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Astronauts Gear Up for Spacewalk

April 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Aboard the station Thursday, Mastracchio and Flight Engineer Steve Swanson donned their U.S. spacesuits for a fit check as they prepare to venture outside the space station next week to replace a ...        

Photos of the Day: Boeing's Badger Is Rugged & Small

April 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

After a series of successful tests, the U.S. Navy last month certified that the Boeing Phantom...

Boeing Phantom Badger Certified for V-22 Transport

April 18, 2014 12:21 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

Phantom Badger has completed more than 5,000 miles of rugged terrain durability testing and...

Storms Threaten 2nd Launch Try to Space Station

April 18, 2014 12:11 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX returned to the launch pad Friday in hopes of finally delivering supplies to the...

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Moon Satellite Crashes, Gets Vaporized

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that the moon-orbiting spacecraft crashed into the back side of the moon as planned. Researchers believe LADEE likely vaporized upon contact because of its ...

Launching a Rocket from Sea

April 17, 2014 4:34 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

There are many benefits of launching a rocket from the equator, but to get there a team of engineers from across the globe had to come together to build the first – and only – floating launch pad. Made up of three elements, including a ...

Flower-Shaped Starshade to Find Earth-Like Planets

April 17, 2014 1:28 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them — yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary ...

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SpaceX Will Try to Launch Station Cargo Friday

April 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is ...  

NASA Astronauts Will Breathe Easier With New Oxygen Recovery Systems

April 16, 2014 4:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

For NASA's long-duration human spaceflight missions, travelers will need to recycle as much breathable oxygen in their spacecraft environments, as possible. To turn that need into a reality, NASA is seeking proposals for lightweight, safe ...

High Oil Prices Are Actually Good for Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they ...          

Photos of the Day: DARPA Looks to Build Satellites with Robots

April 16, 2014 11:16 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Phoenix seeks to enable robotics servicing and asset life extension in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), while developing new satellite architectures to reduce the cost of space-based systems. Specifically, Phoenix’s goal is to ...  

Phoenix Makes Strides in Satellite Architecture

April 16, 2014 11:15 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for ...

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Remote Troops Closer to Having High-Speed Wireless Networks Mounted on UAVs

April 16, 2014 10:19 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Missions in remote, forward operating locations often suffer from a lack of connectivity to tactical operation centers and access to valuable intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data. The assets needed for long-range, high-bandwidth ...

5 Engineers with Fatally Terrible Inventions

April 16, 2014 9:51 am | by Aubrey Schaefer, Engineer Jobs | Blogs | Comments

If I stopped to count how many engineers have positively affected my life, I would have no time for anything else. Instead, let’s look at those other engineers – the ones with fatally terrible inventions. There have been a few engineers – the misguided, misinformed, or just plain mad ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Airbus Super Jumbo's Luxury Class

April 16, 2014 9:36 am | by Hofmann Innovation | News | Comments

Anyone who is familiar with a 12-hour long-haul flight from Zurich to Hong Kong knows how strenuous travelling can be, particularly when flying Economy Class. Even in Business Class, the seats are not necessarily luxurious for such a ...

Designing a First Class Airbus Showroom

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Hofmann Innovation | Articles | Comments

Some orders are extraordinary challenges, even for experienced model builders like Modellbau Robert Hofmann. The order for the Airbus Showroom in Toulouse, for which cabin elements, or "mock-ups", needed to be created in a 1:1 scale, was such ...

Drone Hinders Medical Chopper According to Police

April 15, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene. Kele Stanley, of Springfield, said he's been unfairly charged and would have landed it immediately if he ...

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HotSpot: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual power reserve using revolutionary WySips Crystal technology; Google Glass assists Parkinson's patients; MIDI gloves that allow gestured-controlled music composition; and a gamer controller that taps into players' emotions ...

A New Approach to Making Things

April 15, 2014 1:27 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Hanging a picture in the living room can be a vexing experience involving just a hammer and a nail. Now imagine bolting a jet engine to the wing of a passenger plane. Maintenance crews use special metal brackets to ...      

Boeing Supplier Considering New Plant to Make Parts for 777X

April 15, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday. Work on the plant in Handa, Aichi Prefecture, which could open ...

FAA: State Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights. The FAA said Monday it is suggesting a fine of nearly $548,000 for ...

Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 9:48 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google said Monday that ...  

Clear & Lightweight Sheet Solutions for Aircraft Interiors

April 15, 2014 9:23 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SABIC has announced two new LEXAN sheet solutions for aircraft interiors today at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. These new offerings – clear LEXAN XHR2000 sheet and LEXAN LIGHT F6L300 sheet — will help provide long awaited solutions to ...

Rocket Leak Delays Space Station Delivery Launch

April 14, 2014 4:22 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A space station cargo ship will remain Earthbound for a while longer. With just over an hour remaining, the Space X company called off Monday's planned launch because of a rocket leak. A new launch date was not set; the next opportunity ...

Hyperspectral Imaging by CubeSat on the Way

April 14, 2014 1:21 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

A new hyperspectral camera able to fit in the palm of a hand, compact enough to fly on CubeSat-sized missions, is being developed by ESA. Hyperspectral instruments divide up the light they receive into hundreds of ...      

ISS to Beam Video Back to Earth via Laser

April 14, 2014 1:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A team of about 20 working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., through the lab’s Phaeton early-career-hire program, led the development of the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) investigation, which is ...

What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand to fill the newly empty senior engineering positions. However, thanks to the size of the Baby Boomer population, there simply aren’t enough ...

Photos of the Day: Predicting the Future in 1964

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of visitors who attended the New York World’s Fair that opened in 1964 were introduced to a range of technological innovations and predictions. Some of those turned out to be right on the money and others, perhaps thankfully, were ...

Visions of 1964 World's Fair Didn't All Come True

April 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press | News | Comments

Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not. The New York World's Fair of 1964 ...    

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