When a satellite runs out of fuel, there are really only a couple options: Quietly become a piece of space junk, or fall back to Earth in a blaze of glory. But a new space gas station will fill ‘em up, ensuring satellites can keep on trucking and preventing the proliferation of orbiting garbage.
Space is like the Mojave Desert; once you get out there past a certain point, there's really nowhere convenient to pull over, stretch your legs, buy a Red Bull, and top up the gas tank. But Canadian company MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) have hatched an ambitious scheme to build a satellite fueling station in space that could service and restore aging satellites to working order, extending their lives for years.
By Gregory MonePosted 11.01.2007 at 11:17 am 0 Comments
Hey, how fun! A fingerprint scanner that debits your back account! In what might be a clever way to distract drivers from the fact that they're emptying their accounts at the pump, Shell has announced a plan to test biometric systems at Chicago-area gas stations.
Initially, people will scan their prints at a kiosk inside one of the ten participating stations and either provide their bank info on the spot, or do it online. Then, to fill up, drivers will be able to simply scan their fingertips at the pump—the system will automatically charge the amount to their checking or credit-card accounts.—Gregory Mone