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These People Are Going To Mars

February 27, 2015 5:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

100 people are on track to be the first humans on Mars – if they can pass the next round of selection for the reality TV style Mars One project. The candidate pool has been narrowed down to 100 aspiring Red Planet explorers, chosen ...  

JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences

February 27, 2015 3:28 pm | by JEC Group | Events

JEC Group will hold its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in...

Wingless, Hovering MAV Among 5 Patents This Week

February 27, 2015 12:29 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Winged micro air vehicles (MAV) are vulnerable to wind gusts for various reasons, citing these...

Suite of Satellites Show Climate Change Data

February 27, 2015 12:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

NASA has released some of the most comprehensive views of Earth’s weather patterns to date,...

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Boeing, RAAF Test Extended Range Weapon

February 27, 2015 10:08 am | by Boeing | News | Comments

The Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) demonstrated significant range increase while maintaining its expected accuracy during flight testing conducted by Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ...  

Study of Atmospheric 'Froth' May Help GPS Communications

February 27, 2015 10:05 am | by NASA | News | Comments

When you don't know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance. You may not realize that, especially at high latitudes ...   

Components, Structure of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

February 27, 2015 9:47 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This is the first installment in a four-part series of conversations with Paul Geithner, deputy project manager, technical, for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, about different aspects of the Webb ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Non-Stop Flight Around World

February 26, 2015 1:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1949, Lucky Lady II became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop. The United States Air Force Boeing B-50 Superfortress was in the air for a total of 94 hours and 1 minute, and was aided by ...   

Engineering Newswire 129: Bicycle Hybrid Reaches 100 MPH

February 26, 2015 10:59 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying rockets through the Northern Lights, sticking giant earth catheters into geysers, and taking the fastest bike ride in the world ...            

NASA Test Fires New Rocket with Army Motor

February 26, 2015 10:51 am | by AMRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

When the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center test fired the Peregrine rocket, Feb. 10, members of the local Army research and development community watched with great interest. The igniter motor for the NASA Peregrine was developed and ...

Looking Deeply into the Universe in 3D

February 26, 2015 10:09 am | by ESO | News | Comments

he MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the ... 

Photos of the Day: The Nuclear-Powered Jet Engine & the History of Flight

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of ...

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Spacewalking Astronaut Safe after Water Leaks into Helmet

February 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station. The leak was scarily reminiscent of a near-drowning outside the ...  

AF Marks First RQ-4 Non-Military Base Landing

February 26, 2015 9:08 am | by Maj. Ben Sakrisson, 15th Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

A remotely piloted U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft landed Feb. 22, at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia, marking this the first time a high-altitude asset has flown into a non-military air base to be viewed by the general public ...

Industry Joins Research Effort of Dynamic Energy Systems

February 25, 2015 10:43 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Purdue University has formed an industry research consortium as part of a national center to create temperature-control technologies for dynamic energy systems on aerospace vehicles. The Center for Integrated Thermal Management of ...  

Mysterious Drone Overflights Continue

February 25, 2015 10:32 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months ...   

Texas Has New Big, Bright Webb STTARS

February 25, 2015 10:21 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Pathfinder Backplane is a practice section of the James Webb Space Telescope. To ensure the telescope will operate at its frigid destination 1 million miles out in space, it must complete cryogenic tests. The biggest cryogenic test occurs at ...

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Photos of the Day: Military's Largest Cargo Plane Transports Pathfinder Backplane

February 25, 2015 10:18 am | by NASA | News | Comments

After landing at Ellington Airport, the James Webb Space Telescope’s STTARS was unloaded and readied for its route to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. STTARS is a giant white shipping container with a very important cargo ...  

MIT Explores How Wearbles Change Business

February 25, 2015 9:43 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Today’s most innovative technologies and tech-driven ideas — such as wearable electronics, the “Internet of things,” big data, and crowdsourcing — are forever changing the way we connect to one another and conduct business ...  

Astronauts Take 2nd Spacewalk for Cable, Lube Job

February 25, 2015 9:38 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA astronauts ventured back outside the International Space Station on Wednesday for more cable work and a lube job. It was the second spacewalk in five days for Butch Wilmore and Terry Virts. In all, three spacewalks ...    

Russia to Keep Its Part of Space Station after Its Duty Ends

February 25, 2015 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russia's space agency expects the International Space Station to stay in orbit through 2024, and plans to create its own space outpost with its segment of the station after that. Roscosmos' scientific council concluded Tuesday that ...  

NASA, Orbital ATK Preparing Solid Rocket Booster Avionics

February 25, 2015 8:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A pretty strand of lights can quickly turn into a pain when one electrical short takes the twinkle out of the whole brigade. An arduous process begins of checking each bulb to figure out which one may be the blackout mea culpa. NASA and ...

NASA Announces Winning Ideas for Mars Balance Mass Challenge

February 24, 2015 3:00 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A member of the public with an idea to study the Martian atmosphere and a team with a way to study Martian weather are the winners of NASA’s Mars Balance Mass Challenge. Ted Ground of Rising Star, Texas, was awarded $20,000 for his idea to ...

3D Printed ‘Good Drone’ Saves Castaways

February 24, 2015 11:35 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Survivors of accidents at sea may one day see a drone buzzing toward them, laden with pontoons. That’s the idea behind Robolifeguard, developed by Polish group AeroAtena, which was a semi-finalist in the “Drones for Good” competition ...

Old MacDonald Had a Spaceship

February 24, 2015 10:58 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Want to build a farm in space? The Agriculture Community College Aerospace Scholars program encourages students from Texas to learn the building blocks of how to do just that, and to attend a three-day program at the Johnson Space ...  

NASA Launches 3 Suborbital Rockets

February 24, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three suborbital rockets have been launched for the Department of Defense from NASA's facility on Wallops Island in Virginia. NASA says the Terrier-Oriole suborbital rockets were launched around ...        

Is Broadcasting the Mars Mission Opening Up Moral Risks?

February 23, 2015 10:38 am | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Blogs | Comments

We’ve sometimes been asked why Mars One will be televised, and if there’s a risk of converting a human exploration and settlement project into a marketing venture. In this edition of Mars One Exchange, adviser Mason Peck, PhD addresses ...

Photos of the Day: Astronauts Complete Spacewalk at ISS

February 23, 2015 9:48 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Altogether, Wilmore and Virts have 764 feet of cable to run outside the space station. They got off to a strong start Saturday, rigging eight power and data lines, or about 340 feet. The extensive rewiring is needed to prepare for ...  

Astronauts Complete First of 3 Spacewalks

February 23, 2015 9:39 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts routed more than 300 feet of cable outside the International Space Station on Saturday, tricky and tiring advance work for the arrival of new American-made crew capsules. It was the first of three spacewalks ...  

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