Sunday Things - glory to Arstotzka edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 1 2013

Been busy simulating US border control, thanks to the glorious Papers, Please. Anyhow. Sunday things!

Clever girls.
Use of location (relative direction and distance) information by jumping spiders (Araneae, Salticidae, Phidippus) during movement toward prey and other sighted objectives (PDF) - in other words, a huge paper on quite how clever jumping spiders are, and how they might be using their decidedly nifty visual systems. Their prey-following abilities seem distinctly reminiscent of computer game NPC AI for a start. BBC News Online recently claimed jumping spiders' "adjustable silk tension" could provide "biological inspiration" for future manoeuvrable robot design'. Oh yeah.

Claustrophobia, anyone?

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How to put on a space suit - great footage of Russian Orlan spacesuit training. I love the wood panelled corridors and the Soviet-era instrument panels. Star City!
As terrifying as it looks.
Remember the NAR Lunar Flying Unit from last week? Yeah, I built it in Kerbal Space Program. Ridiculously dangerous, but I managed to fly it 50km-plus across the Mün before safely landing near to another lander. Wahey! I've been getting pretty good at landing things up there...

Bonus Death and Gravity corner:

  • Gravity - "I've Got You" - small, terrifying smidgen of Alfonso Cuarón's upcoming space-o-matic film. May be considered vaguely spoilery.
  • Gravity - "Detached" - more space! It probably says something that I discovered the existence of these new videos via an ESA blog.

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1. Spacesuits

Posted by phuzz at 2:57PM, Monday September 2 2013

Speaking of spacesuits, how about a homemade one?

(I'm on a bit of a break from KSP since the update broke all my addons, finally got round to playing Bioshock:Infinite though, which was fun, and interesting, but there's something about the gloss of AAA games that makes all of them feel a bit bland to me)

Robert "Ruedii"'s gravatar

2. On that flying unit . . .

Posted by Robert "Ruedii" at 6:17PM, Thursday January 9 2014

That flying unit would be a lot more stable if you added an SAS unit in to replace the probe core.

That would allow you to keep it upright easier.

This would also mean putting a probe core in it's decent package, but that's a small issue.

On an additional note, the wheels are a lot tougher, and a lot less likely to break unrepairably then the regular lander legs. They are shorter, but I don't think that matters on something like this.

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