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NASA rover prototype set to explore Greenland ice sheet

May 2, 2013 2:32 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

NASA's newest scientific rover is set for testing May 3 through June 8 in the highest part of Greenland. The robot known as GROVER, which stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research, will roam the frigid landscape collecting measurements...

Muzzle flash sensor detects muzzle flash from over 100 m awa

May 2, 2013 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors announced an optical detector technology capable of detecting muzzle flash from over 100 meters away, while minimizing false alarms. Operating at the speed of light, an optical flash detection system provides an almost instantaneous response to a gunfire event, providing

Smart protocol converter translates avionics messages in real-time

May 1, 2013 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduced the AceXtreme Bridge Device to translate avionics messages in real-time between MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, and Ethernet in any direction, without a host computer. With an onboard Intel Atom processor, two Ethernet channels, two

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Russia charging NASA $70 million per rocket seat

May 1, 2013 10:01 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is paying $424 million more to Russia to get U.S. astronauts into space, and the agency's leader is blaming Congress for the extra expense. NASA announced its latest contract with the Russian Space Agency on Tuesday. The $424 million represents flights to and from the International Space Station aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft....

NVision helps honor a fallen hero

April 30, 2013 4:40 pm | News | Comments

NVision recently volunteered its 3D laser-scanning services to help Sarasota sculptor Greg Marra create an exact replica of the rifle that former Navy Seal Chris Kyle used while in the military. Christopher Scott “Chris” Kyle is widely considered to have been the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with over 150 confirmed kills.

B787 1st test flight in Japan since battery fire

April 29, 2013 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's All Nippon Airways has successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing 787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this year. Ray Conner, president of Boeing's consumer airline division, and ANA President Shinichiro Ito were aboard the flight Sunday.

Guns are only as ‘smart’ as we are

April 29, 2013 9:48 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I’m uncomfortable with the phrase "smart gun." Maybe that’s because the words make me think of Skynet in Terminator, or the great lesson to man about the dangers of artificial intelligence gussied up in a blockbuster action-movie franchise. While it’s probably not going to rebel and nearly exterminate all of mankind, in the wrong hands, real-world technology can become a tool for evil.

VPX processor blade provides up to 8GB DDR3-1333/1600 dual channel ECC memory

April 24, 2013 2:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced its flagship VPX product line, the VPX3000 Series rugged 3U VPX processor blade. The VPX3000 Series is ideal for system integrators who have a need for an advanced VPX board with VPX REDI and OpenVPX compliance in order to deploy high performance military and aerospace applications requiring quick time-to-market.

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NTSB probes safety testing of Boeing 787 batteries

April 23, 2013 9:50 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

As airlines prepare to resume flying Boeing's beleaguered 787 Dreamliners, federal investigators looked Tuesday at how regulators and the company tested and approved the plane's cutting-edge battery system, and whether the government cedes too much safety-testing authority to aircraft makers.

Two-way power divider offers a wide, 1 GHz to 40 GHz coverage

April 19, 2013 12:03 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

Krytar, Inc., announced a new two-way power divider offering desirable performance over the broadband frequency range of 1.0 GHz to 40.0 GHz in a compact package with 14 dB Isolation and ±0.60 dB amplitude tracking. The Model 6010400 two-way divider exhibits

Astronomers discover massive star factory in early universe

April 17, 2013 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smaller begets bigger. Such is often the case for galaxies, at least: the first galaxies were small, then eventually merged together to form the behemoths we see in the present universe. Those smaller galaxies produced stars at a modest rate....

Navy develops high impact, high integrity polymer for air, sea, and domestic applications

April 17, 2013 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Chemistry Division scientists have developed a second generation, cost-effective polyetheretherketone (PEEK)-like phthalonitrile-resin demonstrating superior high temperature and flammability properties for use in numerous marine, aerospace and domestic applications.

CNET update - U.S. Navy uses laser to take down drone

April 17, 2013 9:16 am | Videos | Comments

On this edition of the CNET update, the Navy plans to put the first laser weapon on a ship, the Galaxy Note 8 rivals the iPad Mini, and Starbucks offers a new way to get iTunes freebies. Check out more here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-33692_3-57578725-305/u.s-navy-uses-laser-to-take-down-drone/

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DoD cancels “participation trophy” for drone pilots

April 16, 2013 4:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The DoD has finally backed down. And I applaud their decision. Following months of negative feedback, the DoD has officially scuttled the Distinguished Warfare Medal. The DWM — intended for drone operators — would’ve ranked ahead of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart (two combat decorations) in the order of precedence.

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.

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.

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.

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