Eglin AFB, FL--A Danish F-16B, in the first launch of an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air missile (AMRAAM) by an international operator of the aircraft, downed a maneuvering target in only the second overland firing at the base. Typical European winter weather--rain, a scattered cloud deck at 12,000 ft, and low-level icing--added realism for the joint Danish/Dutch crew, which also scored a simulated hit on a companion target with a captive-carry missile. The test aircraft is one in the Mid-Life Update program to upgrade the radar, mission computer, and software on early F-16s, providing for interceptions.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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