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.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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