Underwater base for American astronauts and 7 more technological discoveries of recent months that will surprise you

(ORDO NEWS) — Hybrid track car from Porsche, underwater drone for divers, shocking footage of the Milky Way.

These technological innovations definitely deserve your attention. True, the results of some curious inventions we only have to see in the near future. Well, nothing, wait!

First went

Porsche has won 24 Hours of Le Mans 19 times, most recently with the 919 Hybrid in 2015-2017. Since then, the team has not competed in the top LMP1 category, but is already planning a triumphant comeback.

The track car is set to debut at Le Mans, Daytona and other endurance races in 2023, in the new LMDh “hybrid” category. The first images of the Porsche LMDh appeared at the end of 2021, and at the beginning of 2022, he “felt the track” for the first time at the circuit near Barcelona.

“We were the first to put an LMDh prototype on the track,” said Porsche Penske CEO Jonathan Duguid. “Over the coming weeks and months, we will systematically review every aspect of his work.”

The prototype is being built on the same OEM Multimatic LMP2 chassis as its future rivals from the Audi and Mazda teams, but so far it is ahead of the competition, having already covered more than 2000 km.

It has a Bosch electric motor, Williams Advanced Engineering lithium-ion batteries and an Xtrac transmission. The hybrid drive uses a turbocharged 8-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined output of up to 680 hp. with. (500 kW).

Work on the new car should be completed by the end of 2022, and its official name is planned to be announced even earlier.

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Movie hero

Released in 2021, the thriller Underwater House tells the story of divers who explore a mysterious flooded mansion.

One of the heroes of the film was the Seasam underwater drone used by scuba divers, and after the premiere, sales of the device, created by the French startup Notilo Plus, skyrocketed. This is a really handy tool that can recognize and track a diver from the side.

Sonar is used for navigation and obstacle avoidance, and the exchange of signals with the remote control is provided by an acoustic communication channel. From the remote control, you can set the distance and shooting angle, which Seasam will automatically maintain, or launch the drone in a circular motion.

Notilo Plus also offers industrial versions of the device, the software of which allows you to recognize and fix other useful targets, bypassing the ship’s hull, dock supports and other structures, carefully examining them underwater.

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Courier with pillow

Nuro is one of the most successful developers of delivery robots. Many of its machines are already in operation in California and several other US states, and the startup has a market value of over $8.6 billion.

Not so long ago, Nuro introduced the third generation of its drones, with twice the usable volume (0.76 m3) and additional modules with heating and cooling.

The robot moves on public roads, has a rather impressive size – with a “minicar” – and is capable of speeds up to 70 km/h. This is no longer a joke: a collision with such a machine can lead to rather sad consequences.

Therefore, an external airbag is installed on the front of the delivery truck to protect pedestrians. With a pillow, of course, it is better than without it, but experts rightly doubt that such a solution will help a person thrown aside upon impact.

Station wagon

Hyundai Mobed mobile platform is ready to work wherever you need maneuverability and the ability to fit into difficult turns. The body is placed on four large wheels with independent suspension and eccentric wheel drive, which allows you to control the position of the body.

When driving at high speeds, the wheelbase is extended by up to 65 cm, and for maneuvers in narrow spaces it can be reduced to 45 cm. Three electric motors are installed on each wheel, providing precise control and speed up to 30 km/h.

The world premiere of the novelty took place at CES 2022: now the developers are offering a platform for delivery systems, escorts and filming, but they are already thinking about creating a heavier version that can act as a vehicle for people with reduced mobility.

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Center of power

This masterful radio image of the center of the Milky Way is the result of more than 200 hours of MeerKAT observations focused on a 6 sq. degrees (30 times the full disk of the moon).

In addition to bright sources, such as the active center of the galaxy and the remnants of supernovae, thin filaments are visible in the image – threads of magnetized plasma stretched outward from the galactic plane at a distance of up to 100 light years. Their nature has yet to be explained.

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Moonlight

US astronauts prepare for their return to the Moon as part of NASA‘s Artemis program by training at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) at the Space Center. Johnson.

Simulation of work on the surface of the satellite includes, among other things, darkness: at the South Pole, where the construction of a permanent base is planned, the Sun never rises high above the horizon – and this is eternal twilight and black, almost impenetrable shadows.

Therefore, to adapt, the 12-meter NBL pool was isolated from natural light, the walls were covered with black film, and lamps were installed under the water, giving a faint glow and long, sharp shadows.

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Colors of the night

Canon, although retreating under the pressure of smartphone manufacturers, is not going to give up. Not so long ago, its developers introduced a new matrix based on single-photon avalanche diodes (SPAD), the resolution of which is three times higher than its counterparts.

Such detectors register photons even in the ultraviolet spectrum, allowing you to shoot in the deepest darkness, and without losing color, as happens with conventional infrared cameras.

Videos up to 3.2 megapixels can be shot in as little as 0.002 lux of light – darker than during a starless night. In addition, SPAD is much faster than conventional CMOS, capturing even fast-moving objects. The device is useful not only for photographers, but also for doctors – for medical devices and scientific instruments.

To begin with, Canon is going to use the novelty in CCTV cameras and promises to launch such products in 2022. Sales will start in 2023.

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