These are the voyages of the VSS Enterprise. To ferry civilians into space. To collect $200,000 a head. To boldly go where few space tourists have gone before! On Monday, December 7th (an “infamous” date, to be sure), Virgin Galactic unveiled SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial spaceline.
The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), a laser-guidance platform from BAE Systems, scored four hits in four shots during the final phase of testing. APKWS adds precision laser guidance capabilities to 2.75 inch rockets—specifically, those found in attack helicopters.
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) released a 60-V n-channel power MOSFET in the tiny SOT-923 package that will provide dramatic space savings over devices in larger packages such as the SC-70 and SC-89. The smallest 60-V power MOSFET ever released, the SiM400 in the SOT-923 measures 1 mm by 0.6 mm with a maximum height profile of 0.43 mm.
As the world begins to emerge from the economic malaise of 2009, consumer demand for TVs continues to improve. Total TV shipments in Q3’09 were up Y/Y on a unit basis for the first time in a year, and DisplaySearch now expects that global TV revenues will rise Y/Y in Q1’10—the first time in 6 quarters.
Top policymakers will address key technology issues at the 2010 International CES with government officials slated to speak, including Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2010 International CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, is scheduled January 7-10, 2010 in Las Vegas.
Tadiran, a leading manufacturer of lithium batteries, has developed long life 3.6 V lithium thionyl chloride cells capable of delivering continuous around-the-clock power for 20+ years in temperatures as low as -80ºC.
High-tech security scanners that might have prevented the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a jetliner have been installed in only a small number of airports around the world, in large part because of privacy concerns over the way the machines see through clothing.
TLM Military Grade cylindrical batteries feature an open circuit voltage of 4V, with a discharge capacity of 500 mAh (20 mA at 2.8V RT), capable of handling 5A continuous pulses and 15A maximum high current pulses.
Here is a simple robot from your parts bin that avoids obstacles.
Bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc plans to issue $100 gift certificates to people who won't receive its Nook electronic reader by December 24, if they had ordered it on time. The company, which has been bedeviled with problems in producing and delivering the e-reader in time for the holiday season, earlier this month postponed the in-store debut of the $259 device.
Apple's plan of offering television subscription via the Internet might receive a boost with U.S. media companies CBS and Walt Disney's probable participation in the venture, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
A fresh three-member crew arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, bolstering the two-man skeleton crew that has been keeping the outpost operational since December 1.
The second outage of BlackBerry service in less than a week frustrated people who depend on the messaging device and comes at a bad time for its maker, which faces increasing competition in the market it helped pioneer.
Eastman Kodak says electronics maker Samsung Electronics has agreed to pay the photography company an undisclosed sum to settle a patent dispute over digital-camera technology. The announcement comes five days after the International Trade Commission ruled that Samsung, based in Seoul, South Korea, infringed two Kodak patents.
STMicroelectronics’ next-generation STA370BWS SoundTerminalT chip uses the company’s Full Flexible Amplifier (FFXT) technology to purportedly deliver high-quality stereo audio at 10W and above. The audio device also uses proprietary BCD8 process technology, which integrates more sophisticated audio signal processing within the CMOS section, enabling