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.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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.