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Warning! Robotic Construction Crews Ahead

In space enthusiast circles there is an ongoing debate on the merits of manned versus robotic exploration. Although safety a good reason ... Continue

Bringing RF into the Embedded World: It’s Time

Embedded systems have been almost entirely digital throughout their long history, while RF and microwave technologies were ... Continue

Communications in Space: A Deep Subject

Transmitting and receiving radio signals between spacecraft in deep space is a snap compared with getting those signals back to Earth ... Continue

Harsh Environment Technology Site

Bad things can happen to electronics when exposed to too much water, dust, shock, extreme vibration and temperature. However, not all applications get to live and work in perfect conditions ... Continue

Sophisticated Front-End Management for Efficient Solar-Energy Capture

To realize the potential of solar energy as a power source, the front-end interface between the cells ... Continue

Warp Speed Ahead

In the pursuit of out-of-this-world ideas and inspiring new innovation, Mouser recently found itself transported to the flight bridge ... Continue

Solar Technology Site

Interested in building a sustainable future? Look to the sun. In one second, our sun produces enough energy for almost 500,000 years of the current needs of our civilization ... Continue

Mission Space: Electronics Rocket into a New Frontier

With the recent Orion spacecraft test flight, humanity is once again attempting manned spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit (LEO). The test launch marked the first time since ... Continue

In Space No One Can Hear Electronics Scream

Space is one of the harshest environments you can imagine for human beings - even without monstrous alien predators. Pressure, or the lack of it, temperature ... Continue

Scotty, We Need More Power!

In almost every episode of the classic science fiction television show "Star Trek", regardless of the impending disaster, the day would always be saved when Captain Kirk called ... Continue

Low-Power Technology Site

Energy efficiency and lower power usage are driving factors behind new design. Until engineers invent an infinite power source, many new products will need to make the most out of the power it uses ... Continue

Human Settlements in space; Mars madness?

Exponential advancements in technology and space travel mean human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. But while the machines ... Continue

∞ Infinity And Beyond: An Introduction to Calculating Our Journey to The Far Reaches of Space

Since the beginning of time, man has looked up to the stars and wondered, “How can I get there.” Many centuries later ... Continue

RF Wireless Technology Site

Picture a world without wires. It’s time to give your best ideas free rein. No more wires to pull you back. RF wireless technology opens up new possibilities, changing the way we connect to our world. ... Continue

Earth gets 100 tons (90,718 kg) heavier every day due to falling space dust.; "It’s not easy. It’s dangerous. It hasn’t been done before. These are the sort of things that captures people’s imaginations." - Grant Imahara; "Since colonizing Mars is a mission of permanent settlement, while the systems don’t exist, the technologies do. New inventions are not needed to get humans to Mars. We don’t have to DIY Mars." - Bas Lansdorp, CEO of Mars One Project; "When things go into space, there are a couple of things that are very, very important. One is you have to design it for an extremely hostile environment, compared to operations on Earth. It has to work in vacuum. It’s got to work in the presence of radiation. It’s got to work in extreme temperatures. All these design constraints in some way applies to anything that flies in space… whether it’s toothpaste for an astronaut or highly sensitive electronics used for astrophysical purposes." - John Horack, VP, Space Systems Teledyne Brown Engineering; "All great ideas start in Science-Fiction. It starts as a crazy idea, it’s all science fiction, then it starts to get real." - John Thornton, CEO Astrobotic; "The biggest thing when designing something for space is to keep it as simple as possible. The simpler the device is, the less modes of potential failure you have." - John Branthoover, Sr. Engineer Astrobotic; "I think the most exciting part of the moon is as a Launchpad for other things… you can build huge structures, the same kind of structures that you see on Earth, but without the atmosphere to deal with." - Bobak Ferdowsi, Space Engineer; The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are closing at a rate of roughly 280,000 miles per hour. At this speed, a trip to the moon would take 51 minutes, compared to the 4 days, 6 hours, and 45 minutes it took Apollo 11 However, even at this fantastic rate, the two galaxies aren't predicted to collide for another 4.5 billion years.; Launched in in 1977, nearly 35 years ago, Voyager 1 is the furthest manmade object now in interstellar space. Traveling at 17,043 m/s (55,920 ft/s), it would need about 17,565 years to travel a complete light year. To compare, Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, is about 4.2 light-years away. Voyager 1 has adequate electrical power and attitude control propellant to continue operating until around 2025, at this time science data return and spacecraft operations will end.; Leonard Nimoy created the famous Vulcan neck pinch during the episode “The Enemy Within” when Spock was supposed to hit the evil Kirk over the head with the butt of a phaser. Nimoy wanted something more interesting and came up with an answer from within Spock’s hand-orientated background.; "I would love… a week long vacation on the Moon. I think it’s something special to see an Earth-rise… to see your own whole planet at once." - Bobak Ferdowsi, Space Engineer; "By refocusing our space program on Mars for America's future, we can restore the sense of wonder and adventure in space exploration that we knew in the summer of 1969. We won the moon race. Now it's time for us to live and work on Mars, first on its moons and then on its surface." - Buzz Aldin, Astronaut; "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." - John F. Kennedy, Past President of United States; "And all dared to brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before--and thus was the Empire forged." - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; "The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel." - John Glenn, Astronaut; "Research is creating new knowledge." - Neil Armstrong, Astronaut; "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein, Mathematician and Theory of Relativity; "The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever." - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Scientist and Pioneer of Astronautic Theory; "It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow." - Robert H. Goddard, Scientist and Rocket Engineer

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