Every Monday in the new issue of “News of high technologies” we summarize the results of the last week, talking about some of the most important events, the key discoveries and inventions. About grown-up toy from children’s components, and much more. Below the news you can find in a text format.
Problems with the integrity of the ISS
Last night in the living compartment of the ship “Soyuz MS-09”, docked to the International space station, was discovered the breach. The air pressure had dropped slightly so there was not worry. Most likely leak on Board the “Union” occurred in the night of August 30 due to contact with a micrometeor. A day later the leak was fixed, that inspection will be held on the morning of August 31.
It was also reported that Russian cosmonauts decided to begin to repair on their own, without waiting for their American colleagues and having received a corresponding signal from the MCC of the Russian space Agency. They put on respiratory masks and prepared a repair kit to correct the leak by installing a sealed patches.
Initially, the gap was closed with tape. But it helped briefly and the pressure again began to decline.
“Duct tape is not enough for a complete blockage of microcracks. The pressure again began to decline with the rate of 0.6 mm Hg per hour,” said the source “Interfax”.
Work on restoring the integrity of the ISS is completed. Control 12 hours pic.twitter.com/5PnwbbWjaz
— Dmitry Rogozin (@Rogozin) on 30 August 2018.
The crew then decided to eat and explore the cracks with the help of an endoscope. However, did not wait for the help of American colleagues, offering to study in detail the nature of the cracks and patched them.
“The signal about the leak came at about 2:00 in the morning, the pressure was falling slowly, which did not cause alarm at the control flight. We found only two holes measuring 2 mm each, both in the living compartment “Soyuz MS-09″. They are stuck with kapetanovo tape. This is sufficient for safe completion of the mission docked to the ISS vehicle. The threat is not a leak”, said the Russian space Agency.
At the moment the water leaks on Board the “Union” is restored, we are waiting for further news.
A new altitude record for gliders
In the past 2017, we have already reported about the success of the stratospheric glider Perlan, which set a world altitude record for such vehicles. At the same time became known and the future plans of the developers that the new version of the glider wanted to swing on an even more impressive performance. A year has passed and recently it became known that the creators managed not only to surpass their achievement, but also set a new world record.
Recall that the range of the Perlan glider is developed by the Airbus group. The wingspan of stratospheric glider the second generation is 25.6 meters, and fuselage length exceeds 10 meters. The weight of the apparatus is slightly less than ton – 816 pounds. The cabin is designed for 2 people. Besides, it is insulated and sealed, allowing you to be on Board without protective clothing. However, a breathing mask will have to be used. The glider refers to a type of motorless aircraft.
All the technical base of Airbus, which is required for the production of Perlan is located in Argentina. There are all test flights. The previous record set by Perlan glider was 15900 meters, and today boasts more impressive numbers. Perlan 2 managed to overcome the so-called Armstrong line. This is the area above which the atmospheric pressure is low, that in the event of cabin depressurization all body fluids instantly “boil”. According to the Perlan 2 devices rose to a height of 18900 meters. This is just the lower limit of the line Armstrong. At the moment, Airbus is not planning to set new records, but have passed the tests indicate that the Perlan glider is quite suitable for flying at high altitude.
Almost a real Bugatti from “children’s toys”
This piece from LEGO, probably the craziest in the history of the company producing the legendary cubes. She built a model of the supercar Bugatti Chiron from LEGO. In the full size. On-the-go. Seriously. The creative team created this model for display at the Italian Grand Prix from a million cubes Technic.
For those who don’t know, Technic is a line of LEGO with connecting rods, gears, axles, motors and other parts that are a little more complicated than the cubes, for which we love this company.
LEGO says that the construction took only 13 500 hours. They started brainstorming in June of last year, and the construction began in March 2018.
Looking at the video, you may think that this is some kind of computer graphics. But no.
The truth is, it’s not really LEGO — there are a few components that you just can’t make plastics out of. Still, there is 1.5 tons of weight. The car is steel frame, couple of batteries, some gear with a 3D printer and these wheels Bugatti.
By the way, technically, LEGO is the largest manufacturer of tires in the world. Toy.
What else is the machine?
- Removable steering wheel
- Doors that open and close
- The spoiler, which rises and falls at the press of a button
- Functional speedometer, also from the particles Technic
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