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China successfully launches ''Heavenly Palace'' space craft

September 30, 2011 6:50 am | by Pedja Kujundzic and Jimmy Guan, Reuters | News | Comments

China successfully launched an experimental craft on Thursday paving the way for its first space station amid a blaze of national pride, bringing the growing Asian power closer to matching the United States and Russia with a long-term manned outpost in space.

Mercury's close-up shows lava flows and ''hollows''

September 30, 2011 6:45 am | by Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters | News | Comments

Mercury may have a lot in common with Earth, but close-up images and data captured by NASA'S MESSENGER probe this year show it's still a bit of a planetary weirdo.

Multicore DSPs, the key to military applications

September 29, 2011 6:18 am | by Hector Rivera, Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

As signal processing requirements continue to climb in waveform-intensive applications including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), sonar, radar, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and software defined radio (SDR), the use of multiple digital signal processors (DSP) cores is a key enabler.

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European experts follow satellite reentry

September 27, 2011 10:36 am | News | Comments

ESA closely monitored the reentry on 24 September of the UARS observatory satellite. The Agency's Space Debris Office worked with NASA and international partners in a coordinated prediction and risk-assessment exercise.

Lockheed F-35 JSF Flight Testing Montage

September 27, 2011 5:30 am | Videos | Comments

Flight testing montage of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

High-Temperature Semiconductor Solutions

September 22, 2011 12:03 pm | by Mont Taylor, Texas Instrumetns, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

Although there is still an abundance of oil and gas, the future requires continued technological improvement to access deposits that are found ever deeper underground. As these wells become deeper they also become extremely hot, and using high-reliability, high-temperature electronics for down hole drilling equipment is necessary.

Inrush Current Limiter Protects Avionics and Military Power Systems

September 21, 2011 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT Inc., a HEICO company announced a new power protection module, the DVCL Inrush Current Limiter. The module controls potentially damaging inrush current drawn by DC-DC converters, EMI filters, and discrete capacitors during startup. With a

Application development kits conform to MIL-STD-1553

September 21, 2011 9:11 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems today announced its collaboration with HOLT Integrated Circuits for their MIL-STD-1553 application development kit, HI-6130. HOLT Integrated Circuits is a major supplier of ICs for avionics and military data bus and display applications.

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Maxwell Technologies Launch UK Division to Target European Space Market

September 21, 2011 8:19 am | News | Comments

One of the United States’ leading producers of components for the global space and satellite industry has opened a new UK division in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Maxwell Technologies UK Ltd has also reached a manufacturing agreement with Yarmouth-based C-MAC MicroTechnology to

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...

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.

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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...

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.

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.

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