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New research eclipses existing theories on moon formation

August 29, 2012 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Moon is believed to have formed from a collision, 4.5 billion years ago, between Earth and an impactor the size of Mars, known as "Theia." Over the past decades scientists have simulated this process and reproduced many of the properties of the Earth-Moon system; however, these simulations have also given rise to a problem known as the Lunar Paradox...

Penn State ARL to lead defense manufacturing research project

August 29, 2012 3:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Streamlining the design and manufacture of U.S. Department of Defense equipment, including vehicles, weapons and other complex systems, is the goal of a $48 million contract recently awarded to Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Instant Foundry Adaptive through Bits (iFAB) program...

TacSat-4 participates in Navy fleet experiment Trident Warrior

August 29, 2012 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Tactical Satellite-4 successfully completes three weeks of intense testing, June 28, as part of the Navy's annual Trident Warrior Experiment 2012 (TW12). TacSat-4 is a Navy-led Joint mission that provides Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM). Sponsored by Navy Warfare Development Command, Trident Warrior is an annual fleet experiment...


Space-warping white dwarfs produce gravitational waves

August 28, 2012 3:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gravitational waves, much like the recently discovered Higgs boson, are notoriously difficult to observe. Scientists first detected these ripples in the fabric of space-time indirectly, using radio signals from a pulsar-neutron star binary system. The find, which required exquisitely accurate timing of the radio signals, garnered its discoverers a Nobel Prize.

HALO: One-of-a-kind research aircraft ready for takeoff

August 27, 2012 3:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The airborne research platform "High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft" (HALO), co-funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), is ready for takeoff. The German Federal Minister of Research, Professor Annette Schavan, pre-sented the research platform to the science community in Oberpfaffenhofen

Engineering Newswire: Toilets of the future

August 27, 2012 10:44 am | by PD&D Broadcasting Crew | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant.

NASA's pioneering astronauts: Where are they now?

August 27, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As space exploration has become more common and the number of astronauts has risen past 300, many names have faded into the background. But some will forever be associated with the golden age of space exploration. Some examples:

Supernovae of the same brightness, cut from vastly different cosmic cloth

August 24, 2012 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars called Type 1a supernova are ideal for measuring cosmic distance because they are bright enough to spot across the Universe and have relatively the same luminosity everywhere. Although astronomers have many theories about the kinds of star systems involved in these explosions (or progenitor systems), no one has ever directly observed one—until now.


New NASA video captures drama of Mars landing

August 24, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viewers can now relive the drama of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars with a new NASA video detailing the final moments of touchdown. ,The space agency Thursday posted the video on its website embedded with audio from mission control

Spaceship builder setting up shop in Florida

August 23, 2012 2:52 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

XCOR Aerospace, one of a handful of U.S. firms developing suborbital spaceships, plans to build its vehicles and fly tourists, researchers and commercial payloads from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials announced on Thursday.

SiliconExpert Webinar on Counterfeit Electronic Component Detection & Avoidance

August 23, 2012 1:45 pm | News | Comments

SiliconExpert Technologies, a provider of electronic component management tools, is hosting a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Diganta Das, a member of the research staff at the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)

In Their Own Words: Brent Jett, Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager

August 23, 2012 10:02 am | by NASAKennedy | Videos | Comments

Commercial Crew Program Deputy Manager Brent Jett discusses the importance of continuing research aboard the International Space Station and what the future holds for human spaceflight. Jett describes what it means to be in commercial crew research and finding alternative ways to get astronauts to the International Space Center-- Kennedy Space Center

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 tackles the idea of Design Issues in Modern Warfare

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.

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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