To take full advantage of the increasing capability of high-resolution image sensors in cameras such as the K100D, PENTAX engineers developed Shake Reduction. The mechanism moves the 6.1 megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force. Two Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) gyroscopes detect camera shake and a dedicated processing unit determines the adjustment required to stabilize the image sensor. With Shake Reduction, photographers can take sharp pictures at a shutter speed that is 2 to 3.5 stops slower, for example 1/15 sec instead of 1/60 sec with a standard lens.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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