The Dragon Capsule is preparing to do the first operation, from dozen missions for Nasa. The time of launch is 8:35 p.m. on Oct. 7 from Florida Station. The spacecraft will join with International Space Station after three days. The flight, named CRS -1, will begin and do the same rendezvous with the station, as the previous craft. The Dragon capsule will go to space, on 9 rocket and 9 kerosene- and oxygen-powered engines. When the Dragon capsule is in orbit, after eleven minutes, a controllers will begin the testing of rendezvous’ sensors from the Earth. The SpaceX craft will spend about three weeks, then the craft will return to the Earth. The difference of this mission from the previous, is that the Dragon capsule will be filled by the cargo for an operational mission. In the capsule will be the freezer for the station’s samples, and the locker, which will be filled by variety materials, for those astronomers, who lives and works in the station.
Google launched a service that will allow to track the movements of the Santa Claus in the Catholic Christmas (24 December). About this group reported in his blog. Using the service, which received the name of Google Santa Tracker, you will find out, in what city is Santa Claus, where he’s going on and how many gifts he had already spread. Location Santa is displayed on Google maps. Work with the Santa Tracker is not forbidden will be through the site, through the application for Android and by extension to the browser Chrome.
Design Studio Skyrill, located in the capital Manama, Bahrain, presented Jaguar XKX Roadster Concept designed by the legendary sports car Jaguar E-Type 1961 release. Brothers Ali and Hussein Almossavi, owners of an independent design studio Skyrill, located in the capital Manama, Bahrain, in collaboration with the Albanian designer Marina Muftii introduced the concept of Jaguar XKX, which is based on the known model of Jaguar E-Type, launched into production back in 1961, and became one of the automotive legends. Jaguar E-Type (or Jaguar XK-E) is very successful for its time, sports “supercar”. Given a much smaller and cooler power plant than conventional, the aerodynamics was conceived in a new innovative way. The side deflector intakes of the front were made broader, so a much larger amount of air does not get stuck by the engine, instead, it flows behind the front wheels, getting out behind them and sliding along the doors and then taking another shortcut through the rear wheels and out from the big rear openings, greatly reducing the total flowing path and subsequently drag. Almost 60% of the energy used by a typical car at highway speeds is spent to counter air friction. Obviously, that is A LOT of energy spent for a function that is indispensable, but not the primary (to push the vehicle forward).
A Japanese company called Suidobashi Heavy Industries recently revealed its 13-foot mech robot named Kuratas. Kuratas is the brainchild of artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics researcher Wataru Yoshizaki. Kuratas can be controlled in three ways – either through a controller, a master slave, or an iPhone. The robot runs on an operating system called V-Sido and it is outfitted with a launcher and a twin Gatling gun.
Czech company Skoda Auto in 2013, plans to launch sedan Skoda Octavia third generation, which is sometimes referred to as Skoda Octavia III. The previous generation Skoda Octavia cars have earned a deserved reputation of practical and reliable vehicles that can serve their owners for years without significant damage. Because Octavia model is very common in a variety of commercial and government organizations who want to save on the one hand, car park, on the other – to get cars from the prestigious class with a nice design. But for individuals interested in the new generation Octavia has grown significantly – for the same reasons. The design of the new Octavia in general is positive emotions. There are some clearly visible differences from the previous car in the series. For instance, LED lights, located in front of the car, got kind of oblique parallelepiped, and placed them under the fog lights. Really changed the appearance of wings sedan. And stands out all the car radiator grille with chrome trim will bring the views of all others.
The year 2011 was full of space news – most successful and some about failed mission. However, the coming 2012 does not supposed to be less production in the means of space launches and discoveries.