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Photos of the Day: NASA’s unmanned research aircraft takes flight

October 24, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors....

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an...

Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone...

Ensuring safe and secure UAV systems

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jay Thomas, Field Application Engineer, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Sightseers on the Space Needle in Seattle were recently greeted by the sight...

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Does California drone ban violate the 1st Amendment?

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

California took the first step toward substantially regulating the drones when it passed a bill banning their use by paparazzi. And I think many of us would applaud the decision – the bill prevents UAVs from capturing images of people without their consent....

UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5 years, covering 5 million km without stopping. Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet....

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Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on August 18, 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier....

Photos of the Day: The Parrot Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 2:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor for the flight altitude. An ultrasonic sensor is included for precision flying near the ground, and its vertical camera at 60 fps ...

Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

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Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

Hurricane Edouard right environment for drone test

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes ...

Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

Engineering Newswire: Boeing's laser targets mortars, UAVs

September 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The HEL MD is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. The laser itself is idea for tactical missions because it is lightweight and compact, allowing it ...

Rosetta-Alice spectrograph obtains first far ultraviolet spectra of a cometary surface

September 5, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA's Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet orbiter has delivered its first scientific discoveries. Rosetta, in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is the first spacecraft to study a comet up close....

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Infographic: Where are all the women in STEM?

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

NASA begins hurricane mission with Global Hawk flight to Cristobal

August 28, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft landed at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on Aug. 27 after surveying Hurricane Cristobal for the first science flight of NASA's latest hurricane airborne mission. NASA's airborne Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission returns to NASA Wallops for the third year to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change....

CU-Boulder leads international unmanned aircraft testing event at Pawnee Grassland

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research effort organized by the University of Colorado Boulder conducted the first multiple, unmanned aircraft interception of a telltale rush of cold air preceding a thunderstorm known as a "gust front" as it rolled across the Pawnee National Grassland in northeast Colorado on Aug. 14....

UAV and F/A-18 land on carrier together

August 20, 2014 12:01 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

While unmanned aerial vehicles won’t replace the manned variety anytime soon, UAVs could operate alongside conventional air power in the very near future. Case in point: The Navy recently executed a carrier landing with the F/A-18 and the X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle....

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

Configurable frequency synthesizers offer phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset

August 4, 2014 1:31 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) announced the launch of configurable frequency synthesizers (Models LCFS-X), the newest addition to the Company’s line of standard RF / microwave products. Offering superior phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset ...

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

July 28, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone....

Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops....

This Army helicopter can fit in your pocket

July 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops. Information is king on the battlefield....

Hotspot: Unmanned submarine sets sail for testing

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

An autonomous unmanned vessel designed to track quiet diesel-electric submarines spanning miles of ocean depths for months at a time with minimal human input is now under construction and is expected to set sail for testing in 2015. Leidos, a national security, health and engineering solutions company ...

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

July 15, 2014 4:12 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner....

Drone lighting

July 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers at MIT and Cornell University hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots....

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