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High-density, output configurable power system provides 1,300 W for space-constrained apps

August 23, 2012 9:48 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corp. introduced the Westcor MicroPAC power factor corrected AC/DC power system providing up to 1300 W of continuous power at up to 92 percent efficiency and 25 W/in3 power density in a 4 x 1.72 x 7.45 inch package. Offering semi-regulated output voltages of

President praises Curiosity team on This Week @NASA

August 23, 2012 9:38 am | by This Week @NASA | Videos | Comments

On This Week @Nasa, the Curiousity team gets a special phone call from Barack Obama, praising them for their efforts and congratulating the team on the success of their recent Mars landing. Listen in to see the actual video clip and hear the Commander in chief say hello.

Design issues in modern warfare

August 23, 2012 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Counter insurgency warfare demands split-second decision making and real time information. In this episode, Vince and Allison review the design of a throwable reconnaissance robot.Engineering.com tackles the idea of Design Issues in Modern Warfare

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SECNAV on the Great Green Fleet

August 23, 2012 9:02 am | Videos | Comments

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to a military reporter about the debut of the Great Green Fleet during the 2012 Rim of the Pacific exercise, and what it means for the future of the Navy and its reliance on foreign oil. The U.S.S. Nimitz carrier strike group participated in a demonstration as part of the “Great Green Fleet” initiative, which aims to extract half of the Navy’s total energy from alternative sources by 2020.

Mars Rover's "seven minutes of terror"

August 23, 2012 8:49 am | Videos | Comments

NASA planned one of the most complicated spacecraft landings ever attempted for the Curiosity rover's touchdown on August 6 at about 1:30 am. ET. The complex procedure involved the use of the largest supersonic parachute ever built and a "sky crane" to lower the rover onto the Martian surface. "If any one thing doesn't work just right," says one engineer, "it's game over!"

Australia fighter jets first to get hi-tech U.S. jammers

August 23, 2012 8:47 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Australia will upgrade half of its frontline warplanes with sophisticated American jammers to become the first nation outside of the United States to use the system, the country's defense minister said on Thursday.

Mars rover Curiosity aces first test drive

August 23, 2012 8:46 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took a 16-minute drive on Wednesday, its first since reaching the Red Planet to search for habitats that could have supported microbial life.The $2.5-billion, two-year mission, NASA's first astrobiology initiative since the 1970s-era Viking probes,

'Electronic nose' prototype developed

August 22, 2012 8:44 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research by Nosang Myung, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering, has enabled a Riverside company to develop an "electronic nose" prototype that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances.

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Mars rover Curiosity gears up for Wednesday test drive

August 22, 2012 8:39 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to study if the Red Planet could have hosted life, will take its first test drive on Wednesday. The one-ton, nuclear-powered robotic geologist, which landed inside a Martian crater on August 6, will get instructions for a 30-minute drive, mission manager Michael Watkins told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

Spacewalkers prepare station for new Russian lab

August 21, 2012 9:15 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

 Two veteran cosmonauts sailed through a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Monday to prepare the orbital outpost for a new module and better shield its living quarters against small meteorite and debris impacts, officials said.

NASA picks another Mars flight to explore its core

August 21, 2012 9:11 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP | News | Comments

After driving all around Mars with four rovers, NASA wants to look deep into the guts of the red planet. The space agency decided Monday to launch a relatively low-cost robotic lander in 2016 to check out what makes the Martian core so different from Earth's.  

Careful designers get the most from brushless DC motors

August 20, 2012 10:10 am | by Jon Titus, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

A brushed-DC motor comprises external permanent magnets and electromagnets wound on a rotating core. Brushes manufactured from graphite and other materials switch, or commutate, electricity to the coils as they rotate to sustain motion. A brushless-DC (BLDC) motor turns this construction inside out and places

NASA's science rover Curiosity zaps first Martian rock

August 20, 2012 8:57 am | by Steve Gorman, Reuters | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity zapped its first rock on Sunday with a high-powered laser gun designed to analyze Martian mineral content, and scientists declared their target practice a success.

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Like NASA rover, family switches over to Mars time

August 20, 2012 8:53 am | by Alicia Chang AP Science Writer | News | Comments

For one family, an exotic summer getaway means living on Mars. Martian time, that is.Since the landing of NASA's newest Mars rover, flight director David Oh's family has taken the unusual step of tagging along as he leaves Earth time behind and syncs his body clock with the red planet. 

Compact, rugged multi-platform mission computer system targets vetronics and avionics

August 16, 2012 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has introduced the newest member of its family of fully integrated Multi-Platform Mission Computer (MPMC) subsystems. The new MPMC-9105 VMC (Versatile Mission Computer) is an ultra compact, volume optimized system designed for

Armored USB cables resist up to 1500 PSI crushes and impacts

August 16, 2012 3:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

L-com, Inc. has released two new USB 2.0 cable assembly lines with metal armor around the cables. The new Type A male to Type A male and Type A male to Type B male cables boast a crush resistance of 1500 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). The company’s USB cabling offering has

Senior Russia space official quits after loss of satellites

August 16, 2012 2:55 pm | News | Comments

The head of a leading Russian rocket-maker has resigned, the country's space agency chief said on Thursday, after two satellites were lost in a botched launch in the latest failure to dog the once-pioneering space industry. Vladimir Nesterov, 63, is leaving the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre, which produces Russia's workhorse Proton rockets, after Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev harshly criticised the industry.

U.S. hypersonic aircraft crashes seconds into military test flight

August 16, 2012 8:45 am | by Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters | News | Comments

An unmanned experimental aircraft designed to fly six times the speed of sound broke apart over the Pacific Ocean seconds into a military test flight due to a faulty control fin, the U.S. Air Force said on Wednesday.

Hearing the telltale sounds of dangerous chemicals

August 15, 2012 4:12 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

To warn of chemical attacks and help save lives, it's vital to quickly determine if even trace levels of potentially deadly chemicals—such as the nerve gas sarin and other odorless, colorless agents—are present.

Gamma rays from galactic center could be evidence of dark matter

August 14, 2012 11:42 am | News | Comments

Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to research submitted by UC Irvine astrophysicists to the American Physical Society journal Physical Review D.

Aircraft shoots for 3,600 mph for 300 seconds

August 14, 2012 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Air Force plans a key test of an experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound, or about 3,600 mph.

More trial, less error: An effort to improve scientific studies

August 14, 2012 8:31 am | by Sharon Begley, Reuters | News | Comments

So many scientific studies are making incorrect claims that a new service has sprung up to fact-check reported findings by repeating the experiments.

Wind farms: A danger to ultra-light aircraft?

August 13, 2012 1:28 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

For a motorized hangglider or a one-seater weighing 300 kilograms: the business of flying by ultra-light aircraft is booming. That is also why numerous airfields are applying for the license to host these lightweight gliders.

Obama cheers 'mind-boggling' Curiosity mission

August 13, 2012 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) -- Hailing NASA's "mind-boggling" Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, President Barack Obama urged the scientists operating the craft on Monday to phone home immediately if they find any extra-terrestrials.

After Curiosity, uncertainty lingers on NASA's Mars program

August 13, 2012 9:07 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - This week's arrival of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity set the stage for a potentially game-changing quest to learn whether the planet most like Earth ever had a shot at developing life, but follow-up missions exist only on drawing boards.

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