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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE CA, USA -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, lifted off over the Pacific Ocean this morning on its way to map the entire sky in infrared light.
A Delta II rocket carrying the spacecraft launched at 6:09 a.m. PST (9:09 a.m. EST) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The rocket deposited WISE into a polar orbit 326 miles above Earth.
"WISE thundered overhead, lighting up the pre-dawn skies," said William Irace, the mission's project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "All systems are looking good, and we are on our way to seeing the entire infrared sky better than ever before."
Engineers acquired a signal from the spacecraft via NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System just 10 seconds after the spacecraft separated from the rocket. Approximately three minutes later, WISE re-oriented itself with its solar panels facing the sun to generate its own power.
Read the rest of the story & see an artist's sketch of WISE in action, plus links to more NASA info...below...
Read full article: 'NASA's WISE Eye on the Universe'
Plymouth MI, USA – Perceptron, Inc. has announced the release of AutoGauge Plus - the first in-process gauging system that offers freeform surface scanning and discrete feature measurement in one solution.
With AutoGauge Plus, users can create a fully-customized gauging solution that automatically converts from collecting precise, discrete measurements to capturing complete 3D point clouds.
While the system is operating in discrete measurement mode, the robot quickly moves from feature to feature capturing images and calculating deviations from design intent.
Those measurement results are then stored in Perceptron’s proprietary database for further reporting and statistical analysis.
Read full article: '3D Scanning & Discrete Measurement in One Solution'
BEAVERTON OR, USA --- Tektronix, Inc. has announced the launch of Scope Central, an online community dedicated to oscilloscope users.
Scope Central provides design engineers with in-depth information and peer-to-peer interaction focused on the latest technologies and methodologies to advance and simplify design and test.
The Scope Central community will cover areas such as oscilloscope fundamentals, probing, signal integrity, jitter, power, high-speed buses, mainstream buses, and memory.
Scope Central is more than a resource library of technical information.
Read full article: 'Scope Central Online Test & Measurement Community'
Blairsville, PA, USA -- DuroPC's newest model, PAN175, combines the power of Intel's® Core™ 2 Duo/Quad processing platform with a functional, industrial grade 17" SXGA touchscreen LCD Panel computer.
Expansion is easy with 2 built-in PCI slots. Far from being just an interface machine, PAN175 can support dual 2.5" or 3.5" HDDs up to 1TB with optional mounting kit and can go wireless with the optional WLAN kit.
This computer features an anti-corrosive bezel with IP65/NEMA4 rugged protection, built-in speakers, Win XP and a slim CD drive. PAN175 is no ordinary Panel PC and it retails for $1675.
PAN175's built in Intel® Q965 chipset accommodates your choice of Core™ 2 Duo or Quad Core processors, including the powerful Core™ 2 Quad 3.0 GHz chip. PAN175 comes standard with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, upgradable to 4GB.
Read full article: 'NEW 17" PAN175 Panel PC w/ PCI slots'
Toronto, Canada - GAO Instruments has released its digital insulation resistance tester.
The intelligent digital device is specially designed to predict, prevent and identify insulation failures that may cause appliance failure, stop production and create power problems or even put lives at risk.
It accurately tests insulation integrity on all kinds of electric equipment and insulation materials found in equipment such as transformers, electric motors, cables, switches and other installed wiring.
The affordable digital tester, model A0300029, tests insulation resistance up to 2000MΩ.
Read full article: 'Digital Insulation Resistance Tester '
[Photo-Courtesy: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.]
Geneva, Switzerland & Santa Clara CA, USA -- Symyx Technologies, Inc. has announced that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory, has purchased two new Symyx workflows to supplement its high-throughput and combinatorial catalyst technology capabilities.
These systems will be used for PNNL's research in biomass conversion and alternative energy - specifically, for the high-throughput synthesis and primary screening of heterogeneous catalysts.
"Symyx has a long history of providing technology to leading academic and government laboratories," said John Senaldi, president, Symyx High Productivity Research. "We are pleased to further our relationship with PNNL and take this important step in enabling biomass and renewables research."
Read full article: 'Symyx Workflows to Support Biomass & Renewables Research'
Norwood, MA, USA - Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced four energy metering ICs (integrated circuits) designed to improve the accuracy and performance of commercial, industrial, and residential smart meters.
A smart meter accurately measures how much electricity is consumed or generated, and communicates with the local utility for power monitoring, billing, and other purposes.
ADI’s new energy metering ICs enable smart electricity meters to deliver improved customer billing accuracy, advanced power quality monitoring, and reduced operating costs for utility companies.
Read full article: 'ANALOG DEVICES’ ENERGY METERING ICS'
Wichita KS, USA - QuickerTek now powers the entire MacBook line including the 13.3, 15 and 17 inch unibody Pros and the white MacBook.
There are two Apple Juicz models available: 27 watt and 55 watt, to match your performance needs.
The addition of all the MacBook and MacBook Pro models to the previous MacBook Air completes the solar compatibility. MacBook users are no longer tethered to the AC wall outlet. The freedom to work where you want, makes the solar charger from QuickerTek very popular with all users-but especially in tough environments.
Read full article: 'Solar Power Now Available for All Apple MacBooks'
AUSTIN TX, USA -- /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Instruments has announced software and hardware compatibility with Windows 7, the latest operating system from Microsoft, to help engineers and scientists attain faster performance and higher throughput within their applications.
Engineers and scientists who are considering upgrading to the latest computer hardware can take advantage of several new features in the new operating system.
This release, which includes performance and usability enhancements, provides a smooth upgrade experience and improves the environment for hardware and software compatibility, making it ideal for measurement and workstation applications.
Windows 7 contains features that provide increased USB data acquisition throughput and take full advantage of multicore processors to improve responsiveness and offer compatibility with the latest computer technologies, including support for PCI Express and 64-bit processors.
Read full article: 'NI Tools Integrate with Windows 7'
Warminster PA, USA-- Electromagnetic flowmeters from ABB are playing a key role in cutting water leakage for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in England, with reductions of 60% achieved at some sites.
Leakage has already dropped by about 528 million (US) gallons per year across more than 1,500 MoD sites where C2C Services manages water and waste utility assets.
C2C Services is a consortium of Severn Trent Services and Costain. C2C provides water services to MoD sites in the North, East and Southeast of England, known as ‘Package C’.
The 25-year £1 billion ($1.66 billion US) contract is part of Project Aquatrine, which transferred responsibility for MoD’s water services to three different contractors.
Read full article: 'ABB flowmeters help cut water leaks'
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