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2004-11-28 06:00:07

AN IRISH firm has won a prestigious two-year research and development contract with the Euro-pean Space Agency. Fibrepulse Limited will assess the feasibility of using fibre optic tech-nology on satellites. Fibre optic technologies allow for the transmission of high data rates using light signals. Current satellites use copper cables, but fibre optics would bring advant-ages including faster speed and lower weight. Shane Scott, Technical Director of Fibrepulse, said: "The effects...


Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'