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26 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen NASA, having lofty goals and limited budget, is upping its game and being increasingly proactive about partnering with members of the commercial aerospace community. In fact, NASA officials are requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships with the goal of advancing the development of commercial space products and services. To that end, they launched … Read More

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25 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen The United States and the Soviet Union were deeply embroiled in a space race. It was the U.S. vs. the U.S.S.R. when this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek was a small, impressionable child (and a budding wannabe astronaut). The value of the space program and funding to NASA were seldom, if ever, questioned in those days. It was a matter of pride, patriotic, inspiring, and so on. Putting people … Read More

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25 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen Forty-four years ago this month history was made 238,900 miles from the Earth’s surface. Saturday, 20 July 2013, marked the anniversary of the first manned spaceflight to the Moon. Military and aerospace (mil/aero) professionals and enthusiasts rejoiced—while also lamenting the fact that we haven’t revisited the Moon since 1972. As mil/aero industry pundits have been quick to point out this month, the … Read More

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28 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen Military and aerospace (mil/aero) organizations are investing research, development, test & evaluation (RDT&E) efforts into planetary defense measures and technologies to protect us from rogue near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) that have the potential to end life as we know it. Currently, our only active defense is observation (not much of a defense), but some mil/aero prime contractors are working … Read More

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27 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen There is much speculation in the aerospace sciences community as to what impact an asteroid or comet would have on the Earth were they to cross paths, and when that might happen. Scientists believe it was a 10-kilometer asteroid/comet that slammed into the Earth near the Gulf of Mexico some 66 million years ago and lead to the extinction of 70 percent of all species on the planet, including the dinosaurs. Recently, … Read More

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27 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, is gaining popularity in the mil/aero community; organizations in Europe, in particular, appear to be quite active in LCA. Four main phases of LCA exist: goal and scope, inventory analysis, impact assessment, and interpretation. Goal and scope entails precisely what the title describes, an explicit statement that outlines the goal and scope of the LCA study. This step … Read More

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26 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen The global military and aerospace (mil/aero) community is becoming increasingly interested in and concerned with the environmental impact of its solutions. As a result, organizations are looking to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for insight into how their products affect the environment from cradle to grave. LCA is a technique for analyzing the environmental impact of a product over its entire life cycle–from … Read More

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25 Jun, 2013

J VanDomelen This month, virtually all eyes in the aerospace community were on the 50th International Paris Air Show, held June 17 through 23 in Le Bourget, France. In just three days, leaders in the aerospace community crushed any doubts as to the health of the aviation market. Aerospace is alive and well. The industry event opened its doors on Monday and, by Wednesday afternoon, buyers had placed orders totaling … Read More, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, 787-10, Geek, Milaero, Paris Air Show, Mentor, Boeing, Ray Conner, Dreamliner, Technology

30 May, 2013

J VanDomelen Mars One management in the Netherlands has outlined the not-for-profit foundation’s goals and mission plan for 2013 through 2025. It is an interesting read and exciting proposition. Can Mars One and its global sponsors achieve the lofty goal of the first human settlement on Mars? They will, if all goes to plan: 2013 – Build a replica of the proposed Mars settlement in a cold, arid, desolate environment … Read More

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29 May, 2013

J VanDomelen Not-for-profit organization Mars One in the Netherlands is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a one-way trip to Mars. Human space flight is expensive. It’s a fact that Americans and many others throughout the world have heard over and over. During trying economic times in the U.S., NASA’s budget often comes under scrutiny and, lately, human space exploration has taken an economic hit—yet, commercial … Read More

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27 May, 2013
Embedded Software

One in a Million

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Mars One, a non-profit company based in the Netherlands, is offering the public a chance to travel to Mars one way—and, presumably, to take part in the first human settlement on the Red Planet. Would you make Mars your home? Competition is steep, to the surprise of more than a few military and aerospace (mil/aero) geeks. In fact, tens of thousands of Earthlings have already volunteered for the one-way … Read More

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27 May, 2013
Embedded Software

One-way Ticket to Mars

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Would you buy a one-way ticket to Mars? Seriously, just one way. It’s an interesting proposition, if not a bit frightening. Many have pondered that it is perhaps more likely that many people can conceive of putting someone we know on a one-way flight to the Red Planet, rather than taking on the challenge ourselves. Heck, even Ralph Kramden of “The Honeymooners” fame promised to send his wife Alice “straight … Read More

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30 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen Aerospace engineers and enthusiasts, as well as science-fiction fans, are the latest Eagleworks experiment. The White-Juday warp field interferometer was designed and developed to record warped space and help scientists better understand the space-time bubble that would be required to break Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Albert Einstein theorized that a particle cannot travel faster than the … Read More

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25 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen This mil/aero geek is ecstatic that NASA has the resources, since the decommissioning of the shuttles, to start acting as a catalyst for the development of game-changing, space-related technologies. A couple really interesting stories have surfaced recently that have intrigued aerospace geeks, myself included. The most noteworthy is…wait for it…warp speed research! That’s right. You read that correctly. … Read More

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20 Apr, 2013

J VanDomelen During the Mentor Graphics Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) 2013 last month, Teal Group Vice President of Analysis Richard Aboulafia delivered both good and bad nws related to current and future aerospace market trends. The commercial passenger jet airliners (or jetliners) to watch are the Airbus A320neo and the Boeing 737 MAX. “This is a well-run duopoly brought to you by Airbus and Boing,” … Read More

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