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Catch the first stage of a rocket with a helicopter. Rocket Lab almost successfully pulled off such a trick.

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Rocket Lab conditionally repeated SpaceX’s achievement last year by returning the first stage of its Electron rocket. Yesterday she did it again, but in a more interesting way.

Last year, the booster was returned quite simply: it landed on a parachute. Of course, technologically this cannot be compared with the SpaceX solution, but Rocket Lab itself is still far from the level of the brainchild of Elon Musk.

Catch the first stage of a rocket with a helicopter.  Rocket Lab almost successfully pulled off such a trick.

Yesterday’s launch marked the first time the company has attempted a more complex stunt: capturing a parachute-dropping booster with a helicopter. For these purposes, a Sikorsky S-92 was used, which, at an altitude of about 2 km, hooked a parachute line with a hook. And Rocket Lab succeeded. True, the pilots themselves were not happy with the way the accelerator hangs under the helicopter, and decided to drop it into the ocean, from where it was then lifted onto a transport ship.

Bringing a rocket back from space and catching it with a helicopter is like a supersonic ballet. There are a huge number of factors that must be combined and many systems must work together flawlessly, which is why I am incredibly proud of the efforts of our rescue team and all of our engineers who successfully completed this mission. Now we will evaluate this stage and determine what changes we may want to make to the system and procedures for the next launch.

Rocket Lab says the experiment gave the helicopter pilot different load characteristics than those previously tested. This will provide important information for future launches. The goal is to be able to grab the booster in the air and deliver it directly to the ground, instead of dumping it into the sea, as salt water can damage the booster.

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Slim metal body, 7000 mAh, 10.5 inch IPS screen, 6/128 GB for $150. Chuwi HiPad X Pro introduced

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Slim metal body 7000 mAh 105 inch IPS screen 6128

The Chinese brand Chuwi, known for its tablet computers, has a novelty – the HiPad X Pro tablet, which replaced the HiPad X. The device received a larger screen, four speakers instead of two, and improved cameras.

Slim metal body, 7000 mAh, 10.5 inch IPS screen, 6/128 GB for $150.  Chuwi HiPad X Pro introduced

The IPS display is characterized by a diagonal of 10.5 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The maximum brightness is 360 cd/sq.m. The software platform of the device is Android 12, the hardware platform is SoC Unisoc T616 with eight cores (two Cortex-A75 and six Cortex-A55). There is only one memory configuration – with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory.

Slim metal body, 7000 mAh, 10.5 inch IPS screen, 6/128 GB for $150.  Chuwi HiPad X Pro introduced

Slim metal body, 7000 mAh, 10.5 inch IPS screen, 6/128 GB for $150.  Chuwi HiPad X Pro introduced

The front camera is characterized by a resolution of 8 megapixels, the main camera uses a sensor with a resolution of 13 megapixels. HiPad X Pro received a metal case with a thickness of only 7 mm, the weight of the tablet is 500 grams. The battery capacity was 7000 mAh, the cost of Chuwi HiPad X Pro is $150.

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Attraction of unheard of generosity. Aorus FO48U 48″ OLED 4K Gaming Monitor Drops $670 in the US – Nearly Halved in Price

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Attraction of unheard of generosity Aorus FO48U 48 OLED 4K

Large monitor-TVs with a 48-inch OLED panel from well-known computer hardware manufacturers could not appear on sale for a long time after the announcement, but eventually they appeared, and now they can even be found much cheaper than the initial price. So, the American retailer Newegg immediately reduced the cost of the Aorus FO48U by $670. As a result, the price almost halved: from $1,500 to $830.

Attraction of unheard of generosity.  Aorus FO48U 48

Although the device is advertised as being 48 inches, the OLED screen actually measures 47.53 inches diagonally. The frame rate is 120 Hz and the resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels. The monitor provides coverage of 98% of the DCI-P3 color space and 130% of the sRGB color space.

The Aorus FO48U is configured with a KVM switch, three speakers with a total power of 50W, one DisplayPort 1.4 and two HDMI 2.1 connectors, a USB-C port (for KVM) and a pair of USB 3.0 Type-A, an RJ-45 port.

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Xiaomi 11T and Poco F4 receive MIUI 14 stable version

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Xiaomi 11T and Poco F4 receive MIUI 14 stable version

Xiaomi continues to churn out stable versions of MIUI 14 for its devices outside China. Now Xiaomi 11T and Poco F4 have received such firmware. True, not everyone will be able to install it, but only participants in the proprietary Mi Pilot beta testing program.

Xiaomi 11T and Poco F4 receive MIUI 14 stable version

The MIUI 14 stable for these models is based on Android 13. The firmware is 3.5 GB in size and includes the December Android security updates. It is noted that the firmware for Xiaomi 11T is MIUI 14.0.3.0 TKWMIXM and it is available in all regions (global version), the firmware for Poco F4 is MIUI 14.2.0 TLMEUXM and it has been released only in Europe so far.

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