Tech news tagged ‘Space’

ST adds to JANSR bipolar transistor range

STMicroelectronics has added to its range of Defense Logistics Agency-qualified JANSR bipolar transistors with additional up-screening.

Designed for aerospace systems, including satellites, as well as nuclear physics and medical applications, the radiation hardened transistors were announced at the recent Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) in Paris…

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Space: ESA approves plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope, which will be the largest of its kind ever built.

Costing about €1 billion, the flagship project will launch in 2028. It will weigh in at 5 tonnes, be about 12 metres long and will…

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Quantum transmission sent through space

The first quantum transmission to go via space paves the way for ultra-secure communications satellites.

Secret encryption keys transmitted via quantum links provide the ultimate way to communicate securely. That’s because any attempt to intercept the key will be revealed thanks to the laws of quantum mechanics, which…

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Space: SpaceX Dragon V2 is ready for crew

First cargo, now crew – the uber-modern “space taxi” known as the Dragon V2 is ready for passengers. At an unveiling ceremony yesterday, complete with smoke effects and coloured lights, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave the world its first glimpse of the upgraded Dragon spacecraft.

NASA is already using an…

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The best image sensors come from… Essex

Why have satellite makers and astronomers beaten a path across Essex? To get to the best image sensors in the world, probably. E2V not only made the CheMin and ChemCam image sensors within NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, it is also the reason the Hubble space telescope has better eyesight…

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Microsemi anti-fuse FPGAs tested to 26 million hours

Microsemi has announced that an independent organisation providing advisory services to national security space programmes has completed reliability testing of the supplier’s commercial-grade Axcelerator FPGAs. The tests lasted more than four years with an accumulated total of more than 26 million device-hours of testing without a single…

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Low power processor designed for spacecraft

High-reliability must be combined with low power design for space systems which is why choice of an IP processor core can be critical, writes Chris Roberts Chips used in space, cars and medical devices face some of the harshest operating environments of any electronic products, have the highest demands…

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Space: New countries thrusting forward in space game

From the International Space Station to orbital science and deep-space exploration, European, Russian and US space programmes represent the bulk of regular launch and operations activity. But new and rising space players are starting to shape their own agendas, with ambitious plans for scientific and commercial missions, supported by…

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Balance new ideas with reliability, says Syfer

When supplying components to UK-based developers of high-reliability space systems, it is important to strike the right balance between technical innovation and designing for optimum reliability, writes Steve Hopwood  Designing components for space applications is a convoluted business. On the one hand the industry is highly conservative, selecting…

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IET Engineering Challenge 2012 lecture: How to commercialise space

The IET Engineering Challenge 2012 lecture is “How to commercialise space” and it will be given by Will Whitehorn  former president of Virgin Galactic. With the theme of this year’s Engineering Challenge being how to make money out of space, the free event takes place on the 21st of…

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