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Next Gen Engine Blades Use Carbon Super Material

September 2, 2014 11:19 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In the late 19th century, Thomas Edison baked cotton threads and shredded bamboo to create some of the earliest commercial pure carbon fiber for use as the first glowing filaments in light bulbs. Industrial engineers are no longer baking ...

China Military Shows Off Newest Helicopters, Tanks

September 2, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its...

Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3D Printing Technology

September 2, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector - a highly...

Photos of the Day: Google's Fleet of Package-Delivering Drones

September 2, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass...

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Project Wing Emerges from Google’s X Lab

August 28, 2014 8:26 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological ...

Robonaut Gets New Legs as Trio Prepares for Homecoming

August 28, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Robonaut 2 is receiving new legs that will enable it to move inside and outside the space station. More upper body upgrades are scheduled for the end of 2014 before Robonaut will be ready to conduct its first spacewalk. Robonaut was designed to ...

Rocket Launch from Wallops Island Tests New Tech

August 28, 2014 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA is reviewing data from a rocket launch that tested a new sub-payload deployment method for suborbital rockets. NASA says a Black Brant IX suborbital rocket was launched at 5 a.m. Thursday from the agency's Wallops ...    

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Vessel-ID System Aids Rescue Mission

August 28, 2014 10:43 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

On January 25, 2012, the fishing vessel Hallgrimur was caught in violent weather and overturned in the icy waters between Iceland and Norway. The ship was sinking, and it was freezing ...          

25 Years After Neptune: Reflections on Voyager

August 28, 2014 10:25 am | by NASA | News | Comments

August 25, 1989: Neptune is in view. It is the middle of the night and everything is happening fast at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Voyager team members have had little or no sleep. Vice President Dan Quayle is on ...

Engineering Newswire 105: BAE Makes Planes More Human

August 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing bump keys to pick locks, taking electrical prescriptions, and spraying smart skin onto airplanes ...                

Space Station Benefits for Humanity: Finding Vessels at Sea

August 28, 2014 10:06 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The Vessel-ID System investigation on the space station demonstrated the ability for an orbit-based radio receiver to track a ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal. The AIS signal is the marine equivalent of the ...    

Photos of the Day: New Earth-Observing Instrument Makes Successful Balloon Flight

August 28, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

In New Mexico on the morning of Aug. 18, a high-altitude balloon successfully carried the HyperSpectral Imager for Climate Science instrument to an altitude of 123,000 feet, above most of the Earth’s atmosphere, to reach space-like conditions ...

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NASA Demonstrates New Tech for Acquiring Measurements of Earth

August 28, 2014 9:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Earth-observing satellites have long collected radiance measurements of the Earth. But recent technology advances could lead to future measurements with higher levels of accuracy than what is currently available to researchers ... 

Reshaping Airplanes In Flight: Controlling Air Flow Could Make Aircraft More Efficient

August 27, 2014 5:22 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In the not-too-distant future, airplanes will scythe into the wind with an airframe that can virtually streamline its shape using nothing but air. In pursuit of this goal, researchers at NASA and Boeing moved an old 757 vertical tail to the ...

Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 27, 2014 5:19 pm | by Jeff Sweeney | Blogs | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something ...     

NASA Completes Key Review of World’s Most Powerful Rocket in Support of Journey to Mars

August 27, 2014 3:27 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth orbit and to Mars - and approved the ...   

Photos of the Day: Testing One of the World's Largest Rocket Fuel Tanks

August 27, 2014 9:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

One of the largest composite cryotanks ever built recently completed a battery of tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The tank was lowered into a structural test stand where it was tested with ...   

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NASA Completes Successful Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank

August 27, 2014 9:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets ...

Northrop Grumman's Experimental Spaceplane

August 26, 2014 3:08 pm | by Northrop Grumman | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program ...     

HotSpot: Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 26, 2014 12:14 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the U.S. Navy has successfully completed landing and deck maneuvers with its new unmanned combat aerial vehicle; an optoelectronic camouflage system inspired by squid; how to deal with lost cell phone anxiety disorder; and remote-controlled moths, or biobots, for rescue missions ...  

Spacecraft Crosses Neptune Orbit En Route to Historic Pluto Encounter

August 26, 2014 11:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015. The sophisticated piano-sized ...

China Deploys Armed Drone to Multinational Drills

August 26, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's air force says it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring its rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying the ...

Army's Experimental Strike Weapon Explodes with Rocket

August 25, 2014 5:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded early Monday after taking off from a launch pad in Alaska, the Department of Defense said. The rocket carrying the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was terminated near a pad of ...  

Iran Unveils New Short-Range Missiles, Drones

August 25, 2014 4:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iran's official news agency says the country has produced a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial drones. The IRNA report on Sunday says the Ghadir missile, with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), is capable of ...  

Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion. Boeing Co. said the order includes 50 737 MAX 8 aircraft ...             

Global Marketer Relies on International Space Station for Product Design Investigation

August 25, 2014 1:43 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

One global marketer took to space to find a way to be leaner and greener back on Earth. For Procter & Gamble (P&G), product innovation and improvement relied on use of the International Space Station (ISS) as a science platform for the ... 

Mini Satellites Take Wireless Sensor Networks into Space

August 25, 2014 10:48 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

Engineers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee-based inter-satellite communication system.The team at the Satellite Research Centre launched the VELOX-I, which consists of a ...  

2 Europe Navigation Satellites in the Wrong Orbits

August 25, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network ...   

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The test flight involved a three-engine version of the company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket, spokesman John Taylor said in a statement. "During the flight, an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically ...

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