August 5, 2012 |
Engineers have sent their final command to Curiosity, which is less than 13,000 miles from Mars and closing in fast. Al Chen, an engineer on Curiosity's entry, descent and landing team, said from inside mission control that a transmitter that had been sending commands to the spacecraft during its long journey to Mars had been turned off as planned at 9:11 p.m. PDT, a little more than an hour before landing. Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, Chen said, "will no longer be sending any commands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1992
After reading your article (June 5) I continue to believe that the shortage of qualified engineers and scientists is an impediment to maintaining our long-term national competitiveness in the global aviation marketplace. It is not the present abundance of unqualified people, but the long-term shortage of qualified people that requires rectification. On May 14, the Aerospace Engineering Department at San Diego State University was dissolved. The university president made this decision in reaction to California State University's short-term budgetary problems.
August 10, 2012 |
The Curiosity rover's landing wasn't quite perfect -- but if the Martian robot were an Olympic gymnast, it could earn a gold medal for its gymnastic contortions, according to NASA engineers. The Mars Science Laboratory's climactic Aug. 5 landing essentially happened on autopilot, with scientists and engineers in the control room at Jet Propulsion Laboratory waiting several minutes as the rover's signals traveled the roughly 150 million miles back to Earth. But Curiosity ended up roughly 1.5 miles away from its predicted touchdown zone - not bad, given that their projected landing zone was an ellipse 12 miles wide, mission engineers said Friday.
September 27, 2013 |
Tech soothsayers have long predicted the demise of computers as we know them today, as their shrinking sizes approach the limits of silicon's ability to take the heat. Now, researchers at Stanford University - in the heart of Silicon Valley - have tossed the essential element aside and built a basic computer out of carbon nanotubes. The engineering feat, described this week in the journal Nature, could herald the birth of a whole new generation of carbon-based computing devices, experts said.
October 16, 2012 |
When people talk about competition in the auto industry, it's often couched in terms of the Detroit automakers versus the big Asian import brands - in other words, General Motors and Ford versus Toyota and Honda. In a Tuesday address to the SAE Convergence Conference in Detroit, GM North America President Mark Reuss talked about a different competition faced by the auto industry - the ability to recruit top engineers from high-tech, fast growth “glamour” industries. “We need to convince them that the automotive field is the most dynamic, exciting industry on earth.
May 21, 2010 |
-- More than a week into their quest to stop the oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico from a damaged BP well, several dozen of the brightest minds in the engineering world gathered to watch a 100-ton failure unfold in slow motion. The engineers packed into a repurposed research center dubbed the Hive, which houses a dozen video screens and, most days, about as many scientists. Beside a bustling freeway, in a drab Houston office park bedecked with nearly every name in Big Oil, BP had launched a 21st century version of "Apollo 13."