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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Monday, 21 July 2014

Shelter on the Moon could be the pits



Moving into a new neighborhood means finding a place to live, and 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, our largest satellite is still notoriously short on housing. However, that may be changing as NASA announces that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter(LRO) has discovered over 200 deep pits on the Moon that could not only provide scientists with deeper insights into the geology of the Moon, but could also be used as sites for future Lunar outposts. .. Continue Reading Shelter on the Moon could be the pits

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Tags: Arizona State University, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Moon, NASA, Spacecraft

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Predator B ER drone completes endurance flight



The Predator B (AKA the MQ-9 Reaper) is a pretty impressive bit of machinery. The unmanned military drone has an official range of 1,151 mi (1,852 km, 1,000 nautical miles), and a flight endurance when fully loaded of 14 hours, but for the US Air Force that isn't good enough. At this year’s Farnborough Airshow, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, the builder of the Predator B, announced the second successful endurance flight of its Predator B Extended Range (ER) Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA), which flew from June 17 to June 18 as part of a program to improve the Predator’s endurance and capabilities... Continue Reading Predator B ER drone completes endurance flight

Section: Military

Tags: Aircraft, Drone, Farnborough Airshow, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems,Predator, UAV, US Air Force

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C-Bird VSAT keeps sailors connected with home



Even as engineers work on autonomous ship-handling technologies, skilled and experienced crews are still vital for keeping shipping lines operating. The only snag is that most sailors today have become so used to never being out of touch that they've come to expect similar connectivity while at sea. To help maintain morale and retain skilled crews, Maritime Broadband has developed its C-Bird Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite transceiver to keep sailors connected with their families and the internet... Continue Reading C-Bird VSAT keeps sailors connected with home

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Tags: Broadband, Communications, Connectivity, Internet, Modular, Sailors, Satellite,Shipping, Ships

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Taranis drone demonstrates stealth in latest test



Combat pilots aren't going on the dole queue any time soon, but they might want to start dusting off their resumes. BAE Systems Taranis Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle has flown for the first time in a full stealth configuration, making it almost invisible to radar ... and bringing the day of the unmanned war plane that much closer to reality... Continue Reading Taranis drone demonstrates stealth in latest test

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Tags: Aircraft, BAE Systems, Drone, Stealth, Taranis, UAV, Unmanned

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ESA to record destruction of spaceship from the inside



Ever wonder if the light goes out when you close the fridge door? Or what it’s like to ride a spacecraft as it burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere? The fridge may remain an eternal mystery, but ESA plans to answer the latter question when its unmanned Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 Georges Lemaître completes its six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The space agency has developed a “black box” camera system designed to record the dramatic event and transmit the images back to Earth after the craft breaks up. .. Continue Reading ESA to record destruction of spaceship from the inside

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Tags: Cargo, ESA, International Space Station, NASA, Spacecraft

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

BAE Systems announces Striker II HMD for combat pilots



This week at the Farnborough Airshow, BAE Systems showed off its latest Helmet-Mounted Display (HMD), the Striker II flight helmet. The unit not only provides a digital, visor-projected night vision system that is equivalent or better than current HMD systems, but it has also seen a weight reduction for greater safety and comfort... Continue Reading BAE Systems announces Striker II HMD for combat pilots

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Tags: 3D, BAE Systems, Farnborough Airshow, Helmet-mounted, High-resolution, Night Vision

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Elbit extends Skylens HUD system to helicopter pilots



Helicopters are so commonplace, it's easy to forget that an aircraft that can take off and land vertically as well as hover is a tricky thing to fly – especially in close quarters and low visibility. One solution is augmented reality systems, such as the Helicopter Skylens wearable head-up display for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) applications. .. Continue Reading Elbit extends Skylens HUD system to helicopter pilots

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Tags: Aircraft, Augmented Reality, Helicopters, HUD, Wearable

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Construction begins on DARPA's autonomous unmanned anti-submarine vessel



As part of DARPA's Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program, Reston Virginia-based company Leidos is building the first robotic autonomous vessel designed to locate and track the extremely quiet diesel submarines that are finding their way into the navy fleets around the world... Continue Reading Construction begins on DARPA's autonomous unmanned anti-submarine vessel

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Tags: Autonomous, Construction, DARPA, Reconnaissance, Submarine, Surveillance,Unmanned

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Jaguar XE to be unveiled on September 8



Jaguar has announced that its new XE compact sport sedan will make its public debut in London on September 8. While most carmakers tease the outside of their new cars before talking about what’s under the bonnet, Jaguar is working from the inside out with a preview of the XE’s engine, suspension, and aluminum-intensive architecture that the company claims "redefines the concept of the sports sedan." .. Continue Reading Jaguar XE to be unveiled on September 8

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Tags: Jaguar, Performance

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Monday, 14 July 2014

Airbus extends widebody aircraft family with A330neo



Airbus has announced the launch of the A330-800neo and the A330-900neo, which are the latest variants of the A330 two-engined widebody airliner that entered service in 1994. Airbus says that the A300neo aircraft use the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine and are the most cost-efficient wide-body aircraft on the market with 14 percent better fuel consumption per passenger seat compared to today's A330... Continue Reading Airbus extends widebody aircraft family with A330neo

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Create your own hi-res 3D model of a stellar outburst



Using a 3D printer to make key fobs and automatic pistols is old hat. The latest thing is a 3D-printed model stellar nebulae. Using new telescopic observations, NASA has created a 3D model of the Homunculus Nebula that isn't just a string of mathematical equations, but a printable plan for a physical representation of an exploding star system. It’s intended to give astronomers a better understanding of the nature of the stars, but can also be downloaded and printed out by the public using a 3D printer... Continue Reading Create your own hi-res 3D model of a stellar outburst

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Falcon 9 launches Orbcomm OG2 on fourth attempt



SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket today, carrying six Orbcomm OG2 communication satellites in the second mission flight of a Falcon booster equipped with landing legs. At 11:15 am EDT, the Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch comes on the heels of three aborted attempts. The first, on May 10, was cancelled due to a helium leak; a second on June 20, was scratched because of a depressurization alarm in the second stage; and a third, on June 21, was called off because of bad weather. .. Continue Reading Falcon 9 launches Orbcomm OG2 on fourth attempt

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Tags: Communications, Falcon, Launch, Satellite, Spacecraft, SpaceX

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