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29 Jul, 2014

F-35 Fire Grounds Fleet

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen A Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was severely damaged when it erupted in flames on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., on the morning of 23 June 2014. That singular event would have been enough to garner U.S. attention; yet, it has gained considerable attention among the global military and aerospace (mil/aero) market. Pentagon officials in Washington grounded the entire fleet of F-35 … Read More

28 Jul, 2014

The Ever-elusive F-35 JSF

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Every other July, military and aerospace (mil/aero) professionals and aviation enthusiasts from all over the globe flock to the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). This month was no different, and this mil/aero geek found himself among a crowd of roughly 100,000 at FIA2014 in Farnborough, England. Attendees, to both the trade days and the public days, were anxious to see several commercial and … Read More

28 Jul, 2014

Farnborough Airshow Firsts

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The global aviation community gathered in the United Kingdom (U.K.) this month for the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). Leading up to the biennial event, the military and aerospace (mil/aero) industry was buzzing with excitement over several “firsts.” In fact, in advance of the show, Airshow Organizers Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) announced that the 2014 static aircraft park and the … Read More

25 Jul, 2014

Kids These Days

Posted by John Day

John Day Those of a certain age may remember what it was like to wait impatiently to turn 16 and be able to drive (legally). There was an excitement about driving and eventual car ownership that’s not there anymore, or at least not there to the same degree. Kids these days have other options, as do adults, especially those who live in urban areas. And that’s okay according to Scott Belcher, president and CEO … Read More

21 Jul, 2014

John Day Voice recognition in connected cars is great as far as it goes, but there are times (at least in my experience) when it doesn’t go quite far enough, and in those times it would be nice to hear a friendly greeting from a competent human being. “We focus on the smooth, elegant transition from technology-based service to live assistance, and there is a lot of opportunity in that space between the call … Read More

15 Jul, 2014

John Day The EV (Electric Vehicle) Roadmap 7 conference is coming up next Thursday and Friday (July 24-25) at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon. If you’re in the area, or can get there, visit http://evroadmapconference.com/ to register. Mentor Graphics is an enthusiastic supporter of the conference, so use the promotional code MENTOR0214 and get $50 off the regular registration price. EV Roadmap 7 is … Read More

8 Jul, 2014

John Day This week Mentor Graphics acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), described as a technology leader in creating automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms. Its forte is accelerating system design and verification by providing automotive-grade hardware and software to reduce the time to start of production (SOP). The faster the better. “By combining Mentor’s Android, hypervisor, security, … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Car Won’t Start? Now What?

Posted by John Day

John Day Don’t you hate it when your car won’t start and you need to call for help? Even worse is when your car breaks down at whatever hour, somewhere along the way to your destination. What happens between the time you call for service and the time your car is fixed is likely to influence your degree of satisfaction with the car you bought and the dealer who repaired it. How well were you treated by the call … Read More

30 Jun, 2014

Components on Command

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen For the first time in history, NASA will launch a 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) under the 3D Printing In Zero-G Technology Demonstration, which is laying the ground work for developing an on-demand machine shop for current and future deep-space missions. NASA partnered with Made In Space, maker of the first space-bound 3D printer, via Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant … Read More

29 Jun, 2014

On-demand part printing

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen The military and aerospace (mil/aero) community is excited about the prospect of producing critical components with the aid of three-dimensional (3D) printers. Additive manufacturing is the name ascribed to the trend, one which has been employed in a variety of industry verticals and is now being adopted by mil/aero organizations. The technology and materials have matured, and are turning heads in the … Read More

29 Jun, 2014

J VanDomelen NASA officials partnered with industry to launch the 3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment and Technology Demonstration, with the goal of validating the additive manufacturing capabilities in zero-gravity. NASA scientists and Made In Space engineers at NASA Ames Research Park in California considered the International Space Station (ISS) to be the optimal place to initiate the journey of in-space manufacturing. The … Read More

27 Jun, 2014

Prints in space

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen “Imagine an astronaut needing to make a life-or-death repair on the International Space Station. Rather than hoping that the necessary parts and tools are on the station already, what if the parts could be 3D printed when they needed them?” postulates Aaron Kemmer, chief executive officer of Made In Space, located at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, Calif. All space missions today are completely … Read More

25 Jun, 2014

Keeping the Kids Entertained

Posted by John Day

John Day The entertainment bar is higher these days than it used to be in the pre-smartphone era. That’s true in general, of course, but I’m thinking specifically at the moment about kids on long car trips. Each may want his/her own entertainment, and with some new technology introduced this week by Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America, Inc., they’ll be able to have it in the relatively near future. Mitsubishi … Read More

19 Jun, 2014

John Day Is your car connected? And if so, how, and to what extent? We have relatively simple Bluetooth smartphone connections on the one hand and comprehensive embedded systems on the other. Connected car technology is evolving quickly, and keeping up with it is non-trivial. So I was interested to learn recently that tier one supplier Continental agreed to license Airbiquity’s Choreo connected car service platform … Read More

13 Jun, 2014

What’s New at Intel?

Posted by John Day

John Day We hadn’t heard a lot from Intel lately, but that changed this week. Seems it never rains but it pours. The company not only introduced Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions, which it described as a family of hardware and software products, but also announced automotive technology-related research projects, investments, and collaborations with several other automotive systems developers. Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions … Read More

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