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.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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