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.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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