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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.

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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...

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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.

Follow online: International Space Station symposium in Berlin

May 1, 2012 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Senior scientists and heads of the five International Space Station partners will present ground-breaking research and discuss future projects in Berlin on 2–4 May. Follow the first International Space Station symposium live on the web through its dedicated website.

Icy Alpine caves setting for Mars mission tests

May 1, 2012 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Scientists were out of this world on Tuesday about tests in icy Alpine caves of the technology needed for a mission to Mars one day. "We have learned an infinite amount in the past three days," project leader Gernot Groemer from the Austrian Space Forum said of the 11-nation field test in the Dachstein region near Salzburg.

Space shuttle Enterprise lands in New York atop jet

April 27, 2012 2:05 pm | by Thomas Zambito, Reuters | News | Comments

The space shuttle Enterprise flew to New York from Washington on Friday piggybacked atop a Boeing 747, making a dramatic flight along the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty to the delight of observers. En route to John F. Kennedy International Airport, the retired shuttle flew at low altitude along the river, giving residents of New York and New Jersey an extraordinary view of the craft.

First Mars Express gravity results plot volcanic history

April 27, 2012 1:25 pm | News | Comments

Five years of Mars Express gravity mapping data are providing unique insights into what lies beneath the Red Planet’s largest volcanoes. The results show that the lava grew denser over time and that the thickness of the planet's rigid outer layers varies across the Tharsis region.

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China's space know-how said threat to U.S., Taiwan

April 27, 2012 11:43 am | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

China's growing capabilities in space could undercut any U.S. military response if Beijing resorted to force to bring self-ruled Taiwan into its fold, a study released Friday by a congressionally mandated U.S. commission said.

Losing the space race ex post facto

April 26, 2012 11:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The United States is conceding the space race...43 years after winning it. The Space Shuttle's ignominious retirement closes the door on an engineering marvel and an American institution. And the public didn’t bat an eyelash. How did we get to this point? How did space travel become blasé? When Neil Armstrong took one small step for (a) man, half a billion people tuned in around the world.  

Army tactical communication network organization reflects on its rich history

April 24, 2012 3:54 pm | by Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, www.army.mil | News | Comments

As the parent organization of Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, PM WIN-T reflects back on its own history, with roots in early satellite development that date back more than 60 years.

SpaceX delays its trip to space station

April 24, 2012 12:39 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Space Exploration Technologies, a privately held firm founded and run by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is delaying its trial cargo run to the International Space Station, Musk announced Monday. "Am pushing launch back approximately a week to do more testing on Dragon docking code. New date pending coordination with NASA," Musk said in a Twitter post.

17-micron thermal sensor with standard serial link simplifies IR camera designs

April 24, 2012 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

ULIS announces today the launch of Pico384E, a new 17-micron pixel size thermal sensor with I2C, the standard Inter-Integrated Circuit link used in many of today’s electronic devices. I2C makes IR sensors compatible with the large-scale production processes used in visible cameras.

ATCA chassis offers 50% more computing density, AC power

April 20, 2012 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pixus Technologies has introduced a new 6U AdvancedTCA (ATCA) SlotSaver Shelf that gains 2 slots of payload card usage, along with AC power.   The density, full redundancy, and versatile power configuration is well suited for telecom, military/aerospace, and high-end networking/computing applications.

VCO operates from 2558 MHz to 2575 MHz

April 10, 2012 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2558-2575 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 2558 MHz to 2575 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V to 4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -120 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has

Earth, this is Space Station, do you hear me?

April 10, 2012 10:48 am | News | Comments

Are you following Andre Kuipers' mission through his blog, Twitter or Flickr? Astronauts are sharing the privilege of being in space with the people back at home via social media. Communication with space stations has not always been so easy.

Doing more with less: How today’s electronics providers are adapting to DoD budgets cuts

April 4, 2012 8:21 am | by Dusty Kramer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Parvus Corporation | Articles | Comments

In February of this year, the DoD proposed a new budget which would cut procurement and research spending on communications and electronics by nearly one-fourth in the next two years.

Power user conference to highlight operational energy innovation

April 3, 2012 10:21 am | by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest, PEO C3T | News | Comments

Supplying tactical electric power to the battlefield in a reliable, energy-efficient way is a key goal of the Department of Defense's Project Manager Mobile Electric Power and the focus of an upcoming Users' Conference.

Flexible COTS integrated subsystem functions out of the box

April 3, 2012 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. now offers the compact RediBuilt rugged COTS computer that boots and executes a real-time operating system right out of the box. This flexible computer can accommodate either Intel or Freescale processors...

May 2012: Military & Aerospace

April 3, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue discusses military electronics, including how OEMs are adapting to DoD budget cuts. Senior Technical Editor Jon Titus summarizes his experience at Design West, while Executive Editor Chris Warner editorializes about Apple in “The human price point for electronics.”

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