Saturday, 28 March 2015

Catch up

When we laid eyes on the Elytron 2S tiltrotor plane prototype last year at the Experimental Aircraft Association's fly-in airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it was a half-built concept with only part of its Prandtl wing box installed. The company has now completed the airframe ahead of planned flight tests later this year... Continue Reading Elytron 2S tiltrotor demonstrator airframe completed

Section: Aircraft

Tags: Aircraft, Elytron, Experimental, Prototype, Tiltrotor

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Marathons may be an everyday occurrence for people on Earth, but are a little more noteworthy when you're a little robot on Mars. According to NASA, as of March 16, the Mars Opportunity rover has covered 26.219 mi (42.195 km) in the leisurely time of about 11 years and two months. or 3,968 Martian days. In 2014, Opportunity broke the record of any space rover when it passed the distance covered by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 moon rover, which was launched in 1973... Continue Reading Opportunity rover completes Martian marathon

Section: Space

Tags: Mars, NASA, Opportunity, Spacecraft

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In another hopeful sign that Mars was once habitable, NASA's Curiosity rover has detected nitrogen in the soil of the Red Planet for the first time. While NASA doesn't think that the compounds are biological in origin, they are still significant to Mars having been more favorable to life in the ancient past... Continue Reading Curiosity rover finds nitrogen on Mars

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Tags: Curiosity Rover, Mars, Mars Science Laboratory, NASA, Spacecraft

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Table saws can make working with wood a breeze. They can also take fingers off the unwary in the blink of an eye. To help avoid the latter, Bosch has come up with its Reaxx portable jobsite table saw, which can tell the difference between a piece of wood and a finger, and drop the blade out of the way to prevent a messy accident... Continue ReadingBosch Reaxx table saw saves fingers and blades

Section: Good Thinking

Tags: Accidents, Bosch, Portable, Safety, Wood

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In anticipation of more ambitious planetary missions, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, in collaboration with Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, has recently been testing new landing technologies using an Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT). Aimed at developing new systems for landing on Mars and other planets with much greater precision, a new imaging landing system and algorithm were tested using the demonstration vehicle on two successful flights... Continue Reading Precision planetary lander technology tested by NASA

Section: Space

Tags: Autonomous, JPL, Masten Space Systems, NASA, Navigation, Rocket, Test Flights

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It had to happen sooner or later; robots have replaced infants... at least, as subjects in psychological research being conducted by a team at the Indiana University (IU) Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences. The robots are being used to study how infants learn and have revealed that posture and body position are important factors in early learning... Continue Reading Robotic infants reveal posture may play an important role in learning

Section: Robotics

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has temporarily suspended its attempt to reestablish contact with its Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. For eight days, the agency’s Rosetta probe unsuccessfully beamed a wake up signal to the hibernating lander, which has been silent since its batteries were exhausted in November. .. Continue ReadingFirst attempt to wake up Philae lander unsuccessful

Section: Space

Tags: Comets, ESA, German Aerospace Center, Philae, Rosetta, Spacecraft

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Though the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spaceplane was kicked out of the running to ferry crew to the ISS, a variation on the craft may still end up visiting the station. As part of its bid to win NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract, SNC has unveiled an unmanned autonomous version of Dream Chaser to carry cargo into orbit... Continue Reading Unmanned version of Dream Chaser spaceplane unveiled

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