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Space

Virgin Galactic Shows the Finished WhiteKnight Two 212

Klaus Schmidt writes "Virgin Galactic today unveiled their WhiteKnight Two mothership, called 'EVE.' It is designed to carry the smaller SpaceShip Two into space. The rollout represents another major milestone in Virgin Galactic's quest to launch the world's first private, environmentally benign, space access system for people, payload and science. Christened 'EVE' in honor of Richard Branson's mother — Sir Richard performed the official naming ceremony — WK2 is both visually remarkable and represents ground-breaking aerospace technology. It is the world's largest all carbon composite aircraft and many of its component parts have been built using composite materials for the very first time. At 140 ft, the wing span is the longest single carbon composite aviation component ever manufactured."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Hardcore hardware hacking video - Citizen Engineer (vimeo.com)

Solderingfool writes: MAKE Magazine's Phil Torrone and open source hardware hacker Ladyada from Adafruit Industries have a new video series called "Citizen Engineer". In the first video they show how a SIM card works, then build a SIM card reader which could be used to clone a SIM card. Then they show how to use an old payphone as a regular home phone, later with coins and for their final hack — how to "Redbox" it. They released all the projects as open source, the video is well produced and has some catchy music during the soldering!

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