Engineering Newswire 57: DARPA's Experimental Program Sends Drones to Space

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 4:30pm
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're microwaving rubble, expanding access to space, designing elastic OLEDs, and flying tinker toys to space. This episode features:

  • NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are working together on a portable radar device that can find you if you're ever trapped under a pile of rubble.
  • DARPA has come up with a new experimental space program -- XS-1 -- which aims to develop a fully reusable, unmanned vehicle that would provide aircraft-like access to space.
  • UCLA researchers have created a transparent, elastic OLED that has the potential to make displays like windows, cell phone screens expandable, electronics wearable, and medical tools less invasive.
  • MIT is revolutionizing the way airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures are being assembled with their lightweight structure that can be snapped together like tinker toys.

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