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NASA Scrubs Launch of Global Warming Satellite

July 1, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The planned launch of a rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to track global warming has been postponed.NASA writes in a tweet that the countdown was stopped at 46 seconds because of a failure in the launch pad water flow...             

Photos of the Day: Mars 'Flying Saucer' Splashes Down After Test

June 28, 2014 11:09 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is being tested for slowing big, heavy spacecraft hurtling into the thin Martian atmosphere. A ship was sent to recover a "black box" designed to separate from the LDSD and float. Outfitted with a GPS beacon, the box contains the crucial flight data that scientists are eager to analyze...

NASA Tests Low Density Supersonic Decelerator

June 28, 2014 10:50 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings rocketed high over the Pacific on Saturday and deployed a novel inflatable braking system, but its massive parachute failed to fully unfurl as it descended to a splashdown. Control room cheers that greeted successful steps...

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Sports Drone Set for Take-Off with Stratasys 3D Printing

June 27, 2014 12:35 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Helico is specifically targeting the outdoor 'extreme' sports market and expects AirDog to be of particular interest to recreational participants of freestyle BMX, motocross and skateboarding, as well as water-sports such as surfing, kite-surfing ...

Photos of the Day: The World's First Auto-Follow Sports Drone

June 27, 2014 12:32 am | by Stratasys | News | Comments

Aimed primarily at the consumer market, AirDog is an innovative, yet simple-to-use, 'quad-copter' that operates via a wrist-worn tracking device and accommodates a standard GoPro sports camera. The fully 3D printed ...    

Engineering Newswire 96: The Most Advanced Autonomous Vehicle Ever Designed

June 27, 2014 12:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re recharging drones on power lines, adding dimples to domes, and driving an autonomous caddy ...                  

Glitch in Airplane Autopilot Systems

June 26, 2014 4:51 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Netherlands' air safety agency says it has detected a glitch that can cause airplane autopilot systems to respond in a dangerous way when a plane is attempting a steeper than normal landing approach. In a report published Thursday, the Dutch Safety Board, which investigates disasters and potential accidents...

Photos of the Day: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Hunt Navy Mines

June 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water... Torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles are used to map swaths of the sea floor with sonar sensors...  

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Navy Uses Synthetic Aperture Sonar to Find Ancient Mines

June 26, 2014 10:16 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Since World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other means of attack combined, according to a Navy report on mine warfare. New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water...

NOAA's GOES-R Satellite Successfully Tested

June 25, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The solar array that will provide power to NOAA's GOES-R satellite has been tested, approved and shipped to a facility where it will be incorporated on the spacecraft. The five sections of the solar array come together as one to resemble a giant black wing. On May 13, 2014, the GOES-R satellite solar array panels...

Photos of the Day: GOES-R Black Wing Ready for Flight

June 25, 2014 10:24 am | by NASA | News | Comments

GOES-R will be more advanced than NOAA's current GOES fleet. The satellites are expected to more than double the clarity of today's GOES imagery and provide more atmospheric observations than current capabilities with more frequent images...  

Crimes to Crops: Drone Display Shows Potential Use

June 24, 2014 11:54 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned aircraft the size of a push lawnmower was launched shortly after a report of a person being held at knifepoint. With red, green and white lights flashing below its rotors, the drone slowly circled the scene and relayed sharp images to those watching from afar on a digital screen...

Acopian Power Supply Announces Launch of New Website

June 24, 2014 5:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Acopian Power Supplies recently announced the launch of their new website. The redesigned site provides richer online content, and a menu of user-friendly tools to help engineers quickly and easily access the power supplies...

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Photos of the Day: BRITE-Constellation Nanosatellites Explore the Universe

June 23, 2014 10:30 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

2 Low-Cost, Car Battery-Sized Space Telescopes Launched

June 23, 2014 10:17 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

U.S. Gov't Moves to Ban Drones in 400 National Parks

June 22, 2014 9:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres (34 million hectares) of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety. Jonathan Jarvis, the park service's director...

Engineering Newswire 95: Urinal Videogame Is Controlled by User's 'Stream'

June 19, 2014 1:00 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re kicking cancer sticks with a new wearable, developing the wind tracer at Lockheed Martin, and playing videos games, with your pee ...            

UN Says Unmanned Drones Will Be Deployed in Mali

June 19, 2014 11:07 am | by Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali will be getting unmanned drones to help protect civilians and U.N. troops in the volatile north, the peacekeeping chief said Wednesday. Herve Ladsous told the U.N. Security Council that the unmanned aerial vehicles will provide critical information for peacekeepers...

Photo of the Day: Expedition 38 Tests Free-Flying Satellites

June 19, 2014 10:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The International Space Station is critically important to NASA's future exploration missions. The orbiting outpost provides a platform to test technologies in a long-duration weightless environment; conditions which are impractical to replicate on Earth...

International Space Station: A Technology Test Bed

June 19, 2014 9:48 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The International Space Station is critically important to NASA's future exploration missions. The orbiting outpost provides a platform to test technologies in a long-duration weightless environment; conditions which are impractical to replicate on Earth...

Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals Poses Risk to National Security

June 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by RAND Corporation | News | Comments

The nationwide shortage of cybersecurity professionals – particularly for positions within the federal government – creates risks for national and homeland security, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. Demand for trained cybersecurity professionals...

Photo of the Day: NASA Hunts for New Horizons Mission Target

June 18, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015...

Hubble to Begin Searching Beyond Pluto

June 18, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015...

Fuel Cells for Increased Airplane Efficiency

June 16, 2014 8:43 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the first fuel cell that can directly convert fuels, such as jet fuel or gasoline, to electricity, providing a dramatically more energy-efficient way to create electric power for planes or cars. The researchers have made coin-sized fuel cells...  

Photos of the Day: In-Orbit Decontamination System Destroys Pathogens

June 16, 2014 11:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Just like eating, drinking and even trying to wash your hair aboard the International Space Station, conducting science experiments in space is not a simple task for astronauts. There are so many more factors for crews to consider than scientists on Earth have to worry about..

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