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How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

MLCCs are rated for 250 deg C

May 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced a new series of high temperature MLCCs rated for 250°C. Designed to accommodate the rapidly emerging military and commercial market demands for capacitors capable of high-reliability, long lifetime performance at operating temperatures in excess of…

DoD plans for the zombie apocalypse (seriously)

May 23, 2014 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

You probably suspected that the Department of Defense has a plan for every possible contingency, so a land war with China? Totally covered. A nuclear war with a renewed Soviet Union? Covered. But a zombie apocalypse? Not the first (or 10th) contingency that springs to mind....

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High current, smart motor controller targets automated guided vehicles

May 23, 2014 10:33 am | Roboteq, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq (Scottsdale, AZ) introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 120 A each. The XDC2230 is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), warehouse automation systems or any other high power motor control application.

Engineering Update #59: Fastest motorcycle in the world

May 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: Fastest production motorcycle in the world: The Lightening LS-218 is set to be the fastest motorcycle on the planet. With a top speed of 218 mph 200 horsepower and 168 foot pounds of torque, this bike is set to blow its competitors out of the water after its release this summer....

Photos of the Day: The small UAV trend

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have transformed warfare as we know it. One of the biggest trends is the idea of light or small UAVs, including AAI Corporation’s RQ-7 Shadow, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven, and the Desert Hawk....

Blowing in the (stellar) wind

May 22, 2014 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a supernova – the explosion of a distant star —was discovered last year, astrophysicists, with the help of telescopes around the globe, rushed to observe the fireworks. In its dramatic dying flares, this star – a rare type over 10 times the mass of our sun – can tell us something about the life of these fascinating cosmic bodies....

Confirmed: Stellar behemoth self-destructs in a Type IIb supernova

May 22, 2014 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Our Sun may seem pretty impressive: 330,000 times as massive as Earth, it accounts for 99.86 percent of the Solar System's total mass; it generates about 400 trillion trillion watts of power per second; and it has a surface temperature of about 10,000 degrees Celsius. Yet for a star, it's a lightweight....

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Light UAVs serve both military and civilian missions

May 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Modern weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made headlines in the United States after the first remotely executed air-to-ground missile strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province in February 2002. Seemingly more mundane, and thus, less covered by the popular press, are the many observational and communication applications....

Thin-film surface-mount resistor series expanded to 11 standard sizes

May 21, 2014 3:43 pm | Rcd Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

RCD Components (Manchester, NH) announced a breakthrough in their thin-film surface-mount resistor offering. The popular “BLU-chip” series has been expanded to 11 standard sizes from .02”X.01” to .40”X.25”, with temperature coefficients not before available in a thin film surface mount to as tight as 1ppm....

Making light work of orbit and attitude control

May 21, 2014 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When you observe the sky on a clear night, the twinkling objects you see may not only be stars but also man-made satellites. Occasionally visible from Earth, these orbiting spacecraft come in different sizes, from large telecommunications and TV satellites to the smaller scientific satellites that serve as space laboratories....

Very distant galaxy cluster confirmed

May 21, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The structures and star populations of massive galaxies appear to change as they age, but much about how these galaxies formed and evolved remains mysterious. Many of the oldest and most massive galaxies reside in clusters, enormous structures where numerous galaxies are found concentrated together....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: W. L. Gore & Associates wins for Packaging and Interconnects

May 21, 2014 12:35 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

The low-profile right-angle connector (ZQA) from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Newark, DE) features a non-bifurcated swept contact design for use with low-loss microwave coaxial cable qualified for 32 GHz spaceflight applications. Features include....

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D/A Converter comes in FMC Format at 2.5 GSPS

May 21, 2014 10:25 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) format. The high-speed DAC offers 14-bit at 2.5 Giga samples per second. The mezzanine offers 8, 16, 32 or 72 QAM for amplitude modulation.

Photos of the Day: Martian flying saucer preps for flight test

May 21, 2014 8:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. This experimental flight test is designed to investigate breakthrough technologies that will benefit future Mars missions, including those involving human exploration....

Space-based solar farm

May 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have created a technology road map for a space-based solar power system that will include a 1-gigawatt commercial system, man-made island studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, and a microwave beam....

Production technology for more efficient jet engines

May 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Aircrafts have to be more efficient – a crucial point when it comes to the design of jet engines. However, in the design of the components, the engineers also need to consider whether these can be economically produced. Yet, a new process chain provides more design freedom....

Photos of the Day: The R-Bat unmanned helicopter system

May 19, 2014 1:34 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rotary Bat is an unmanned helicopter system that combines Northrop Grumman's autonomous control systems with Yamaha Motor's RMAX remotely-piloted helicopter. The R-Bat is a medium altitude, multi-mission unmanned aircraft system, with a payload of 3.2 cubic feet, and it launches from a pneumatic/hydraulic rail launcher....

Engineering Newswire: Hands-free corvette on Air Force test track

May 19, 2014 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette down an Air Force test track. Except, Schmidt is a quadriplegic which was the result of a spinal cord injury suffered during a race testing accident in 2000. Using a ball cap with reflective spheres, Schmidt can take to the track again....

America Semiconductor’s differentiator is go-to-market strategy

May 19, 2014 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, ECN | Articles | Comments

In March 2014, America Semiconductor introduced a new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. While the new rectifiers are suited for a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, the company’s CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Simon admits that “when it comes to product, we’re not re-inventing the wheel here”....

Russia's Proton-M rocket launch fails

May 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's Proton-M booster rocket has failed and broken apart during a test launch, just months after a shake-up in the country's space agency that was meant to boost its dented image. The rocket, carrying a communications satellite, was launched early Friday....

Photos of the Day: AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014

May 16, 2014 9:42 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2014, in sunny Orlando, Florida, was a veritable bonanza for cool aerospace and military hardware. Here’s some of the cooler unmanned systems I came across in my meanderings....

Russian diplomat's tweet dooms the International Space Station

May 16, 2014 7:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Lest you think Twitter breakups are just for the younger generation, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin let fly with a tweet that confused a lot of people on Tuesday. After a press conference with the media, Rogozin tweeted, “@fka_roscosmos doesn’t plan

MAVEN solar wind ion analyzer will look at key player in Mars atmosphere loss

May 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission in the hope of understanding how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years. One instrument aboard the spacecraft will study a special component of the Martian atmosphere to help solve this mystery....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: API Technologies wins for Power Sources and Conditioning Devices

May 15, 2014 12:48 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The TPS75 Tactical Power Supply from API Technologies (Orlando, FL) is a tactical, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), 75 Amp, DC power supply specifically designed for powering RF and mobile networks, C4ISR applications, and unmanned systems. Other features include ...

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