Clearly there are benefits to the Chinese having a presence in space. Space capacities would include GPS (independent of current GPS), satellite capacity for imaging/earth studies, possible strategic interference with other satellites (either jamming/damaging), to name a few. It points out the obvious: the US should not give up on space development and exploration. There are two many useful and strategic needs that can only be met through a space program.
Update: Xinhua News Agency reported this week that China has completed construction of the Tiangong 1 ("heavenly palace") space module. The 19,000-pound, unmanned orbiting laboratory is scheduled to be launched sometime next year aboard a Long March 2F rocket. Automated and crew dockings could follow later next year.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.