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ELEKTRO 2/2018 was released on February 14th 2018. Its digital version will be available on March 12th 2018.

Topic: Electrical devices; Devices for smart grids; Internet of Things

Main Article
Power flow control in grid using power converters

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2018 was released on February 5th 2018. Its digital version will be available on March 5th 2018.

Architectural and scenic lighting
Mexican light
Lighting design in a nutshell – Part 34
Lighting technology documentation – part 2 Schemes for scenic lighting

Luminaires and luminous apparatuses
NITECO LED luminaires – guarantied lifespan and warm white light not only for public lighting

Astronomers are already planning the next, next Hubble telescope

10.07.2015 | ExtremeTech | www.extremetech.com

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be the largest and most powerful space telescope ever produced, an incredible addition to humanity’s search of the stars - when it’s launched in 2018.

Yet even before the JWST has been assembled, space scientists are looking forward, dissatisfied in advance with the limitations posed by a mirror that is only two and a half times as wide as Hubble’s. Their solution? The High Definition Space Telescope (HDST), which is proposed to launch in the 2030’s with a mirror almost twice as large as the JWST’s.

The next Hubble telescope

JWST will look primarily in the infra-red portion of the EM spectrum, while Hubble incorporates more long-wavelength visible and near-IR light, allowing different sorts of investigations. A true Hubble successor, one that could pick up and continue its historical quests with updated technology, would require a whole different launch. JWST is Hubble’s successor mostly because it will be the largest and most famous piece of space technology.

So, while the increase in resolution allowed by the HDST’s increased size would certainly be helpful, it’s the ability to take different sorts of readings that could motivate science organizations to pool their money and fund this enormous venture. AURA projects that costs could rise to $10 billion or above, but the JWST itself has cost something like $8 billion, so with decades in which to fundraise that might not end up being such a lofty goal.

Read more at ExtremeTech

Image Credit: NASA

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