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UN Debates Future Ban on Killer Robots

May 13, 2014 2:49 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern or outright forbid the use of killer robots if the technology becomes reality someday. At the first United Nations meeting devoted to the subject, representatives began trying to define the limits...

Digicom Electronics Awarded ITAR Certification

May 13, 2014 11:43 am | by Andrea Roberts, A R Marketing Inc. | News | Comments

Oakland, CA - Digicom Electronics, Inc., an electronics manufacturing services company, announces that it has received International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) certification...                        

NASA Astronauts Go Underwater to Test Tools for a Mission to an Asteroid

May 12, 2014 11:35 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is planning to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s, and preparations are already being made. Stan Love and Steve Bowen have between them spent more than 62 hours in the vacuum of space on nine shuttle mission spacewalks, and they’re putting that experience to use here on Earth...

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Photos of the Day: Practicing for a Future Mission to an Asteroid

May 12, 2014 11:35 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA is planning to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s, and preparations are already being made. Stan Love and Steve Bowen have between them spent more than 62 hours in the vacuum of space on nine shuttle mission spacewalks, and they’re putting that experience to use here on Earth...

HotSpot Episode 62: Unmanned Combat Air System

May 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, an energy harvesting phone case for smartphones; SanDisk's alternative to traditional HDDs; an unmanned combat air system; a virtual keyboard that works with Google Glass; and a car fund from Nokia...

Precision Devices Announces New High Temperature, Reduced Power Crystal Oscillators

May 12, 2014 10:46 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices has announced the high temperature VN01 and VN03 series of oven controlled crystal oscillators (OCXO), ideal for applications like satellite communications and a variety of military systems where extremely high temperature operating environments are the normal...

Connectivity Announces High Power Contacts

May 12, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has announced its new DEUTSCH 5015 high power contacts that deliver improved performance and reliability...

UK Company to Track Planes after Malaysian Loss

May 12, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inmarsat Plc, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said it will offer free basic tracking services for planes flying over oceans in the hope of preventing another incident such as the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370...

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Space Station Loses Power Channel, Backup Working

May 9, 2014 10:19 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The International Space Station is down one power channel because of an electrical malfunction. But NASA says everyone and everything is safe up there. Mission Control says one of eight power channels went down Thursday because of an apparent trip in an electrical switch...

Compact Rugged COM Express Module from MEN Micro

May 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro now offers the CB70C, a high performance, Intel Core i7-based Rugged COM Express module for robust, mission-critical operations...

Modular Mission Computer from Elma Easily Provides Custom I/O

May 8, 2014 11:27 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic now offers the compact F-Series PCIe/104 Platform, a fanless, rugged mission computing platform that combines a configurable structure with Intel's 4th generation Quad or Dual Core processor...

Expanded Ethernet Switch Family from Aitech

May 8, 2014 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems, a producer of true embedded and mission critical computing technologies for environmentally-demanding military, aerospace, and rugged industrial applications, has expanded its line of managed Gigabit Ethernet switches to include several new versions...

Standex-Meder Electronics Unveils KSK-1A35/1 Reed Switch

May 8, 2014 9:56 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of sensors and magnetic components, announces the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch...

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Photos of the Day: Ka-band Represents the Future of Space Communications

May 7, 2014 11:16 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Imagine you're in a restaurant and it's nearly empty. You can talk to your companions, low-volume, easy and relaxed. But then more patrons start arriving and it gets more and more crowded. The noise level rises; you have to shout to be heard. There's no room to move...

NASA's Space Communication Software

May 7, 2014 11:10 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Imagine you're in a restaurant and it's nearly empty. You can talk to your companions, low-volume, easy and relaxed. But then more patrons start arriving and it gets more and more crowded. The noise level rises; you have to shout to be heard. There's no room to move...

News Media Challenge Ban on Journalism Drones

May 6, 2014 5:06 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a dozen media organizations challenged the U.S. government's ban on the use of drones by journalists Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration's position violates constitutional free press protections for news gathering...

Staying On Task in the Automated Cockpit

May 6, 2014 4:37 pm | by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

Automation in the cockpit is traditionally believed to free pilots’ attention from mundane flight tasks and allow them to focus on the big picture or prepare for any unexpected events during flight. However, a new study published in Human Factors indicates that pilots may have a hard time concentrating...

Built-in Fuse for Military,Aerospace Systems

May 6, 2014 3:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new Hi-Rel series of TANTAMOUNT surface-mount, solid tantalum molded chip capacitors for military and aerospace applications...                     

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast

May 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for Sangshin Elecom triplexers targeting avionics applications for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), universal access transceiver (UAT), and traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS)...       

Making Light Work of Orbit & Altitude Control

May 6, 2014 11:28 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Microsatellites have to be very light – every gram counts. The same applies to the gyroscopes used to sense the satellite’s orientation when in orbit. A novel prototype is seven times lighter and significantly smaller than earlier systems...

Likely Flight Path of Malaysian Plane Gets 2nd Look

May 6, 2014 11:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An international panel of experts will re-examine all data gathered in the nearly two-month hunt for the missing Malaysia jet to ensure search crews who have been scouring a desolate patch of ocean for the plane have been looking in the right place, officials said Monday...

FAA: Data from U-2 Spy Plane Caused Computer Issue

May 6, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday...

DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Boeing Gets Awarded $19M for U.S. Navy F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet

May 2, 2014 10:55 am | by Harris Corporation | News | Comments

Harris Corporation has received a two-year, $19 million full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components that will enhance flight crews’ targeting capabilities on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft...                   

Rogers Celebrates Innovation Center Grand Opening in Partnership with Northeastern

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the company’s new Innovation Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. More than 125 government officials, community leaders, technology company representatives, and other guests were on hand to celebrate and tour the Center located in Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security...

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