Flagstaff, AZ--Although fascinating, Romance to Reality
(RtR) is not a website where you can buy lingerie. Instead it's geared to
chronicling lunar and Mars expedition and settlement plans hatched since the
Author and historian David Portree set up the site in 1996 and it
now contains 270 annotations of Moon and Mars project plans. NASA and contractor
personnel, as well as students, visit RtR for reference information. Portree
recently overhauled the site to coincide with the NASA History Office's
publication of Humans to Mars: Fifty Years of Mars Planning, 1950-2000, written
by Portree, which details Mars mission design approaches. His future upgrade
plans for RtR include: primers and background papers by experts on space
exploration; a search engine; downloadable original public domain documents;
biographies of Moon and Mars pioneer planners; original artwork; and an
annotation collection devoted to student design projects.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.