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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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