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Satellite 2015 Conference and Exhibition

January 14, 2015 2:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Events

We invite you to be our guests at the upcoming SATELLITE 2015 Conference and Exhibition-the premier global marketplace for satellite communications-taking place March 16-19, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum Dots Are For Real

January 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

Engineering Update #91: CATS in Space

January 13, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

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Important Milestones of Technology

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Sam Hudgins | News | Comments

Technology has come a long way, and it continues to advance at a rapid pace. From wearables to autonomous vehicles, here are a few of the great milestones that have occurred in technology ...                                      

Wearable Technology Alters Your Mind, Like Drugs

January 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, predictive cruise control that reacts to other vehicles; wearable technology that altrers you mind, like drugs; Nissan and NASA team up to create autonomous cars; an SDHC memory card that features NFC; and DARPA's program for tiny UAVs ...             

Photos of the Day: Supercomputer Simulation of the Stars

January 8, 2015 9:39 am | by Francis Reddy, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

A long-term study led by astronomers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, used NASA satellites, ground-based telescopes and theoretical modeling to produce the most comprehensive picture of Eta Carinae to date ...                  

Drones Invade CES

January 8, 2015 9:10 am | by BY HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you're searching for the hottest gadgets on the floor of this year's consumer electronics show, be sure to look up. For the first time ever, there's an International CES section dedicated to drones ...                         

NASA, SpaceX Set New Launch Date for Resupply Mission to Space Station

January 8, 2015 1:53 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The fifth official SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract now is scheduled to launch at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday, Jan. 10, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the...

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Photos of the Day: Smart Solutions for a Connected World

January 7, 2015 10:50 am | by Bosch | News | Comments

The world is becoming more connected, and at times, it seems as though the Internet and globalization have developed a momentum of their own. Companies like Bosch can help shape these developments. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Bosch will be ...                    

SpaceX Launch Called Off at Last Minute

January 6, 2015 10:14 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining ...                                               

HotSpot Episode 95: NASA's Rover Has Amnesia

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: an unmanned helicopter, detecting extraterrestrial life, and NASA's Rover has amnesia. Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout drone helicopter has made its first flight from a U.S. Navy destroyer. According to Capt. Jeff Dodge, who manages the program for Naval Air Systems ... 

This Flying Device is Becoming a Popular Holiday Gift

December 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and ...

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 ... 

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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....

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 ...             

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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