The Kuiper Belt is a vastly-unexplored region of the solar system filled with Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs), and NASA expects to learn more about these objects after the new year; that’s when the space agency’s New Horizons probe will visit an icy body known to astronomers as Ultima Thule(previously 2014 MU69).
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has been whizzing toward Ultima Thule ever since it completed its primary mission: the historic Pluto flyby of 2015. NASA estimates that the probe will arrive at its new destination at 12:33 A.M. Eastern time on New Year’s Day and engineers have devised a carefully-calculated trajectory to ensure it gets there safely.
The Kuiper Belt is full of variously-sized space rocks, much like the asteroid belt found between Mars and Jupiter. That said, NASA’s New Horizons hazard watch team has been on the constant lookout for any hazards that could prevent New Horizons from reaching its destination safely.
New Horizons Space craft has been in the news for a while.
A few of ATI instructors have been a part of this groundbreaking project.
1. Dr. Alan Stern http://aticourses.com/planetary_science.htm
2. Eric Hoffman
3. Chris DeBoy
4. Dr. Mark E. Pittelkau http://www.aticourses.com/attitude_determination.htm
5. Douglas Mehoke http://www.aticourses.com/spacecraft_thermal_control.htm
7. Timothy Cole
8. Robert Moore http://www.aticourses.com/satellite_rf_communications.htm
9. Jay Jenkinshttp://www.aticourses.com/spacecraft_solar_arrays.htm
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Missile Defense is a complex problem for the US and US allies such as Israel and Poland. The US Department of Defense has a layered approach of different systems to detect threat missile launches and then to intercept and destroy the incoming missiles.
Defense systems include
1. Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS)
2. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
3. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System
4. Israel’s Iron Dome
5. SkyCeptor This is a good summary article sponsored by Raytheon.
Equally as interesting are the detailed comments from the Breaking Defense readers that appear at the end of the article. The comments focus on costs and the relative costs of the missiles used by the attackers (say for example North Korea or Iran) and the missile defense system missiles. ATI is interested in your comments about the article and open source articles about Missile Defense Systems cost and performance. ATI has many relevant technical training courses that help to understand the technology and components of Missile Defense Systems. These courses can be presented on-site at your facility or at publically scheduled open enrollment courses. Please email your requests to email@example.com
https://www.aticourses.com/catalog_of_all_ATI_courses.htm#radar These courses help understand the Missile Defense technologies
1. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense- https://www.aticourses.com/Aegis_Ballistic_Missile_Defense.html
2. Aegis Combat System Engineering- https://www.aticourses.com/Aegis_Combat_System_Engineering.html
3. AESA Radar and Its Applications https://www.aticourses.com/Modern_AESA_Radara_Principles.html
4. C4ISR Requirements, Principles& Systems https://www.aticourses.com/c4isr_requirement_principles.htm
5. Electronic Warfare Against the New Threat https://www.aticourses.com/Electroni_Warfare_Agains_New_Threat_Environment.html
These courses directly focus on missiles and missile defense.
1. Making Decisions in Missile Defense- https://www.aticourses.com/making_decisions_in_missile_defense.htm
2. Missile Analysis- https://www.aticourses.com/missile_systems_analysis.htm
3. Missile Guidance https://www.aticourses.com/Modern_Missile_Guidance.html
4. Missile System Design https://www.aticourses.com/tactical_missile_design.htm
5. Modeling, Simulation of Aerospace Vehicles https://www.aticourses.com/Modeling_Simulation_Analysis_of_Aerospace_Vehicles.html
6. Modeling & Simulation of Missiles in 6 DoF https://www.aticourses.com/Modeling&SimulationMissilesin6DoF.html
7. Tactical Strategic Missile Guidance Please email your requests for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing is cuter than pictures of kids sitting at their computers, mastering skills their parents never dreamed of. And nothing is more popular than the current idea that all children should learn to code.
My husband, Philip, & I strongly support this idea. He has been in IT since he was 18 years old and wants our oldest daughter, Alice, to get involved in the IT field as well.
Alice is an 8 year old and extremely active child. When we introduced her to coding she was hooked! She spent hours working on her coding projects. It was so wonderful to see her working with her father and asking questions when she hit a difficult task.
Yesterday, she received a certificate of completion stating that she has demonstrated an understanding of basic concepts of Computer Science.
We couldn’t be more proud!
Here is the list of the main sources that could be tapped for teaching kids how to code:
This nonprofit foundation website is a great starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources, apps, and even local schools that teach coding. Be sure to watch the inspirational video on the main page. Updated periodically, the current iteration features some of the biggest names in tech talking about how they got started in coding.
This interactive website is user-friendly and teaches kids basic code through fun, simple exercises that feel like games.
Best for older kids, Code Combat uses an interactive, competitive gameplay mode to stimulate learning. Once you set up your parent account, kids can be online, playing in seconds. FREE
Put those ubiquitous emojis to work in an educational way with this website that eschews complex codes for user-friendly expressions, quite literally. Kids learn to code by using emojis to substitute for html or css codes. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t realize the work they’re putting in. Codemoji plans start at $9.99 for three months, but include up to five kids’ accounts in that price.
Particularly good for kids, Code Monster features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does. As you play with the code (with some help from a prompt), you learn what each command does. FREE
Known for its extensive and challenging math games, Khan Academy also has basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations, and more. FREE
Predominantly an app-based program, Lightbot offers a FREE demo online as part of its Hour of Code. Like what you see? Its pair of low-cost programming apps are all-ages friendly. Available for iOs, Android, and Amazon devices for $2.99.
Designed by MIT students and aimed at children ages 8 to 16, this easy-to-use programming language lets kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they were virtual Legos. But it’s more than just a coding guide, it’s a vibrant online community of programmers who swap ideas and inspiration. FREE
Inspired by Scratch’s snapping blocks system, this software allows users to create simple games for iOS, Android, Flash, Windows, Linux, and Mac systems. If your child is serious about it, there are paid pro plans that come with advanced functionality.
Founded by iD Tech, Tech Rocket’s free platform allows access to a dozen classes. For those looking for a more advanced experience, paid subscriptions are $19 per month.
Speaking for myself, I always considered the nuclear triad to include bombers, submarines, and missiles, but, I was wrong. Sandra Erwin points out in her Space News article, we really need to remember that these three components of the triad could not be effective without two other complimentary components, a competent work force to operate them, and a modern and reliable Nuclear Command, Control and Communications ( NC3 ) network.
Lt. Gen Jack Weinstein, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration recently pointed out that nuclear modernization efforts cannot be strictly focused on subs, bombers, and missiles, but must also be concerned about modernizing the NC3 system, causing him to remark “The Triad also means space capability.” The Nuclear Posture Review reported that many of the components of the current NC3 system are antiquated technology which has not been modernized in almost 30 years.
Sandra Erwin reports that the Air Force does have programs under way to modernize communications and early-warning satellites, but integration of these new systems will be very complex, and highly trained work force will be needed to build the systems.
Interestingly, Lt. Gen Weinstein has confidence in the military’s ability to train their people to operate these systems, but he expresses concern about educating the civilian workforce which will also need to be involved.
Applied Technology Institute (ATI) can play an important role in preparing the workforce which will support the future nuclear Triad since it offers a diverse collection of courses which cover all of the domains where the Triad will need to operate; air, sea, and space. Please consider looking at the current set of course offerings at ATI and consider taking some of our courses to better position yourself to make significant contributions to solving the complex problems associated with Strategic Deterrence in the future.