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At Last...Remote Debugging is HERE!

November 22, 2011 5:49 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

When I was a young engineer, I was involved in a pretty ugly incident with a three-phase power inverter. No, I didn't get hurt, but the incident shook me up a little. I had designed a three-phase matrix converter, and I had just got it working to the point where I could spin a motor.

Coolers Utilize Aerospace Fluid-Bearing Technology

November 21, 2011 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jaro's new tightly-designed MR-16 LED coolers optimize longevity and temperature with a highly-efficient fluid-bearing structure. At speeds of up to 4200RPM±15%, these very quiet DC coolers provide a chilly, yet quiet air-flow of 1.850CFM (min.: 1.573 CFM).

GA-ASI Successfully Demonstrates Lynx Maritime Mode on Aerostat

November 21, 2011 7:05 am | News | Comments

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems today announced its successful participation in a U.S. Air Force exercise designed to demonstrate the capability of an aerostat equipped with maritime radar and an Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensor to provide situational awareness for littoral environments.

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ESA Council opens up to ten EU Member States

November 21, 2011 6:41 am | News | Comments

Responding to the growing interest within Europe in space matters, ESA has invited 10 more countries to participate in meetings of its governing Council.

ESA’s ‘Earth from Space’ web-TV takes off

November 21, 2011 6:35 am | News | Comments

Discover more about our planet with the new Earth from Space video programme. Join us every Friday at 10:00 CET for an 800 km-high tour with spectacular images from Earth-observing satellites.

Cosmic particle accelerators get things going

November 21, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

ESA's Cluster satellites have discovered that cosmic particle accelerators are more efficient than previously thought. The discovery has revealed the initial stages of acceleration for the first time, a process that could apply across the Universe.

Space and its benefits for citizens and society: A top priority for Europe

November 21, 2011 6:23 am | News | Comments

After the recent launch of the first Galileo satellites – an event of paramount political importance for Europe – politicians, policymakers, space agency managers, industrialists, satellite operators and members of civil society gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels on 8–9 November...

First Vega launch campaign aims for January liftoff

November 21, 2011 6:16 am | News | Comments

The first Vega launch campaign began on Monday at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana with the installation of the first stage on the pad. Europe’s new small launcher is on track for its maiden flight at the end of January.

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Spinning blood device set to safeguard astronaut health

November 21, 2011 6:10 am | News | Comments

ESA has begun developing a new blood-testing device for astronauts on the International Space Station. A wide range of ailments from diabetes to heart disease should be diagnosable in moments from a single drop of astronaut blood.

Miniature Hi-Rel-COTS Oscillator Boasts Wider Frequency Range

November 21, 2011 3:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Valpey Fisher announced it expanded the frequency range offered in its VFH3225, presented as the industry’s smallest size High Reliability/Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) oscillator with outstanding performance for military applications.

Army developing self-aware, decision-making network

November 18, 2011 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Army is developing a “self-aware, decision-making network” that will ultimately reduce human decision-making requirements and increase network performance. The Cognitive Algorithm & Network Design Experiment (CANDE) was designed to enable easier network maintenance, reduce human decision-making requirements, increase network lifetime, transfer data with less delay, and reduce energy consumption.

Lockheed Martin Team Successfully Demonstrates Communications and Tactical Data Sharing at U.S. Army Exercise

November 18, 2011 4:34 am | News | Comments

A Lockheed Martin team recently demonstrated how software-defined radios can extend the Army’s tactical network by connecting disparate ground troops with the Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System (AMF JTRS).

Northrop Grumman Completes Installation of Assembly Stand for James Webb Space Telescope Flight Optics

November 18, 2011 4:21 am | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corporation and its teammate ITT Exelis have finished installation of the giant structural steel frame used to assemble the mirrors and instruments of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

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Army seeks clean energy with new power station

November 18, 2011 4:18 am | by Vince Little, The Bayonet | News | Comments

Army, government and private industry leaders came together last week to celebrate the startup of a system at Fort Benning's landfill designed to capture methane and convert it to electricity.

SBC Presents Expanded Modular Design Concepts for Display and Box Computers

November 17, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the SC24, a rugged, maintenance-free single board computer (SBC) with a modular design that is presented as enabling the rapid implementation of custom computing requirements. The board's

U.S. commander cannot pin down satellite anomaly

November 17, 2011 6:33 am | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

The command responsible for U.S. military space operations lacks enough data to determine who interfered with two U.S. government satellites, anomalies behind perhaps the most explosive charge in a report on China sent to Congress on Wednesday.

Ex-U.S. admiral raises cash for cyber security firm

November 17, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

Retired U.S. Admiral William Fallon has spent the past year working to turn around a high-tech start-up that sells software that helps government agencies and businesses fight sophisticated cyber attacks.

Soldiers test network, shape future of Army

November 17, 2011 5:07 am | by Lt. Col. Deanna Bague, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office | Blogs | Comments

The Army has committed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, to evaluate new technologies and network capabilities that are shaping the Army's evolving tactical network.

Analysis: Botched Mars mission shows Russian industry troubles

November 14, 2011 10:11 am | by Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters | News | Comments

Russia's unsuccessful launch of a Mars moon probe points up the problems of a once-pioneering space industry struggling to recover after a generation of brain drain and crimped budgets.

16 GHz Digital Frequency Discriminator Includes Phase Modulation on Pulse Detection

November 11, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mercury Computer Systems’ FM021814 digital frequency discriminator (DFD) blends the ability to generate phase and frequency information data streams, providing highly reliable and accurate information instantaneously for critical defense applications. The new FM021814 monitors

Inductors Target Space Flight and Down Hole Drilling Apps

November 10, 2011 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

API Delevan introduced what it asserts are some of the world’s smallest space level SMD inductors that are rigorously tested to Mil-STD-981 for high reliability applications. The company combined its

ELD Connectors Suit Modern Avionics

November 10, 2011 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Since the introduction of the “glass cockpit”, commercial and military aircraft manufacturers have experienced significant demand for next-generation technology. In place of mechanical, analog and digital gauges, pilots now enjoy a fully integrated

ECN’s Tale of Two Veterans

November 10, 2011 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The military deserves our eternal gratitude, and this Veterans Day, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for their immeasurable sacrifices...for their blood, sweat, and tears shed in defense of this great nation of ours. You may not know this, but Electronic Component News has two veterans in its midst. Your humble author, formerly 2nd Lieutenant Lomberg, served three years in the Army Reserve.

Russia races to salvage stranded Mars probe

November 10, 2011 5:35 am | by Alissa de Carbonnel, Reuters | News | Comments

Russia raced on Thursday to salvage a spacecraft bound for a moon of Mars that is stranded in the Earth's orbit, with just days left before the window closes on its first interplanetary mission in 15 years.

DC:DC Converters Offer Efficiency up to 92%

November 10, 2011 4:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAIA Converter has released a new family of high input voltage DC/DC Converters targeting Avionic, Aerospace, Military and Missile applications. The MGDS-75-S series have an input voltage range of 155-480V...

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