Four NASA projects, an electric car produced by Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors, and the pressure suit worn by Felix Baumgartner during his record skydiving jump have all made Popular Science‘s Best of What’s New 2012 list.
The following project were recognized in the Aerospace category:
- Mars Curiosity Sky Crane » Read
- NASA Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) » Read
- NASA PhoneSat » Read
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Asteroid Anchors » Read
- Red Bull Stratos Pressure Suit » Read
The Tesla Model S sedan won the Grand Prize in the Auto category. The magazine described the electric vehicle in a press release:
The Tesla Model S sets the standard by which all future electronic vehicles will be measured. It is faster than any other street-legal electric vehicle, with a motor that generates a peak 416 horsepower. The family-size sedan can dart from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. The Tesla Model S can also drive farther on a charge than any other electric car—up to 300 miles on the optional 85-kilowatt-hour battery.
Tesla’s sedan also captured Motor Trend’s Car of the Year honors this week.
A NASA press release about PhoneSat, in which a smart phone was used to power a satellite, follows after the break.