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Malaysia Defends Military Inaction on MH370 Radar

May 19, 2014 12:46 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia's defense minister on Monday defended his military's failure to scramble a fighter jet to follow a Malaysian airliner when it veered off course and vanished two months ago, saying it wasn't seen as a hostile object. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 became invisible to civilian radar...

China Cited in Cyber-Espionage Case

May 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is preparing to announce first-of-its-kind criminal charges Monday against Chinese military officials in an international cyber-espionage case, a government official said.Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal law enforcement officials...

API Technologies Introduces Multi-Conductor Cable Assembly for Satellites

May 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies, a provider of RF/microwave, power, and security solutions for critical and high-reliability applications, now manufactures a series of multi-conductor cable assemblies used in low earth orbit satellites that track commercial aircraft...

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NASA Awards Radiation Budget Instrument Contract

May 19, 2014 11:26 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has awarded ITT Space Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Exelis, Inc., of Fort Wayne, Indiana, a contract to provide the Radiation Budget Instrument, a scanning radiometer capable of measuring Earth’s reflected sunlight and emitted thermal radiation...

Space-Based Solar Farm

May 19, 2014 11:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a smartphone app that detects bipolar mood swings; a smart universal remote control solution; a new cuff equipped with electrodes helps lower blood pressure without causing side effects; and a technology road map for a space-based solar power system...                

Photos of the Day: SpaceX Dragon Returns to Earth

May 19, 2014 10:28 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA. SpaceX's Dragon splashed into the Pacific, just five hours after...

Space Station Sends Old Equipment Home

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

The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA. SpaceX's Dragon splashed into the Pacific, just five hours after...

Engineering Newswire 90: Hands-Free Corvette on Air Force Test Track

May 15, 2014 5:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire we’re refitting unmanned helicopters, marveling at DEKA’s new prosthetic arm, and driving a Corvette racecar hands-free... Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette...

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Pasternack Releases New Family of Low Noise Amplifiers

May 15, 2014 10:18 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has released a new family of low noise amplifiers (LNA) capable of high gain and broadband performance between 9 KHz and 18 GHz which are widely used across the spectrum of military and commercial applications...

Photos of the Day: Parrot Bebop Drones Fly into the Future

May 14, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future.Smithsonian magazine is hosting its second "The Future is Here" festival this weekend and plans to test fly drones...

Smithsonian to Fly Drones for 'Future' Festival

May 14, 2014 4:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future.Smithsonian magazine is hosting its second "The Future is Here" festival this weekend and plans to test fly drones...

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...                        

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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