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Delivery by Drone

August 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions. In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve...

Parks Service Bans Drones Over Appalachian Trail

August 21, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts...

Expanded Ethernet Switch Family from Aitech Offers Robust Network Communication

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has expanded its line of rugged, managed Gigabit Ethernet switches to include several new versions. In addition to the original 6U CompactPCI (C660) version, Aitech now offers managed Gigabit Ethernet switches...                                   

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Researchers Find Security Flaws in Backscatter X-Ray Scanners

August 20, 2014 10:21 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

A team of researchers have discovered several security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In laboratory tests, the team was able to successfully conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner...

Compact Rugged COM Express Module from MEN Micro

August 19, 2014 3:54 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...                                

NASA's RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

August 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite. The signals have helped astronomers identify an unusual midsize black hole called M82 X-1...

Photos of the Day: NASA Puts 'Swarmies' to the Test

August 19, 2014 10:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does...

Autonomous Swarming Robots to Explore Alien Worlds

August 19, 2014 9:45 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does...

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Spacewalking Astronauts Release Baby Satellite

August 19, 2014 9:38 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the 4-inch box off with his gloved right hand as the International Space Station sailed 260 miles above the cloud-flecked planet...

Arches, Canyonlands, National Parks Ban Drones

August 19, 2014 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility...

Chinese Man Accused of Hacking for Defense Data

August 18, 2014 4:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has charged a Chinese businessman with a computer hacking scheme to steal information on military projects, including fighter jets, to sell to Chinese companies. City News ...       

GaN LNAs from RFMW cover 2 to 12 GHz

August 18, 2014 3:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced support for a pair of GaN low noise amplifiers targeted at military and commercial radar applications as well as SatCom, point-to-point radio and WiMax applications...                                          

Monitoring Meteor Showers from Space

August 18, 2014 11:08 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Those who enjoy the spectacle of the Perseids, Geminids or other annual meteor showers likely aren't thinking about where these shooting stars originated or whether they might pose a danger. Scientists, however, think about such things and will use the vantage point of a special window...

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HotSpot Episode 76: EMC Top 10

August 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, at this year’s EMC2014 event in Raleigh, NC Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show...         

Photos of the Day: Canadarm2 Releases Cygnus to Fly Solo

August 18, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft completed a month-long delivery mission to the International Space Station Friday when it was released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:40 a.m. EDT. Cygnus is now orbiting on its own...

U.S. Commercial Cargo Ship Delivery Mission Ends

August 18, 2014 9:47 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft completed a month-long delivery mission to the International Space Station Friday when it was released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 6:40 a.m. EDT. Cygnus is now orbiting on its own...

AVX Extends MLCC Series with High Temp Dielectrics

August 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has added high temperature X8R and X8L dielectric components to its high-reliability APS Series multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications...                                 

Engineering Newswire 103: Marine’s Driverless Jeep Built on a Growler

August 14, 2014 12:57 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re reaching 290 mph with the Hennessey Venom F5, 3d printing on the Stratasys Uprint, and taking a spin in the marine’s new self-driving jeep ...                  

Photos of the Day: Three Radars are Better than One

August 13, 2014 7:11 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group...

NASA Field Campaign Demonstrates New Radar Instruments

August 13, 2014 7:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group...

NASA Selects Proposals to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

August 13, 2014 5:03 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at ...  

VPG's New S Series Precision Foil Current Sense Resistors

August 13, 2014 12:13 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

VPG announced that its Powertron resistor brand has introduced the first seven devices in its S Series of precision foil current sense resistors...

Ethernet Cables Provide High Data Rate

August 13, 2014 12:05 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has introduced GORE Ethernet Cables to meet the military and civil aerospace markets' emerging need for higher data rate cables in a lightweight, flexible, and routable package...

Fairview Microwave Announces New Lines of RF Rotary Joints

August 12, 2014 11:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave has announced their new line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints. Fairview Microwave’s RF rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to...

Photos of the Day: NASA Satellites Get 2.0 Update

August 12, 2014 10:33 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Who doesn’t love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what’s really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That’s the case with NASA’s fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission...

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