Space officials from the U.S., Russia, and other ISS partnering
nations have scheduled a teleconference today to resolve what has become known
as "The Tito Issue."
At the Kennedy Space Center, Design News Senior Editor Rick
DeMeis interviewed Don Peterson, an astronaut on the STS-6, on the upcoming
April 30 launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying Dennis Tito, soon to be the world's
first space tourist. "I think he will [be allowed to fly]," said Peterson. "We
don't have any legal right to tell the Russians who to fly."
NASA and other partnering space agencies object to Russia's
acceptance of $20 million from Tito for him to join two Russian cosmonauts to
the space station Alpha. Commenting on safety concerns for the crew and space
station, Peterson added, "The shuttle isn't a passenger vehicle. It's not
completely safe, like airline operations."
In the past, he continued, "I didn't think it was a good idea to
fly a senator, congressman, and teacher, but the precedence has been set," he
said. "He's no more dangerous than other [civilians]."
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.