SpaceX bags SDA contract to track ICBM launches

In a defining moment for SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space venture has won a $149 million contract to build missile-tracking satellites for the Pentagon, said the U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) in a statement on Monday. The development marks SpaceX’s first government contract to build satellites. Known for its reusable rockets and astronaut capsules, SpaceX is…

German automotive supplier Robert Bosch develops affordable mass market Lidar technology

On Thursday, German automotive supplier Robert Bosch stated, it has developed a sensor that allows cars to “see” the road in three-dimensions. The development could potentially lower the cost of technology and speed up the development of self-driving vehicles. In a statement, privately-held Bosch said, its internally-developed lidar sensor, which it will showcase at the…

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration revokes repair station certificate of Xtra Aerospace LLC

A report by Indonesian investigators states that Xtra Aerospace had miscalibrated a sensor on Lion Air 737 which gave erroneous readings and led to the activation of an anti-stall system which pushed the plane’s nose downwards and led to the crash of the aircraft. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an order which…

LG unveils 5G smartphone that can recognize gestures and is ultra secure

Unlike smartphones which recognize faces, LG’s offering can scan the vein structure of a user’s hands in 3D. In a first, South Korea’s LG Electronics has unveiled a 5G smartphone featuring a dual screen, underscoring new design efforts by the company to revive flagging sales. Both screens work independent to each other on the LG…

Sony’s sensor business – the engine for its growth

With Sony’s sensor business contributing the bulk of its 2017-2018 earnings, the company plans on ramping up their deployment in factory automation, image sensors and self-driving cars, key technologies for tomorrow. Riding on the surging sales of its image sensors, Sony Corp is poised to report its highest-ever earning this year. The firm also plans…