Space video signals blast off for R&S competition

Posted By : Mick Elliott
Space video signals blast off for R&S competition

A competition has been launched to find the most innovative use for the recently announced Rohde & Schwarz Scope Rider, a rugged portable oscilloscope with lab performance. Ten shortlisted entrants will each receive a GoPro Hero4 silver camera to make a video of their idea, and the overall winner will receive a R&S Scope Rider.

Steven Edwards, Director Sales Operations & Marketing at Rohde & Schwarz UK said, “Since launching R&S Scope Rider, customers have come to us with no end of really different ways in which they are using the instrument, so we decided to start a thorough search for the most unusual or innovative applications. The instrument has been rigorously tested by Rohde & Schwarz. It is now in the hands of our customers and we are asking them to tell us “How would you use it?”

To start the event, Rohde & Schwarz launched a R&S Scope Rider into space. After a flight of two and a half hours at up to 32km in temperatures of -60°C, the instrument was still fully operational. A ten-minute documentary of the flight can be viewed here:  https://youtu.be/5aUrq2hFBFA

Steven Edwards continued, “We believe the ruggedness, robustness and performance of R&S Scope Rider will open it to a whole host of new applications. We came up with the space flight as an unusual use of our own and we’ve put it on video. The team at Rohde & Schwarz now want to see as many innovative ideas as possible.”

As a first step, entrants just need to write a brief description of how they would use Scope Rider and post it online (https://www.2-minutes.com/competition/). A panel of Rohde & Schwarz judges will select the 10 most unusual or innovative entries and each will receive a runners-up prize of a GoPro Hero4 silver camera which is theirs to keep.

They will also be provided with a R&S Scope Rider on loan and be invited to create their own 2-minute video demonstrating the idea. All videos will be released on the Rohde & Schwarz Facebook page and other social media channels.

Finally, one lucky winner will be selected based on a combination of social media reaction and the judges’ final opinion. The winner will be presented with the star prize of a R&S Scope Rider.

Entries are open from today, 1 June 2016 and the first stage will close on 1 August.

The Rohde & Schwarz Scope Rider is a handheld oscilloscope with the functionality and touch and feel of a state‑of‑the‑art lab oscilloscope. It can be used in the lab and in the field. With an acquisition rate of 50,000 waveforms per second, a 10‑bit A/D converter developed by Rohde & Schwarz and a maximum bandwidth of 500MHz for the analogue input channels, it can outperform comparable bench instruments.

R&S Scope Rider is based on a high‑performance oscilloscope featuring a precise digital trigger system, 33 automatic measurement functions, mask test and XY diagram mode.

In addition, it integrates four further instrument functions: a logic analyser with eight additional digital channels, a protocol analyser with trigger and decoding capability, a data logger and a digital multimeter.

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