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The World is One Big Dataset

February 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Dan Berkenstock, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and...                             

HotSpot Episode 50: Blinking Beacons Help Planes Miss Wind Turbines

February 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a low-power, signal-processing chip that could lead to a chochlear implant with not external hardware; synthetic motors that live inside human cells; a sensor solution for blinking beacons on wind turbines; and a clever detector array...                    

US Navy Ready to Deploy Laser for 1st Time

February 18, 2014 9:57 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year...

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NASA Tests New Technologies for Robotic Refueling

February 14, 2014 1:17 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

It's corrosive, it's hazardous, and it can cause an explosion powerful enough to thrust a satellite forward in space. Multiple NASA centers are currently conducting a remotely controlled test of new technologies that would empower future space robots to transfer this dangerous fluid into the propellant tanks of spacecraft in space today...

Israel Laser Shield Moves Closer to Deployment

February 14, 2014 10:45 am | by Satish Cheney, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli state-owned arms company developing a laser-based missile shield that evokes "Star Wars" style technology says its deployment over the country is closer to becoming a reality. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems said development of the system was advanced enough...

Curbs Shut US Drone Makers Out of Export Markets

February 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Military brass shopping at Asia's biggest defense expo this week have drones high on their to-buy list. But for U.S. manufacturers including General Atomics, which makes the Predator hunter-killer, there's one problem: they can only sell to a few countries because of tight export restrictions...  

Photos of the Day: Drones to Improve Quality of Life in UAE

February 13, 2014 10:46 am | by Aya Batrawy & Dalton Bennett, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates hopes to start using drones to fly government documents to citizens and is offering a $1 million international prize for unmanned aircraft that can improve the quality of life in the oil-rich Gulf state, a government adviser said Wednesday...

UAE Developing Drones for Citizen Services

February 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Aya Batrawy & Dalton Bennett, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates hopes to start using drones to fly government documents to citizens and is offering a $1 million international prize for unmanned aircraft that can improve the quality of life in the oil-rich Gulf state, a government adviser said Wednesday...

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China Revives Moon Rover, but Malfunction Persists

February 13, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has restored communications with its space program's troubled "Jade Rabbit" moon rover, but engineers are still working to fix its mechanical problems, state media reported Thursday. The official Xinhua News Agency cited the lunar probe program's spokesman, as saying...

Increased Bandwidth and Reduced SWaP Solutions Highlighted at Singapore Airshow

February 12, 2014 2:52 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity is presenting its solutions for increasing bandwidth and power efficiency while reducing size and weight for aerospace electronics at the Singapore Airshow, Booth # B24, February 11-16, 2014, at the Changi Exhibition Center in Singapore...

Photos of the Day: Space Station Launches Largest Fleet of Satellites

February 12, 2014 10:57 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

It is often said that if everyone had the opportunity to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts in space, respect and admiration for our planet would grow and the environment would be better protected. A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1, may help provide this perspective to people like never before...

Largest Flock of Earth-imaging Satellites Launch from Space Station

February 12, 2014 10:48 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

It is often said that if everyone had the opportunity to see Earth from the perspective of astronauts in space, respect and admiration for our planet would grow and the environment would be better protected. A new fleet of 28 small satellites, called Flock 1, may help provide this perspective to people like never before...

Feds, Pilots Warn of Lasers Pointed into Cockpits

February 12, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airline pilots and federal officials launched a campaign Monday to warn about the dangers of people pointing lasers into cockpits. They're promising prosecution for those who are caught, and a reward for those who turn them in. While the powerful beams of light do not harm the aircraft...

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Photos of the Day: Olympic TV Shot with Drones

February 11, 2014 10:27 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

That drone you might have spotted hovering and zipping around the Sochi Olympic slopes isn't searching for terrorists or gay rights activists hiding behind the fir trees. It's being used to transmit live video of snowboard and ski jump competitions to a screen near you...

Drone Use Highlights Questions for Journalists

February 11, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Melia, Associated Press | News | Comments

As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage. The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station...

Google Subsidiary to Run Nearby Federal Airfield

February 11, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government has picked a Google subsidiary to run and renovate a federal airfield that is frequently used for the personal flights of the Internet company's billionaire executives. The decision announced Monday clears the way for Google's Planetary Ventures LLC to take over management of the 1,000-acre Moffett Federal Airfield...

Sochi Drone Shooting Olympic TV, Not Terrorists

February 10, 2014 1:48 pm | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

That drone you might have spotted hovering and zipping around the Sochi Olympic slopes isn't searching for terrorists or gay rights activists hiding behind the fir trees. It's being used to transmit live video of snowboard and ski jump competitions to a screen near you...

Photos of the Day: Orion Passes Testing for Deep Space

February 10, 2014 10:33 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A test article of the stage adapter that will connect the Orion spacecraft to a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket for its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, aced structural loads testing Jan. 30. Now, the stage adapter that will fly on the Delta IV is officially ready for the journey to its final exam...

Orion Stage Adapter Aces Structural Loads Testing

February 10, 2014 10:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A test article of the stage adapter that will connect the Orion spacecraft to a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket for its first mission, Exploration Flight Test-1, aced structural loads testing Jan. 30. Now, the stage adapter that will fly on the Delta IV is officially ready for the journey to its final exam...

Homeland Security Drones Resume Flying After Crash

February 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Homeland Security Department is back to flying drones along the country's borders more than a week after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Friel said an initial investigation concluded that the drone crashed due to a generator failure...

HotSpot Episode 49: Body Odor Identification

February 9, 2014 10:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable satellite hotspot; identifying people by their body odors; an ultra-thin power bank for professionals; and an avalanche transceiver that works on a smartphone...                        

AVX Adds Three New High Voltage Ratings SMPS Capacitor Series

February 6, 2014 4:52 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has expanded its series of high temperature, SXP-style, encapsulated, radial leaded, switch mode power supply (SMPS) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to include three new high voltage ratings: 1500V, 2000V, and 3000V...

Military Radar Summit

February 6, 2014 12:42 pm | by Military Radar Summit | Events

In its 7th year, the event is the only one of its kind in North America that focuses solely on advancing military radar capabilities. This event will bring together the most influential and knowledgeable radar experts in order to discuss the future measures and strategies for Developing the Next-Generation Military Radar while Maintaining and Advancing Current Systems...

FAA to Examine Airport Towers

February 6, 2014 10:18 am | by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned...  

Photo of the Day: Space Station Debuts CATS Laser Technology

February 5, 2014 11:08 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

While felines in space may be what you're thinking, the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) is a much more helpful accompaniment planned for the International Space Station. CATS will study the distribution of aerosols, the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants, and smoke...

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