Virgin Galactic says it successfully conducted a second rocket-powered, supersonic test flight of the passenger spaceship it is developing. The craft called SpaceShipTwo reached an altitude of 69,000 feet (21,030 meters) over California early Thursday after it was dropped from a carrier aircraft and its rocket was ignited for a 20-second burn.
Powerstax plc announces the release of the MC1U series. Offered in 400W (MC1U-6A), 700W (MC1U-6B) and 1000W (MC1U-6C) versions, supporting a 47Hz to 440Hz input frequency range, these power supply units (PSUs) provide design engineers with a plug and play solution....
When you think about testing, you’re probably picturing a bench with the component and a few related tools. However, when you work for NASA and you’re testing an observatory for space, it’s a little bit of a different situation. This is NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, to its friends), which is being prepared for its launch on September 6.
RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor wideband GaN on SiC transistors. The TriQuint T1G4012036-FL is a 120 W peak (24 W avg.) (P3dB) discrete transistor in a flange package while the TriQuint T1G4012036-FS provides an earless configuration.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features: During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.
Thermacore was recently selected by NASA Space Technology’s Game Changing Development Program to have one of its unique thermal management concepts evaluated for potential use in future spacecraft. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program released a solicitation to the nation to help solve a challenging spacecraft thermal management issue....
Team Tobyhanna is helping connect Soldiers to cutting-edge technology, which gives leaders the ability to soundlessly maneuver and track a unit's movements on the battlefield using a handheld device. Several shops here are supporting the U.S. Army's Nett Warrior system that provides warfighters secure and mobile voice, video and data communications capabilities.
A massive rocket carrying a spy satellite for the U.S. government launched from the central California coast Wednesday. The Delta IV Heavy rocket soared off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and sped toward low-Earth orbit, officials at United Launch Alliance said.
Throughout the world, military and aerospace engineers are focused on new design efforts to not only modernize existing operations, but at the same time, miniaturize these efforts and electronics to improve flexibility and portability as well as overall survivability in the field.
Boeing's 787 Dreamliner made its first appearance in Washington this week and is scheduled for delivery to Air New Zealand in 2013. The Jetsurf Board is a gas-powered surfboard that can move at up 35 mph. It has a 100-cc gas engine, and the board is made from carbon fiber and Kevlar.
Holt Integrated Circuits announced the introduction of development kits for a 3.3V, 10Mbit/sec EBR-1553 solution. The kits include all necessary hardware, software (including source code) and feature Holt’s HI-6140, an integrated terminal designed for Enhanced Bit Rate 10Mbps MIL-STD-1553 or MIL-STD-1760 applications....
Honeywell Sensing and Control’s new Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen, Model DPS, are rugged, all-welded, provide consistent performance in harsh environments, and can be used in a wide range of demanding applications like transportation, process control, factory automation, medical equipment systems, and aerospace test and research.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car. This episode features: NASA researchers plan to drop a 45-foot CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter fuselage from 30 feet to test improved seats and advance experimental techniques and crash worthiness data.
Japan on Tuesday canceled the launch of a new rocket it hopes will be a cheaper and more efficient way of putting satellites into space, saying it suffered a problem that aborted the countdown 19 seconds before it was supposed to blast off. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency official Yuko Hoshikawa said an automatic countdown...
Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. The second category is military/aerospace technology, specifically unmanned systems....
As several new private ventures to take people on trips to space come closer to becoming reality, California lawmakers are racing other states to woo the new space companies with cushy incentives. They are debating a bill now in Sacramento that would insulate manufacturers of spaceships and parts suppliers from liability...
A Chinese-developed attack helicopter has successfully fired air-to-air missiles for the first time, state media said Monday, in another apparent advance for the domestic arms industry. The firing took place last week during drills off the coast of the southern province of Guangdong...
Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market launch of the Endevco model 7253D triaxial Isotron accelerometer designed for applications requiring the measurement of shock and vibration simultaneously in three mutually perpendicular axes.
Five U.S. institutions will share parts of a rare meteorite that exploded in a fireball over California last year, The Field Museum said Wednesday. The meteor dates to the early formation of the solar system 4 to 5 billion years ago. It was probably about the size of a minivan when it entered the Earth's atmosphere on April 22, 2012 with a loud boom.
Cree has released two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for use in 1.2 GHz to 1.4GHz L-Band radar amplifier systems: the 250-W CGHV14250 and the 500-W CGHV14500. Featuring what is asserted to be the highest known L-Band efficiency performance at 85°C
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Boeing's impressive laser weapon system: Boeing recently announced that its Thin Disk Laser system has achieved unexpected levels of power and efficiency, bringing the concept of laser weaponry one step closer to the battlefield.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new SPDT switch-limiter that is suited for S-Band military and commercial radar systems. The MASL-011023 operates over the 2.7 GHz to 3.5 GHz bandwidth and handles 125W of CW power at 85°C while providing a fast recovery time of
Alright, so technically the beach is a military zone and, technically, it's not a beach that people should be swimming from or sunbathing on, but that is one scary-looking piece of military equipment. According to a Russian defense ministry spokesperson, it's actually a government-owned beach and the landing was part of some military practice maneuvers.
CSIRO scientists have written software that could guide spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, show that the planet Nibiru doesn't exist … and prove that the Earth goes around the Sun. Dr George Hobbs (CSIRO) and his colleagues study pulsars — small spinning stars that deliver regular 'blips' or 'pulses' of radio waves and, sometimes, X-rays.
Sealevel Systems announced the release of two new single-port PCI Express serial I/O adapters designed for avionics, satellite, radar, and other applications that require robust synchronous communications. Both boards use the popular Zilog Z85230 Enhanced Serial Communications Controller (ESCC) for maximum compatibility with a variety of interfaces and protocols.