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2020
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.
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.
8 Oct 2019

NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn's Moons

Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form Shapeshifter, a developing concept for a transformational vehicle to explore treacherous, distant worlds.
2 Aug 2019

Satellite connected wearables for marine conservation

Four tiger sharks have been tagged with a new device that will help conservationists to conduct detailed analysis of their migrations over years.
12 Jul 2019

3D printing human tissue for astronauts

3D printing human tissue could help keep astronauts healthy all the way to Mars. An ESA project has produced its first bioprinted skin and bone samples.
8 Jul 2019

3D printing with a wood-based ink

Researchers have succeeded in 3D printing with a wood-based ink in a way that mimics the unique 'ultrastructure' of wood. Their research could revolutionise the manufacturing of green products.
8 Jul 2019

Deep-CEE: The AI tool helping astronomers explore deep space

Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive structures in the cosmos, but despite being millions of lightyears across, they can still be hard to spot. Researchers have turned to artificial intelligence for assistance, developing "Deep-CEE" (Deep Learning for Galaxy Cluster Extraction and Evaluation), a novel deep learning technique to speed up the process of finding them.
26 Jun 2019

Frankfurt Laser Company

Frankfurt Laser Company are an international distributor of laser diode products and a custom laser solution provider.
19 Jun 2019

Eagleyard Photonics

Eagleyard are a laser diode manufacturer.
26 Mar 2019

Modulight

Modulight manufacture laser diodes, laser diode modules and laser-based healthcare systems.
13 Feb 2019

Largest 3D printed rocket engine

Orbex has publicly unveiled its Prime rocket for the first time. Designed to deliver small satellites into Earth's orbit, the rocket is made from a specially-formulated lightweight carbon fibre and aluminium composite and includes the world's largest 3-D printed rocket engine.
2018
8 Jun 2018

New clean-energy venture, EV8 technologies

A multi-billion-pound shakeout is dramatically increasing competition amongst energy, automotive and technology companies as they battle to lead the transition from hydrocarbons to a low carbon world.