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U.S. researchers are developing a new robust wireless communication systems for Mount St. Helens. With the help of a $1.63 million NASA grant, they've developed a dozen of smart robotic sensors which talk to each other and send information to a central information hub, the Johnston Ridge Observatory located atop the Mount St. Helens visitor center. But this wireless network is just a pilot program. The researchers want to use these sensors for other emergency applications, such as a mine collapse or a terrorist attack destroying traditional networks. But read more...
NASA is rarely associated with nanotechnologies. But one of its researchers working at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center just received a Nanotech Briefs Nano 50 award for a manufacturing process for high-quality carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Because of its ability to produce bundles of CNTs without using a metal catalyst, this method is simpler, safer, and cheaper than current ones. The CNTs produced by this process are also purer and well suited for medical applications.
Even NASA knows that it can't always rely on satellite imaging when a natural disaster strikes. This is why Igor Carron, Assistant Director of the Spacecraft Technology Center at Texas A&M University (TAMU), recently used a stratospheric balloon with several of his students. They've used a simple point-and-shoot digital camera to record hundreds of images over New Mexico. And by using inexpensive commercial software, they've stitched together these images to create large panoramas of up to 150 km which are as accurate as the more expensive maps produced by NASA or companies such as DigitalGlobe which sells data to Google. Igor predicts that "traditional GIS will be replaced by user fed data and applications" and that his project is just the beginning of "remote sensing for the people by the people." Here are some excerpts of a conversation I had with him.
NASA and CSIRO in Australia are working together to build future spacecrafts able to detect, diagnose and fix damage, whether inflicted by impacts or caused by equipment failures. Some practical applications should be deployed by 2015.
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