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2021
19 Oct 2021

TeleRetail

TeleRetail was founded in 2014 in Switzerland, providing outdoor logistics automation solutions to large industrial companies. TeleRetail is now headquartered in Germany, and has expanded subsidiaries in the US and the UK. The core products include its proprietary Aito AutoPilot autonomous driving system and automated vehicles of different sizes.
12 Oct 2021

Adphos

Adphos offers NIR drying and curing for printed electronics, with the aim of accelerating manufacturing throughput. This profile is based on Adphos' presentation at the Elantas Printed Electronics Day in October 2021.
7 Oct 2021

BepiColombo's First Views of Mercury

The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission has captured its first views of its destination planet Mercury as it swooped past in a close gravity assist flyby.
27 Sep 2021

Life Support Cooked up From Lunar Rocks

Engineers have successfully shown how water and oxygen can be extracted by cooking up lunar soil, in order to support future Moon bases.
8 Sep 2021

Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Perseverance rover has completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received data that confirmed the historic milestone. The core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the future.
31 Aug 2021

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Prepped for Shipment to Launch Site

After successful completion of its final tests, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is being prepped for shipment to its launch site. Engineering teams have completed Webb's long-spanning comprehensive testing regimen at Northrop Grumman's facilities. Webb's many tests and checkpoints were designed to ensure that the world's most complex space science observatory will operate as designed once in space.
25 Aug 2021

Solar Foods

Solar Foods is a Finnish food tech company that produces protein using air-captured carbon dioxide and renewable electricity. In August 2021, Technology Analyst Dr Hydra Rodrigues spoke to Solar Foods' Chief Commercial Officer, Shilei Zhang.
5 Aug 2021

Echodyne USA

About ten years ago, Echodyne, Kymeta and Evolv Technology broke off Intellectual Ventures to sell metamaterial products.
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.