Boeing Electronic Dynamic Devices (www.boeing.com) has won three NASA contracts for advanced xenon ion propulsion technologies. The projects include the NASA evolutionary xenon thruster system, the carbon-based ion optics project, and the high-power electric propulsion project. Designs developed and demonstrated in these programs in the next two and a half years will become the critical technologies in the development of very high power (100 to 250 kW) nuclear electric propulsion systems for future deep space missions.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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