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29 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen It is customary to look back at the major accomplishments of the previous 12 months as each calendar year comes to a close. This year, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community has logged several technological achievements, not the least of which was landing on a comet for the first time in history. Scientists, engineers, and officials at the European Space Agency (ESA), with headquarters in Paris, … Read More

24 Dec, 2014

Boris Marovic Hello to all non-believers and believers. For those of you who do not believe in Santa and are looking for ways to prove that he does not exist, this post will show you some scientific reasons why he can exist. And for those who do believe in Santa, see this as prove to your believes. As for me, well I like to believe in the spirit of Christmas and like to spend my time with family and friends and of … Read More

24 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its Rosetta spacecraft in 2004, a full decade ago. The military and aerospace (mil/aero) mission achieved a first in 2014, when ESA staffers landed on a moving comet. While en route, the spacecraft rounded Mars and even snapped a few photos of the Red Planet’s surface as it passed by. Also in 2007, Rosetta was misidentified as an asteroid and briefly labeled … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Rosetta has topped many industry pundits’ lists as one of the top technological achievements of the year. 2014 has seen several military and aerospace (mil/aero) achievements, such as in robotics and small (cube) satellites, but the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Rosetta mission tops them all. Indeed, the Rosetta mission tops a majority of industry pundits’ lists of major achievements, including firsts, … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

John Day Ford says SYNC® 3, its new communications and entertainment system, features faster performance; more conversational voice recognition; a more intuitive, smartphone-like touch screen and an easier-to-understand graphical interface. It promises seamless integration of AppLink™ to control smartphone apps, Siri Eyes-Free for iPhone users, over-the-air software updates and subscription-free emergency calling … Read More

23 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen 2014 saw more than its fair share of firsts, according to “2014: The Year in Sci-Tech” airing on The Science Channel, owned by Discovery Communications. Innovators in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community logged many of these achievements made for the first time in history. Among these impressive firsts was a major milestone achieved by the European Space Agency (ESA), headquarters in Paris. … Read More

19 Dec, 2014

Robin Bornoff Sure, most modern homes have much more advanced water heating systems than a big tank with an electric heater element. Systems that work on ‘point of use’ heating concepts that heat the water as it is being delivered, not heating up a large storage container for later use. One day I hope to live in such a house! Until then I’m going to worry and fret about the amount of money spent … Read More

19 Dec, 2014

Keith Hanna Being the proud father of several girls spanning in age up to 18 I am occasionally struck by something they do that hits the engineering part (or parts) of my brain. Recently, at home, I came downstairs to where my 2 year-old daughter was playing and found that she had created an interesting train out of Lego Duplo toy bricks (see below). Duplex Train created by a 2 year old girl Now, as any parent … Read More

18 Dec, 2014
IC Design

Resolutions and Solutions

Posted by Shelly Stalnaker

Shelly Stalnaker That time of year is coming…the old calendar comes down, the new one goes up, and we look at all those days ahead of us and think…THIS year, the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series! Okay, we don’t really think that, but it’s one of those forlorn wishes that keeps hanging around. What you really think is that THIS year is different, new, full of possibilities. You’ll … Read More

18 Dec, 2014

Paul Johnston Enterprise class software used by electrical engineers – Mechanical 3D CAD, Product Lifecycle Management and Engineering Requirement Tracking Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning, is subject to scrutiny from users who find opportunity for improvement. I have yet to work with a perfect piece of software. I’m going to share with you in the next few posts how you as a customer can contribute make Capital … Read More

18 Dec, 2014

Larry Stones

The old saying is, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Well, consider this story. I was teaching a schematic capture class and in that class were a number of people who had used the tool in question for six or more years. As I showed one really good feature, one of those people responded with, “If I had known that two weeks ago, I would have saved myself two days’ worth of work.” He had taught himself

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18 Dec, 2014
Mechanical Analysis

Santa's List

Posted by Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye Santa would not be very pleased with me this year. I’ve been naughty. Yes, through an unfortunate mix of being on the road and getting ill during the past 3 weeks, I haven’t done any Christmas shopping. Nor have I sent out any cards. I keep telling my loved ones that my cards will get there … rather late for this year but being the considerate soul that I am I won’t refer to the year in my note so they … Read More

17 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen 2014 has been an outstanding year for aerospace, and particularly the commercial space and commercial aviation market segments. In fact, the military portion of the military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry has been in the doldrums of late, especially in the United States and European Union, in the age of tightening defense budgets. Commercial aviation and commercial space took their knocks this year, … Read More

17 Dec, 2014

J VanDomelen Transportation is a hotbed of activity, and an industry vertical that is garnering as much attention as it is investment. By drilling down into different market segments, we see positive numbers and continued innovation. The automotive sector continues its strong progression, with global automotive sales reaching a record high in 2013, with more than 82 million sold and a growth rate of more than seven … Read More

16 Dec, 2014

John Day This isn’t quite ready yet but it should be quite something to see when it is. Jaguar Land Rover is conducting research the goal of which is (1) to make a car’s A, B and C pillars transparent to improve visibility and (2) to project an image of a vehicle in front of the driver’s car – a ghost car, as it were – for the driver to follow, turn-by-turn, until the desired destination is reached. Pillar-wise, … Read More

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