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first_img Your email address will not be published.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Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with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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Facebook making prosecution prohibitive

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp Report by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A THREAT to kill or cause serious harm to a Limerick person made on facebook is under investigation by Gardaí who say they are finding it very difficult obtaining the relevant evidence from the social networking site.Speaking at the quarterly meeting of the Limerick city and county Joint Policing Committee recently, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan said that it was only a matter of time before there was an explosion in the number of similar incidents which were on the increase at an alarming rate.Reporting that most crime statistics had shown signs of improvement, the Garda chief said that the period since last August were a “very difficult three months”.The number of murder threats increased to 12 from three over the same period last year.Chief Superintendednt Sheahan said the 12 incidents were not gang or feud related and that nine had been solved.“Of the outstanding three incidents, two are solvable and one was on facebook, but getting the information back from facebook is proving difficult and prohibitive”.He added that this would not deter the investigation involving two 16 year olds, but warned that incidents of cyber-bullying were on the increase and getting more serious.“The biggest problem is that the majority of these companies operate outside the jurisdiction in America or Canada and obtaining the relevant evidence is very difficult – in some cases, almost impossible”.Cllr James Collins (FF) said that a proposal was being put to the Government in the Dáil to consider the criminalisation of cyber-bullying. He hoped that it would be welcomed and approved by all parties.Under the new legislation, it will be an offence to engage in cyber-bullying and it will also be an offence to assist it or encourage it.This would be the first time the offence of cyber-bullying would be defined in Irish law.In a statement, Deputy Willie O’Dea commented: “So far cyber-bullying has only had consequences for the victims, but now is the time to make sure there are consequences for the perpetrators too.“A report by the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Geoffrey Shannon concluded that the growth of cyber-bullying has “almost overnight created a readily accessible forum for bullies to target children with little or no regulation or sanction.”A recent survey found that incidences of cyber-bullying among Irish teenagers were among the highest in among 26 European countries surveyed.Cyber-bullying is carried out by text, picture or video-clip, phone calls, emails, on social media, in chat rooms and through instant messaging.“Our Bill makes cyber-bullying a specific offence for the first time in Irish law. It makes provision for parents to attend mandatory parenting courses and only provides for criminal prosecution when a parent continuously and knowingly permits cyber-bullying by their child,” added Deputy O’Dea.Stating that a balance had to be struck in how cyber bullying is dealt with, Deputy O’Dea added, that “awareness campaigns and better education are an essential part of that but I believe strong sanctions are needed as well to act as a deterrent.“Failing to tackle this issue head-on will only result in more distress for the people who are targeted by bullies”, he said. Previous articleGangland roll call shows Garda successNext articleAfter Dark – Fundraiser for Knockainey National School admin NewsBreaking newsFacebook making prosecution prohibitiveBy admin – November 13, 2013 661 Advertisementcenter_img Print Email Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Vacant Palermo’s Market Property Gets Final OK for Use as Duplexes

first_imgThe site of the former Palermo’s Market has been rezoned to allow the construction of duplexes on the block of Asbury Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Ocean City, NJ.City Council on Thursday gave final approval to an ordinance that rezones the property of the abandoned Palermo’s Family Market on the 400 block of Asbury Avenue to allow the construction of duplexes.The ordinance calls for rezoning the ocean side of Asbury Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets (and two mixed-use lots across the street) for duplexes with 30-foot frontages. The area is currently zoned for neighborhood business.The market has been closed for four or five years, and the vacant commercial property has deteriorated as it remained unsold. If it sells as residential property, the Palermo’s tract would likely be replaced by 13 units, a single-family structure on a larger corner lot and six duplexes.Eight different neighbors of the Palermo property raised various objections to the proposal and process during public comment at the meeting.“We have space between our homes where we garden and enjoy the hummingbirds,” said Susan Phillips, whose Historic District home backs up onto the existing Palermo’s parking lot. “I’d like to see a neighborhood created and not same, same, same, same.”None of the neighbors expressed a desire to keep the existing business zone that has left the property abandoned and blighted. Most seemed to favor a change to residential zoning for duplexes with 40-foot frontages with the idea that the extra frontage would leave more space.“The 40-wide sounds like a great idea,” Councilman Keith Hartzell said. “But in reality it works the opposite way.”Zoning for duplexes with 40-foot frontages allows for units of four or five bedrooms housing more people with more cars and more likelihood that the lots would be purchased for use as vacation rental properties, Hartzell said. He suggested it would create more density.A common theme in comments from the neighbors was that they were caught off guard by the proposal and never had a chance to offer input before the zoning change was drafted and introduced to council. A nearly hour-long discussion focused as much on the process of the zoning change as on the substance.Councilmen Hartzell, Antwan McClellan and Michael DeVlieger emphasized that they went door-to-door visiting neighbors to solicit feedback on the proposed changes, and they said they heard few substantial objections to the proposed ordinance.But the neighbors who visited the council meeting said those visits came only after the first reading of the ordinance had already been passed.“I’d like to see us table this,” Councilman Pete Guinosso said. “These people are taxpayers. Why won’t we listen to them? … I have a hard time saying, ‘You know what, you have a great idea, but we have a better idea.’ “In the end, Guinosso cast the dissenting vote in the 5-1 tally that approved the ordinance (DeVlieger had left Council Chambers briefly when the measure came to a vote.)The family-owned neighborhood grocery (long known as Palermo’s Thriftway) opened at its currently location in the early 1950s. It began to close seasonally in the early 2000s and was permanently shuttered even before Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 flooded the property. It includes three vacant apartments on the upper floors.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

In Short

first_imgWales-to-London linkArtisan miller Bacheldre Watermill in Powys has linked with craft baker The Bread Factory in Hendon, London, to develop a range of sourdough breads. The initial range, just launched, will use its Strong 100% Wholemeal, its Oak Smoked Malted Blend and its Malted 5 Seed flours. The bread is aimed at food halls, delis and restaurants around London.Benn visit to PremierUK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hilary Benn MP recently visited Premier Foods in High Wycombe as part of his regional visit to the south east. He was given a tour of the bakery development plant at Premier Foods to learn more about the change Hovis has made to UK wheat sourcing.Prize for DicksonsDicksons, the north-east butcher and meat product manufacturer, has been named ’Best UK Family Business, Northern England and the Midlands Region’, in the Coutts Prize for Family Business 2009/10. The firm, which produces a wide range of pies and pastries for several multiples, will go on to compete in the national finals.Oil change on cakesThe effect of substituting olive oil for margarine on the quality of Madeira cakes is the subject of a new study from Aristotle University in Greece. The olive oil increased batter density and cake volume, while decreasing weight loss during baking.Thumbs-up for pieClayton Park Bakery’s ’Scouse Pie’, developed for Liverpool FC fans, has been named as best pie on Sky’s Soccer AM. Sky Sports’ Soccerette, Amy-Louise Moore, who was on a mission to try 92 pies at all 92 League Clubs, said the pie was “amazing, sizeable and great value for money”.last_img read more

NCUA ups money awarded to minority and women business owners

first_imgNCUA increased the total dollars awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses by 49 percent in 2014, according to its Office of Minority and Women Inclusion report to Congress.The report showed NCUA awarded $12.4 million to minority- and women-owned businesses – up from $8.3 million in 2013. The amount was 29 percent of the agency’s total awards in 2014 – also up from 22 percent in 2013. The report also noted that NCUA’s workforce diversity levels declined slightly in 2014, at 26.3 percent versus 26.8 percent in 2013.NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said, “While we are pleased that we have increased the number of minorities in our workforce, we still have work to do to achieve our strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a well-diversified workforce that reflects the relevant labor force.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 ways to embrace the digital shift in mortgage servicing

first_img continue reading » Paper-based processes, labor-intensive procedures, poor accuracy and sluggish performance. These are the main factors that contribute to the sky-high operational costs and low borrower retention rates in the mortgage servicing industry. The only way to mitigate these major pain points is by embracing the digital shift that has shaped the expectations of today’s borrowers.Are you ready to enhance the borrower experience while reducing operational costs?3 ways to go digitalEmbracing these three strategic shifts will help your organization succeed.1. Move from a paper-based system to a digital databaseIt’s cumbersome and time-consuming to manage lengthy and complex mortgage documents, especially when you import the information in bulk. This often results in poorly organized information, which is stored in multiple formats. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Central Islip Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her SUV in her hometown of Central Islip on Tuesday morning.Suffolk County police said Crystal Fuentes was driving a Chevy Trailblazer eastbound on Motor Parkway when she lost control of her vehicle, hit a grassy area, causing the SUV to spin around and Fuentes to be ejected from the truck at 11:50 p.m.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.last_img

IASB to consider further IAS 19 revisions to account for hybrid schemes

first_imgThe International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is to review the IAS 19 employee benefits to consider the “infinite variations” provided by defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) hybrid schemes.The organisation will also re-visit issues that have arisen in the determination of a high-quality corporate bond yield used in pension fund discount rates.In a provocative speech at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Investment Conference in Edinburgh, chairman of the IASB Hans Hoogervorst said that, while he could understand pension funds’ view that accounting standards relied too much on fair value and failed to account for long-term perspectives, he nevertheless disagreed.He said pension funds were best served by accounting policies that reflected the economic reality as accurately as possible. This, he said, should allow funds to resolve funding issues, rather than allow problems to fester.Hoogervorst said the revisions to the IAS 19 standard brought in 2013 needed to bed in, but he added that hybrid systems being used by companies did not neatly fit in either the DB or DC sections of the regulations.“Pension schemes are being transformed in a very rapid fashion,” he said.“Hybrid schemes may be more affordable to companies, [but they] can have infinite variations, from the extremes of DB and DC, with differing degrees and forms of risk-sharing.“The somewhat binary approach of IAS 19 struggles to deal with this new, infinitely variable pension landscape.”Hoogervorst said the organisation was to begin a research project to develop accounting standards for all scheme types, using input from its insurance accounting standards.“It also makes sense to consider other issues that have arisen in practice, such as the problems of determining the high-quality bond yield,” he said.The research project, for which the IASB requested input from pension funds, could take several years, he said, as the organisation monitors the impact of its 2013 revisions.Hoogervorst said the current IAS 19 standard now reflected the funding position in company pension schemes more accurately.But he conceded that removing the criteria where actuarial fluctuations affected the profit and loss of a company meant some firms would now leave deficits to fester.“Should companies really be paying dividends when big pension deficits continue to eat away at their balance sheets?” he asked.“Arguably, the discipline of profit or loss would lead to more timely action.”In January, the IASB approved two revisions to the IAS 19 standard to account for surpluses on sponsor balance sheets and current service costs.Read Stephen Bouvier’s briefing on the amendments made to pension fund accounting standards during 2014last_img read more

Alimodian ECQ extended

first_img* 25-year-old male (Patient No. 660) Alimodian recorded 10 more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on July 15, supposedly the last day of its ECQ which started on June 30. * 80-year-old female (Patient No. 653) * 45-year-old female (Patient No. 285) The remaining six still being quarantined are the following: To those going out of their houses, quarantine passes are required. * 51-year-old male (Patient No. 654) * 28-year-old female (Patient No. 281) * 46-year-old female (Patient No. 283) * 13-year-old female (Patient No. 288) ILOILO – The whole province is under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ, medium risk) except for the town of Alimodian has which extended further its enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). * 35-year-old female (Patient No. 662), health personnel * 58-year-old female (Patient No. 658) * 22-year-old female (Patient No. 657) Mayor Gefree Alonsabe enumerated his town’s new COVID-19 cases – eight of whom were locally stranded individuals (LSIs) – as follows: * 3-year-old male (Patient No. 280) * 23-year-old female (Patient No. 286) Alimodian previously had 14 COVID-19 cases; eight already recovered as of this writing. These were the following: The 10 new cases have very few close contacts, he added, because they were confined at the town’s quarantine facility. * 26-year-old male (Patient No. 659) * 47-year-old female (Patient No. 284) “Tan-awon naton sa masunod nga mga inadlaw ang status,” said Alonsabe. * 22-year-old male (Patient No. 289) * 16-year-old female (Patient No. 278) * 27-year-old female (Patient No. 279) * 25-year-old female (Patient No. 656) Limiting the movement of people is part of the ECQ, said Alonsabe, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission./PN * 20-year-old female (Patient No. 287) * 22-year-old female (Patient No. 175) * 32-year-old female (Patient No. 661), health personnel Alonsabe did not set the date when the ECQ would end. He said this would depend on the results of the repeat tests of the 10 cases. * 55-year-old female (Patient No. 282) * 50-year-old female (Patient No. 587) * 22-year-old female (Patient No. 655) Alonsabe appealed for his people’s cooperation – stay home, wear facemask, observe physical distancing, and wash hands.last_img read more

Lt. Governor Crouch visits nation’s capital, discusses rural broadband growth

first_imgWashington D.C. —Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch recently visited Washington, D.C., to meet with several federal legislators and speak at the National Lieutenant Governors Association roundtable.“Sharing our progress regarding rural broadband with fellow state leaders was an important step in continuing the conversation on how we can bring internet access to rural areas across the nation,” Crouch said. “Indiana has been moving the needle on broadband for years, and we are starting to see some progress being made in the state, and I hope other states take note and work collaboratively to close the digital divide.”Crouch visited the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to discuss the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program and rural broadband. The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs utilizes HUD’s Community Development Block Grants, and can transform a small portion of those into physical and economic revitalization projects.The United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development also met with Crouch and shared the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program and its initiatives. This earmarked $550 million for the program, which encourages the building of broadband infrastructure in America.“I have heard from countless Hoosiers during my travels of the state how important high-speed, affordable broadband is to their lives. It is important we share that message with our federal leaders so we can all work together to improve internet access,” Crouch said.last_img read more