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29 Sep, 2012

J VanDomelen NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover is the biggest, most expensive, and most technologically advanced planetary expedition ever attempted. At the same time, Curiosity’s entry, descent, and landing (EDL) was, without a doubt, the most ambitious. The EDL phase started when the spacecraft reached the Martian atmosphere, at a distance of roughly 125 kilometers or 78 miles above the surface, and … Read More

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29 Sep, 2012

J VanDomelen Avid space geeks everywhere cheered and breathed a collective sigh of relief when news arrived that the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover, a roughly $2.5 billion investment in space exploration, had landed safely on the surface of the Red Planet. Enthusiasts the world over had waited with bated breath for 14 minutes to receive confirmation of the one-ton robot’s successful landing. … Read More

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27 Sep, 2012

J VanDomelen Without a doubt, the Curiosity rover’s landing—specifically, the EDL or Entry Descent Landing phase—was a nail-biter. Geeks everywhere, especially NASA JPL engineers in California, watched and waited to learn the fate of the Curiosity on the surface of Mars. In fact, the world had to wait roughly 14 minutes—the time it took for communication between the Earth and Curiosity—to learn the Curiosity rover’s … Read More

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25 Sep, 2012

J VanDomelen Summer is again in our rear-view window. What a summer it was though, thanks in large part to the ingenuity of today’s military and aerospace (mil/aero) engineers armed with innovative, high-tech tools. Where were you on the night of 5 August 2012? (Shines light on face.) If you were like this geek, you were on the edge of your seat watching a historic broadcast. It was many things at once: history, … Read More

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31 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen If you watched the live broadcast of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover landing on the surface of Mars, you know it was a nail-biter. People all over the world—especially engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and technology firms the world over that had contributed systems and components to the mission—waited with baited breath for the successful completion of a number … Read More

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30 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft, housing the unmanned Curiosity rover, set upon a monumental, 9-month, 352-million-mile journey to its final destination–Gale Crater near the base of Mount Sharp on Mars–with help from a powerful Atlas V 541 launch vehicle. In fact, this November 2011 mission marked the first launch of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V 541 configuration. Roughly … Read More

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29 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen Curiosity (cu·ri·os·i·ty, noun) is defined as: 1. a desire to know or learn; 2. an object that arouses interest, as by being novel or extraordinary; and 3. from the Latin “curiosus” meaning careful, diligent, thoughtful, devoted; elaborate, complicated; meddlesome, officious, prying, interfering, curious, inquisitive; and a spy or scout, informer. Certainly, the Curiosity rover and its mission—dedicated … Read More

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28 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen By the time Neil Armstrong had reached his 30s, he had already logged an impressive career as an aerospace engineer, U.S. Navy officer, veteran of the Korean War, and test pilot. He retired from the Navy in 1960 and, just two years later, joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He didn’t retire from aerospace, however, and kept reach for the stars. Four years later, in 1966, … Read More

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27 Aug, 2012

J VanDomelen On Saturday, 25 August 2012, the worldwide aerospace community lost one of its greatest heroes. “Neil Armstrong was a hero not just of his time, but of all time,” describes President Barack Obama in a statement released the day of Armstrong’s death. “Thank you, Neil, for showing us the power of one small step.” Neil Armstrong, commander of NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission, became … Read More

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29 Jul, 2012

J VanDomelen By World War II, remote-controlled aerial torpedoes, flying bombs, and pilotless planes (unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, as we know them today) were taking shape and undergoing testing by U.S. military forces. In early 1941, the conversion of popular military aircraft of the time, including Martin/Great Lakes Aircraft Company’s TG-2 torpedo bomber and Great Lakes’ BG-1 dive bomber, into remote-controlled … Read More

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23 Jul, 2012

J VanDomelen Unmanned drones are likely coming to an air space near you. The eventual and unavoidable integration of myriad unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), both civil and defense, in the same airspace as commercial airliners and military aircraft is a hotly debated topic. Civilian and military communities are actively voicing a wealth of concerns—such as over safety, privacy, and security—about the prospect. Government … Read More

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27 Jun, 2012

J VanDomelen Unmanned vehicles, especially the aerial variety, as the subject of much attention in the military & aerospace industry; public opinion of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) appears to be split, as concerns over safety, security, and privacy grow. The UAV’s history is nonetheless intriguing. In 1915, famous scientist and visionary Nikola Tesla first described a fleet of unmanned aerial combat vehicles. … Read More

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26 Jun, 2012

J VanDomelen Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) continue to grow in use and popularity; yet, little attention is paid to UAV history, which contains some valuable, if not shocking (pun intended), insights. On November 8, 1898, Nikola Tesla was granted U.S. Patent Number 613809 for what was likely the first remote control and unmanned vehicle ever envisioned. The patent, entitled “Method of and Apparatus for Controlling … Read More

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25 Jun, 2012

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) market is currently a hotbed of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) activity. UAV platforms, technologies, challenges, and even mishaps are making news headlines and drawing a great deal of attention of late. Whereas the UAV is likely the hottest topic in mil/aero today, a much smaller industry segment know well the UAV’s rich and interesting history. The geek wants to … Read More

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28 Apr, 2012

J VanDomelen The Boeing Company was enjoying its newfound military aviation success, but never abandoned its pursuit of the growing international and domestic airmail delivery market. In 1923, the company released the Boeing Model 40, which would go down in history as the first Boeing aircraft to carry passengers. Soon after, The Boeing Company produced the aircraft’s cousin, the Model 40A. This new mail aircraft … Read More

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