15 Years of Control Design: Flashback 1997-2012 - October

15th Anniversary

As Control Design celebrates its 15th anniversary, each month we bring you a look back at some of the events and developments that shaped technology during that time. In October, British Royal Air Force Pilot Andy Green drove a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound, Chevron announced that it would buy Texaco for $35 billion, and NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.



Oct. 15, 1997: British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green broke the land-speed record by driving a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound.


Archimedes Oct. 29, 1998: The oldest known copy of Archimedes' work sold for $2 million at a New York auction.

Oct. 1, 1999: The People's Republic of China celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding.



October 2000: The United Nations estimated that there were 742,500 industrial robots in use worldwide. More than half of those were being used in Japan.



Oct. 16, 2000: Chevron announced that it would buy Texaco for $35 billion. The combined company became the fourth largest oil company in the world.


commercial supersonic Concorde Oct. 24, 2003: In London, the last commercial supersonic Concorde flight landed.

Oct. 20, 2004: The United Nations reported that Japan was using 320 robots of all sorts per 10,000 employees, and Germany was using 148 industrial robots per 10,000 employees. In the car industry, there was one robot per 10 workers in Japan, Italy and Germany.


Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Oct. 9, 2009: NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).
International Space Station Oct. 22, 2010: The International Space Station set the record (3,641 days) for the longest continuous human occupation of space.

More News:

  • Patent Dispute Settled Between Rockwell Automation and Beckhoff Automation

    Rockwell Automation's linear motor business, including its recent Jacobs Automation acquisition, has developed a substantial portfolio of patents comprising over 100 issued patents on linear motor technology alone.

  • Mergers, Acquisitions Alliances and Noteworthy News in Robotics

    Iten Industries, manufacturer of advanced composite components and materials headquartered in Ashtabula, Ohio, is now offering additive manufacturing and 3D printing services.

  • U.S. Economy Looks Up for Manufacturing Industries

    The August PMI is led by the highest recorded New Orders Index since April 2004, when it registered 67.1%.

  • ASME Forum Ignites 21st-Century Engineering

    Founder and president of HMI/SCADA software developer Iconics, Russ Agrusa, said the company is focusing on how to harness big data on any device and in any class of applications, and turn it into predictive analytics in manufacturing and business intelligence.

  • New Customer Care Center for Endress+Hauser

    To help customers keep up with today's challenges, Endress+Hauser's new, state-of-the-art Customer Center is suited to greet visitors with a top-notch certified training facility with multiple classrooms and its largest yet PTU controlled by Rockwell Automation's PlantPAx system for real-world process simulation with over 120 measuring points.

  • The Rise of Aluminum in the Industrial Sector

    It is not just price that makes aluminum appealing when put alongside copper in the production of items like electrical wires and cables, though.

  • Maverick Acquires CQS Innovation Expanding Process Expertise in the Life Sciences Industry

    The acquisition expands Maverick's size and scale as a global organization with 19 office locations and 500+ engineering professionals. In addition, Chris Roerig, current president of CQS Innovation, will join Maverick as industry manager for life sciences.

  • ISA Offers Cybersecurity Certificate Program

    The program consists of passing a course on using the ANSI/ISA-62443 standards to secure industrial control systems. The course is available in the classroom or online. Students must also pass a written exam in the classroom or online.

  • Fieldbus Groups 'Unite'

    The combined power of both organizations will aim to protect the investments that end users in process automation have made in HART and Foundation fieldbus communication technologies.

  • Guess Who Just Turned 125 Years Old?

    ABB recently celebrated its 125th anniversary in Finland.

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