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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a speedometer that prevents you from speeding; the FAA loosens its grip on commercial drone flights; the world's smallest hydropower plant; and the priciest wearable is a piece of jewelry ...            

Half-Size System Host Board

March 27, 2015 1:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has announced its PCE-4 series product line employing PICMG 1.3 half-size form factor...

Multi-Port, Multi-Protocol

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of mini PCI Express (mPCIe) multi-port serial...

Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

March 27, 2015 10:26 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to...

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3 Astronauts Are Taking a One Year Trip to the International Space Station

March 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team, American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko are to stay at the International Space Station until March ... 

Stable Electrical Parameters

March 26, 2015 3:05 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has introduced the new TCR Professional Series tantalum chip capacitors with conductive polymer electrodes. Designed for use in high power DC-DC converters employed in telecommunications, industrial, and avionics applications that demand high reliability and long lifetime performance, TCR Professional Series capacitors are subjected to AVX’s maverick part control Q-Process with statistical screening ...

Engineering Newswire 133: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

March 26, 2015 1:52 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re controlling headlights with our eyes, learning how the bench top factory will change our lives, and building kinetic sculptures with the new Rube Goldberg ...

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Photos of the Day: Cutting-Edge Mars Landing Technologies

March 26, 2015 10:14 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars -- or any other planetary body -- with more precision than ever before. In collaboration with Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, they have recently tested these technologies on board a high-tech demonstration vehicle called the ...

Successful Test Flights for Mars Landing Technology

March 26, 2015 10:13 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

It's tricky to get a spacecraft to land exactly where you want. That's why the area where the Mars rover Curiosity team had targeted to land was an ellipse that may seem large, measuring 12 miles by 4 miles (20 by 7 kilometers) ...

Tern Continues Progress toward Enabling Small Ships to Host Their Own Unmanned Air Systems

March 26, 2015 9:55 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has awarded prime contracts for Phase 2 of Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). The goal of Tern is to give forward-deployed small ships the ability to serve as mobile launch and recovery sites for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) ...

NASA-Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays

March 25, 2015 11:11 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth and, what's more, when observed ... 

Photo of the Day: NASA Satellites Catch a 'Growth Spurt' from a Newborn Protostar

March 24, 2015 11:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and from ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an outburst from a star thought to be in the earliest phase of its development. The eruption, scientists say, reveals ... 

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NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

March 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international ... 

Durable Conductive Foam Gaskets for EMI Shielding Attenuation

March 20, 2015 10:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Available as standard gaskets, custom designs or sheet stock, durable 2700 Series Conductive Foam has X, Y and Z axis conductivity for maximum EMI shielding attenuation. The material is ideal for computer, router and telecom I/O shielding. It is offered ... 

Remote-Controlled Beetle

March 19, 2015 9:36 am | by Nanyang Technological University Singapore | Videos | Comments

Cyborg insect research led by engineers at UC Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is enabling new revelations about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns ...

Cyborg Beetle Research Allows Free-Flight Study of Insects

March 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations | News | Comments

Hard-wiring beetles for radio-controlled flight turns out to be a fitting way to learn more about their biology. Cyborg insect research led by engineers at UC Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is enabling new revelations about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns ...

NASA's Software Application to Increase Astroid Detection

March 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Sarah Ramsey, NASA | News | Comments

During a panel Sunday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, NASA representatives discussed how citizen scientists have made a difference in asteroid hunting. They also announced the release of a desktop software application developed by NASA in partnership with ...

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Photos of the Day: The Satellite 2015 Expo

March 18, 2015 2:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

SATELLITE 2015 had "communications solutions for every end-user of satellite communications and serves a wide range of markets including: commercial, enterprise, broadcast, broadband, scientific research, maritime ...

Inflatable Satellite Antennas Reduce the Military’s Burden

March 18, 2015 2:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

Mars Rover Moving Robotic Arm Again After Electrical Short

March 13, 2015 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA says the robotic arm on the Curiosity rover is moving again after a short circuit temporarily halted its work on Mars. The space agency said Thursday that Curiosity transferred a powder sample from a recent rock drilling to an onboard laboratory to ... 

Photos of the Day: Italy’s First Built F-35A Unveiled

March 13, 2015 10:46 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace ... 

NASA Spacecraft in Earth’s Orbit, Preparing to Study Magnetic Reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. This process is thought to be the catalyst for some...

Creating Cheaper Night Vision

March 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Semiconductor technology from the University of Texas at Dallas could pave the way for cheaper night vision, making it affordable for everyday use. Current technologies rely on image intensifiers which magnify natural light sources like the moon and the stars ... 

2-30 GHz GaAs Wideband Gain Block

March 11, 2015 11:58 am | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA3503-SM, 2 to 30GHz Gain Block from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA3503-SM offers 19dBm of output P1dB with a corresponding small signal gain of up to 10dB. Output third order intercept is >25dBm. Wideband performance of the TGA3503-SM supports multiple ... 

MIT Spinout’s Electric-Propulsion System Improves Maneuverability of Small Satellites

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications. But they have major control issues: Once in space, they can’t accurately point cameras or change orbit, and they usually crash and burn within a few months ...

Secret Service Conducting Middle-of-the-Night Drone Flights

March 10, 2015 10:48 am | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington — usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone — are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has learned ...

HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

NASA Launches 2015 Space Apps Challenge to Spark Innovation

March 6, 2015 5:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA and other space agencies around the world are preparing for the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge, which will be held April 10-12 at more than 135 locations worldwide, including New York, host of the event’s Global Mainstage. During this three-day code-a-thon, participants are asked ... 

This Star Wars Drone Might Be The Coolest Thing Ever

March 6, 2015 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

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