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Using thoughts to control airplanes

May 30, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The pilot is wearing a white cap with myriad attached cables. His gaze is concentrated on the runway ahead of him. All of a sudden the control stick starts to move, as if by magic. The airplane banks and then approaches straight on towards the runway. The position of the plane is corrected time and again....

Aircraft wings that change their shape in flight can help to protect the environment

May 30, 2014 10:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A top priority for any airline is to conserve as much fuel as possible – and this helps to protect the environment. The EU project SARISTU aims to reduce kerosene consumption by six percent, and integrating flexible landing devices into aircraft wings is one step towards that target....

Mars spacecraft research lands Exeter student top international fellowship

May 30, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An Exeter student has been honoured with a prestigious international award, designed to promote female excellence in the pioneering sphere of aerospace research. Anusha Mujumdar has been selected to receive a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship – one of only 35 students worldwide to be bestowed with the coveted award....

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Waveguide duplexer with ceramic filter technology rivals air-cavity devices

May 30, 2014 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN) through its subsidiary, CTS Electronic Components, Inc., announces its new ClearPlex Waveguide Duplexer, delivering performance comparable to air-cavity with 2x to 4x smaller size, according to the company, for cellular infrastructure, 6-10 GHz microwave, NLOS backhaul and military communications.

CubeSats keep space research motoring

May 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Space research isn’t just for the big space agencies anymore. In fact, anyone wishing to make observations from space should not only think small but also inside-the-box. Or more accurately, inside the cube. That’s because in recent years academia has been creating and deploying very small satellites called CubeSats....

Engineering Newswire: Super-maglev train to reach 1,800 mph

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Magnetic levitation, or Maglev, trains use magnets to levitate above their tracks, which eliminates any friction, allowing for faster, quieter travel. Current maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 250 mph, but Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which would go much faster....

Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

New crew launches to Space Station to continue scientific research

May 28, 2014 6:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Germany are on their six-hour journey to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:57 p.m. EDT Wednesday (1:57 a.m. Thursday in Baikonur)....

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May the force (shoes) be with you

May 28, 2014 3:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Maintaining astronaut bone and muscle health in microgravity is an ongoing concern for NASA, and now the agency is "forcing" the issue with a new investigation. On May 29, 2014, NASA will fly the ForceShoe, designed by XSENS, to the International Space Station....

Water in moon rocks provides clues and questions about lunar history

May 28, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon's interior varies regionally – revealing clues about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon. These discoveries provide a new tool to unravel the processes involved in the formation of the Moon....

Photos of the Day: An Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 3:05 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Taking a cue from comic books, the U.S. military has been developing an exoskeleton that looks suspiciously like Iron Man. The armor is known as the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), and the team is supposedly turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers" for help....

Aircraft fuel consumption can be reduced by 15 percent

May 27, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two aircraft engine concepts, geared turbofan and open rotor, can enable a significant reduction to aircraft fuel consumption. With open rotor, the potential reduction is 15 per cent. These are the findings of Linda Larsson at Chalmers University of Technology, who has analysed and evaluated the two concepts....

Students 'blast off' after space program saved

May 27, 2014 9:08 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, students at Northeast High School have virtually saved mankind from a meteor, discovered water on Mars and repaired the International Space Station. But their current mission to establish a habitat on the moon was nearly aborted because of education budget cuts....

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Engineering Newswire: Iron Man suit designed for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 8:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Special Ops Iron Man Suit: The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit project is being coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters, but the team is turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers"....

Small chassis contains four complete systems

May 27, 2014 8:11 am | General Micro Systems | Product Releases | Comments

General Micro Systems, Inc. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) has introduced a conduction-cooled, fully ruggedized, Secure Virtual Machine (SVM) server with six hardware independent I/O modules. Designed to replace multiple workstations using virtual machine technology…

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....

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....

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....

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