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The Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small

July 15, 2014 6:34 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner. What's got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough...

Photos of the Day: All Aboard the GOES-R Satellite

July 15, 2014 6:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft...                                 

NOAA’s GOES-R Satellite Magnetometer Ready for Spacecraft Integration

July 15, 2014 6:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and enable forecasters...

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Drones Could Provide Photographic Lighting

July 15, 2014 12:59 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of...

ISEE-3 Spacecraft Rescued by SDR Application

July 15, 2014 12:29 am | by Balint Seeber, Ettus Research | News | Comments

Skycorp Incorporated and Ettus Research have joined forces for the development of a crucial piece of hardware needed to contact the ISEE-3 spacecraft. Contacting ISEE-3, launched by NASA in 1978, is the focus of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project. ISEE-3 will be returning to Earth orbit in August of this year...

Engineering Newswire 98: Airbus Details Windowless Cockpit of the Future

July 14, 2014 11:57 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re going autonomous with army caravans, seeing the world without any windows, and 3D printing on the fly ...                

Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology...             

Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Drones

July 14, 2014 12:32 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday. The online retailer created a media frenzy...

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The ISEE-3 Reboot Mission: A Dream SDR Application

July 13, 2014 11:08 pm | by Balint Seeber, Ettus Research | Blogs | Comments

Puerto Rico is host to many interesting sights: lush greenery covering rolling hills as far as the eye can see, emergency first responder vehicles that always have their lights flashing even when not on call, the best crab turnovers, and the Arecibo Radio Observatory – the world's largest single-dish radio telescope...

Picking the Pattern for a Stealth Antenna

July 10, 2014 5:49 pm | by Francesca De Vita, Simone Di Marco, Fabio Costa, and Paolo Turchi, Altran Italy | Articles | Comments

One of the largest leaps in defense technology developed in recent years focuses on stealth airplanes and ships that avoid radar detection by combining several technologies that include the shape of the target’s surfaces to reflect energy away from the source...                        

Dropter Project Demonstrates Precision-Landing Capabilities

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger’s Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating ...

Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' Quadcopter to Lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 10:54 am | by ESA | News | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface ...   

Broadband Amplifier Line from Teseq Offers Low Distortion, Reliability

July 7, 2014 10:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model. Used in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is ideal for automotive, military and aerospace BCI...

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Some US-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn on Phones

July 7, 2014 6:49 pm | by Will Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats...

HotSeat 32: Ultra-Low Jitter/Dual Clock Synthesizer

July 7, 2014 12:38 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Noise XT brought its 2 megahertz to 7 gigahertz SLC ultra-low jitter/dual clock synthesizer. The SLC is a single or dual clock USB synthesizer with a noise floor of -170 decibel per hertz at 10 megahertz...                              

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 ...

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....

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 ...

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