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Engineering Update #35: The E-Volocopter and Spark-Renault's Formula E race car

November 27, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Spark-Renault debuts the Formula E car: The all-electric Formula racer by Spark-Renault will soon begin racing in 2014. The 18-rotor electric Volocopter: E-volo's Volocopter resembles a quadcopter with 18-rotors.

Bridge devices translate into longer life for NTDS systems

November 27, 2013 10:20 am | by Chris Warner, ECN Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

“It’s like turning around an aircraft carrier.” This analogy is often used in the business world to indicate how hard it can take a large entity to change direction, usually amounting to months or even years. But for the United States Navy, which is charged with turning these massive vessels, turning around an aircraft carrier pales in comparison with keeping communications networks up to date.

Technology and economic trends in the defense industry drives new thinking in test & measurement

November 27, 2013 9:44 am | by John S Hansen, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Emerging military systems, driven by new mission requirements and enabled by quickly advancing technologies, demand sophisticated test equipment and methods to develop and characterize. For example, the incorporation of wider bandwidth signals in military systems, for better resolution in radar systems and higher data rates in communications...

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Application-ready platform targets mil/aero

November 26, 2013 11:54 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced its first application-ready platform (ARP). This pre-configured system platform is suited for mil/aero applications requiring front-end deterministic processing and high data rates. The ARP200 Application-Ready Platform for Mil-sensor processing uses

High-speed 40Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane is presented as industry’s first

November 26, 2013 11:27 am | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions announced what it asserts is the industry’s 40 Gbps Gen3 OpenVPX backplane. The new Hybricon Gen3 OpenVPX 6U six-slot Backplane is designed for the end-to-end transmission of the high speed data required for demanding ground and airborne

If gov't backs in-flight calls, will the airlines?

November 25, 2013 12:10 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet.

Watch our new missile defense system destroy a fighter jet

November 22, 2013 3:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While it may seem like most countries around the world are focused on the Patriot Missile Interceptors, the United States is already looking to its next missile defense system. In fact, the military has moved on from looking at systems to testing them.

Photos of the Day: Engineers design spacesuit tools, biomedical sensors to keep astronauts healthy

November 22, 2013 2:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Kansas State University researchers are improving astronauts' outerwear for outer space. The collaborative team -- which includes electrical and computer engineering professors and more than a dozen students -- envisions a future spacesuit that could monitor astronauts' health and use body heat to power electronics.

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ESA satellites in orbit to study magnetic field

November 22, 2013 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Russia's space agency says it has successfully launched three European Space Agency's satellites intended to study Earth's magnetic field. Roscosmos said that a Rokot booster rocket launched Friday from the Plesetsk launchpad in northwestern Russia put the three Swarm satellites into their designated orbits.

Loud cellphone talkers next bane of air travelers?

November 22, 2013 11:44 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence. The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes, saying it is time "to review our outdated and restrictive rules."

S. Korea to buy 40 stealth fighter jets, 20 combat planes from 2018

November 22, 2013 11:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea will purchase 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighter jets and an additional 20 combat planes from the United States starting in 2018, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday. "The F-35A will be used as a strategic weapon to gain a competitive edge and defeat the enemy in the early stage of war..."

November 15, 2013: Military

November 22, 2013 11:16 am | Digital Editions | Comments

ECN’s November 15 edition deals with Military Electronics. In the Editor’s View, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta introduces the military issue and also announces the new “Everything E” section. The Cover Story focuses on “Test and Measurement for advancing military systems”, and Executive Editor Chris Warner writes a piece on bridge devices translating into longer life for NTDS systems.

August 2013: Power

November 22, 2013 10:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

ECN’s August 2013 edition focuses on the Power vertical. The cover story by Managing Editor Kasey Panetta details Solar Impulse’s solar-powered plane and its history making flight. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner urges his readers to “reclaim your name” from big data brokers.

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May 2013: Military

November 22, 2013 9:21 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The May 2013 issue of ECN focuses on military electronics. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses the “digital divide”, and Chris also delves into the military’s wireless networks as they relate to custom requirements. The included supplement focuses on smart BOMs, and the Design Talk deals with Test & Measurement.

Engineering Update #34: The world's fastest jet luge

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics (http://www.mouser.com). I'm Kasey Panetta, managing editor of ECN. In this weeks episode: Daz Fellows has a custom jet luge, which features twin-turbines with a combined output of 537 pounds of thrust and a custom board made from carbon fiber, and next year, he will attempt to reach a speed of 300 mph.

Electronic tilt sensor can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously

November 21, 2013 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DURAKOOL is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customers' exact specifications.

NASA diagnosing problem on Mars rover Curiosity

November 21, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars rover Curiosity has temporarily stopped science observations while NASA checks out an electrical problem. The space agency said Wednesday the voltage change was first discovered on Sunday and engineers think it might be some kind of short...  

Gigabit ethernet switch solutions speed the integration of modern networking technology into defense platforms

November 20, 2013 4:29 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced two new cost-effective rugged Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Switch solutions, the SMS-652 Rugged Switchbox subsystem and VPX3-652 GbE Switch module, that speed and ease the integration of modern networking technology into defense platforms.

UNH scientists document, quantify deep-space radiation hazards

November 19, 2013 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of New Hampshire and colleagues have published comprehensive findings on space-based radiation as measured by a UNH-led detector aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The data provide critical information on the radiation hazards that will be faced by astronauts on extended missions to deep space such as those to Mars.

NASA launching robotic explorer to Mars

November 18, 2013 11:14 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's newest Martian explorer is on its launch pad in Florida, ready to soar. The Maven spacecraft was scheduled to blast off aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket Monday afternoon. NASA is sending Maven to Mars to study its upper atmosphere. Scientists want to know why Mars went from being warm and wet...

Anti-counterfeit regulation (and the pressure on distributors) is intensifying

November 14, 2013 3:44 pm | by Anne Ting, Components Direct | Articles | Comments

The comment period for the proposed revisions to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation System (DFARS) ended on July 15, 2013. This important piece of legislation, which is expected to go into effect in the first quarter of 2014, is the culmination of several years of effort by lawmakers to deal with the problem of counterfeit electronic components.

Engineering Update #33: BearTek wireless gloves and Hirobo's unmanned helicopter

November 14, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Hirobo's HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter: Japan's HX-1 from Hirobo is a personal manned BIT electric micro helicopter.

Isolated monolithic flyback regulator delivers up to 15 Watts

November 13, 2013 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT8302, a monolithic flyback regulator that significantly simplifies the design of isolated DC/DC converters. By sampling the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side flyback waveform, the part requires no opto-isolator or third winding for regulation.

RFID magnetometer tag transmits a unique identifier without a battery

November 13, 2013 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magneto from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated magnetic field measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag.

Photos of the Day: Submarine, its sailors maintain Cold War secrets

November 13, 2013 9:24 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows. The nuclear-powered NR-1, launched in Groton in 1969, was one of the most secretive vessels in the U.S. undersea force.

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