The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $30 million contract for the development phase of the Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) technology demonstration program.
Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will develop a technology demonstration payload to provide tactical space situational awareness with dedicated communications.
The surveillance system will increase critical awareness of threats to U.S. satellites and demonstrate the capability to control and manage up to eight instruments for operational systems implementation.
The Space Superiority Systems Wing of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. initiated the program after recognizing an emerging need to protect vital defense satellite systems that ensure national security.
“We are excited to continue our work with the Air Force on this critical program,” said Phil Bowen, director of surveillance and intelligence systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
Then again, Skynet would be the GooglePlex’s bitch in this reality!
Intel (NSDQ:INTC)’s next-generation Nehalem processor lineup is so powerful that it simply destroys previous CPU benchmarks. An early look at the company’s new chips shows they have the potential to drive current data center-class performance onto the desktop.
The Test Center has reviewed evaluation units of the chip giant’s latest processors and motherboards over the past several weeks. Early results show nearly historic levels of improvement over previous generations of processors.
Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., made the evaluation units available to reviewers ahead of the platform’s official launch, which is expected to happen later this month. (“Nehalem” is actually the former code-name of the platform, which includes its new Core i7 CPUs and X58 motherboards.)
Despite the Sumerian/Hebrew sounding name, I couldn’t find anything esoteric connected to the name using the GooglePlex.
There is a river in Oregon named the Nehalem however.
Or could it be a corruption of Nephilim ?
Another piece of advanced hardware to enhance the awakening Google-god AI.
A team of top boffins believe that they have cracked one of the main problems of interplanetary travel – that of surviving deadly solar radiation storms. The physicists say they have come up with an idea for a crafty forcefield which could stand off the protoplasm-punishing particle squalls of deep space…
Thus far, only a very few people have ever travelled beyond the protection of the Earth’s magnetosphere – the Apollo astronauts who went to the Moon in the 1960s and 70s. All other humans in space – including the crews of the present-day International Space Station – have remained within the protective magnetic field of their home planet.
The Apollo missions were reasonably safe because they were brief – only days long. The risk of a major solar radiation storm was minimal. Even so, had there been a serious solar event during an Apollo mission the results might have been disastrous – the more so as there is no lunar atmosphere to protect explorers.
A journey to Mars, however, is projected to take 6 months – and then there’s the return trip to consider. Even though the astronauts would be protected by the Martian atmosphere (and the planet itself) during their stay, a year in deep space would be very dangerous. Even normal background radiation could be expected to use up much of an astronaut’s lifetime exposure limit.
“In the 23rd century, Constitution-class starships were equipped with an ion pod, allowing the starships to acquire data in conditions that defeated their conventional sensor platforms. Starships traversing ion storms were buffeted by the storms “weather” effects and subjected to tremendous hull pressures and stress. Starfleet used the measurement of a storm’s relative effect on the ship as a supplementary data point to judge the intensity of an ion storm, and hazards it posed. Minor but noticeable “natural vibrations” were labeled Force-2 on an incremental scale. Above Force-7, the starship was at increased risk and subject to the captain‘s call for red alert status.”
What we have here is another case of life imitating art, but in a good way this time.
Will this come to pass?
I’d like to be around if it happens.