Monthly Archives: July 2013

Making the Alphasat


Why I like this video? Because it includes closeup shots from electronic and mechanical engineering heaven! Designed and built by Astrium and the European Space Agency, Alphasat is the most sophisticated commercial communications satellite ever built. Alphasat carries a new generation of advanced geomobile communications payload in L-band, will enable communications across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East with increased capacity. On top of those, it features eight new-generation digital signal processors for the payload, and an 11-metre antenna reflector. Pretty amazing right?

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Robonaut: The future is here


Robonaut is a humanoid robotic development project of NASA. It in not something new but I just happened to cross this picture while I was surfing the web, searching for a robot related stuff! The core idea behind this project is to have a humanoid machine work alongside astronauts. Its form factor and dexterity are designed such that Robonaut can use space tools and work in similar environments suited to astronauts. This photo is from inside the International Space Station (ISS) that is orbiting the earth for years now. The colours and brightness are a little bit off but it was better to post the original shot without photoshop magic

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Bruce McLaren: Courage


Literally I don’t know which sentence I want to choose in order to start this paragraph! I want to use this one: “I’m a racing driver, always was, always will´╗┐ be” but somehow my brain is selecting the one before the ending: “What might be seen as a tragic end, was in fact the beginning”. It is a video from McLaren, made for the celebration of their 50th anniversary. It goes back on their past, their beginning of the brand and the tragic end of Bruce McLaren. On the one hand it is a little bit weird for am anniversary video to remember one of your worst seasons but one the other hand you have to look back if you want to go to the future

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The making of ASTRA 2F satellite


This is an old video footage captured by Astrium in its facility in Toulouse, France. Its all about the construction of ASTRA 2F satellite that was meticulously put together by specialised satellite professionals, engineers and technicians. Designed and built for SES on the Eurostar E3000 platform. It weights six-ton with a design lifetime of 15 years and it is already at the darkness of space

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Project Kronos


I love science fiction but for this one I will start with this sentence: It is a little bit spooky but maybe it will be a reality in the near future! I don’t know if this is a good future or the beginning of humanity transformation into cyborgs! Project Kronos is a short film documentary, following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds with extraordinary results, the scientists find themselves dealing with a much bigger agenda. Its written and Directed by Hasraf Dulull and it is technology Sponsored by Adobe

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The Makers of Things


Anne Hollowday is a Director and Producer based in London. She works on a range of commercial and independent film projects, specialising in documentary. And for sure she produces amazing videos! Is the Maker of The Makers of Things short film series and here is a spanshop of what she is saying: “The Makers of Things is her first short collection.”The Makers of Things documents the work and workshops of the Society for Model and Experimental Engineers, a sprawling organisation with members all over the world. Their common tools and methods mask a huge array of interests and skills, from experimental tinkerers to woodworkers and librarians, all brought together under the roof of their South London headquarters”. I really love the video above, titled as The Problem Solver and the The Woodworker as well

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True Icons are Rare, Together They Are Unique


True icons are rare, together they are truly unique! Nice title right? Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrate their enduring partnership and they produced this inspiring video. They share common values of integrity, great spirit of innovation and quality manufacturing (I will personally say). It seams that the two brands have come together in the 1920s and now they are renewing their historical ties

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Chip manufacturing


This is a photo from the Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC. They just reported a record sales high for June, announcing a jump of 24.3 percent from a year earlier. Pretty good news for a company like this one. But I am not posting because of that but for the photo. It is a TSMC engineer at a clean lab room inspecting a wafer (it looks like a regular 12″ one). From this one they are going to have a bunch of small-scale integrated circuit die that later (still remaining lot of manufacturing steps) will be embedded at our mobile phones, PCs and other electronic devices

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BAC Mono. Engineering and Art


Are you interested at Bjork music? Yes? No? Personally I am not, but somehow I remember a video clip from her from the song “All is full of Love”. The music is not my style but the video it is. It is showing a robot and little pieces of engineering! So, what these have to do with this post? It is all about a car which get key inspirations from this song video clip

The car is made from BAC and its name is Mono. It looks amazing, it is not like a regular day to day car and I want one! Not only because it can go fast but also because it triggers a part of my brain that still remains a child (interpreted with the good way of course). Even the little pieces of cuts at the carbon fibber body or the half covered engine making the viewing experience even better.

I will not get into mechanical details, top speed characteristics or even the fixed tables that you can find on a regular car magazines. You can find all of those here but even if you read this probably you are like me and you are not a the waiting list for it. But despite that you can still admire/enjoy the video and pictures. It truly is a piece of engineering art that can move around in high speeds

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A partnership in sound


Another amazing video from B&O! In this one you can discover the shared manufacturing ethos of Bowers & Wilkins and Maserati, and how this joint passion comes together in the Seven Notes project. It is a video with high level of abstraction so don’t expect to see any manufacturing details. It is just a cool looking result!

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