Aiming at hard-to-reach applications that require high precision, Olympus is highlighting its Iplex FX videoscope, which trims weight to 16 lbs including battery. The system unveiled last month is designed for examining aircraft, petrochemical plants and other applications. It uses LEDs to illuminate the insertion tube, which provides viewing angles from 60 to 120 degrees. Data can be stored on the Gbyte of internal memory or CompactFlash cards. A USB connection provides more versatility for downloading data.
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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