Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features:
- During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket. From there, the spacecraft and crew would embark on an estimated nine-day trip to the captured asteroid, in which Orion would swing by the moon to pick up speed.
- Robert Morris and Dan McDuff have created Pavlov Poke, a keyboard accessory designed to wean users from all the nonsense that gets in the way of your day-to-day, by shocking you.
- Ford has developed a system for detecting dirt on their newly painted vehicles. Dirt, which is a byproduct of the vehicle painting process in an industrial environment, can cause imperfections and weaknesses in paint and the surfaces of vehicles.
- About a week ago, the largest 3D-printed rocket engine component was lit up and produced a record 20,000 pounds of thrust at nearly 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Pushing the limits of 3D-printed components is important, as they have the potential to reduce cost and time, making space travel quicker and easier.
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