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Autonomous RoboBoats Navigate International Competition

August 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition held July 13 in Virginia Beach ...

Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

August 6, 2014 10:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is opening the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative, part of the White House Maker Initiative, in an effort to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space exploration goals. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives ...

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B&B Electronics Launches the Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform

August 5, 2014 11:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is an easy to use, complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet...

GPS Satellite Launched into Space

August 4, 2014 5:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Global Positioning System satellite has been launched into space. An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly before midnight Friday. The rocket carried a GPS 2F-7 spacecraft which will ... 

Photos of the Day: NASA's IceCube No Longer On Ice

July 31, 2014 1:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will demonstrate and validate a new 874-gigahertz submillimeter-wave receiver...

CubeSat Packs 874-Gigahertz Submillimeter-Wave Receiver

July 31, 2014 1:09 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission. The tiny payload, known as IceCube or Earth-1, will demonstrate and validate a new 874-gigahertz submillimeter-wave receiver...

Photos of the Day: Next-Generation Microshutter Array

July 30, 2014 1:10 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope...                  

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Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

July 30, 2014 1:04 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays...

Photo of the Day: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for PNT

July 29, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

Beyond GPS: DARPA's PNT Portfolio

July 29, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

Talking to Mars with Commercial Orbiting Satellites

July 28, 2014 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HoSpot, real ocean broadband for the martime industry; Altech customized enclosures; a new mathematically-based technique that can make the Internet faster; and commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions...             

Professors Object to FAA Restrictions on Drone Use

July 28, 2014 8:53 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month...

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Amazon Worker Piloted Drone around Space Needle

July 27, 2014 4:49 pm | by The 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...

Fly-Inspired Sound Detector

July 22, 2014 3:10 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among other arthropods for its cruelty -- at least to crickets. Native to the southeastern U.S. states and Central America, the fly is a most predatory sort of parasite...

Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'Housekeeper' Robots

July 22, 2014 10:30 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Aboard Orbital Sciences Corp.'s second contracted commercial resupply mission to the space station, which arrived to the orbital laboratory July 16,  NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, sent two Google prototype ...

Photos of the Day: NASA’s Free-Flying Robots Move in Synch

July 22, 2014 10:26 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for ...

Cicoil Receives Prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award

July 22, 2014 12:19 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

For the second time in 4 years, Cicoil has been awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense System's (IDS) prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award. Cicoil received the award from Raytheon IDS at a ceremony in Waltham, Massachusetts on June 4, 2014...

Cavium and Quortus Enable Unique LTE RAN and EPC on Single Chip

July 22, 2014 12:03 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cavium and Quortus announced a partnership to embed Quortus’ software Evolved Packet Core (EPC) on Cavium’s OCTEON Fusion family of System-on-Chip (SoC) processors for small cell base stations...

Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...                               

Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 20, 2014 10:00 pm | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | News | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Rescuers Comb Scene of Malaysian Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Malaysian jetliner shot from the sky by what U.S. intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile scattered wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside, leaving investigators scrambling Friday to figure out what happened as rescue workers, policemen and even coal miners combed the crash site...

Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch

July 18, 2014 9:39 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency’s Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable “neuroprosthetics” that can help servicemembers, veterans, and others overcome memory deficits incurred as a result of traumatic brain injury or disease...

Comet-Chasing Space Probe Makes Surprise Discovery

July 18, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists say a space probe aiming to become the first to land on a comet has taken images that appear to show its target could actually be two separate lumps of rock and ice flying in tandem. The pictures released Thursday were taken by the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe...

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