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NASA unveils new plan to buy rides for astronauts

September 21, 2011 7:34 am | News | Comments

NASA plans to spend $1.6 billion over the next two years bolstering industry efforts to develop space taxis, officials said on Monday. The U.S. space agency will be looking for complete systems to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station...

Fanless Box Computer Features VIA Nano-Eden CPU

September 20, 2011 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIN Enterprises announces thePL-80320, a fanless box computer for embedded applications powered by VIA Nano/Eden processors.

Tracking the Impossible

September 20, 2011 9:50 am | News | Comments

Cambridge Consultants has successfully carried out trials tracking 5 inch shells travelling at over 1,000 miles per hour for the US Department of Defense (DoD). The groundbreaking radar developed specifically for this task was able to measure the trajectory...

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Japan's defense industry hit by its first cyber attack

September 19, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

Japan's biggest defense contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, said on Monday hackers had gained access to its computers, with one newspaper saying its submarine, missile and nuclear power plant component factories had been the target.

Silicone Cable Performs in Severe Environments

September 19, 2011 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil’s High Flex Unshielded Silicone Cables are designed for applications that require reliability in severe environments. According to the company, this unique silicone extruded cable is unaffected when exposed to extreme temperatures

Harsh Environment Connectors Are Based on MIL-PRF-83526 16 and 17

September 16, 2011 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optical Cable Corporation’s (OCC) lineup of harsh environment connectors includes products based on the retired U.S. DoD MIL-PRF-83526/16 and /17 performance specification. In addition to these 83526 multi-channel plug and receptacle connectors, the company also

Galil Motion Controller used for Hyper-Realistic Military Training

September 16, 2011 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Strategic Operations (STOPS) uses a Galil DMC-4080 8-axis Ethernet motion controller and servo drive package in their Ballistic Unmanned Ground Vehicle (BUGV) used in their Hyper-Realistic training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations.

Space probe detects a planet with a double sunset

September 16, 2011 6:14 am | News | Comments

When the day ends on planet Kepler-16b there is a double sunset, scientists reported on Thursday in the journal Science. In a scene reminiscent of science fiction, researchers using observations from NASA's Kepler spacecraft have detected a distant planet orbiting two waltzing stars...

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VITA to exhibit at MILCOM 2011

September 15, 2011 6:33 am | News | Comments

VITA, the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical embedded systems industries, will be exhibiting at this year’s MILCOM in Baltimore, MD, November 7-10, 2011. Stopby and learn about the latest advancements in embedded computing technologies for Critical Embedded Systems.

GA-ASI Completes Initial Testing of New UAS Open Payload Architecture

September 14, 2011 1:54 pm | News | Comments

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA?ASI), a leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), tactical reconnaissance radars, and electro-optic surveillance systems, today announced that it has completed initial testing of a new UAS open payload architecture in its Poway, Calif., System Integration Lab (SIL). The testing demonstrated the ability to

New ISS Lab Manager on This Week @NASA

September 14, 2011 5:28 am | Videos | Comments

NASA has finalized a cooperative agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, CASIS, to manage the portion of the International Space Station that operates as a U.S. national laboratory.

The Migration Path to MicroTCA

September 12, 2011 8:13 am | by Jeff Elliott and Mark Lowdermilk, Embedded Planet, www.embeddedplanet.com | Articles | Comments

The primary selling points for MicroTCA are impressive: an affordable next-generation computing architecture, high communications bandwidth, the latest multi-core processors, support for redundancy and high availability...

Rocket failure exposes space station vulnerability

September 9, 2011 6:50 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

When a Russian rocket failed on its way to orbit last month, it exposed a vulnerability in the International Space Station program that a former NASA astronaut thinks China could help address.

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DRC Reports $39 Million Contract Award

September 8, 2011 7:36 am | News | Comments

Dynamics Research Corporation, a leading provider of innovative management consulting, engineering, and technology solutions, today announced that its High Performance Technologies (HPTi) operating unit was awarded a $39 million contract to provide

EMI Shielding: Connector and Passive Component Technology Impacts

September 7, 2011 12:36 pm | by Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow | Articles | Comments

It is hard to recall of the time where EMI shield coatings and seal gaskets were not available, but those times existed not so long ago. EMI shielding has evolved in many respects through the years and will likely have an increased and expanding role in future of high performance electronics.

Wireless Telecom Group contract with the United States Navy

August 31, 2011 10:45 am | News | Comments

Wireless Telecom Group announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Boonton Electronics, has been awarded an increase of $1.5M to its contract with the Department of the United States Navy.

SMD Resistor Handles Up To 12 Watts

August 29, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HPC12 from Stackpole is a high power handling SMD resistive device. It is rated for 5 W of power in free air, but can handle 12 W continuously with 400 lfm air movement on standard recommended solder pads with

NanoMarkets: Radiation Detection Materials Industry Sees $2.7 billion Opportunity in 2016

August 26, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

Industry analyst firm NanoMarkets has just released a new report on the radiation detection materials market. The report quantifies the market for scintillation, thin-film, and semiconductor detection materials used for domestic security, military, medical imaging, nuclear power, science and geophysical applications. Also included is an in-depth assessment of

ESI Signs a Five-Year Strategic Cooperation Agreement in R & D with AVIC

August 26, 2011 7:47 am | News | Comments

ESI Group announced the signing of a five-year strategic R&D cooperation agreement with BIAM, the Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials from AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China). This agreement entails 

Single-Chip Solution Handles ARINC 717 Protocol

August 22, 2011 5:22 am | Videos | Comments

The HI-3717 from Holt Integrated Circuits communicates with an external microcontroller via a 4-wire SPI and provides selectable HBP and BPRZ channels with encoders/decoder and dedicated line drivers and line receivers for direct connection to the ARINC 717 bus

Fritz Technologies Uses LynxSecure to Develop Assured Sharing Platform Services

August 19, 2011 6:37 am | News | Comments

Fritz Technologies Corporation has completed work for the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. intelligence community to develop a trusted computing solution using state-of-the-art, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) LynxSecure software from LynuxWorks, Inc.

COTS DC-DC Converters Target Military, Avionic Apps

August 18, 2011 10:52 am | Articles | Comments

XP Power introduced the MTC35 and MTC50 Series of commercial off the shelf (COTS) 35-W and 50-W DC/DC converters aimed at a broad range of military vehicle and avionics applications. These encapsulated

In-Flight Entertainment Touch Screen Devices Soar to New Heights

August 18, 2011 10:36 am | News | Comments

Touch screen manufacturer Touch International is soaring to new heights with its Apple iPhone-type MulTI-Touch Projected Capacitive technology, which is now being featured in many of the newly-released Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft.

Manned space flights no longer priority for Russia

August 18, 2011 10:10 am | News | Comments

Moscow no longer sees manned spaceflight as its top priority but remains committed to its International Space Station obligations, the head of Russian space agency Roskosmos said on Wednesday. Russia holds a monopoly on flights to and from the 16-nation station.

Cocoon GRID-IT! Used in NASA Experiment

August 18, 2011 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cocoon Innovations is excited to announce its GRID-IT! organization system was recently used in an experiment conducted as part of Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program aboard NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” aircraft.

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