In this episode of ECN's Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser:
An interstellar Noah's Ark
UK scientists are busy developing a self-sustaining, bioorganic spacecraft described as an Interstellar Noah's Ark. And while this ark won't carry two of every animal, and none of the scientists involved in the project will live to see it completed, "Project Persephone," as they're calling it, could ensure the survival of humanity in the event of nuclear or biological warfare or if climate change or some other global disaster makes the earth uninhabitable.
Self-driving cars may seem like a thing of the future, but in reality, a few companies are hard at work with prototypes already hitting the road. The king of self-driving cars is obviously Google with their vehicles logging in almost 700,000 developmental miles in their fleet, which includes six Toyota Priuses, an Audi TT and three Lexus RX450h. The cars, which first hit the road in Nevada in 2012, represent a potential future for transportation and the engineers have been focused on making sure the cars are safe enough to operate side by side with traditional cars.
Going 200 MPH in an electric dragster
Race fans may be familiar with "Big Daddy" Don Garlits, the so-called father of drag racing, who, 50 years ago, made history. On August 2, 1964, Garlits broke the elusive 200 miles per hour barrier in a dragster. And now, at 82 years old, when most of his peers are playing shuffleboard in Boca Raton, the legendary showman will break the 200 MPH barrier again — this time in an electric dragster.