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The first full joint testing between NASA and the U.S. Navy of the Orion spacecraft recovery procedures off the coast of California was suspended after the team experienced issues with handling lines securing a test version of Orion inside the well deck of the USS San Diego. Tests were being conducted to prepare for recovery of Orion after it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean at the end of its first spaceflight.
Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford higher quality, but more expensive, conventional earthquake early warning systems.
Scientists are discovering new ways to decrease costs and increase efficiency of solar panels and coming up with creative ways to generate power. According to TechRepublic, a photovoltaic system is installed every four minutes in the US.
The emergence of Cloud-based Internet of Things technologies is redefining industrial automation. Apart from the traditional PLC-based machine automation with low networking capabilities, the new generation IoT based automation enables “smart factory” by connecting all devices to the cloud and combining intelligent software, real time control and monitoring, and big data analysis to optimize product design and production process and ensure quality. The result is higher throughput, lower defection rate and stronger competitiveness based on intelligent automation.
A new programming approach developed by MIT engineers gives underwater robots more “cognitive” capabilities.In March, the team tested the autonomous mission-planning system during a research cruise off the western coast of Australia. The researchers tested their system on an autonomous underwater glider, and demonstrated that the robot was able to operate safely among a number of other autonomous vehicles while receiving higher-level commands. The glider, using the system, was able to adapt its mission plan to avoid interfering with other vehicles. Read more »
More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a particular patient is an inexact science. A new implantable device, about the size of a grain of rice, can carry small doses of up to 30 different drugs. After implanting it in a tumor and letting the drugs diffuse into the tissue, researchers can measure how effectively each one kills the patient’s cancer cells. Such a device could eliminate much of the guesswork now involved in choosing cancer treatments.
NASA researchers, working with the Air Force Research Laboratory and FlexSys of Ann Arbor, MI, successfully completed initial flight tests of a new morphing wing technology that has the potential to save millions of dollars annually in fuel costs, reduce airframe weight, and decrease aircraft noise during takeoffs and landings. The experimental Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) flight control surfaces offer significant improvements over conventional flaps used on existing aircraft.
3D printing has the potential to considerably improve the astronomical community's ability to visualize, understand, interpret, and communicate important scientific results.
How can an organization ensure compliance and streamline the process while mitigating costs? The solution is Risk Management. Many organizations are beginning to use Risk to objectively and systematically streamline their compliance. This white paper uncovers the strategy behind risk in compliance, and the best practices in defining proactive and reactive factors of risk within each organization to reach the highest possible level of quality and compliance.
Sandia National Laboratories has been pioneering development and commercialization of additive manufacturing (AM), commonly referred to as 3D printing, for more than 30 years. Sandia has a wealth of experience developing unique AM solutions for a variety of compelling national security applications. In this white paper, Sandia engineers provide a rare inside look at what the lab has learned about AM during the past 30 years. Sandia’s mission and core objectives take advantage of AM’s virtues and benefits. Read more »