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2021
23 Apr 2021

NASA's 3D Printed MOXIE Extracts Oxygen From The Red Planet

The growing list of "firsts" for Perseverance, NASA's newest six-wheeled robot on the Martian surface, includes converting some of the Red Planet's thin, carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen. A toaster-size, experimental instrument aboard Perseverance called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) accomplished the task.
2020
9 Dec 2020

HayBeeSee

HayBeeSee is a London-based agricultural robotics start-up developing the CropHopper, a jumping robot that automatically treat weeds, pests and diseases. The CropHopper is one of the ten finalists selected for Future Farming Magazine's "Best Concept Field Robot 2020", with winner being awarded at FIRA 2020.
27 Nov 2020

Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 2)

Part two of a series of articles by IDTechEx analyst Xiaoxi He. In the last article we discussed the speed issue of Starlink, compared to 5G. There are another three concerns.
9 Nov 2020

ESA awards Dawn Aerospace €385K for 3D Printed Rocket Engines

The European Space Agency has granted a €385K development contract to launch provider, Dawn Aerospace under the Future Launcher Preparatory Program. Through the contract, ESA will support Dawn in developing additively manufactured combustion chambers for high performance and high combustion pressure rocket engines.
6 Nov 2020

Deep Learning Algorithms Helping to Clear Space Junk from our Skies

How do you measure the pose - that is the 3D rotation and 3D translation - of a piece of space junk so that a grasping satellite can capture it in real time in order to successfully remove it from Earth's orbit?
22 Oct 2020

Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Michael Dent and Dr Richard Collins
10 Sep 2020

TwingTec

Twingtec was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from leading research and academic institutions in Switzerland. The company is based in Switzerland and at the time of writing has 9 employees. IDTechEx talked to CEO Dr. Rolf Luchsinger.
7 Aug 2020

AFRY Awarded Assignment for an Offshore Wind Farm Project in Vietnam

AFRY has been awarded an owner's engineering services assignment for Tra Vinh Offshore Wind Farm, a 48 MW wind farm project located in Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. The project is owned by Truong Thanh Tra Vinh Wind Power JSC, and affiliated company of Sermsang Power Corporation PLC, one of Thailand's fastest growing independent power producers.
9 Jul 2020

Skytree

Skytree is a start-up, headquartered in Amsterdam, Holland who are developing an air purifier which decreases the energy demand from an electric vehicles HVAC system by enabling enhanced re-circulation of air within the car cabin, increasing the vehicles range.
27 May 2020

Solar Sails Made of Graphene Could Journey to Other Star Systems

A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known - one carbon-atom-thick graphene - has passed initial tests designed to show that it could be a viable material to make solar sails for spacecraft.
30 Apr 2020

Power Gloves for Space Walks

Spacewalks are a risky business and wearing a spacesuit that protects against the vacuum outside our atmosphere is cumbersome. This glove is a mockup concept for astronauts that adds extra functions to the five fingers.
30 Apr 2020

Solar Powered Hand Sanitiser

A start-up company that has repurposed upcycled solar cells to generate ultraviolet light to disinfect people's hands has won €20 000 in a hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop ideas to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
23 Apr 2020

In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

While the eyes of the world are on the novel coronavirus, East Africa continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: growing swarms of ravenous locusts. Both crises are extraordinary in scale, and both foes multiply so quickly that governments are struggling to contain them.
16 Apr 2020

Norway Approves Floating Offshore Wind Project

The Ministry of Petroleum and Industry has approved the plans for development and operation of the Hywind Tampen wind farm. The Snorre and Gullfaks platforms will be the first platforms in the world to receive power from a floating offshore wind farm.
14 Apr 2020

E-textiles and Smart Clothing 2020-2030: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
25 Mar 2020

Flexible Solar Cells for Future Satellites

ESA has backed the creation of this flexible, ultra-thin solar cell to deliver the best power to mass ratio for space missions.
2019
28 Nov 2019

Catapult Satellite Applications

Catapult Satellite Applications is a non-profit organisation that aims to boost UK productivity by helping companies to harness the power of satellites. A major focus for Catapult Satellite Applications is agricultural technology. At the REAP Conference 2019, IDTechEx Technology Analyst spoke with Calum Kelly, Agri-Tech Solutions Lead at Catapult Satellite Application
14 Nov 2019

Astronauts to Test Drive a Lunar Robot from the Space Station

Astronauts could one day remotely control Moon and Mars rovers from orbit. An upcoming test aboard the International Space Station could help make this a possibility.
16 Oct 2019

Controlling robots across oceans and space

Human-robotic partnerships are at the heart of European Space Agency's exploration strategy, which includes preparing for scenarios like this by sending robotic scouts to the Moon and planets, hand-in-hand with astronauts controlling them from orbit.
11 Oct 2019

Lidar 2020-2030: Technologies, Players, Markets & Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: