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Photos of the Day: Airware to Test Air Traffic Control for Commercial Drones

October 20, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has yet to propose rules to govern the use of commercial robotic aircraft in U.S. skies. But it predicts that 7,500 unmanned craft weighing 55 pounds or less will be operating in the U.S. by 2018...

Airware to Test Air Traffic Control for Commercial Drones

October 20, 2014 11:16 am | by Tom Simonite for MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A startup called Airware is working with NASA on a project exploring how to manage the swarms of commercial drones expected to start appearing in U.S. skies. The four-year program will create a series of prototype air traffic management systems and could shape how widely commercial drones can be used.

HotSpot Episode 85: The Problem with Electric Cars

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a Wi-Fi connected, voice operated computer that is finally available; a tool that broadcasts and receives information to truly bring to life one’s personal environment; the problem with electric cars; a universal control system for iRobot's line of defense and security robots; the RP6V2-C autonomous mobile robot syste; and welcome... 

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6 GHz 100 W Switch from RFMW

October 20, 2014 9:58 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announced design and sales support for a 6GHz GaN SPDT switch supporting commercial and military Radar, communications, EW, and general purpose applications handling pulsed power levels up to 100W...

Meaghan's Minute: Optical Frequency Combs

October 17, 2014 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Keysight Technologies, DARPA has issued a solicitation for proposals responsive to its Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT) program, which seeks new capabilities for highly sensitive remote detection of multiple biological or chemical agents in liquid or gaseous forms...              

Pasternack Debuts New Line of High Power Linear RF Amplifiers

October 16, 2014 4:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has announced eight new high power linear amplifiers that provide accurate signal amplification across a multitude of commercial and defense applications such as communications, radar and sensors, test instrumentation, telecom infrastructure, fixed microwave backhaul, commercial two-way radio, and many others...              

Engineering Newswire 112: Boeing UAV Completes Secret Space Mission

October 16, 2014 3:17 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re inverting EV inverters, attempting to destroy an industrial keyboard, and carrying a classified payload to space in a Boeing UAV...                                

Photos of the Day: X-37B, the Air Force's Secret Space Plane

October 16, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this photo, provided by the Vandenberg Air Force Base, technicians examine the X-37B unmanned spaceplane shortly after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on Dec. 3, 2010. The military's small, top-secret version of the space shuttle is expected to land again at a Southern California Air Force base. The X-37B's mission is classified, only fueling speculation about why it was orbiting Earth for nearly two years.

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Air Force's Secret Space Plane

October 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The purpose of the military's secret space plane, the X-37B, is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been circling Earth for nearly two years on this, the program's third mission. The plane is expected to land as soon as Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Astronauts Receive Mental Health Treatment Through Virtual Reality

October 16, 2014 9:22 am | by John Cramer, Dartmouth College | News | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized solace in the form of a virtual reality-based relaxation system being developed by Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues...  

Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

October 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

On a good day, flying can be a comfortable and efficient way to travel. But all too often, weather or overcbooking can cause delays that ripple through the system, inducing missed flights, anxiety, discomfort and lots of lost time and money...              

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Represent a Game Changer for Business Aviation

October 15, 2014 12:27 pm | by Robotic Skies | News | Comments

UAS are the topic of a National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) panel discussion, Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Opportunities for Business Aviation in the Innovation Zone of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando...

Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America

October 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Department of Defense News | News | Comments

The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's...                                  

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Sandia Invents Sensor to Make a Better Prosthesis

October 14, 2014 8:54 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution. The national Amputee Coalition says nearly 2...    

ASTRODYNE PRESENTS: "Critical Design Issues in Protecting Against EMP and HEMP"

October 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Astrodyne | Events

All design and facility engineers interesting in protecting military, government and commercial infrastructure from these threats...        

Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

October 13, 2014 10:34 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords...                           

Pin Shaped Battery to Power Wearable Devices

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, a pin shaped lithium ion battery to power wearable devices; a giant modular displayed made from smaller displays; the ultimate data storage protection; and one credit card for all...                             

GP:50 Pressure Transducers for Aerospace and Defense

October 13, 2014 9:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 Corporation announced the global market introduction of the Model 7300, a rugged, flight qualified, differential pressure transducer for aerospace and defense testing requirements...

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...

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 ...     

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