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ZANO at Embedded World

March 2, 2015 1:32 pm | by Latronix | Videos | Comments

This week at Embedded World, Lantronix and Torquing showed off the Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities of the ZANO nano drone.  Powered by the Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi module ...

New Plane Tracking to be Tested after Malaysia Jet Mystery

March 2, 2015 10:08 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft...

Could Your Product Win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This...

DARPA Seeks to Remove Communication Barrier Between Humans and Computers

February 23, 2015 1:42 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other...

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Flexible Waveguide Suited for Satellite Applications

February 23, 2015 1:33 pm | by ATW Companies | Product Releases | Comments

ATW Companies Inc. announces that its flexible waveguide and waveguide components, available to the international market, are ideally suited for satellite applications and other airborne and space systems. Products include seamless flexible waveguide, flexible twistable waveguide, flexible waveguide, and semi flexible waveguide. In addition to tubing, the ... 

HotSpot Episode 102: Military Smart Gun is More Accurate

February 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a military gun that integrates smart electronics for better accuracy; an engineer’s survival kit provided by ARC Technologies; a project that enables cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction; and an interview with the original Falcon's robotics team ...             

Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 19, 2015 3:59 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes ...

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The W.I.N.D. House Can Be Controlled By Your Smartphone

February 19, 2015 10:58 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The W.I.N.D. House, by Dutch firm UNStudio, can be completely controlled from inside the house or remotely by a smartphone, and sports sustainable technology that reduces its dependence on the grid. Work on the W.I.N.D. House began in 2008 and the project ... 

TE Connectivity Brings Consumer Antenna Capabilities to Aerospace and Defense

February 17, 2015 4:56 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) is bringing its expertise to military and aerospace markets in the form of moldable composites and selective metallization. TE is delivering antennas that are smaller and lighter, and offer higher performance and increased functionality in flight and ground applications ...         

100W S-Band Transistors Offer GaN Performance

February 17, 2015 4:31 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS GaN transistors from TriQuint (Qorvo). These 28V devices offer 107W P3dB for applications in Radar, professional or military communication systems and avionics. Covering frequencies up to 3.5GHz, the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS are input prematched for S-Band. TriQuint (Qorvo) offers the TGF2929-FL with a flange...

Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

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Interstellar Technology Throws Light On Spinning Black Holes

February 13, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan's epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes. In a paper published in IOP Publishing's journal ... 

3D Scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon ...      

DARPA Launches Robots4Us Video Contest

February 12, 2015 10:13 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA's new Robots4Us student video contest asks high school students to address these issues creatively by producing short videos about the robotics-related possibilities they foresee and the kind of robot-assisted society in which they would like to live ...        

Photos of the Day: VP Gore's Brainchild Finally Soars to Space

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Gore — who dreamed up the idea for an environmentally conscious, Earth-gazing satellite 17 years ago — returned for the sunset launch. He was at the previous two attempts as well, eager to see his brainchild finally soar. Besides watching for solar outbursts, the observatory will provide continuous pictures of the full, sunlit side of Earth ...       

SpaceX Launches Environmentally Conscious, Earth-Gazing Satellite

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday ...                 

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Intersil's Rad-Hard ICs Blast off on Orion's Flight Test

February 9, 2015 3:56 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Intersil Corporation has announced that 16 of its radiation-hardened ICs were onboard the Dec. 5, 2014 maiden voyage of NASA's Orion spacecraft, also known as the uncrewed Exploration Flight Test 1. The Orion spacecraft is designed to go where no man has gone before, including astronauts exploring...             

SpaceX Launch Postponed Due to System Failure

February 9, 2015 10:36 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory — and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt — after a critical radar-tracking system failed ...                               

China’s Drone Delivery Service

February 9, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

Photos of the Day: How to Catch Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Concerned about a recent spate of mystery drones flying over its nuclear plants, military installations and even the presidential palace, France has asked scientists to help devise ways to counteract the small — and so far harmless — motorized menaces overhead ...                

High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

NASA Budget to Fund Mars Mission, Asteroid Capture

February 3, 2015 10:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS), planned for deep space missions. It also funds the James ... 

Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

February 2, 2015 2:41 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...       

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

Photo of the Day: XMM-Newton and Hubble View of Jupiter's Ghost

February 2, 2015 10:08 am | by Phys.org | News | Comments

Names of astronomical objects are often ambiguous, especially when the historical designation of a certain class of celestial body preceded their physical understanding and was based on their appearance in the sky. A notoriously abstruse case of nomenclature is that ...

Aerospace Engineering Students' Startup Idea: Controlled Drones for Filmmaking

January 30, 2015 5:40 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> Three Aerospace Engineering at Illinois seniors have applied their penchant for entrepreneurship to develop FreeSkies, a startup company aimed at using drones in filmmaking. Working in AE Associate Prof. Tim Bretl&rsquo;s laboratory, Jay Mulakala, Ankur Mehta, and Andrew Putch...

Kevlar Used to Make Batteries Tougher

January 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We usually picture Kevlar as the synthetic fiber used for ballistic vests, combat helmets, and other applications for personal armor. But the same material famed for its ability to stop bullets could also prevent batteries from catching fire and exploding. One of the reasons the batteries caught fire in the Boeing 787 ... 

NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2014 Annual Report

January 28, 2015 5:39 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2014 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials ... 

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