Wednesday, 30 July 2014

First production ICON A5 amphibian plane unveiled

Small amphibians are sort of the hot hatchbacks of the aviation world and one aimed at the beginner pilot is always worth a look see. At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) manufacturer ICON Aircraft debuted its first production A5 amphibious, folding-wing plane for the general public. Built in Tehachapi, California, a second is now under construction for structural testing later this year... Continue Reading First production ICON A5 amphibian plane unveiled

Section: Aircraft

Tags: Aircraft, Amphibious, Aviation, ICON A5, Oshkosh

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Last ESA cargo mission heads for space station

The International Space Station is getting a new load of groceries courtesy of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 Georges Lemaître which lifted off today. The 20-tonne unmanned cargo ship was launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket at 23:44 GMT from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The final flight of the ATV program, it carries six tonnes of supplies to the station. .. Continue Reading Last ESA cargo mission heads for space station

Section: Space

Tags: ESA, International Space Station, Launch, Spacecraft

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Venus Express gets new lease on life by skimming Venusian atmosphere

Facing the alternative of a fiery death, the ESA’s Venus Express orbiter has completed a daring maneuver that extended the life of the unmanned explorer by several months. Under command from Earth, the spacecraft spent a month skimming the outer edge of the Venusian atmosphere to alter its velocity and send it into a new orbit that will keep it operating until perhaps the end of the year. .. Continue Reading Venus Express gets new lease on life by skimming Venusian atmosphere

Section: Space

Tags: Atmosphere, ESA, Orbit, Spacecraft, Unmanned, Venus, Venus Express

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Continental designs electric parking brake for cars with drum brakes

If you've ever wondered why your car is acting sluggish and has a burning smell only to discover that you've forgotten to release the parking brake, take heart. Automotive supplier Continental is developing an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) for drum brakes that's designed to bring this functionality out of the luxury cars and into the economy segment. As well as opening up new possibilities for car designers, it may also be integrated into driver assist systems that can remove the brake as you touch the accelerator... Continue Reading Continental designs electric parking brake for cars with drum brakes

Section: Automotive

Tags: Automotive, Safety

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Elytron 2S: The out-of-the-box tiltrotor concept

Some people are never satisfied. You give them a plane, and they say it can’t hover. You give them a helicopter, and they say it can’t fly very high or fast. Looking to combine the advantages of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, Elytron Aircraft LLC of Mountain View, California is developing the Elytron 2S, a small tiltrotor aircraft that uses a box wing configuration and is aimed at the civilian market... Continue Reading Elytron 2S: The out-of-the-box tiltrotor concept

Section: Aircraft

Tags: Aircraft, Aviation, Elytron, Helicopters, Oshkosh, Tiltrotor, Transport, V-22 Osprey

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NASA seeks commercial satellites to talk to Mars

You can land the most advanced spacecraft in history on the Mars, but if you can’t keep in touch with it, it might as well be so much scrap. To prevent that from happening, NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the feasibility of using private satellites to provide communications into the 2020s between Earth and the fleet of exploration probes operating on and around Mars... Continue Reading NASA seeks commercial satellites to talk to Mars

Section: Space

Tags: Commercial, Communications, LADEE, Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA,Spacecraft

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NASA prepares Mars orbiters for comet close encounter

In October, Mars will encounter comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, which will come closer to the Red Planet than any recorded comet has passed to Earth. This spectacular event isn't just an astronomical curiosity, it’s also a potential hazard to NASA’s armada of orbiting explorers, so the space agency is taking steps to protect them from damage by the cosmic visitor. .. Continue Reading NASA prepares Mars orbiters for comet close encounter

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Tags: Mars, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory, NASA, Opportunity,Solar System, Spacecraft, University of Maryland

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Bremont Wright Flyer watch incorporates piece of first airplane

If you’ve ever wanted to buy the first powered airplane to take flight, sorry, but you’re out of luck. The Wright Flyer that was built by Orville and Wilbur Wright and first flew in 1903 isn't for sale, but if you have US$30,000 going spare, you can buy a bit of it and get a wristwatch in the bargain. Unveiled on July 23 at the Science Museum in London, where the Flyer was on display until after World War II, the Limited Edition Bremont Wright Flyer watch celebrates that historic first flight with each “ultimate aviation-inspired” timepiece containing a swatch of original wing fabric from the 1903 Flyer... Continue Reading Bremont Wright Flyer watch incorporates piece of first airplane

Section: Wearable Electronics

Tags: Aviation, Bremont, History, Watches

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Stanford researchers develop self-cooling solar cells

Photovoltaic cells are one of the more promising alternative energy sources. Mechanically they are very simple, with no moving parts, and are clean and emission-free. Unfortunately they are also inefficient. One of the reasons for this is that they overheat, a problem that a Stanford University team under electrical engineering professor Shanhui Fan is addressing with the development of a thin glass layer that makes solar cells self-cooling. .. Continue Reading Stanford researchers develop self-cooling solar cells

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Tags: Alternative Energy, Cooling, Electricity, Engineering, Photovoltaic, Solar Cell,Stanford University

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

SpaceX releases video of powered booster landing

During the recent Orbcomm OG2 launch, SpaceX attempted its second powered landing during a commercial mission, but this time you don’t have to take the company’s word for it. As the first stage made a controlled touchdown on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, a video camera recorded the event. SpaceX has released the video for the public to see – give or take a few ice crystals... Continue Reading SpaceX releases video of powered booster landing

Section: Space

Tags: Rocket, SpaceX

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Jaguar gets on its bike with Tour de France F-Type concept

Some say that cars and bicycles mix like sheep and cattle, and that supercars and bicycles mix like bears and sea otters. Jaguar has other ideas with the creation of a bespoke version of the F-Type Coupé for the Team Sky British professional cycling team; turning it into a "high performance support vehicle." .. Continue Reading Jaguar gets on its bike with Tour de France F-Type concept

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Tags: Cars, Cycling, Jaguar, Jaguar F-type, Supercars

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