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Spacecraft of the Week: Space Shuttle Orbiters

March 26, 2015 3:25 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Blogs | Comments

Many people know the streamlined Space Shuttle orbiters by sight. This week, we look at what set the orbiters apart and what every engineer can learn from their construction...

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Sensor System Provides Continuous Smart Monitoring of Machinery

March 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by University of Saarland | News | Comments

A new method of continuously monitoring the status of machinery is currently being developed by a research team led by Professor Andreas Schütze of Saarland University. The mobile tablet-based system supplies information on the ...      

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Novel Plastic for 'Artificial Muscles'

March 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers of the material to make even more electricity for ...

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Engineers Create Structures Tougher Than Bulletproof Vests

March 26, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher than Kevlar ...            

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Lockheed Delivers 3 More C-130Js

March 26, 2015 2:06 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Three variants of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft were recently delivered to U.S. military operators from the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility. On March 19, a U.S. Air Force crew took delivery of and ferried an ...               

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Enabling Automated Lookouts for Unmanned Surface Vessels

March 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over ...     

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Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

March 26, 2015 1:54 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ...    

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Today in Engineering History: Goddard's L-13 Rocket Reaches 9,000 Ft.

March 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1937, Dr. Robert Goddard’s L-B series rocket (L-13) reached its highest height of approximately 9,000 feet. The duration of the flight lasted 22.3 seconds. The L-B series were check tests of 5.75 inch-diameter chambers ...

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Trains with Brains Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing to Mars

March 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, NASA sent a “Spaceward Bound” expedition to Australia’s remote Pilbara region. The region’s rugged and red-hued plains appeared to be a good analog for Mars. Up to a point. The Pilbara, which is located in Western ...   

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'Red Team' Exposing Army Tech Vulnerabilities

March 26, 2015 11:12 am | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | News | Comments

Operations, a few years ago in Afghanistan, were a wake-up call to the Army's force-protection vulnerabilities, said Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology. Two small outposts, Camps Keating and ...

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New Locomotives Ensure Energy-Efficient Transport

March 26, 2015 11:08 am | by Megan Locke Simpson, Fort Campbell Courier | News | Comments

The swift, efficient movement of freight and equipment is essential to the Army's mission, whether by air, land or sea. Fort Campbell's railroad operations are a key part of this mission to remain a premier power projection ...                

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Two Men Prepare for Yearlong Expedition in Space

March 26, 2015 10:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Two humans are getting ready to say farewell to Earth for nearly 12 months. On March 27, 2015, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will launch to the International Space Station, beginning a one-year ...    

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Fuel Cell Vehicles to Drive Increase in Global Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 10:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Group | News | Comments

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially increase the global hydrogen market in the near future. Analysts at New York-based Persistence Market Research predicted the market value ...    

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Lighting Software Amps Up Performance of Miss Saigon

March 26, 2015 10:41 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

If all the world’s a stage, Cast Software wants to make sure the props are in place, the lighting is up, and the actors are on their marks. Technology met art in the latest performance of the Cameron Mackintosh-produced Miss Saigon...

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Engineering Newswire 133: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

March 26, 2015 10:24 am | 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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