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Sealed, side-mount contactor suits high-current DC or AC switching

June 4, 2012 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC  announced an addition to its line of EPIC Sealed Contactors —the MX56. The Single Pole Single Throw Normally Open (SPST-NO) MX56 is rated for continuous duty up to 600 A and capable of switching 600 A at 24 VDC, or AC, 100,000 times.  The contactor was developed for

NASA mission sending unmanned aircraft over hurricanes this year

June 4, 2012 9:17 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Beginning this summer and over the next several years, NASA will be sending unmanned aircraft dubbed "severe storm sentinels" above stormy skies to help researchers and forecasters uncover information about hurricane formation and intensity changes.

Intel inspired by aerospace to make sturdier laptops

June 4, 2012 9:08 am | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Engineers at Intel Corp are applying lessons from aircraft design to create sturdier laptops in a bid to reduce the prices of the new ultra-thin computers the top chipmaker is promoting heavily.


Integrated sensors handle extreme conditions

June 1, 2012 11:21 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of Case Western Reserve University engineers has designed and fabricated integrated amplifier circuits that operate under extreme temperatures – up to 600 degrees Celsius - a feat that was previously impossible.

Where will your design live?

May 31, 2012 3:14 pm | by Ron Moore, Director, Field Technical Programs, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

Industrial applications cover a broad range of solution types. Depending on whom you ask, the industrial market segment can include military, scientific and commercial solutions. Though these segments run across a broad spectrum, there are some common themes that a design team must confront regardless of which area their particular application is focused on.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

FAA clears Virgin Galactic spaceship for test flights

May 31, 2012 11:21 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared SpaceShipTwo, a commercial six-passenger spacecraft owned by Virgin Galactic, to begin rocket-powered suborbital test flights, the company said on Wednesday.

There's more star-stuff out there but it's not dark matter

May 31, 2012 10:53 am | News | Comments

More atomic hydrogen gas — the ultimate fuel for stars — is lurking in today's Universe than we thought, CSIRO astronomer Dr Robert Braun has found. This is the first accurate measurement of this gas in galaxies close to our own. Just after the Big Bang the Universe's matter was almost entirely hydrogen atoms. Over time this gas of atoms came together and generated galaxies, stars and planets...


Mars missions may learn from meteor Down Under

May 31, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

A discovery about the make-up of the atmosphere of Mars could help inform future missions searching for life there. Scientists have tried to find out how the planet's environment came to contain methane gas, which contains carbon – a substance found in all living things.  

Technology for technology’s sake

May 29, 2012 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been done a thousand times, in museums, government buildings and schools: ancient, lumbering institutions using technology in an attempt to become cutting-edge—and falling flat in the process. We’re not talking about the smart-grid, which shows great potential for consumers and governments alike, or even smart boards, which take education to a different level.

Piezoelectric accelerometers support ground vibration testing requirements

May 29, 2012 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kistler ( has announced the availability of its piezoelectric accelerometer technologies for cost-effective, high-accuracy support of aircraft, helicopter, rotorcraft, missile, satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground vibration testing (GVT), as well as large-scale MIMO and SIMO aerospace structural monitoring.

Australia to share in world's largest telescope

May 29, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are celebrating today after hearing that Australia will share in hosting the world's largest telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). ICRAR – a joint venture between Curtin University and The University of Western Australia – has been working towards the $2 billion SKA since its launch in 2009.

Astronauts float inside SpaceX Dragon capsule

May 29, 2012 9:14 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station opened the hatch and floated inside a Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon capsule on Saturday, the first privately owned spaceship to reach the orbital outpost, NASA said.


Pioneering U.S. commercial spaceflight quiets critics

May 24, 2012 4:58 pm | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

A pioneering commercial spaceship closed in on the International Space Station on Wednesday, a key test in a controversial program to reduce the U.S. government's role in human space flight. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, launched its Dragon cargo capsule into orbit on Tuesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for a test run to the $100 billion orbital outpost.

Beam them up: Ashes of 'Star Trek' actor in orbit

May 24, 2012 4:52 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

James Doohan, Scotty from "Star Trek," spent his acting career whizzing through the cosmos. Gordon Cooper was one of America's famous Mercury seven astronauts. And Bob Shrake spent his work life anonymously helping send NASA's high-tech spacecraft to other planets.

Solar plane begins 1st transcontinental flight

May 24, 2012 4:38 pm | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight Thursday, aiming to reach North Africa next week.

Private ship's space station flyby called success

May 24, 2012 4:28 pm | by Marcia Dunn, Aerospace Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's first private supply ship flew tantalizingly close to the International Space Station on Thursday, passing a critical test in advance of Friday's actual docking.

Brainstorm: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

May 24, 2012 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Advanced vehicle and aircraft systems contain a significant amount of embedded software supporting virtually every operation, from entertainment and engine control to critical safety functions. A recent IEEE Spectrum article noted that a premium-class automobile” probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code.

Decision time on site for giant radio telescope

May 24, 2012 11:00 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

When completed in 2024 the "Square Kilometre Array" (SKA) will be made up of 3,000 dishes, each 15 meters wide, together with many more antennae, that will stretch over 3,000 km (1,864 miles). Scanning the sky 10,000 times faster and with 50 times the sensitivity of any other telescope, it will be used to study the origins of the universe and will be able to detect weak signals that could indicate the presence of extraterrestrial life.

Scotland Yard deploys handheld fingerprint devices to identify suspects on the go

May 24, 2012 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Scotland Yard says it's equipping its police officers with handheld fingerprint devices, something the force says will help identify suspects in a matter of seconds.

SpaceX rocket lifts off for space station trial run

May 23, 2012 11:05 am | by Irene Klotz, Reuters | News | Comments

An unmanned rocket owned by privately held Space Exploration Technologies blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Tuesday on the first commercial flight to the International Space Station.

Exclusive: Spy agency seeks cyber-ops curriculum

May 23, 2012 9:55 am | by Tabassum Zakaria | News | Comments

The National Security Agency is trying to expand U.S. cyber expertise needed for secret intelligence operations against adversaries on computer networks through a new cyber-ops program at selected universities.

Clock oscillator offers ultra-low phase noise

May 22, 2012 11:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek Corporation’s Ultra-Low Phase Noise CCHD-950 Series HCMOS Clock Oscillator pushes the phase noise performance benchmark with a -168 dBc/Hz noise floor (100 MHz model).

Sensors monitor vibration for a variety of commercial applications

May 19, 2012 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Series 961/960-TX sensors from Columbia Research Labs are designed specifically to monitor vibration generated by military and commercial helicopter engines, transmissions, and airframes. The model 961, single axis, and each sensor in the Model 960-TX, triaxial, feature

Commercial rocket will fly to the space station

May 18, 2012 9:19 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, a private company will launch a rocket to the International Space Station, sending it on a grocery run this weekend that could be the shape of things to come for America's space program. If this unmanned flight and others like it succeed, commercial spacecraft could be ferrying astronauts to the orbiting outpost within five years.

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