The “Compass” by GRiD Systems, designed by Bill Moggridge in 1982 (and used on NASA’s Space Shuttle in the mid-80s.
Images of rope making machines, which twist individual strands separately (driven by a single crank), which are then combined into one thicker rope.
Also highly recommended are these videos on the Wikipedia page for Rope, which I sadly cannot seem to convert from OGV to anything usable :(
The “Hexagon” spy satellite, deployed via Titan rocket in 1971. According to this fascinating article in Wired this morning, the satellite was to return high-resolution film. When the parachute failed to open, the module crashed into the Pacific Ocean and sunk 16,000 feet. After a year-long recovery effort, the film succumbed to the elements and disintegrated when it reached the surface.
As I’ve posted before, I’m fascinated by the geometry and design of space equipment (and I think “Secret Hexagon” would be a great band name).
Moonscape throws; via DQTRS.com
Yes, apparently you can weld wood using pressure and rapid rubbing.