New chip for satellite radars, ‘outer-space’ music and Cobalt’s Valkyrie

i7kfeieddbkywanjqtxdThis chip will make satellite radars way sharper

It may look like any other picture of a silicon chip, but this one’s rather special: It’s the centrepiece of a new 94 GHz radar system being developed by the European Space Agency, that will transform radar systems in space missions.

The new hardware is being developed in Ireland by a company called Arralis. Its high resolution will, according to the Agency, make planetary landings far safer, as it’ll allow craft to image smaller obstacles on landing zones than current systems allow. So, it might just prevent another Philae moment.

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Mysterious Apollo 10 ‘outer-space’ music? We have the answer

While flying around the far side of the Moon, deep in radio silence from Earth and Mission Control, Apollo 10 astronauts Tom Stafford, John Young and Eugene Cernan reported hearing strange noises.

The three were in the middle of a practice run of the rendezvous maneuver between the Lunar Module and the Command Module, testing out the procedure for the upcoming Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, when “weird,” “eerie,” “outer-space-type music” was heard coming over the radios of both modules.

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Cobalt’s Valkyrie aircraft racks up $50M in preorders, but FAA approval may be years away

valkyrie-co50-interiorForget drones. The must-have airborne accessory in 2016 is set to be the super sleek Valkyrie aircraft from aviation startup Cobalt, with everyone from Google and Apple executives to an artichoke farmer in the Midwest putting down deposits to buy one. However, despite building an order book worth over $50 million in just 90 days, the future remains uncertain as it awaits regulatory approval and the political clout to make it happen.

Cobalt unveiled its Valkyrie Co50 single-engine propeller airplane with a novel design in November and on Tuesday announced that in the first 90 days it had secured orders for more than 80 airplanes, each priced at $699,000. In the first 24 hours alone it had received 29 orders for its new plane and according to Cobalt CEO David Loury, over 75 percent of orders have come from the U.S., with the majority of those from the CEOs of small businesses.

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