Monday, October 29, 2012

Conventions and Expos - First Electronica 2012, then Pittcon 2013!

Coming up next month (November) is the Electronica show in Munich. 

But don't worry if you're U.S. based, and can't make it there.  You can visit us in March at the Pittcon 2013 conference and expo.  It runs from March 17-21st, 2013, and will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

VMI will be in booth #1517

Pittcon is the number one global conference and expo for laboratory sciences.  It's a great way to stay on top of your field and to network.

More info....

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cassini Launch Anniversary

Saturn and It's Rings
Date Published: December 22, 2005 - Photo source

It was 15 years ago today that NASA launched the Cassini spacecraft. It is still orbiting Saturn, and is expected to continue providing data up to September 15, 2017.

Please forgive me if I've mentioned this before, but VMI is very proud of our contributions to the Cassini project. VMI military grade high voltage diodes, voltage multipliers, or a combination of both were used on the Cassini craft.  We have also contributed to the following projects -

• Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer

• VDS Camera on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory 
• GCMS instrument on the Huygens probe to Titan

• INMS instrument on the Cassini mission to Saturn

• XDL camera for the SUMER and UVSC instruments on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory

• Spectroscopic camera for the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Explorer

• MER (Mars Exploration Rover)

And we're happily working on more projects, too.  For more info on special applications, visit VMI's website.


Monday, October 15, 2012

First Man to Travel Faster Than the Speed of Sound

Felix Baumgartner did it!  He fell to earth more than 24 miles, and lived to tell about it.  Achieving more than 830mph, he exceeded the speed of sound in a free-fall that lasted more than 4 minutes, and was caught on film.

Pretty amazing!