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3-D printer powered up on the International Space Station

November 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This week, NASA took a big step toward changing the way we plan for long-duration space voyages when astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore successfully installed and prepared the first 3-D printer for upcoming manufacturing operations on the ...

Unravelling the mystery of gamma-ray bursts

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space '...

Engineering Update #86: A biodegradable drone

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A team of students from Stanford, brown, and Spelman college have created a biodegradable drone...

Radiation-hardened ASICs serve military and aerospace applications

November 19, 2014 2:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has entered into a licensing/development agreement with ICs LLC...

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Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

November 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

Chinese stealth fighter could displace the F-35 on world stage

November 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

By the time the US military rolls out the F-35 in full, it’ll face ample 5th-gen competition – and not just a potentially superior Russian Sukhoi T-50, but two Chinese stealth fighters. In an unprecedented show of transparency, China recently showed ...

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Kasey's Korner: NASA designs a new airplane wing

November 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

NASA is attempting to revolutionize air plane wing surfaces in an attempt to make airplanes quieter and more fuel efficient in the future. The Adaptive compliant Trailing Edge project, a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Lab...

Engineering Newswire: Atom airplanes stronger than graphene

November 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Drexel University researchers working with the Dalian University of Technology in China have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold into this tiny little airplane, strong enough to support many ...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

NASA statement on successful Rosetta Comet landing

November 12, 2014 5:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ...

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A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

Kasey's Korner: This laser can turn drones to dust

November 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Low Altitude Sentiel system is a laser designed to reduce small drones to dust within five seconds. Speed doesn’t appear to be a problem since the researchers claim the laser can shoot down drones moving at up to 111 mph up to 1,640 feet in the air with ...

6-slot chassis features high-performance density in 2U height

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 2U chassis platform that complies to the MicroTCA.4 specification for High Energy Physics and other applications requiring rear IO. The rear IO capability is an attractive option in many Mil/Aero, Physics ...

This robot fights like the Karate Kid

November 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you take a look at this recently released video from IHMC Robotics you may feel like you’ve seen these moves somewhere before. This is the Atlas robot build by Boston Dynamics. IHMC did the control algorithm that allows the 330-pound...

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Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

November 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever....

Kasey's Korner: This observatory will discover 70,000 new planets

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The observatory was launched last year with a mission of measuring the positioning of up to a billion stars, which again, seems like a lot, but is actually only one percent of the milky ways. It’s on a five year mission, during which a recent study has shown...

Staying safe in the air with advanced avionics technologies

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Chad Marak, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Statistics from the past 50 years reveal that commercial air travel has become one of the safest, most reliable forms of transportation. As the safety of commercial flight continues to increase, the demand for advanced commercial avionics technologies ...

Infographic: The drone revolution

November 11, 2014 8:39 am | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

Who are these drones about to revolutionize our lives? In order to help you to see more clearly about this new technology, Dronestagram has collected sufficient information to offer key market data. Who is the Drone Hobbyist today? Which devices ...

Pilot program reveals asteroid's size for the first time

November 10, 2014 4:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting. Observing the event, known as an occultation, from multiple sites where each observer ...

Photos of the Day: Using 3D-printing to land a spacecraft on a comet

November 10, 2014 12:46 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Rosetta spacecraft was launched in 2004, with the intent to give the most in depth understanding of a comet that humanity has to date. Last August, the spacecraft became the first to successfully rendezvous with a comet with the intent to orbit....

NASA: Comet bombarded Mars sky with meteor shower

November 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet ...

The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Wayward comet buzzes Mars

November 7, 2014 4:21 pm | News | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting its effects on the Martian atmosphere.

Engineering Update #84: A solar and wind-powered car

November 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

G-code is just a concept car created from a vehicle study, but it’s still got some great ideas. The design is pretty futuristic, with a display on the grill that changes depending on if the car is parked or driving in sports, eco or drive mode. It also has ...

Engineering Newswire: Engineers drop bombs for safety

November 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Life Extension Program is an initiative by the National Nuclear Security Administration to inspect and update the nation’s inventory of warheads. Earlier this summer Sandia Labs had two successful tests that provided data for the program....

Photos of the Day: The "ambulance drone"

November 6, 2014 9:38 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

When we think of drones, we’ve come to expect either soulless killing machines, toys for hobbyists, or an invasion of our privacy. We’ve never thought of them as live-saving miracle workers, but that’s exactly what a Dutch-based student unveiled last week....

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