Recently, Zoran Kahrić held a lecture on the development of NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite and here’s one of the first pictures we are publishing (thanks to Mr Kahrić).
The picture shows Bikini Atoll. The right figure shows where the laser beams went. In the left picture is beam # 2 (right line in color image); the surface of the sea (with waves) and the deep bottom can be seen. Then the bottom is raised, comes above the sea and begins the lagoon, which is shallow and no waves. At the end of the beam comes a reef that goes down to the surface and starts high waves again.
The 7 members of the A3 team visited on the 9th of April 2018 department for Aerospace Engineering at Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt. In the company of several members of the host team, led by Dr. Carsten Scharlemann, Head of the Department, discussion was about the technical details of the CubeSat development, their experience of the PEGASUS satellite launched last year, and the CLIMB CubeSat project, which will be the first in the world to use trusters to change orbit from circular into elliptical. After the discussion, which lasted for several hours, their labs were shown, satellite testing instruments and self-developed pulsed plasma truster and the vacuum chambers where it is tested. Finally, desire for closer cooperation was expressed between A3 and AE on several projects.
Founding Assembly of the Adriatic Aerospace Association was held at the Ruđer Bošković Institute on 18. December 2017. The Association was established by 30 founding members from research and academic institutions, schools of technology and high technology firms. In this way the Association acquires the status of legal entity as opposed to previous status when it was an assembly of members bonded by mutual consent agreement.
The core mission of FLIR UAS is to develop, produce and sell the world’s smallest and most advanced Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS). Currently FLIR UAS creates innovative solutions for complex problems based on modern microelectronics, new sensor technology, creative mechanical design and cost-effective production. Also, it works closely with leading industry partners and broad customer bases to provide optimal and functional products that meet the needs of the operator. The latest achievement is the Black Hornet with nano sensors.
The new MIT system that came out of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is the first to allow users to design, simulate, and build individually custom-made drones. Users can change the size, shape, and structure of their drone based on the specific needs for carrying capacity, price, flight time, battery consumption, and other factors.
Goldman Sachs has the highest forecast = $ 100B USD by 2020 (of which 70% for the Army).
Like the internet and GPS before them, drones are being developed beyond their original military use to become powerful business tools. They have already made a jump on the consumer market and are now being used in commercial and civilian governmental applications from firearms to agriculture. This creates a market opportunity that is too large to neglect.
The future of mankind is in Space, and it is necessary to ensure safe, cheap and without great stress on the body transport of people and goods from Earth to the first station in orbit. It is still a long way to fulfill these conditions, but the steps in that direction are underway, the founding of our association A3 is precisely on that trajectory. More about the efforts to realize that vision
This summer many fires raged Adriatic coast in Croatia, the most famous is the one that came close to burn Split. At the same time another two were visible from the Space. The power of satellite observation could be used for detecting fires at the earliest stage thus preventing disasters that come after they get out of control. Another problem is detecting ember which are hidden dangers for instigating new fires after the main one was put out.