The combination of plasma and digital video recorders may get most people thinking about big-screen TV viewing. But on the International Space Station, that linkage is just another setup for, well, far-out research. Earlier this year, German research house Kayser-Threde GmbH wanted to study “dusty plasma” matter characteristics in a weightless condition.
Since plasma changes being investigated were not visible to the naked eye, four analog video cameras were linked to ruggedized digital video recorders made by Fast Forward Video. Its Recon board-level DVR, which measures 2.8 × 3.9 inches, holds eight hours of video with a 720 × 486-pixel resolution. A key factor in getting that resolution quickly with reliability levels needed in space exploration is the analog-to-digital decoder, an NXP Semiconductor part that transforms video input into digital data for storage.
German research house Kayser-Threde GmbH wanted to study “dusty plasma” matter characteristics in a weightless condition.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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