Applied Technology Institute (ATIcourses) offer a variety of courses Defense, Combat Systems and Radar. The news below could be of interest to our readers.
You’re looking at what some people are speculating is China’s design for a stealth bomber. It may look like a simple model right now. But these Chinese models have a habit of turning into working airplanes. And if that happens in this case, watch out. Because it could potentialy give Chinese the ability to penetrate deep, deep into enemy territory without the opponents ever knowing what hit them.
True or false? A model plane or just the base of a future radar evading attack plane?
Hard to say.
For sure, the shape of this alleged LRS (long range strike) stealth aircraft is intriguing and shows input from several existing U.S. planes, including the F-117 Nighthawk and the YF-23. Furthermore, some of Beijing’s works were leaked in the form scale models during local exhibitions hence, even if unlikely, it is not completely impossible that the one depicted in the photographs and artwork above is the Chinese answer to the Russian sixth-generation pilotless strategic bomber based on the PAK-DA or the American X-51, Falcon HTV-2 and other hypersonic development programs on which U.S.’s perspective strike capability will be based.
China is working a lot on stealth planes.
Last month, few hours before the U.S. Navy launched the the Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator off the deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time, images of China’s first weaponized stealth drone emerged from the Chinese Internet.
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This link provides a highly opinionated discussion of the use of unmanned drones in Somalia. These photos show the remaining pieces of the unmanned US surveillance drone and also show fighters celebrating the US loss of one of its spy drones. The video appears to be generated by a press TV in Somalia.
“Analysts say these drone attacks have proved counterproductive in many Muslim countries and have also undermined the country’s sovereignty by violating its airspace. “
What is your opinion? Are unmanned drones in Somalia effective? What portion of the overall missions are surveillance versus those that attack specific targets?
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One of ATI’s training partners TrainingEtc has a community service program that ATIcourses wants to publicize. You can read more about their volunteer program at http://www.trainingetc.com/illumanation/
A Wider Circle is one of their selected charities.
Mark Bergel founded A Wider Circle in 2001 and has since emerged as a leader in the fight against poverty, winning multiple awards for his work. In 2010, A Wider Circle was chosen as one of People Magazine and Major League Baseball’s “All Stars Among Us.” The Catalogue for Philanthropy named his organization “one of the finest small charities Greater Washington has to offer.”
Mark’s passion to see poverty end, along with his compassion for the people he serves, sets him apart. He actually gave up his own bed four years ago with the belief that all children deserve a bed of their own, and until he sees that become a reality, sleeping on the floor or the couch each night serves as a reminder that the fight has not yet been won.
Recently, /training/etc’s Stacie Tippett spent time with Mark at A Wider Circle’s warehouse and had the opportunity to ask him about his mission.
1.Can you tell me what led you to start A Wider Circle?
I couldn’t stand looking at the great needs all around me and not do anything anymore. The cycle of poverty needs to be broken.
I was a teacher at American University, and I asked my students to volunteer. Actually, I required them to volunteer and made it part of their grade. I didn’t want to be hypocritical, so I volunteered with them. I drove a truck delivering meals to families in poverty, and I remember pulling over on the side of Georgia Avenue overwhelmed by the things I saw in those homes. . . it was like a different world. I knew right then and there that I needed to do something to change it. I quit my job and gave myself to all this in 2001, and in 2005 we saw things take off. There’s many long days, and we work seven days a week. We need to be there for the people when they need us. Passion to see this end is what keeps me going.
2.How did you come up with the name A Wider Circle?
There’s a quote by Albert Einstein that says:
….we experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion…
Our name was born out of that idea. We like to think of what we do as compassion on steroids.
3.Can you tell me about the six programs you have?
Our largest program is Neighbor to Neighbor, where we provide the furniture you see in our showroom to families moving out of shelters or who might be living without it now. There’s no income or geographic requirement; these people are referred by different agencies in the area, then they schedule an appointment to pick out the items free of charge. We furnish about 15-20 rooms a day through this program. We have an Adult Education Program, where we teach job training skills, nutrition, financial planning, and other similar classes. We have a Well Mother, Well Baby program where we go into five local schools. Through education and outreach, we help the mother be empowered to raise her child. We have the O.N.E. Program in which we honor veterans by celebrating four Veteran’s Days per year. We open our showroom on those four days solely for veteran clients. We have a Public Housing Program where we reach out to seniors and provide housing assistance to them. We also have our School Community Outreach program. We’ve adopted a third grade class, where not one student was reading on grade level. We have four to five volunteers working with that class at any given time, mentoring the students and helping them learn to read.
4.What areas specifically do you serve?
We turn no one away. No matter how far they have traveled, we will help them. We serve local families from the greater DC area, the Baltimore area, and Frederick. We’ve had people come from as far as Delaware and Pennsylvania.
5.How far do you travel to pick up furniture and mattresses?
Every day we have at least three trucks running pickups, so we are all over the place. We normally ride all over Montgomery County, DC and Northern Virginia. We go into Howard County, Baltimore County, and Frederick, as well. We just expanded our area to include an hour travel-time radius, but we’re willing to work with people who live outside that radius, as well. If they have something to donate, we find a way to get it here.
6.Do you plan on expanding into other cities?
We hope to one day. First, we end poverty here, then throughout the nation, and then into the rest of the world.
7.What are your dreams for both the people you serve and for A Wider Circle?
I’d like to see a world without poverty, the end to a world where one person has too much while another person has nothing. There’s such a great disparity of wealth, especially in this area. And most people living in poverty aren’t in it because of anything they did; most were born into it. They were born into an impoverished family, lived as an impoverished child, grew up as an impoverished teen, and live now as an impoverished adult. This poverty causes so many other problems we see in society today, and it’s just not fair. But it doesn’t matter if we simply realize it’s not fair; it only matters what we do about it. We always wonder if we can do things better, and that’s our goal - to do something.
8.How can people get involved?
People can get involved in so many different ways! We have a wish list of items we are always in need of, including things like furniture, baby clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, small kitchen appliances, healthy, non-perishable food, and personal care items. Mattresses too. We always need mattresses. We give away about 500 beds a month, and we have about 1,000 people on our waiting list, so the need is just so great. You could volunteer as a driver of one of our delivery trucks, support a family on their way out of poverty, or volunteer here at our center answering phones, sorting clothing, or helping families who come in.
9.How do you envision /training/etc’s partnership with A Wider Circle?
We love that you want to get involved. Any way you want to volunteer your time or resources is going to help. We want you to be able to touch, to taste and to feel the need so that your only reaction will be to want to do something about it. You’ll find we are all more fully who we were meant to be when we give of ourselves.
The Chinese military is making preparations for the first flight test of its newly designed unmanned combat vehicle, bringing the Asian powerhouse into the technology race.
China’s first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), known as the Lijian (‘sharp sword‘), is designed jointly by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group and Shenyang Aviation Corporation. The project was launched in 2009 and the drone’s first ground test was conducted on December 13 last year.
The Chinese UAV is designed for use by the PLA Air Force and Navy Air Force for combat missions, It may also be used for tracking along China’s lengthy border.
Beijing’s efforts at developing its drone capabilities have not escaped the attention of Taiwan, which has been at odds with Beijing in the past over questions of sovereignty and national identity.
China’s stealth drone is third such unmanned combat vehicle in existence, after the X-47 designed by the United States, and the nEUROn, a collaborative effort of various EU companies.
The nEUROn was launched in 2005 following an order by the French Defense Procurement Agency. The program is a collaborative effort between French, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek and Swiss defense companies.
The US Pentagon’s X-47 stealth drone, designed by Northrop Grumman, began as part of DARPA’s J-UCAS program, and is now part of the US Navy’s UCAS-D (Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration) program. The X-47 is still undergoing flight testing.
The unveiling of the prototype places the People’s Republic of China ahead of several nations in the development of stealth drone technology.
India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Russia also have their own stealth UAV programs.
The idea of thousands of drones buzzing high above Main Street, USA may sound just a bit too odd for most people. But according to the FAA, the future is already here.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts that swarms of unmanned aircraft systems could be taking to the skies of America in the next five years, with up to 10,000 active commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) patrolling from above by 2020.
Looking at aeronautical trends up to 2032, the FAA projects rapid growth of the UAS industry.
“In the United States alone, over 50 companies, universities, and government organizations are developing and producing some 155 unmanned aircraft designs,” according to the agency.
In February, the FAA said it had issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007, a number that far exceeds previous certifications. Meanwhile, some 327 permits are listed as active.
This startling rate of growth of a potentially pervasive technology has rights groups expressing concern over privacy issues and the potential for abuse of power.
Also, Even when controlled by skilled, well-intentioned operators, drones can pose a hazard—that’s what the FAA is concerned about. The safety record of military drones is not reassuring. Since 2001, according to the Air Force, its three main UAVs—the Predator, Global Hawk, and Reaper—have been involved in at least 120 “mishaps,” 76 of which destroyed the drone.
What is your opinion on the drones? Please comment below.
New addition to the already successful Wireless Communications and Spread Spectrum course!! Cognitive Systems to Improve Data Link Quality of Service
Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers High-Level Wireless Digital Communications for Program and Engineering Managers course.
This added material discusses the needs to develop a cognitive system in order to mitigate the effects that the environment has on communications and/or data links. Cognition is the ability for system/systems to monitor, record, sample, test, and to be cognitive or aware of the surrounding environments; and then adapts, modifies, or changes the system to improve the Quality of Service.
The basic concept is developing a system, radio, antenna, in a network, and using the available resources to monitor the environment and make an optimal change to the system to improve the Quality of Service QoS of the wireless link.
There are many changing factors of the environment that requires a system to be cognitive and adapt to these changes to mitigate their effects on the communications/data link system. These include jammers both friendly and unfriendly and channel degradation. The channel or path of the data link can be degraded by various factors such as; jammers, atmospheric changes, blockage from obstacles like hills, buildings or other, and multipath. All of these factors can reduce the desired signal level or increase the noise which can degrade the signal level or QoS. In addition, broadband noise can degrade the data link by the adjacent equipment that raises the noise floor which causes the data link to have insufficient signal-to-noise ratio, S/N.
There are several cognitive techniques that can be used to mitigate the effects of jammers and channel degradation to improve the QoS of the data link. Some of the basic techniques include; Dynamic Spectrum Allocation DSA, Power Gain Control, Waveform including Types of Modulation, Spread Spectrum and Error Correction, Adaptive Filters, Cosite RF Tunable Filters, Dynamic Antenna Techniques using AESAs including Multiple In Multiple Out MIMO, and Network Configurations including Multi-hop adhoc meshed networks, forming, self-healing and others. This presentation addresses these cognitive techniques and provides multiple solutions and system tradeoffs to provide the optimal solution using the available capabilities.
Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offers many courses on Space & Satellite Technology. We thought the news below would be of interest to our readers.
It took Orbital Sciences a few tries, but they successfully launched their Antares rocket on Sunday. The rocket’s primary payload was just a “mass simulator” that was standing in for their Cygnus capsule, but it also launched three of NASA’s new PhoneSat micro satellites. The PhoneSats are built with off-the-shelf items like Android phones, and NASA wants you to help track them.
Jasper Wolfe of NASA called the Phonesat project, “a kind of demonstration effort.” He also says that on a personal note, he thinks they’re cool. They show that future spacecraft could potentially make use of cheap and readily available consumer equipment such as smartphones. The Antares launch put three of the PhoneSats named “Alexander”, “Graham”, and “Bell” into orbit. Two of these are PhoneSat 1.0 models, with the third — we assume Bell — being a PhoneSat 2.0 prototype.
The 1.0 models are built around HTC Nexus One phones running on Android and run on battery power. The 2.0 beta PhoneSat is powered with solar panels and has a Samsung Nexus S at its heart. The 2.0 also has a GPS receiver and electro magnets that interact with the Earth’s magnetic field. It can also be controlled from Earth while in flight using reaction wheels.
While the PhoneSats are in orbit, NASA is encouraging amateur radio operators to participate in the mission by downloading and uploading packets of data to and from the tiny satellites. Interested in taking your Ham radio hobby to the next level? More information on that can be found at Phonesat.org. The site also features a map showing the orbital path of Alexander, Graham, and Bell.
Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offers a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering. We think the news below would be of interest to our visitors.
Calling all space geeks: The hackathon is on!
Bring your dreams, your drink (the caffeinated kind, of course) and your skills to any one of 75 locations in 41 countries around this world – or the whole Blue Marble if you choose to join virtually – to the second annual International Space Apps Challenge, April 20-21.
For 48 hours, some of the most active minds on the planet will come together to crowdsource fun and maybe even life-sustaining solutions to some of the most complex space exploration problems:
- Gotta eat: Develop a deployable greenhouse that could be used for an M&M mission (Moon or Mars).
- Bootstrap space: Develop the game Moonvilleto and virtually build a self-sustaining lunar industry.
- Seven minutes of sheer science: Conceive of how to make use of 150 kilograms of ejectable mass that also achieves a scientific or technical objective during the entry and landing phase of a Mars mission.
- Diggin’ dirt: Using soil testing approaches, develop “a simple means for users to feedback their soil measurements using web/phone technology.”
- Duck, duck, goose: Create a poultry management system for backyard farmers. Hey – whether you’re on the Moon, Mars, or Macedonia (yes, that’s one of the locations this year), you gotta what? Eat.
- Meteor, meteor, duck: Create an app to use during meteor showers that allows observers to trace the location, color and size of the shooting stars.
Those are just some of the more than 50 space challenges posed for the 2013 event, and the invitation is open to all to bring their own.
Organized by NASA, with support from the space agencies of Europe, Canada and others, the idea behind the challenge is to create teams with an eye on human exploration that can “do something better than any of us can do on our own.”
For a comprehensive explanation of how it will work, where to go, and how to register, go the space apps challenge website. Note: you’ll have to be a registered participant to submit a project for judging.