Archive For October, 2006

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Countdown…

Its about 10:30 AM PST - in about 7 hours, Spirit Rover will start its 1000th Sol (Martian Day) on Mars. Congratulations to all the women and men whove worked on the MER Rovers!

Rad Chips

In a recent EEtimes Article (requires login) NASA has begun looking for a suitable processor for continued manned space exploration.  Current space robots (MRO, etc) run BAEsystem's Rad750, based on PowerPC 750, and descended from AFRL's Rad6000 design.  The Rad6000 was the first 32-bit computer hardened for space use.  In the world of computers, these aren't huge horse-power producing machines. …

One Thousand Days

This afternoon, Spirit Rover will start it's 999th Sol (Martian Day) on Mars.  Tomorrow will be Sol 1K. Next month, on the 14th/15th of November, Opportunity's calendar will hit the same milestone.  A Thousand Days on-planet. Congratulations to all the teams who crafted, constructed, controlled, and cajoled the rovers from conception to the current-day.  Well Done! Web Sites:MER Rovers ,…

Distant Weather

Whitney Clavin 818-354-4673Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena , Calif. Erica Hupp/Dwayne Brown  202-358-1237/1726NASA Headquarters, Washington                   News Release: 2006-129; Oct. 12, 2006 NASA'S Spitzer Sees Day and Night on Exotic World NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has made the first measurements of the day and night temperatures of a planet outside our solar system. The infrared observatory…

Does it have a motor?

Back in the 80s there was a car commercial, where a small crowd of doubters are looking over a neighbor's new car.  Amongst the comments and questions about the options that make a car comfortable comes the quip "Does it have a motor?" It's true that a car can be a car without a motor, or any of the comfort…

UAV’s – come on in, the swarm is fine…

UAVs are becoming a new darling in the worlds of flight and engineering.   Paul talks about some recent controversies in this blog entry, but what's all the hype about? UAVs come in all shapes and sizes, not just Global Hawks, Predators, and other glider-sized vehicles.  They also come in RC-sized packages, which can be used to rapidly test ideas like…

View from Above.

It's not every day you can watch your work in action. It's even less often that you get to watch your work watching your work in action. :) Mars' latest arrival takes picture of second oldest running vehicle on the planet. Click for a high-res image Considering it's a photo taken from orbit while in motion... isn't it beautifully clear?…