ADI's new product, a member of the company's iSensor family, is said to be the first-ever programmable MEMS gyro. Moreover, it also plows new ground by providing users with an inexpensive, pre-calibrated gyro. "There are a lot of applications where gyros could have served in the past, but the customers didn't have in-house calibration capability," says Scannell of ADI. "If you can give them a calibrated part that's relatively easy to design in, then you've eliminated a major barrier for them." ADI's new programmable sensor contains all of the embedded calibration, tuning and control functionality needed to detect system rotation. Get more information on ADI's programmable MEMS gyro.
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
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