ExoMars makes entry into the Martian atmosphere

Schiaparelli is on its way to land on the Martian surface and perform surface experiments.

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After the cold and silent journey to Mars the ExoMars program is about to land the Schiaparelli module on the desolate surface. With about 7 months of travel from Earth, the Red Planet is still the most attractive planet for space exploration. And it might as well be our first step to colonizing the galaxy. The mission of ExoMars: to determine if life has ever existed on Mars.

Left image: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli during vibration testing. Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015
Right image: ExoMars 2016: Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

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Build it yourself! The Arduino controlled CNC Router. Part 1.

First part of a detailed series about this CNC router. Have one yourself using basic tools and materials!

For a long time I have wanted to built one of the most useful machines to have in the shop: the CNC router. It approaches the possibilities of a laser cutter, without the cost of an expensive ventilation system, power supply and powerful laser hardware. So I decided to built it! There is lots of instructions to find on the internet about building one with basic materials and tools. However, I found it difficult to source the right parts without even knowing how, when, and for what purpose I buy them. “Is this a fitting component?” I heard my self asking this question with each purchase.  I went ahead and bought the parts one by one and slowly combined them to a machine.

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Kerbal Space Program – Explore space now

Ever wanted to build your own rocket and fly it into space – perhaps to the moon? It is possible, space exploration at home!

Today I want to share with you a pretty amazing game or – perhaps I should just call it what it deserves – a space flight simulator: Kerbal Space Program. This game has been around for a little while, but since it was officially released in april year it has become more and more popular. I purchased it last week and I got to say, I am hooked!

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Ever had a design you would like to actually make?

I got this idea about making tools available for anyone who would like to bring their design ideas to life. Let me explain and jump in!

First of all, I would like to say that it happens so often to me that an idea pops-up into my mind and then I let it get away on me because, well, how am I ever going to make this thing? How is this machine, be it a soft drink dispenser, a tool crate, or any good idea, ever going to be realized? For me, most of time it takes a laser cutter, 3D printer or some woodworking machinery that I don’t have to produce it. But what cool would it be able to actually make this machine or product. Continue reading “Ever had a design you would like to actually make?”