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Is Space-Based Solar Power the Energy of the Future?

December 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Peter Shadbolt, for CNN | News | Comments

In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction writer Isaac Asimov posited the idea of a ... 

Controlling a Robotic Arm With Your Thoughts

December 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

Photos of the Day: Nasa Captures Holiday Lights from Space

December 23, 2014 10:05 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Here, a house in Virginia is decorated for the holiday season....

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Photos of the Day: Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)

December 22, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed ... 

MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite Encapsulated in Launch Vehicle Fairing

December 22, 2014 9:26 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications ... 

How to Connect the ‘Other 3 Billion’ People

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

In attempts to connect the “other three billion”, O3b Networks is launching four additional satellites to accompany its existing network (launched in 2013) that is connecting, enabling, and transforming parts of the world that are currently unconnected and underserved ...           

Photos of the Day: O3b Satellite Launch

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | News | Comments

O3b’s satellites will go through a period of in-orbit testing before being fully integrated into the rest of the network in February ...                                       

Americans Skeptical of the Benefits of the Drone Revolution

December 19, 2014 8:53 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll ...             

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Out of the Lab, into the World

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News correspondent | News | Comments

For MIT senior Anisha Gururaj, each of her varied interests — such as Indian classical dance and music, engineering medical devices, and education — is one piece of a larger puzzle: seeing the world from many different perspectives, and using those insights to make it a better place ...        

Drones to Show How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 10:08 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form ...                          

Kaprica Security Chosen by DARPA to Help Improve Vehicle Security

December 16, 2014 5:12 pm | by Kaprica Security | News | Comments

Kaprica Security, an expert in the field of cyber security, mobility and cloud software, has been awarded a Department of Defense (DOD) contract to strengthen U.S. military-vehicle and related connected-car security systems ...                    

DARPA's Virtual Lab Tests for Microchip Vulnerabilities

December 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the reliability and integrity of microchips embedded in the some of the nation’s most critical military weapon and cyber systems ...          

Photos of the Day: U.S. Launches Classified Defense Satellite

December 16, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday ...                                     

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The Army's Drone Airport

December 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

ElectRx Has the Nerve to Envision Revolutionary Therapies for Self-Healing

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program is seeking innovative research proposals to help transform neuromodulation therapies from last resort to first choice for a wide range of diseases ...                      

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay ...             

Photos of the Day: U.S. Navy Successfully Deploys Laser Weapon

December 11, 2014 12:16 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The laser goes from the weapon of tomorrow to the weapon of today as the US Navy announces the completion of its successful deployment of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Laser Weapon System (LaWS). The deployment is the first on a US Naval vessel and took place on the USS Ponce (LPD-15) in the Arabian Gulf from September to ... 

Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

RFEL Awarded Follow on Research & Development Contract by European Space Agency

December 9, 2014 1:43 pm | by RFEL | News | Comments

RFEL has announced details of a second, follow on research and development contract awarded by European Space Agency, and in collaboration with other European partners ...                            

Photos of the Day: Medical Imaging Scanner to Detec Spacesuit Flaws

December 9, 2014 10:50 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA hopes the advanced imaging equipment in the lab, including a CT scanner attached to a robotic arm, can help it create 3D pictures of its spacesuits that can be used to better diagnose malfunctions that might happen in the future ...                      

Advanced Imaging Equipment to Diagnose Spacesuit Malfunctions

December 9, 2014 10:48 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The empty spacesuit that sat on the operating table in a lab at Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute made for an unusual patient. The bulky garment ended up in the state-of-the-art research lab after NASA sought innovative ways to pinpoint problems with its spacesuits in the wake of an Italian astronaut nearly drowning ...                  

Push-Pull Circular Connectors from ODU-USA

December 8, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA has announced push-pull circular connectors. Thanks to robust construction and proven ODU contact technology, thousands of mating cycles are possible using the push-pull circular connectors ...                  

Lithography Technique Uses Nanoscale Spheres to Create 3D Structures

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3-D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is significantly less expensive than conventional methods and does not rely on ... 

HotSpot Episode 92: Flying Inventory Robots Keep Track of Products

December 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the BMW Group tests the Google Glass in quality assurance department; an atomic memory with outstanding parameters; American Certification Body announces agreement with ART-FI and EMTREK; and inventory robots that track product ...                               

Photos of the Day: Here's Your New Spacecraft, America

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½ hours after it began and achieved at least one record: flying farther and ... 

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