Engineering

Medical Illustration / GNSI Source Books

Biology, Engineering, Illustration, In the press

We just signed up to advertise in the Medical Illustration Source Book, after years of deliberation. It helped that they did a deal with advertising in the Natural Science Source Book too!  Fingers crossed that people love our pretty pictures….

Equinox advert in the Medical Illustration Source Book

Browse the Medical Source Book online (we’re on page 157)
Oh, and here’s us in the GNSI Natural Science source book too (2 pages!):

Equinox advert in GNSI source book
Equinox advert in GNSI source book

Browse the Natural Science Source Book online (we’re on pages 16-17):

Europa Penetrator animation

Animation, Engineering, In the press, Space

We’ve just finished this HD animation showing Astrium‘s design for a Europa Penetrator mission. The penetrator will be released from an altitude of around 200km, and after a de-orbit burn to cancel the orbital velocity, it goes into freefall, spins up for stability, and impacts into Europa at around 300mph. Once under the surface, the suite of on board instruments begin work (having survived the 25,000g of impact), including a drill to take samples, a microscope and mass spectrometer to analyse samples, as well as seismometers and radiation detectors.


Read more about the mission on Jonathan Amos’ blog at the BBC.

Illustrations of synthetic biology for Synberc

Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Illustration

We produced a series of illustrations based around three key papers on synthetic biology for Synberc.  These are designed to communicate some of the key aspects of synthetic biology:


1-Illustration showing the concept of yeast cells as a chemical factory, which highlights one of the main uses of synthetic biology – harnessing cellular mechanics to our own purposes.

 


2-Illustration showing an anlogy of “survival of the fittest” with respect to genetic engineering. Multiple genes can be tweaked with each bacterium taking different combination – the most successful at each stage are selected and the process repeated. This guided randomness tests many mutations at once, and allows selection of desired traits e.g. increased production of a desired product within the bacterium.

 


3-Illustration showing the concept of how synthetic biology can be used to create analogies to electronic circuits, whereby the presence or otherwise of chemical inputs can drive a logic circuit, resulting in an action within the cell (e.g. colour change, production of a chemical marker, etc). Simple AND, NOT, and OR gates can be made and combined to produce useful results.

STRaND-1 nano-satellite

Animation, Engineering, Space

Our latest animation for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, showing their STRaND-1 “nano-satellite” (34x10x10 cm).  It is powered by a HTC Nexus One smartphone, and this type of satellite is a low-cost technology test-bed for trialling new space hardware. It’s small enough to piggy-back on other satellites for launch.


Read more about STRaND-1

UKube-1 cubesat payload animation

Animation, Engineering, Space

UKube-1 is a UK designed and built cubesat (30x10x10 cm), funded by UKSA and built by Clyde Space.  The on-board payloads are a variety of technology testbeds from collaborators in industry and academia to demonstrate their feasibility in space in a cost-efficient manner.  It’s small enough to piggy-back on other satellites for launch.
The animation highlights the modular nature of the cubesat platform, and shows the variety of science and technology that can be achieved in such a small package.


Music: “Taikonaut” by futuresoup

Satcom product video

Animation, Engineering, Space

Our latest video for Satcom Systems and Solutions to promotes their range of satcom terminals.  We crafted an operational scenario to highlight how they can help to link everyone together for better communication and awareness.  Currently on display at the Global MilSatCom exhibition in London.