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31 Oct, 2013

J VanDomelen “The Minotaur project is advancing how robots and humans work together,” according to David Rowe, CEO of 5D Robotics in Carlsbad, Calif. “As U.S. Defense and commercial budgets shrink, robots will be called upon to take on more complex tasks and work in close cooperation with humans.” 5D Robotics and Charles River Analytics in Cambridge, Mass., won a $100,000 Small Business Innovations … Read More, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, Charles River Analytics, David Rowe, 5D Robotics, Geek, Milaero, Minotaur, Mentor, Design Automation, Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR), Engineer, Technology

29 Oct, 2013

J VanDomelen Popular Mechanics this month announced the recipients of its 2013 Breakthrough Awards. This year’s list honors innovators in the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community, including engineers at NASA JPL, Northrop Grumman Corp., and more. A growing number of mil/aero engineers are focused on advancing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and sensor technologies. Innovations in these areas are also turning … Read More, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, BioTac Sensor, Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, UAV, University of Pennsylvania, Aerospace, USC, Milaero, KMel Robotics, Popular Mechanics, Mentor, quadcopter, Engineer, quadrotor, Geek

28 Oct, 2013

J VanDomelen Popular Mechanics just unveiled this year’s Breakthrough Award recipients. The Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards honor people and companies whose work will transform the world in years to come. It is not surprising, then, that the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community is well represented among innovators who are advancing science and technology. This year’s honorees include several military … Read More, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, Aerospace, Technology, Breakthrough Awards, X-47B, XPRIZE Foundation, Abundance: The Future is Better than you Think, Milaero, JPL, Northrup Grumman, Mentor, Peter Diamandis, Popular Mechanics, Geek

30 Sep, 2013

J VanDomelen The commercial satellite market segment is growing—with help, in part, from governments around the globe. Government services remain an important market for satellite services, according to Forecast International’s latest report: “The Market for Commercial Communications Satellites.” “Because governments cannot meet their communications needs entirely with their own satellite fleets, they … Read More

Mentor, market, Mentor Graphics, Bill Ostrove, Technology, Thales Alenia Space, Boeing, Aerospace, Mil-Aero, Geek, Milaero, Lockheed Martin, Satellite, EADS Astrium, Space Systems/Loral, Forecast International

30 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen Test engineers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., crashed an old Marine helicopter at the Landing and Impact Research facility. NASA collaborated with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the full-scale Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed. The goals of the complex crash-test event are to test aircraft seatbelt safety, to make aircraft safer and … Read More

Mentor Graphics, Mentor,, COTS, Software, Crash, Technology, Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Testbed, Aerospace, Xbox, Microsoft, helicopter, Mil-Aero, Kinect, Milaero, Military, Geek

29 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen NASA officials announced this month their intention to solicit the military and aerospace (mil/aero) community for technology proposals in support of robotic or human exploration of Mars in 2020. Goals of the Mars 2020 mission include exploring Mars as a potential habitat for life, searching for signs of past life, and collecting samples. The tentative target date for the mission to Mars is in the July/August … Read More

Milaero, Mil-Aero, Technology, Geek, Goddard Space Flight Center, Aerospace, Mentor Graphics,, Mars 2020, Mentor

28 Aug, 2013

J VanDomelen An impressive $1.315 billion is earmarked for planetary science in the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2014,” released July 2013. The Appropriations Bill brings a welcome $100 million more than the U.S. President’s Budget to the field for Fiscal Year 2014. The billions of dollars set aside for NASA will preserve “a NASA portfolio balanced among science, aeronautics, … Read More, Mentor Graphics, Mil-Aero, Design Automation, Europa, budget, Mars, Milaero, nasa, Mentor, Geek, Technology, Jupiter

30 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is impressive… and expensive. Thankfully, the $3 billion (U.S.) Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project that combines the efforts, experience, and resources of NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ISA). The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, comprising an orbiter and a probe, launched in 1997 aboard a Titan IV-B launch vehicle, built by … Read More

Mentor Graphics, Mentor,, Cassini-Huygens, nasa, Technology, Centaur, Aerospace, Mercury, ISA, MESSENGER, Lockheed Martin, Mil-Aero, ESA, Milaero, Geek

29 Jul, 2013

J VanDomelen The global aerospace market is alive and kicking, as is the latest aerospace attention-grabber: the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. As a matter of fact, the novel craft equipped with an array of modern electronics systems just snapped an impressive photo—that of Earth from a distance of nearly 900 million miles (or 898,414,528 miles away, to be exact). The image, captured on 19 July 2013 using RED (red … Read More

Mentor Graphics, Mentor,, camera, Saturn, Technology, Cassini-Huygens, Aerospace, Mil-Aero, Embedded Systems, Milaero, Geek, nasa, Earth, picture, Electronic

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

light speed, laser, Mentor, U.S. Air Force Space Fence, Cal Poly, NEA, California Polytechnic State University, near-Earth asteroids, Technology, Aerospace, U.C. Santa Barbara, Mentor Graphics, Electric,, Geek, Mil-Aero, DE-STAR, Milaero, Directed Energy Solar Targeting of Asteroids and Exploration

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

Mentor, Kickstart, Mentor Graphics, Asteroid, near-Earth asteroids, Chelyabink Meteor, Planetary Resources, Technology, Aerospace, telescope,, extinction, Mil-Aero, Geek, Milaero, Comet, NEA, dinosaur

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

Mil-Aero,, Milaero, LCA, LCI, Geek, Technology, Mentor, Mentor Graphics, LCIA, Life Cycle Assessment

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

Mil-Aero,, Milaero, Dragon, Falcon Heavy, Aerospace, spacex, Mentor, Mentor Graphics, Technology, Geek, Mars One

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

Mil-Aero,, Milaero, Geek, IMG, Aerospace, nasa, Mentor, reality TV, Mentor Graphics, Interplanetary Media Group, Technology, Mars One

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