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Spacecraft of the Week: Voyager 2

July 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The Voyager probes carry a poetic image with them: the gold-plated copper disk inscribed with information about humanity and human artwork, designed to explain our culture to alien astronauts, seems like an optimistic expression ...

College Students Help Create the Robots of the Future

July 2, 2015 1:36 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Can you teach an old robot new tricks? A handful of college students are using assembly line...

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Stays the Course to Pluto

July 2, 2015 1:34 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is getting a final “all clear” as it speeds closer to its...

Photos of the Day: Curiosity's Stars & Stripes

July 2, 2015 12:58 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view of the American flag medallion on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's...

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United Airlines Investing $30 Million in Biofuels Producer

July 2, 2015 12:21 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes ...

5 Ways Airlines Are Actually Making Flying Better

July 2, 2015 12:14 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Packed planes Less legroom. Fewer frequent flier miles. Is that all summer travelers can look forward to? Thankfully, no. Amid the unpleasantness, there are a few bright spots ...

Hidden Cameras, Invisibility Cloaks in Israeli Spy Expo

July 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Daniel Estrin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive ...

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Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle Project Eyes Hoverbike for Defense

July 2, 2015 10:54 am | by Joyce P. Brayboy, U.S. Army Research Laboratory | News | Comments

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, has been exploring the tactical reconnaissance vehicle, or TRV, concept for nearly nine months and is evaluating the hoverbike technology as a way to ...

Working Out in Artificial Gravity

July 2, 2015 10:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have a number of exercise options, including a mechanical bicycle bolted to the floor, a weightlifting machine strapped to the wall, and a ...

Engineering Newswire 146: Bulletproof Car Seat also Massages

July 2, 2015 10:02 am | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re exploring the moon with Audi, shedding new light on solar energy in the dark, and building a bulletproof car seat ...

It's the Pits: Comet Appears to Have Sinkholes, Study Says

July 1, 2015 4:48 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Comets are basically dirty snowballs, but it turns out they can have a very Earth-like feature: sinkholes. That's what scientists think after analyzing data from a comet observed by the ...

Prowler Retires Following 45 Years of Naval Service

July 1, 2015 2:30 pm | by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest | News | Comments

Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CVWP), hosted a three-day Sunset Celebration commemorating the retirement of the Navy EA-6B Prowler, June 25-27. The celebration, marking the end of ...

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Radar Guards Against Space Debris

July 1, 2015 2:16 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Space debris poses a growing threat to satellites and other spacecraft, which could be damaged in the event of a collision. A new German space surveillance system, scheduled to go into ...

Boeing, Embraer to Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Tech Tests

July 1, 2015 1:56 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Boeing and Embraer S.A. have announced that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to ...

Targeted LEDs Could Provide Efficient Lighting for Plants in Space

July 1, 2015 1:42 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A Purdue University study shows that targeting plants with red and blue LEDs provides energy-efficient lighting in contained environments, a finding that could advance the ...

Today in Engineering History: Explorer 33 Launched on Scientific Mission

July 1, 2015 1:24 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, July 1, 1966, NASA launched Explorer 33 from Cape Canaveral on a scientific exploration mission. The spacecraft was originally intended for a lunar orbit ...

Indonesia Plane Crash Death Toll 141 as Search Effort Ends

July 1, 2015 9:39 am | by Niniek Karmini, Associated Press | News | Comments

Indonesia's air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying ...

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Airbus Wins $1.3 Billion South Korean Airborne Tanker Deal

July 1, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea said Tuesday that it has decided to buy four military airborne refueling tankers from European aerospace giant Airbus Defense and Space for $1.3 billion ...

Fourth Lockheed-Built MUOS Secure Communications Satellite Shipped

June 30, 2015 2:34 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Delivered by the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin, the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on ...

Lockheed's Legion Pod Takes to the Skies

June 30, 2015 2:25 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod recently completed its first flight test, successfully tracking multiple airborne targets while flying on an F-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. Legion Pod was ...

Test Flight Completed After F-35B Modifications

June 30, 2015 2:21 pm | by Micah Garbarino, 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed an F-35B Lightning II functional check flight on June 18, after the first depot-level short take off and vertical landing modifications were ...

Jet Engine Keeps Lights on at World's Largest Hospital

June 30, 2015 2:16 pm | by Thomas Millas, GE Reports | News | Comments

Everything is big in Texas, but when it comes to hospitals, the Texas Medical Center in Houston is the biggest in the world. Laid out over an area more than 50 percent larger than ...

Photos of the Day: Testing a Potential Aircraft for Mars

June 30, 2015 9:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The tests could validate how the aircraft works, leading to modifications that will allow it to fold and deploy from a 3U CubeSat in the aeroshell of a future Mars rover. A CubeSat is a ...

Could This Become the First Mars Airplane?

June 30, 2015 9:50 am | by Jay Levine, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center | News | Comments

When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible. A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars ...

High Schoolers' Experiment Lost Again on Launch Failure

June 30, 2015 9:09 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Three high school students were going to get the science lesson of a lifetime by flying their experiment in space. Instead they got a life lesson about loss, but more ...

Now Comes the SpaceX Rocket Whodunit: A Complex Mystery

June 30, 2015 9:05 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI." After 18 straight successful launches, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart Sunday ...

Indonesia Military Cargo Plane Crashes in Medan, Dozens Dead

June 30, 2015 8:56 am | by Binsar Bakkara, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Indonesian air force transport plane plowed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city of Medan shortly after takeoff on Tuesday, killing dozens of people ...

Today in Engineering History: U.S. Space Shuttle Docks with Russian Space Station

June 29, 2015 12:38 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, June 29, 1995, the American space shuttle Atlantis successfully docked with the Russian space station Mir, marking a new era in international space ...

Plane Crashes into Home, Killing 3 Aboard; Residents Escape

June 29, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small plane crashed into a house Sunday evening, killing three people on board, police said, but residents managed to flee as fire engulfed the home. The Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed ...

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