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Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

UK Space Scientist Colin Pillinger Dies at 70

May 8, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Colin Pillinger, an ebullient British space scientist who captured the popular imagination with his failed attempt to land a probe on Mars, has died. He was 70. Pillinger's family said Thursday that he died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after suffering a brain hemorrhage while sitting in his garden in the university town.

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

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Europe mulls flight recorder changes after jet saga

May 7, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Aviation Safety Agency is proposing to improve aircraft flight recorders and underwater locating devices in response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Nearly two months after the Malaysian jet went missing...

Navy readies UAV for summer sea trials

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.The program’s test team will conduct various test events with the X-47B over the next few...

Astronomers harness the galaxy’s biggest telescope to make most precise measurement of spinning star

May 7, 2014 9:32 am | by International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers has made a measurement of a distant neutron star that is one million times more precise than the previous world’s best. The researchers were able to use the interstellar medium, the ‘empty’ space between...

Staying on task in the automated cockpit

May 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society | News | Comments

Automation in the cockpit is traditionally believed to free pilots’ attention from mundane flight tasks and allow them to focus on the big picture or prepare for any unexpected events during flight. However, a new study published in Human...

Making light work of orbit & altitude control

May 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Microsatellites have to be very light – every gram counts. The same applies to the gyroscopes used to sense the satellite’s orientation when in orbit. A novel prototype is seven times lighter and significantly smaller than ...   

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Engineering's 4 lines of business focus on problem-solving

May 6, 2014 11:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineering is about making dreams a reality. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the team in the Engineering and Technology Directorate not only puts those visions on paper, but sees the designs all the way ...      

Air Force tests new surveillance capability

May 6, 2014 11:13 am | by U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

The Air Force successfully completed the first Maritime Modes program risk reduction flight April 14, 2014, as the service moves toward providing a new air-sea battle surveillance capability. The test flight consisted of an 11 and a half hour ...

Vintage WWII plane crashes at airshow

May 6, 2014 11:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators trying to determine what caused the crash of a vintage airplane during a stunt at a California air show say they will start by examining the wreckage and ground scars. Witnesses have said it seemed like ...     

Data from U-2 spy plane caused computer issue

May 6, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration...

Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial

May 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using "genetic algorithms," according to Penn State engineers, who say these metamaterials can shield objects from...

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Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

May 6, 2014 9:27 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications — from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image...

Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

Former Air Force Major General headlines ECN IMPACT Awards

May 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The ECN IMPACT Awards celebrate innovation across the design engineering landscape, and the awards ceremony’s keynote speaker could teach us all a lesson or two on leadership. Formerly a Major General in the United States Air Force, Steve Sargeant parlayed his impressive military career into a top leadership role with a prestigious test and measurement company....

Neuron UCAV, Rafale Fighter, & Falcon 7X Business Jet formation flight

May 5, 2014 11:49 pm | Videos | Comments

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. This was the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft....

Space Station research shows that hardy little space travelers could colonize Mars

May 5, 2014 11:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the movies, humans often fear invaders from Mars. These days, scientists are more concerned about invaders to Mars, in the form of micro-organisms from Earth. Three recent scientific papers examined the risks of interplanetary exchange....

Hubble astronomers check the prescription of a cosmic lens

May 2, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

Two teams of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have discovered three distant exploding stars that have been magnified by the immense gravity of foreground galaxy clusters, which act like "cosmic lenses". These supernovae are the first of their type ever to be observed magnified in this way....

Board-to-board contacts provide off-the-shelf connector solutions for harsh environment applications

May 2, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, S.C.) has introduced a new series of single pogo pin board-to-board (BTB) contacts designed for use in high-lifecycle commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications that demand robust, high-reliability components. Available in five standard compressed stacking heights....

A 'wimpy' dwarf fossil galaxy reveals new facts about early universe

May 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Out on the edge of the universe, 75,000 light years from us, a galaxy known as Segue 1 has some unusual properties: It is the faintest galaxy ever detected. It is very small, containing only about 1,000 stars. And it has a rare chemical composition, with vanishingly small amounts of metallic elements present....

Motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control

May 2, 2014 11:49 am | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion’s (Loomis, CA) ULT, UTH, and UTS frameless brushless motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control. New sizes recently introduced have large center through-holes and thin radial cross-section. Coupling this to the…

NASA sounding rocket to study interplanetary medium

May 2, 2014 8:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA will conduct a sounding rocket mission in May 2014, carrying a payload designed to measure the nature of the interplanetary medium, characterizing the particles that fill our solar system. The Hydrogen Polarimetric Explorer, or HYPE, measures light reflected by interplanetary hydrogen....

Photos of the Day: Servicing satellites

May 2, 2014 7:21 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Earth-orbiting spacecraft are now so prevalent they could easily be taken for granted. Since April 2011, engineers at Kennedy have partnered with the SSCO at Goddard to develop robotic satellite servicing technologies necessary to bring in-orbit inspection....

Engineering Newswire: Experimental electric plane takes first flight

May 2, 2014 7:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The electric E-Fan experimental aircraft performed its first successful public flight last week and served as the highlight of Airbus Group's — that's the old EADS — E-Aircraft Day in France. An electrical energy management system, or e-FADEC, is integrated into the aircraft....

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