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Electromagnetic Rail Launchers Among 5 Patents This Week

May 22, 2015 12:28 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

According to the patent, the new design seeks to increase a rail launcher's energy efficiency and compactness, as well as to allow the use of proven and simple technology components ...

Lockheed Martin Space System Gets $735M for Satellite Sustainment

May 22, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded several work contracts Thursday, including a $735.5...

Naval Research Lab Patents Compact Orbital Debris Sensor

May 22, 2015 11:51 am | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a...

NOAA's GOES-R Satellite Begins Environmental Testing

May 22, 2015 11:34 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

The GOES-R satellite, slated to launch in 2016, is ready for environmental testing....

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Craft Splashes into Pacific from 260-Miles in Space

May 22, 2015 9:15 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth with a full load of cargo, after a quick trip home from the International Space Station. The capsule, containing more than 3,000 pounds of experiments and ...

FAA Unveils Messaging System to Reduce Delays

May 22, 2015 8:54 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A system that replaces verbal communication between pilots and air traffic controllers with computerized messages was unveiled Thursday by federal aviation officials, who said the system will reduce delays during ...

Spacecraft of the Week: Deep Space One

May 21, 2015 3:50 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Not every spacecraft is revolutionary enough to test an entirely new propulsion system. Deep Space 1 tested the ion engine as well as a dozen other technologies ...

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New Engines Tap Latest Military Tech

May 21, 2015 2:59 pm | by Matt Benvie, GE Reports | News | Comments

From GPS to the Internet, many everyday technologies have military roots. The same is true for jet engines, especially those powering business jets. For America, the jet age began the night of October 4th, 1941 ...

NASA Advances CubeSat Concept for Planetary Exploration

May 21, 2015 2:41 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to ...

Using a Sounding Rocket to Help Calibrate NASA's SDO

May 21, 2015 2:38 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Watching the sun is dangerous work for a telescope. Solar instruments in space naturally degrade over time, bombarded by a constant stream of solar particles that can cause a film of material to adhere to the optics ...

Today in Engineering History: Amelia Earhart Completes Transatlantic Flight

May 21, 2015 2:25 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart completed the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman when she landed in Ireland. On the morning of May 20, Earhart left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, with the ...

Photos of the Day: Air Force Launches Secret Space Plane

May 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit Wednesday, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late Wednesday morning. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up ...

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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Departs Space Station

May 21, 2015 9:53 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A SpaceX Dragon capsule has left the space station for return to Earth. The capsule, containing some 3,000 pounds of experiments and equipment, departed the International Space Station on ...

Failed Launches Cast Shadow Over Russian Space Program

May 21, 2015 9:38 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press | News | Comments

Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse — with national pride and billions of dollars at stake. The setbacks threaten to erode Russia's ...

Colonizing the Moon or Mars?

May 21, 2015 9:13 am | by Mouser Electronics | Videos | Comments

Space Exploration is the hot topic as Bobak Ferdowsi, a Mars and moon exploration expert, talks about his experience landing the Mars Rover, colonizing Mars vs the Moon, and his ideal vacation on the ...

LightSail Successfully Launches

May 20, 2015 4:56 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The first of Bill Nye’s two LightSails took off from Cape Canaveral at 11:05 a.m. EDT and began transmitting data on May 20, marking the first flight of this sunlight-powered spacecraft ...

Today in Engineering History: Pioneer Venus Launches

May 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

On this day in 1978, Pioneer Venus launched aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket on its way to becoming the first United States spacecraft to orbit Venus. It reached orbit around Venus on Dec. 4, 1978, where it investigated plasma in the Venusian atmosphere ...

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Winglets Now Standard on New Boeing Business Jets

May 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

​Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) announced Monday that Split Scimitar Winglets are standard on new BBJs, making it the first business jet to offer the winglet as a regular feature ...

Air Force Mystery Space Plane Poised for Wed. Launch

May 19, 2015 4:18 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A mini military space plane is poised for liftoff Wednesday on another long orbital test flight. But as usual, the Air Force isn't saying much about the unmanned mission ...

WWII Spitfire Pilot Returns to the Skies

May 19, 2015 4:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A 92-year old World War II veteran took another flight in an iconic Supermarine Spitfire on May 7. Joy Lofthouse was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary, responsible for flying planes to and from Royal Air Force and Royal Navy factories ...

Space's Supply Chain Problem

May 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

RAPID, a weeklong event featuring the latest technology in 3D printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week in Long Beach California. Jason Dunn, Made in Space CTO, kicked off the event ...

Wi-Fi Valued Higher Than Free Meals on Airplanes

May 19, 2015 1:26 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Technology used to make air travel more convenient and less stressful is taking off. A survey conducted for Honeywell in the United Arab Emirates shows that many air travel passengers ...

EU Nations Pledge Cooperation on Developing 'Euro-Drone'

May 19, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany, France and Italy have pledged cooperation to jointly develop a "Euro-drone" for intelligence-gathering and surveillance of the skies. The three on Monday committed to a ...

Security Expert Said He Accessed Plane Controls Mid-Flight

May 19, 2015 10:34 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A security researcher told federal agents he was able to hack into aircraft computer systems mid-flight numerous times through the ...

Today in Engineering History: First Female Cosmonaut to Visit Space Station Mir

May 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

On this day in history, British cosmonaut Helen Sharman became the first woman to visit the space station Mir. She made her trip aboard a Soyuz spacecraft (Soyuz TM-12) in 1991 and spent seven days and 21 hours aboard the then Soviet Union-owned station ...

Photos of the Day: Engineers Test Hydrogen Burn-off Igniters

May 18, 2015 9:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Sparks fly as a hydrogen burn-off igniter test is conducted May 5 at the Redstone Test Center on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. The igniters will be used for NASA's Space Launch System to ...

NASA's Flair for Flare: Testing Hydrogen Burn-off Igniters

May 18, 2015 9:07 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has a certain "flare" when it comes to safety on the launch pad. Those flares are called hydrogen burn-off igniters – which resemble celebratory sparklers – and were successfully used to ...

Russian Rocket Carrying Mexican Satellite Fails after Launch

May 18, 2015 8:42 am | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch — the latest mishap to hit Russia's troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a ...

NASA Bequeaths Grant to Manage 'Swarmathon' Challenge

May 15, 2015 3:21 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The University of New Mexico will manage NASA’s Swarmathon Challenge, a state-of-the-art swarm robotics competition which will take place between 2016 and 2018 ...

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