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Today in Engineering History: First American Travels to Space

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 5, 1961, NASA’s Freedom 7 capsule, powered by a Redstone booster (Mercury-Redstone 3), was launched into space. The capsule carried astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., making him the first American to ...

'Microcombing' Creates Stronger, More Conductive Carbon Nanotube Films

May 5, 2015 11:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science...

Photos of the Day: NASA Flies 4 Spacecraft in Tight Formation

May 5, 2015 10:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has never before flown a mission dedicated exclusively to studying this phenomenon, let...

Technologies Enable Ambitious MMS Mission

May 5, 2015 10:01 am | by Lori Keesey, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in...

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Astronaut Brews, Sips First Fresh Espresso in Space

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on ...

Today in Engineering History: Unofficial Balloon Altitude Record Set

May 4, 2015 2:31 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, May 4, 1927, Hawthorne C. Gray made the first balloon flight over 40,000 feet. Gray was a captain in the United States Army Air Corps. The flight was Gray’s second attempt to break the world altitude record ...

Boeing Upgrades to Keep B-1 Bomber Soaring for Decades to Come

May 4, 2015 1:01 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

The Boeing B-1B Lancer celebrated its 30th anniversary with the U.S. Air Force at Dyess Air Force Base last week – marking one of many milestones in a legacy that will continue long into the future as Boeing’s B-1 team ushers ...

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Lockheed Opens New Missile Defense Seeker Lab

May 4, 2015 12:22 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in Silicon Valley for the development of next-generation seekers that will help the U.S. Missile Defense Agency defend against increasingly complex missile threats ...

Space Tech 'Could Reduce Cost of Renewable Energy'

May 4, 2015 12:18 pm | by University of Strathclyde | News | Comments

Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology is currently ...

Lockheed Martin Puts Together GPS III Satellite, Now Ready for Testing

May 4, 2015 12:17 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin recently completed the GPS III space vehicle one (SV 01) by lowering the U.S. Air Force’s first next generation GPS III satellite into its propulsion core ... 

Photos of the Day: Mars Researchers Simulate Missions in Utah Desert

May 4, 2015 10:20 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

This isn’t Mars, but it’s resemblance to the red planet has made it a hot spot for teams of geologists, biologists and engineers from around the world who have been coming for more than a decade to simulate missions to the ...

Pilot to Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific for 5 Days, 5 Nights

May 4, 2015 9:34 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over ...

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SpaceX Mile-High Escape Test Will Feature 'Buster' the Dummy

May 4, 2015 9:24 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives. Buster, the dummy, is already strapped in for Wednesday's nearly mile-high ride ...

NASA 'Warp Drive' One Step Closer

May 4, 2015 8:49 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

On April 29, NASA quietly posted an announcement: The ‘impossible’ EM Drive tested last year at the Johnson Space Center has successfully converted electricity to thrust without the need to expel any propellant ...

Contest Calls for Photos of Top Technology

May 1, 2015 3:52 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Pop engineer Grant Imahara and Mouser Electronics are asking the engineering community which technology best represents the world today, and offering the winner a chance to send a memento to the moon ...

Bats Are Teaching Scientists to Build Better Aircraft

May 1, 2015 1:45 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | News | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively ...

Danger to Aircraft Increases Demand for Airborne Infrared Countermeasure Systems

May 1, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Low-flying aircraft are routinely met by threats. As a result of these dangers, airborne infrared countermeasures (IRCM) systems, which are designed to protect aircraft, are being developed by market participants ...

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Ending America's Reliance on Russian RD-180 Rocket Engines

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Staff Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information | News | Comments

Ending America’s reliance on the Russian-built RD-180 rocket engine was the primary topic of conversation during a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, April 29. Changes to the ...

Lockheed Delivers 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

May 1, 2015 1:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin marked the 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) delivery during a ceremony held yesterday at its Missiles and Fire Control facility in Orlando, Florida. The 1,000th pod, which was delivered to the ...

Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 12:35 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...

Modernized Tech 'Backbone' of Airspace System Enhances Safety

May 1, 2015 12:34 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, a key piece of the infrastructure for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), is now in place, providing technology ...

Doomsday at Mercury: NASA Craft Falls From Orbit into Planet

May 1, 2015 10:06 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash landing Thursday. NASA's Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun's closest planet ...

Photos of the Day: Blue Origin Takes First Unmanned Test Flight

May 1, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this Thursday, April 29, 2015 photo provided by Blue Origin, the New Shepard space vehicle blasts off on its first developmental test flight over Blue Origin's west Texas Launch Site. In the latest development in ...

Mars Researchers Suspend Reality When Working in Utah Desert

May 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mars Society chose the American Southwest for its training facility because the soil and lack of vegetation resemble the landscape of the red planet, but that's where the similarities end. Most of the simulations in Utah ...

Utah Outpost Serves as Stand-In for Surface of Mars

May 1, 2015 9:13 am | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four people wearing space helmets and square backpacks emerge from a circular structure resembling a water tank and step onto a reddish, barren landscape. One hikes up a hill to take magnetic readings of the ...

Tesla Plugs into New Market with Home Battery System

May 1, 2015 9:00 am | by Michael Liedtke & Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected ...

Bezos' Secretive Space Company Launches Unmanned Test Flight

April 30, 2015 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos has launched an unmanned spaceship in its first test flight, the latest development in the commercial space race ...

Spacecraft of the Week: New Horizons

April 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Surface features never before seen on Pluto are within sight thanks to New Horizons, a lightweight spacecraft designed to withstand a ten-year journey to the very edge of the solar system ...

The Changing Face of Love for Space

April 30, 2015 1:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

It may appear that the national interest in space exploration was never stronger than during the Apollo or space shuttle eras, but a trio of panelists from NASA and the aerospace industry say that the present day actually shows an unprecedented public enthusiasm ...

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