Let's say you have a Beer Chucking Refrigerator within range and a Can Crusher out in the shed. Now all you need is a way to get the empties out to the can crusher without having to get up and walk out to the shed. Here it is — you just pop the empty can into this vacuum transporter and thwap! Before you can say “one to beam up,” that can is recycled. A 1hp centrifugal blower supplies the vacuum and high velocity flow to send the can through 50 ft of 3˝ inch tubing from Ed's patio to the crusher in his garage in under one second. A PIC microcontroller operates the whole system from the time he opens the hatch to the time the little chunk of compressed aluminum is ejected from the machine.
A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.