Autoland System Uses Computer Vision

The next generation of autoland systems may not require any ILS signals to guide them. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich have equipped a Diamond DA42 with a system called C2Land that allows the aircraft to visually acquire the runway and then calculate a glideslope to put it on the numbers. Because the computer vision at the heart of the system uses visual and infrared sensors, it can find…

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Apollo 11 Reaches the Moon

On the fourth day of the Apollo 11 mission, the crew needed to fire the engine of the Service Module to put the spacecraft into orbit around the moon. This lunar orbital insertion maneuver was required to take place on the far-side of the moon, out of contact with Mission Control. The 357.5 second burn of the rocket motor went perfectly, placing Apollo 11 into an elliptical lunar orbit of…

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NASA and UK Space Agency, Moon mission

The UK and U.S. space agencies have signed a statement of intent that paves the way for UK commercial satellite communication and navigation services to be used by future NASA missions to the Moon. The agreement was announced in a speech from Science Minister Chris Skidmore at the Policy Exchange in London on ‘Embracing the New Space Age’ on July 16, the anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch. Read it all here.

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2020 shaping up to be a rough year for Netflix

Many popular licensed titles are leaving Netflix over the next year or so. The company says it is ready, after spending billions on original content. But has it done enough to stop the 25% of vulnerable subscribers from leaving? Beloved and popular titles leaving the service Chances are something you love is leaving Netflix in the next year or so. Content providers, once happy to license content to the streaming…

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Breakthrough in Stretchable Electronics

With a wide range of healthcare, energy, and military applications, stretchable electronics are valued for their ability to be compressed, twisted and conformed to uneven surfaces without losing functionality. By using the elasticity of polymers such as silicone, these emerging technologies are made to move in ways that mimic skin. This sheds light on why Smooth-On Ecoflex, a substance most commercially used to create molds, movie masks, and prosthetics, is…

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Gogo to build ATG network for 5G

Consumers are getting 5G on land, so why not in the air as well? In-flight internet provider Gogo announced plans to build a 5G network for aviation, with expectations for 2021 commercial availability. The company’s cellular-based network in the 850 MHz band operates over the continental U.S. and major air traffic routes over Canada and Alaska, with an FCC license to operate above 10,000 feet to avoid interference with ground-based…

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How Atmospheric Sounding Transformed Weather Prediction

In the late 1950s, a scientist named Lewis Kaplan divined a new and groundbreaking way to calculate temperature in the atmosphere for weather forecasting: by measuring the vibration of molecules at different altitudes. The hope was to do this using a brand-new technology, an Earth-observing satellite. At the time, the only way to get a reading on atmospheric temperature was to dispatch high-altitude weather balloons, or radiosondes. Weather balloons collected…

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Synthetic Material Heals and Strengthens Itself Using Carbon from Air

A new synthetic material that can strengthen and repair itself could be beneficial for the construct industry if enhanced further. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created the new material that can react with carbon dioxide from the air to grow, strengthen and repair itself by performing a chemical process similar to how plants incorporate carbon dioxide from the air into growing tissues. “This is a completely new concept in…

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New Antibody Breaks Through Cancer’s Defense System

A newly engineered antibody holds promise in leading the fight against cancerous tumors. Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed a new antibody that could unlock cancer’s defense against the body’s immune system by targeting 4-1BB, an immune receptor that can activate the killer T-cells to find and destroy cancer cells. The researchers found that 4-1BB is present mainly on a population of T cells within regulatory T cells,…

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New 3D Crime Scene Mapping Tool Turns Incident Scenes into Virtual 3D Models

When officers arrive at a crime or crash scene, they have to spend a lot of time looking for evidence, processing it, taking photos of it, and documenting. To help make this process more efficient, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has teamed up with the Israeli Police to invest in a new tool. The tool, called 3D-Hawk, can turn a crash or crime scene into an…

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