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First-of-Its-Kind Geostationary Lightning Mapper Completed for GOES-R Satellite

October 10, 2014 1:08 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper instrument for NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) completed development and testing and is now ready for integration with the spacecraft. The GOES-R satellite will be the first flight of this sophisticated lightning mapping...

Photos of the Day: DROID Flys with Auto-GCAS

October 10, 2014 10:53 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new NASA-developed Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System that could significantly reduce the incidence of controlled flight into terrain aircraft accidents is currently being integrated into the flight control systems of the U.S. Air Force's fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft. The new software, pioneered at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...

NASA-Pioneered Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System Operational

October 10, 2014 10:44 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new NASA-developed Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System that could significantly reduce the incidence of controlled flight into terrain aircraft accidents is currently being integrated into the flight control systems of the U.S. Air Force's fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft. The new software, pioneered at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center...

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Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Tony Paese, WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

Since 1948, 83 aircraft have been reported as officially missing worldwide, and almost all of them (77) have not been found to this day.1 This includes the recent Malaysian Airline Flight 370, which an extended multi-national effort has yet to recover...                   

September/October 2014 — Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 9:51 am | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) focuses on emergency locator transmitters and preventative maintenance of wireless infrastructure. It also features and article from FreeWave Technologies on unmanned systems, and a new Brainstorm that focuses on Electronica...                    

Commercializing RF Components

October 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Many companies specialize in high reliability products that can withstand extreme conditions. The products are often used in military and aerospace applications. As these companies look to grow, they require a way to commercialize the products, making them more applicable and cost effective for other markets where high volume sales are more attainable...         

NASA Aeronautics Research Tests New Tool for Early Wildfire Detection

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s research in unmanned aerial systems may soon provide a means for early detection and mitigation of fires in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, a nearly 50,000-square-acre region centered on the ...     

Design Flaw Led Navigation Satellites Off Course

October 8, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An investigation is blaming a design flaw for the inaccurate deployment of two satellites intended to bolster Europe's answer to the GPS...                                                   

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Cree Achieves Major Production Milestone with U.S. Department of Defense

October 8, 2014 11:09 am | by Cree, Inc. | News | Comments

Cree has achieved a major production milestone with its recent accreditation as a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A Trusted Foundry for its 100 mm RF GaN facility in Durham, NC...                                     

Boeing, Airbus at Odds over Black Boxes That Eject

October 8, 2014 10:14 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping airliners with black boxes that eject in the event of a crash, making them easier to find. Airbus is nearly ready to equip airliners with data and cockpit voice recorders that eject so that they can float to the ocean's surface...

Extended SMX Series of Stacked SMPS MLCCs

October 8, 2014 9:45 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended its high temperature SMX Series stacked SMPS MLCCs with the addition of new 25V ratings in case sizes 3-5 and 500V ratings in every case size...

Peregrine Extends its High-Frequency Portfolio

October 7, 2014 5:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the UltraCMOS PE42542 and PE42543 18 GHz SP4T broadband RF switches. This expansion of the company’s high-frequency portfolio represents the first RF SOI switches to deliver a high-performance alternative...               

New NASA Technology Brings Critical Data to Pilots Over Remote Alaskan Territories

October 7, 2014 10:42 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has formally delivered to Alaskan officials a new technology that could help pilots flying over the vast wilderness expanses of the northern-most state. The technology is designed to help pilots make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet...

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Breaking Bad Habits with Shock Therapy App

October 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, hotel rooms you can control with your phone; an agreement to explore Mars; Google Glass helps the hard of hearing; and app to help consumers break bad habits; and I try programming a robot...           

Bel Power Solutions Digital Power Technology Patent License with Cosel

October 6, 2014 11:50 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Bel Fuse announced that it has entered into a non-exclusive, worldwide, multi-year field of use license agreement with Japan-based Cosel...

Navy: Self-Guided Unmanned Patrol Boats Make Debut

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they're protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the U.S. Navy's fleet within a year, defense officials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen...

Integrated Rack-Level Systems for Use in Rugged Environments

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers rack-level integration services that enable deployment of commercial equipment in rugged and mobile environments...

New Map Uncovers Thousands of Unseen Seamounts on Ocean Floor

October 2, 2014 4:42 pm | by Cheryl Dybas, Mario Aguilera, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Scientists have created a new map of the world's seafloor, offering a more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean...                                  

Photos of the Day: Satellites Help Create New Map of Ocean Floor

October 2, 2014 4:41 pm | by Cheryl Dybas, Mario Aguilera, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Thousands of previously uncharted mountains rising from the seafloor, called seamounts, have emerged through the map, along with new clues about the formation of the continents...                                  

Clothing that Thwarts Government Surveillance

October 2, 2014 1:41 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on engineering update, cellphone use aboard airplanes; clothing that thwarts government surveillance; and a bendable phone that fits like a shirtsleeve...                           

Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation

October 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Debra Nowland, Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionize advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher...                  

Engineering Newswire 110: Lockheed Martin Wreaks Havoc in Extreme Off-Road Testing

October 2, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re traveling in our very own solar-powered pods, picking up space garbage, and wreaking havoc in extreme off-road testing ...             

DARPA Tech Identifies Counterfeit Microelectronics

October 1, 2014 5:21 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Advanced software and equipment to aid in the fight against counterfeit microelectronics in U.S. weapons and cybersecurity systems has been transitioned to military partners under DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits ...

U.S., India to Collaborate on Mars Exploration, Earth-Observing Mission

October 1, 2014 5:12 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and ...  

EnerSys Announces Extension to Line of PowerSafe Telecom Batteries

October 1, 2014 1:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

EnerSys has introduced resilient, high efficiency PowerSafe SBS 2V batteries for telecom applications...

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