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HotSeat 31: Radar Target Scenario Generator

July 7, 2014 12:24 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Eastern Optx introduced its series 10000 Radar Scenario Generator at IMS2014...                                             

HotSpot 70: Shark Detecting Buoy

July 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new LED Bulb that can be controlled from anywhere; a wireless tool to help you hold hands at a distance; a remote tower for air traffic services; and a clever buoy that detects sharks before they attack...                          

Photos of the Day: OCO-2 Lifts Off

July 2, 2014 4:10 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in Earth's atmosphere. The hexagonal spacecraft is about 6 feet long and ...

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NASA Launches Carbon Satellite after 2009 Failure

July 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track the chief culprit behind global warming. The Delta 2 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base along the central California coast and sped toward low-Earth orbit...

Cypress’ Asynchronous SRAMs with On-Chip Error-Correcting Code

July 2, 2014 1:43 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced the sampling of a 16 Mb Fast Asynchronous SRAM with Error-Correcting Code (ECC). The on-chip ECC feature enables the new SRAMs to provide the highest levels of data reliability...

Broadband 20 GHz GaN Amplifier from Custom MMIC

July 2, 2014 11:01 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC announced their new CMD184, a broadband 20 GHz GaN power amplifier, during the International Microwave Symposium (IMS). The CMD184 is Custom MMIC’s first released standard product fabricated on GaN...

Drone Access to US Skies Faces Significant Hurdles

July 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal effort to provide drones regular access to U.S. skies faces significant hurdles and will not meet a September 2015 deadline set by Congress, a government watchdog said Monday. Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out...  

Watch These Drones Fight to the Death

July 2, 2014 9:41 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

12 of the Highest Paid Engineers on the Planet

July 1, 2014 12:55 pm | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

ELASTx Stretches Potential for Future Communications Technologies

July 1, 2014 9:35 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Researchers with DARPA’s Efficient Linearized All-Silicon Transmitter ICs (ELASTx) program recently demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized transmitter—a system on a chip (SoC)—that operates at 94 GHz...         

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...

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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...

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...  

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...

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...

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