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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...

CDM Electronics Expands Audio & Mid-Range Power Connector Inventory

February 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

CDM Electronics has announced a significant expansion of their MIL-DTL-55116 (part #M55116) audio frequency connectors and MIL-DTL-55181 (part #M55181) mid-range power connectors.  The MIL-Spec parts are field proven in a wide range of Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, Joint Tactical Radio System radios...

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...

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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...

EMI Shielding Material for Precision Die-Cuts

February 10, 2014 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech has introduced its low compression CFS Conductive Foam Shielding materials to help eliminate unwanted RF and electromagnetic interference from escaping into the surrounding environment from the gaps on electronic enclosures found around the I/O panel, backplane and access panels. CFS Conductive Foam covers these openings with a custom, die-cut shielding gasket...

Harsh Environment Controller Stands Up to Adverse Conditions

February 10, 2014 10:56 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Divelbiss has announced the release of its Harsh Environment Controller, the HEC-P5000. The HEC-P5000 Harsh Environment Controller is RoHS compliant, has a wide temperature range of -40 to 80°C and allows for programmable intelligence under less than ideal conditions...

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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...

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New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

February 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a double-ridged horn antenna from PPM that has a frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz.  The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements...

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...

Testing CATS in Space: Laser Technology to Debut on Space Station

February 5, 2014 10:55 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...

Vishay Intertechnology Releases RCP, Thick Film Chip Resistors

February 4, 2014 4:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of thick film chip resistors for high-power, surface-mount RF applications. Optimized for high-power aerospace, military, industrial, and telecom systems, RCP series resistors feature a stable thick film resistive element on an aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate and an epoxy encapsulation...

Broadband Amplifier Line from Teseq Offers Low Distortion, Reliability

February 4, 2014 1:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a rated power level of 260 watts.  Used in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is ideal for automotive, military, and aerospace bulk current injections (BCI) applications...

Elma's New Hall Effect Sensor Coded Switch Offers Rugged Design for Harsh Environments

February 4, 2014 1:14 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic has introduced the X4, the first in a family of new rugged switches based on the latest Hall Effect sensor coding technology. Hall Effect sensing technology offers enhanced reliability and performance where conventional switches would not survive, such as in the presence of dust and/or vibration...

VPG’s Ultra-High-Precision Through-Hole Z-Foil Resistor for High-Temp Apps

February 4, 2014 11:57 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group has announced a new ultra-high-precision through-hole Z-Foil resistor to meet the growing demand for precise, stable, and reliable resistors that can operate in harsh environments. The Z201HT is optimized for a wide variety of high-temperature applications up to +200°C...

New Technique Could Be Used to Search Space Dust for Life's Ingredients

February 4, 2014 9:36 am | by Bill Steigerwald, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in space and delivered to Earth by comet and meteor impacts could have given a boost to the start of life. Some meteorites supply molecules that can be used as building blocks to make certain kinds of larger molecules that are critical for life... 

Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put on Ice

February 3, 2014 10:52 am | by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run. Lakemaid Beer recently tested its delivery system by flying a 12-pack of its brew to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs...

HotSpot Episode 48: High-Tech Bra Tracks True Love

February 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an electronic, beer-tasting tongue; a high-tech bra that only opens for true love; smart shorts that tracks how you're working your muscles; and bionic contact lens that produce tactile sensations to help guide the blind...                       

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