Technologies has added a new 500-Watt AC-DC model to its highly successful power supply product line.

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