iCandy: Connecting the Dots

Gadgets allow communication, location, and identification

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Willie Jones covers transportation for IEEE Spectrum, and the history of technology for The Institute.

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China’s Shenzhou-9 capsule is shown being transported to a fueling station before a Long March 2F rocket lifted it to a successful rendezvous with the Tiangong-1 space lab on 18 June. The launch of the capsule marks the first time China has sent a female astronaut into orbit. When Shenzhou-9 reached the space lab, orbiting about 340 kilometers above Earth, it went on autopilot, using radar, lasers, and optical sensors to dock with the space lab.

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