JPL Prepares for Moon and Mars with New Addition to NASA Deep Space Network

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week On Feb. 11, 2020, NASA, JPL, military and local officials broke ground in Goldstone, California, for a new antenna in the agency’s Deep Space Network, which communicates with all its deep space missions. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechSurrounded by California desert, JPL and other NASA officials broke ground Tuesday on a new antenna for communicating with the agency’s farthest-flung robotic spacecraft.Part of the Deep Space Network (DSN), the 112-foot-wide (34-meter-wide) antenna dish being built represents a future in which more missions will require advanced technology, such as lasers capable of transmitting vast amounts of data from astronauts on the Martian surface.As part of its Artemis program NASA will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, applying lessons learned there to send astronauts to Mars.Using massive antenna dishes, the agency talks to more than 30 deep space missions on any given day, including many international missions. As more missions have launched and with more in the works, NASA is looking to strengthen the network. When completed in 2½ years, the new dish will be christened Deep Space Station-23 (DSS-23), bringing the DSN’s number of operational antennas to 13.“Since the 1960s, when the world first watched live pictures of humans in space and on the Moon, to revealing imagery and scientific data from the surface of Mars and vast, distant galaxies, the Deep Space Network has connected humankind with our solar system and beyond,” said Badri Younes, NASA’s deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and Navigation, or SCaN, which oversees NASA’s networks. “This new antenna, the fifth of six currently planned, is another example of NASA’s determination to enable science and space exploration through the use of the latest technology.”Managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the world’s largest and busiest deep space network is clustered in three locations – Goldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia – that are positioned approximately 120 degrees apart around the globe to enable continual contact with spacecraft as the Earth rotates. (This live tool lets viewers see which DSN dishes are sending up commands or receiving data at any given time.)The first addition to Goldstone since 2003, the new dish is being built at the complex’s Apollo site, so named because its DSS-16 antenna supported NASA’s human missions to the Moon. Similar antennas have been built in recent years in Canberra, while two are under construction in Madrid.“The DSN is Earth’s one phone line to our two Voyager spacecraft – both in interstellar space – all our Mars missions and the New Horizons spacecraft that is now far past Pluto,” said JPL Deputy Director Larry James. “The more we explore, the more antennas we need to talk to all our missions.”While DSS-23 will function as a radio antenna, it will also be equipped with mirrors and a special receiver for lasers beamed from distant spacecraft. This technology is critical for sending astronauts to places like Mars. Humans there will need to communicate with Earth more than NASA’s robotic explorers do, and a Mars base, with its life support systems and equipment, would buzz with data that needs to be monitored.“Lasers can increase your data rate from Mars by about 10 times what you get from radio,” said Suzanne Dodd, director of the Interplanetary Network, the organization that manages the DSN. “Our hope is that providing a platform for optical communications will encourage other space explorers to experiment with lasers on future missions.”While clouds can disrupt lasers, Goldstone’s clear desert skies make it an ideal location to serve as a laser receiver about 60% of the time. A demonstration of DSS-23’s capabilities is around the corner: When NASA launches an orbiter called Psyche to a metallic asteroid in a few years, it will carry an experimental laser communications terminal developed by JPL. Called the Deep Space Optical Communications project, this equipment will send data and images to an observatory at Southern California’s Palomar Mountain. But Psyche will also be able to communicate with the new Goldstone antenna, paving the way for higher data rates in deep space.For more information: or Community News Make a comment 16 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS News Feature Stories JPL Prepares for Moon and Mars with New Addition to NASA Deep Space Network Robotic spacecraft will be able to communicate with the dish using radio waves and lasers. 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Alure’s 60-Second Fix: How to Remove Your Cabinet Doors

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Content Sponsored by Alure Home ImprovementsEver try to reach deep into your cabinets to clean inside them? Or maybe you need to gain access to the plumbing fixtures beneath the kitchen sink? It can be daunting, right? The cabinet doors always seem to get in the way.But don’t sweat it. Removing your cabinet doors is really as easy as one-two-three, after you let Alure Home Improvements‘ Chief Operations Officer Doug Cornwell share his knowledge in this helpful edition of “The Alure 60-Second Fix: How To Remove Your Cabinet Doors.”And once the cabinet doors are removed, you can do what you need to do so much easier without them in the way. You’ll be surprised how easy their removal is. Here, Doug shows us the ins-and-outs of cabinet doors in a simple demonstration that will teach you how to unclip the back of each door hinge so you can take the cabinet doors off without making a big production out of it.And, just as important, he shows us how to put those cabinet doors back on.“You ever have that age-old problem?” says Doug with a grin. “I know I’ve had it. You try to open up the doors and get into your cabinets to do some work in there, but the doors really limit your space. You try to move around in there and you’re hitting the doors with your elbows and you’re afraid you’re going to snap the doors off the cabinet.”But you know what? He says that’s exactly what you need to do. You reach into the cabinet. There are clips at the back of each hinge. Grab them one at a time, starting with the top one, and pull the clip forward with your fingers until the clip releases. Do the same thing to the other cabinet door.Off they go.“Now you have full access into the cabinet to do whatever you need to do!” says Doug.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAnd when you’re done with your task at hand—whether it’s plumbing or cleaning—putting the cabinet doors back on is just as simple.Hold the cabinet door in one hand as you line up the clips over the hinge bracket with the other. Start with the top hinge first. Line up the clip and push it back on until you hear it snap shut. Repeat the process with the bottom hinge. Then put the other cabinet door back on the same way.“And we’re good to go!” says Doug with a satisfied smile.Don’t you agree? Removing your kitchen cabinet doors is a snap!last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2016) – Birdatthewire heads a competitive field of eight older fillies and mares this Saturday at Santa Anita in the 75th running of the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.A 4-year-old filly by Summer Bird, Birdatthewire will be making her second start for trainer Tom Proctor. Previously trained by east coast based Dale Romans, Birdatthewire shipped west for the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea on opening day, Dec. 26, and was an impressive half-length winner, up late to take the prestigious stakes for 3-year-old fillies.Birdatthewire transferred to Proctor’s stable following the La Brea score and most recently ran in the Jan. 16 Grade II La Canada at the Santa Maria distance under new rider, Drayden Van Dyke to finish second despite being fanned wide throughout the first turn.“I was completely taken out by Santiago (Gonzalez, on Oscar Party whose rein broke going into the first turn), said Van Dyke immediately after the race. “I didn’t know what was happening. He came flying by me, which made my horse get really rank…I got stuck outside of him, and he was way out there.”Sometimes deemed difficult due to her quirky running style down the stretch, Birdatthewire will hope for a fast pace to run at and plenty of room out in the middle of the track Saturday. Owned by Forum Racing IV, Birdatthewire, whose last eight races have all been in graded stakes, will be reunited with rider Mike Smith, who was up for the La Brea win. She is 12-4-3-1 overall with $609,090 in earnings.The complete field for the Grade II Santa Maria, to be run as the 8th race on a nine race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Star Act, Tyler Baze, 120; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 120; Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 122; Big Break, Edwin Maldonado, 120; Kyriaki, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Living The Life, Gary Stevens, 120; Yahilwa, Joe Talamo, 120; Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 120. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Football Spring Practice Report: April 5

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team concluded its second full week of practice at Drake Stadium on Tuesday, April 5.  This spring, the linebacker group is surrounded by competition with nine returning from last year’s squad. The group is looking to use this time to become more efficient pass rushers and hone their open-field tackling skills.  The Bulldogs have a tough task of replacing not just the production but also the leadership of All-American and two-time team captain John Hugunin. Fifth-year seniors Michael Roane and Taylor Coleman have stepped up as vocal leaders for not only the linebackers but also the whole defensive unit.  The team will have their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday in preparation for the annual Blue and White Game on Saturday, April 23. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Farm Bureau applauds CAUV reforms proposed in House budget

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much-needed reform of Ohio’s CAUV formula has been included in the Ohio House’s biennial budget proposal, which is good news for Ohio’s family farmers, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.Farm Bureau is encouraging its members to contact their state representatives and ask them to protect and keep the Current Agricultural Use Value language throughout the budget process. Legislator contact information is at Click on Legislative Action Center.OFBF has been advocating for the CAUV reforms in response to farmland tax increases that have exceeded 300% in recent years. The huge tax increases have hit farmers at a time when farm income has experienced a historic decline.Ohioans voted to create the CAUV program in 1973 as a means of preserving farmland in the state. Under CAUV, farmland is taxed at a rate that reflects its value for agricultural purposes instead of its value as development property.The budget proposal would address nonfarm influences from the formula that tend to artificially raise CAUV values. It would also ensure that farmers are not penalized for adopting conservation practices that protect water quality.“Our members have said CAUV reform is their No. 1 priority,” said Yvonne Lesicko, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president, public policy. “Farmers need to contact their legislators, let them know how important this is and ask them to support CAUV reform.”last_img read more

Desperate Measures? Oracle Prices Shoot Up 40%

first_imgSoftware giant Oracle has increased prices by a full 40% for some products. Specifically, the diagnostics and tuning packs for enterprise database management have swelled to $5,000 since December. The Spatial database also went up from $11,500 to $17,500.No company spokesman has yet commented to ReadWriteWeb or other sources, and the full reasoning behind the price hike remains unexplained, officially anyway. Unofficially, it’s clear that Oracle is looking to its most high-end products to raise the bottom line during lean times. The last data sheet to show the lower price points is from December 2008, and current prices available are displaying the increase. However, it’s still unclear exactly when the bump occurred.The packs affected by the price increase are for monitoring and compliance of some of the largest and most high-value databases in the enterprise, and are used by administrators looking to find and deal with trouble spots. For especially high-risk industries like health care and banking, not using the packs for dealing with compliance issues and other mission critical activities is not realistically an option. While these lists are more a starting point for negotiations than a firm offer, the significant increase in asking price is still makes a big impact on what customers end up paying. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

How Cloud Computing Democratizes Big Data

first_imgGuest author Seth Payne is a senior product manager at Skytap.Big Data, just like Cloud Computing, has become a popular phrase to describe technology and practices that have been in use for many years. Ever-increasing storage capacity and falling storage costs – along with vast improvements in data analysis, however, have made Big Data available to a variety of new firms and industries.Scientific researchers, financial analysts and pharmaceutical firms have long used incredibly large datasets to answer incredibly complex questions. Large datasets, especially when analyzed in tandem with other information, can reveal patterns and relationships that would otherwise remain hidden.Extracting Simplicity From The ComplexAs a product manager within the Global Market Data group at NYSE Technologies, I was consistently impressed with the how customers and partners analyzed the vast sets of market trade, quote and order-book data produced each day.On the sell side, clients analyzed data spanning many years in an attempt to find patterns and relationships that could help fund portfolio managers build long-term investment strategies. On the buy side, clients mined more-recent data regarding the trade/quote activities of disparate assets. University and college clients sought data spanning decades. Regardless of the specific use case, clients required technology to process and analyze substantial and unwieldy amounts of data.Various technologies are employed to meet the needs of these various use cases. For historical analysis, high-powered data warehouses such as those offered by 1010data, ParAccel, EMC and others, are incredible tools. Unlike databases, which are designed for simple storage and retrieval, data warehouses are optimized for analysis. Complex event processors such as those from One Market Data, KDB and Sybase give high-frequency and other algorithmic traders the ability to analyze market activity across a wide array of financial instruments and markets at any given microsecond throughout the trading day.These technologies are now being deployed within new industries. Business intelligence tools such as those offered by Tableau and Microstrategy can now deal with very large and complex datasets. To a lesser extent, even Microsoft Excel has been retooled to handle Big Data with newly architected pivot tables and support for billions of rows of data within a single spreadsheet.But Big Data is useful only if analysts ask the right questions and have at least a general idea of the relationships and patterns Big Data analysis may illuminate.(See also Blinded By Big Data: It’s The Models, Stupid.)Do You Need Big Data?Is Big Data right for your company? The first question any firm must ask is if they will benefit from Big Data analysis. Begin by understanding the data sets available to you. Analysis of 20 years of stock closing prices, for example, would not likely require the power of Big Data systems. Given the relatively small size of this dataset, analysis can, and probably should, be performed using SQL or even simply Excel.But large sets of unsorted and unordered data — such as financial transactions, production output records and weather data — do require Big Data analysis to bring order to the chaos and shed light on relationships, trends and patterns made visible only by structured and systematic analysis.To start, formulate a relatively simple hypothesis and use Big Data analysis to test it. The results of this analysis should reveal information that will lead to further, more complex questions.(See also The Rising Costs Of MiIsunderstanding Big Data.)Big Data In The CloudIt is no surprise that the rise of Big Data has coincided with the rapid adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies. PaaS lets firms scale their capacity on demand and reduce costs while IaaS allows the rapid deployment of additional computing nodes. Together, additional compute and storage capacity can be added to almost instantaneously.(See also Cloud Jargon Unwound: Distinguishing SaaS, IaaS and PaaS [Infographic].)For example, a large hedge fund in New York used a cluster of computing nodes and storage to analyze the day’s trade/quote activity across all U.S. equity markets. The size of the datasets used in the analysis – typically 10GB to 12GB compressed – was growing steadily, allowing the market data manager to accurately plan his capacity needs. On occasion, however, trade/quote volumes explode, creating exponentially larger data sets. On these occasions, the market data manager can deploy additional virtual machine (VM) nodes in the cluster, ensuring that even unusually large datasets do significantly delay analysis withouh having to permanently add expensive computing resources.The flexibility of cloud computing allows resources to be deployed as needed. As a result, firms avoid the tremendous expense of buying hardware capacity they’ll need only occasionally.Big Data Isn’t Always Cloud-AppropriateWhile the cloud grants tremendous flexibility and reduces overall operation costs, it is not appropriate for all Big Data use cases.For example, firms analyzing low-latency real-time data — aggregating Twitter feeds, for example — may need to find other approaches. The cloud does not currently offer the performance necessary to process real-time data without introducing latency that would make the results too “stale” (by a millisecond or two) to be useful. Within a few years, virtualization technology should accommodate these ultra low-latency use cases, but we’re not there yet.Cloud computing has given businesses flexible, affordable access to vast amounts of computing resources on demand – bringing Big Data analysis to the masses. As the technology continues to advance, the question for many businesses is how they can benefit from Big Data and how to use cloud computing to make it happen.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts center_img seth payne Tags:#Big Data#data mining#databases#enterprise Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rover to launch sports cars in next 2 years: Ratan Tata

first_imgTatas-owned British subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover would launch a number of fuel-efficient sports cars in the next two years, group Chairman Ratan Tata has said.In Tata Motors’ Annual Report for 2011-12, Tata said Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was developing higher-powered and more fuel-efficient engines to attract more customers.”The company has undertaken its most ambitious product development programme in its history and will be launching several new sports sedans and sports cars in the next two years in order to provide dealers with a more competitive and wider product range,” he added.Face-lifts and new models of the Range Rover as well as a competitively-priced new line of “rugged, lifestyle vehicles under the Land Rover brand are also scheduled to be launched,” Tata said.He, however, did not share details such as how many new models will hit the roads or how many will be under each of the two brands – Jaguar and Land Rover.JLR had earlier announced to roll out 40 new products in the next 4-5 years.Talking about JLR’s performance, Tata said: “Jaguar Land Rover’s operations have shown impressive growth in sales and profitability. Sales have increased by 37 per cent and 29 per cent respectively in value and volume over the previous year.”The company is currently considering to set up a new manufacturing facilities in China to meet market demand for the two luxury brands in the region, he added.For 2011-12 fiscal, JLR’s profit after tax stood at 1,481 million pounds (over Rs 12,900 crore) against 1,036 million pounds (over Rs 9,020 crore) in FY’11, up 42.95 per cent.Its revenue went up by 36.89 per cent to 13,512 million pounds (over Rs 1,17,800 crore) from 9,871 million pounds (over Rs 86,020 crore) in the previous fiscal.Earlier in March this year, JLR had said it would invest 3.5 billion yuan (over Rs 2,800 crore then) in its recently-announced joint venture with Chery Automobile in China to commence local assembly there.The company is currently investing 355 million pounds in an engine plant in the UK. It also planning to set up an engine manufacturing facility in India.In April 2011, JLR had said it would invest 1.5 billion pounds every year for the next five years, mainly on product development as it looks to catch up with global luxury car makers and position itself as a top premium brand.JLR had also raised 500 million pound (over Rs 4,000 crore) in March this year through issue of bonds.advertisementlast_img read more

Video: ESPN’s First Take Debates Braxton Miller’s Position Change

first_imgStephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim on the set of ESPN First Take.If you aren’t a big fan of either Stephen A. Smith or Skip Bayless, you may want to skip this one. Friday, the two gave their takes on the Braxton-Miller-is-switching-positions news, and, as you might guess, it’s being met with a great deal of criticism.While Smith’s initial rant mostly goes in circles (per usual), he does mention that it initially gave him “cause for pause” when he heard that Miller, a black quarterback, was being encouraged to play another position. Considering the team’s other two options – J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones – are also black, he claims that this scenario is a bit different. Bayless, meanwhile, thinks that Barrett might win the position. According to Smith, there’s no chance of that happening.Enjoy, we think.last_img