Yeah, But What If?

Submarine accidents which result in the submarine careening to the sea bottom are spectacular in Hollywood movies and video games, but they do not happen often in real life.  In fact, for the U.S., we have not lost a submarine to the depths since 1968 when USS Scorpion was lost with 99 souls due ( […]

Submarine accidents which result in the submarine careening to the sea bottom are spectacular in Hollywood movies and video games, but they do not happen often in real life.  In fact, for the U.S., we have not lost a submarine to the depths since 1968 when USS Scorpion was lost with 99 souls due ( most likely) to an inadvertent activation of a battery or a torpedo.  Prior to that, in 1963, USS Thresher was lost with 129 souls due to ( most likely ) a piping failure during a deep dive.  Due to actions taken as a result of lessons learned from those two mishaps, the U.S. has not had a major submarine loss since then.  The safety record for U.S. Submarines since 1968 has been remarkable, and the envy of other countries.

Yeah, but what if?

To be prudent, the U.S. must assume that there will be submarine accidents in the future, even if they are not U.S. submarines.  For this reason, the U.S. continues to maintain a force dedicated to the rescue of downed submarines.  Undersea Rescue Command (URC) is the U.S. Navy’s official command for the rescue of sailors during a submarine casualty anywhere in the world.   If you would like to learn more about this command, you can read about it here.

The blog author has had some personal experience working with the Undersea Rescue Command, and all comments that follow are the authors personal opinions, and not an official opinion of the U.S. Navy or Applied Technology Institute.  In case you missed that, please go back and read it again.

Two significant issues that confront the Undersea Rescue Command are funding and localization. 

The funding issue arises from the fact that our submarines are so safe, and our safety record is so good, there is a hesitance to pay too much attention ( and funding ) to an organization which may not ever be called into service.  Unfortunately, there is not much the technical community can do about that; it will have to fall upon the Public Relations Office at U.S. Navy. 

Localization, however, is a problem which the technical community can help solve.  When a submarine goes to the bottom, the Undersea Rescue Command jumps into action, and reports to the vicinity of the accident very quickly.  Unfortunately, the Undersea Rescue Command cannot start their rescue mission until the precise location of the sunken submarine is known, and that is often a difficult problem.  Until the submarine is located, the rescue can not actually begin.  Often, in exercises, or in other countries, by the time the submarine is located, it has become a recovery mission rather than a rescue mission. 

So, how can we simplify the task of locating a downed submarine?  Some of the answer lies in the concept of operations, or things that a distressed submarine can do to facilitate the search for them.  Some of the answer lies in advances in sonars and sonar signal processing.  And the rest of the answer lies in innovative new ideas, for example, using AUVs or UUVs to find distressed submarines ( cool idea ). 

Applied Technology Institute is offering several courses in the coming months that will help you brush up on your skills, so that you can apply them to this problem.  You can find information about our Sonar Signal Processing course, and register for the course here.  Additionally, you can find information about our Passive and Active Acoustics Fundamentals course, and register for the course here.  Lastly, a full listing of ATI’s Acoustics and Sonar Engineering Courses ( including AUV and UUV courses ) can be found here.  If you are interested in a course which is not currently on the schedule, please let us know, so we can try to schedule an offering soon.

As I said earlier, the author has had the pleasure of working with the Undersea Rescue Command several years ago, and was very impressed with the hard work and dedication exhibited by all members of their team.  The following picture shows me and the rest of the JHU/APL Team that worked with the URC.  We are posing inside of the Pressurized Rescue Module which travels to the distressed submarine to perform the rescue.  Although no one would ever want to experience being on a submarine in distress, they should feel encouraged that a team as dedicated and qualified as URC is on the job.

You’re Going To The Moon, Alice

Mankind has always been fascinated with exploring the Moon, and that will probably always be the case.  At first, in the time leading up to the famous first moon landing in 1969, the goal was simply to reach the moon, and spend a short time looking around, and return to earth safely.  Now, 50 years […]

Mankind has always been fascinated with exploring the Moon, and that will probably always be the case.  At first, in the time leading up to the famous first moon landing in 1969, the goal was simply to reach the moon, and spend a short time looking around, and return to earth safely.  Now, 50 years later, the goal is more ambitious since technology can support so much more.  The first objective today is to reach the moon, and stay there.  The next goal would be to use the moon as a landing pad to support exploration of things beyond the moon, most notably Mars.  The NASA Artemis Missions will be the way these objectives are accomplished.  I am not sure about you, but this mission snuck up on me, and I am learning about it now. 

The Artemis Mission is comprised of six projects which together will allow NASA to accomplish its goals of reaching the moon, staying on the moon for long term exploration, and getting closer to ultimate goal of being able to send men (and women) beyond the moon.  The six projects include:

Ground Systems – Upgrading Earth ground systems to support the larger rockets which will be needed

Space Launch System – The new and more powerful rocket that will launch man toward the moon and beyond

Orion – The spacecraft that will bring astronauts to the moon’s orbit, and return them to earth from the moon’s orbit

Gateway – The outpost spacecraft which will orbit the moon and be living quarters for the astronauts when they are not on the moon surface

Lunar Landers – The spacecraft which will transfer astronauts between the Gateway and the moon Surface, and

Space Suits – The new and improved suits that the astronauts will need to carry out their mission.

The timeline for this mission has three major milestones, namely, the three Artemis missions, Artemis I, Artemis II, and Artemis III.

Artemis I – an unmanned flight to test the Space Launch System and Orion, scheduled for 2021

Artemis II – a manned flight to test the Space Launch System and Orion, scheduled for 2022

Artemis III – A manned flight to the moon that will return man to the moon.

This is a truly ambitious mission, and an even more ambitious schedule.

ATI offers a plethora of courses which relate to Space exploration.  Check out our list of Space related courses here.    If you are interested in the legal aspects of Space exploration, you can register for our upcoming Astropolitics class here

Although the author thinks Space Exploration is exciting and important, and I fully endorse all of the goals of the Artemis Mission, I can’t help but wonder why the Government is not spending at least as much money on exploration of the deep oceans.  I would challenge the US to start investing more money in Ocean Exploration, but not at the expense of Space Exploration.  Both of these are important.  I am curious what readers think about this issue, please leave your comments below.

And, if you are interested in Ocean Exploration, ATI has a few courses which may be of interest to you too.  Please check out our full list of offerings here.

And if you simply want to learn more about the Artemis Mission, you can go to the NASA Artemis site that describes the mission in more detail. 

This video is about a predator bird hunting a squirrel. Occasional we post things on the web just because we are impressed.

Occasional we post things on the web just because we are impressed. Look at this video and figure out how you would have filmed and created it. It was forward by Captain Ray Wellborn who teaches ATIcourses Submarines and Anti-Submarine Warfare which covers submarines and hunting for submarines. This video is about a predator bird hunting […]
Occasional we post things on the web just because we are impressed. Look at this video and figure out how you would have filmed and created it. It was forward by Captain Ray Wellborn who teaches ATIcourses Submarines and Anti-Submarine Warfare which covers submarines and hunting for submarines. This video is about a predator bird hunting  a squirrel. The visuals are amazing. https://www.youtube.com/v/XBEyCr5AoIs

Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV)- Experts To Report On October 16, 2013

The rise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is driving the development on unmanned technologies in other areas.  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming so commonplace that the FAA is hard-pressed to come up with regulations to control their operations. Unmanned marine vehicles, meanwhile, are becoming a hot technology topic, as military researchers push a program […]
The rise of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is driving the development on unmanned technologies in other areas.  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are becoming so commonplace that the FAA is hard-pressed to come up with regulations to control their operations. Unmanned marine vehicles, meanwhile, are becoming a hot technology topic, as military researchers push a program forward to develop a long-endurance unmanned underwater submarine. The experts are scheduled to report on this project on October 16 at Alion Science and Technology Inc. On the schedule of the briefings: LDUUV vision and missions program schedule budget technology risks and payoff technology development and transfer employment operations testing requirements Q & A session You can register by emailing Navy’s Ron Merlene at ronald.merlene@navy.mil Read more here.


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Detecting Quiet Diesel Electric Submarines

This is an article worth reading. You can also learn more by attending ATI’s sonar and acoustics courses. https://aticourses.com/schedule.htm#acoustic http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20130626.aspx This is a quote from the summary. There are 39 nations operating a total of 400 diesel electric subs. Only three of these nations (China, Iran, North Korea) are likely to use their subs against […]
This is an article worth reading. You can also learn more by attending ATI’s sonar and acoustics courses. https://aticourses.com/schedule.htm#acoustic http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20130626.aspx This is a quote from the summary. There are 39 nations operating a total of 400 diesel electric subs. Only three of these nations (China, Iran, North Korea) are likely to use their subs against the U.S. or its allies. China has fifty of these boats, Iran has three (plus 25 much smaller mini-subs) and North Korea has 20 (plus 50 much smaller mini-subs). So the U.S. has to worry about 73 diesel electric subs and 75 mini-subs. But about half the full size subs are elderly, obsolete, and noisy. The same can be said for at least half the mini-subs. That leaves about 36 full size subs and 40 mini-subs that are a clear threat (though the older stuff can be a threat if you get sloppy). That’s a lot of subs, and they make the East Asian coast and the Persian Gulf dangerous places for American warships. Moreover, the North Korean and Iranian fleets (and governments) are in decline, while China is pouring more cash into their armed forces. If there’s any diesel-electric boats the U.S. Navy has to be extremely concerned about, it’s the Chinese. While China continues to try and develop world class nuclear subs, they are also moving ahead in creating world class diesel electric boats.      

Training budgets: Smaller is not an option

  The debate on the budgets for the government organizations is pretty toxic in the US. Both US Navy and US Army alongside other organizations have declared budget shortfalls which effect many areas including training. Without commitment to training and learning new skills there can be no continuous improvement, which is one of the prime […]
  The debate on the budgets for the government organizations is pretty toxic in the US. Both US Navy and US Army alongside other organizations have declared budget shortfalls which effect many areas including training. Without commitment to training and learning new skills there can be no continuous improvement, which is one of the prime directives of any government or company. The Applied Technology Institute (ATI) specializes in short course technical training in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, systems engineering and signal processing. Since 1984 ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and on-site technical training to defense and NASA facilities, as well as DOD and aerospace contractors. The courses provide a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and a working knowledge of current technology and applications.   When your company does not want to pay for the training you really want, as an alternative, you can:
  • Spent your own personal money and funds; if you believe in it and then you will do it
  • Find a user group who are practicing the skills you desire
  • Don’t accept the classic answer from the boss, “How does X help the business?”. If the training is relevant to you achieving a goal of being a much better employee then of course it is relevant.
  • Find another organization to work for
A training manager with a good team can:
  • Fight for your team and their training; fight for your team’s budget and don’t let the senior management take it away
  • Give up your personal training for the entire year and suggest that they allocate the extra budget to training for your team members
  • Perhaps, it is time to evaluate the relationship with the preferred supplier of training. Has your firm been getting decent value from the PSL (preferred supplier list)?
  • Find alternatives to training like brown bag lunches and/or collaborate with other businesses
Everybody needs training and self-improvement. Please share your opinion with us by commenting below.
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Was A Killer Whale Killed By NAVY Exercises?

Applied Technology Institute offers a short technical course, Underwater Acoustics For Biologists and Conservation Managers, on April 17-19, 2012 in Washington, DC area.  We thought the news below would be of interest to our readers. It appears that yet another magnificent creature of the deep,  a member of the endangered southern resident killer whales, was […]
Applied Technology Institute offers a short technical course, Underwater Acoustics For Biologists and Conservation Managers, on April 17-19, 2012 in Washington, DC area.  We thought the news below would be of interest to our readers. It appears that yet another magnificent creature of the deep,  a member of the endangered southern resident killer whales, was killed by NAVY exercises. The body of the three-year-old female whale,L112, known both as Sooke and Little Victoria, washed up on a beach near Long Beach, Washington, shortly after the Canadian navy was using sonar in Juan de Fuca Strait. According to witnesses, sonar pings, which were recorded by a series of hydrophones, were preceded by an explosion. The necropsy conducted by the experts shows that the whale died from “significant trauma”. This caused an outrage in environmental community, including David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, Greenpeace, Living Oceans, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Sierra Club B.C., Western Canada Wilderness Committee and the World Wildlife Fund. Under Canada’s Species At Risk Act the killer whales are listed as endangered spices. All of the above mentioned organizations call for ending of the military exercises in the a release of all information about activities in the area that might have contributed to Sooke’s death. What is you opinion on this matter? Please comment below.
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Want to listen to a whale song LIVE? Tune in to Whale FM!

If you are interested in whales and would like to know more about them, now is your chance.  Citizen Scientist Alliance launched a new project named The Whale Song Project or Whale FM. Via “Hokumoanalani” (Star of the Heavenly Ocean) hydrophone that was launched off the coast of Hawaii in 2005.  Now with a help of […]
If you are interested in whales and would like to know more about them, now is your chance.  Citizen Scientist Alliance launched a new project named The Whale Song Project or Whale FM. Via “Hokumoanalani” (Star of the Heavenly Ocean) hydrophone that was launched off the coast of Hawaii in 2005.  Now with a help of the radio system, transmitter and audio feed up to 100 citizen scientists can listen to various whale songs. After listening to the whale call citizen scientists are asked to listen to a number of potential matching calls from the project’s database. If a match is found, the citizen scientist clicks on that sound’s spectrogram and the results are stored. The data generated by this project should help scientists to answer a number of questions regarding whale communication. For example, researchers want to know the size of the pilot whales’ call repertoire and whether repertoire size is a sign of intelligence. In addition, researchers seek to understand whether the two different types of pilot whales—long fin and short fin—have different call repertoires, and, if so, whether this signifies a distinct dialect. If you would like to listen to the whale songs here are some Tune-In Links: iTunes or Winamp: http://cast.shoutcasti.com/tunein.php/dansyt00/playlist.pls Real Player: http://cast.shoutcasti.com/tunein.php/dansyt00/playlist.ram Windows Media Player: http://cast.shoutcasti.com/tunein.php/dansyt00/playlist.asx QuickTime: http://cast.shoutcasti.com/tunein.php/dansyt00/playlist.qtl
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Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) and March 11, 2011 Tsunami Warnings

Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) have many sensor to detect earthquakes and tsunamis. Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami. A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. Cars, […]
Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) have many sensor to detect earthquakes and tsunamis. Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began has struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami. A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. Cars, ships and buildings were swept away by a wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude tremor, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo. A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant, where pressure has exceeded normal levels. The following videos provide good information. http://www.youtube.com/user/NOAAPMEL?feature=mhum#p/c/3BDBAAAA7D4EB2DA/0/2mKbFORiDzg

Probing the Ocean for Submarines – Additional Information

Title: Probing the Ocean for Submarines: A History of the AN/SQS-26 Long-Range Echo-Ranging Sonar (2nd Edition) Author: Thaddeus G. Bell Publisher: Peninsula Publishing ISBN: 978-0-932146-26-7 Pages: 264 Binding: Soft cover This book presents the history of the design and development from 1955 to 1975 of the AN/SQS-26 echo-ranging sonar for submarine detection from ocean escorts […]
Title: Probing the Ocean for Submarines: A History of the AN/SQS-26 Long-Range Echo-Ranging Sonar (2nd Edition) Author: Thaddeus G. Bell Publisher: Peninsula Publishing ISBN: 978-0-932146-26-7 Pages: 264 Binding: Soft cover This book presents the history of the design and development from 1955 to 1975 of the AN/SQS-26 echo-ranging sonar for submarine detection from ocean escorts (DEs). The sonar was the first to utilize long-range bottom reflection and convergence zone paths, in addition to the more conventional surface-duct paths. These long-range paths are little affected by submarine depth. In deep water a “bottom bounce” active detection range out to as far as 25 miles is possible, where the bottom is sufficiently reflective. In shallow water the bottom is normally reflective enough to permit echo ranging out to as much as 20 miles via multiple bottom reflections. If the water depth is sufficient, a “convergence zone” is also available from deep refraction paths converging over a narrow annular detection zone with an outer extent up to 40 miles from an echo-ranging source. The book describes AN/SQS-26 echo-ranging detection performance using these long-range paths against surface ships of opportunity, U.S. submarines and Soviet submarines on patrol. Starting about 1975, digital upgrades of the original design were produced for destroyers, guided missile destroyers, and guided missile cruisers. The upgrades are currently being installed at this writing (2011) on the new construction of today’s DDG-51 class guided missile destroyers. In the early 1980s the major characteristics of this surface ship active sonar were also incorporated into the bow array sonar of USN submarines. The historical information presented should be of interest to operational commands, sonar designers, research scientists, undersea warfare tacticians and those involved in resource-allocation decisions for research, development and production programs.

Virginia Class Submarine Summary

ATI Courses is scheduled to present technical training short course Submarines and Anti-Submarine Warfare scheduled to be presented in Columbia, MD on June 21-23, 2011.  We think our readers would be interested in the information below. Designed by Electric Boat, the Virginia-class is being built jointly under a teaming arrangement between Electric Boat and Northrop […]

ATI Courses is scheduled to present technical training short course Submarines and Anti-Submarine Warfare scheduled to be presented in Columbia, MD on June 21-23, 2011.  We think our readers would be interested in the information below.

Designed by Electric Boat, the Virginia-class is being built jointly under a teaming arrangement between Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News in Virginia. In 1998, the U.S. Navy awarded a $4.2 billion contract for the construction of the first four ships of the class. Virginia is the first of these. Displacing approximately 7,800 tons with a length of 370 feet, Virginia is longer but lighter than the previous Seawolf-class of submarines. The 132-member crew can launch Tomahawk land-attack missiles from 12 vertical launch system tubes and Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes from four 21-inch torpedo tubes. Virginia will be able to attack targets ashore with accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea forces. Other missions will conduct include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, special forces delivery & support, and mine delivery and minefield mapping. With enhanced communications connectivity, Virginia also will provide battle group & joint task force support, with full integration into carrier battle group operations. The Virginia-class submarines surpasses the performance of any current projected threat submarine, ensuring US undersea dominance well into the next century. The Virginia class (or SSN-774 class) of attack submarines are the first US subs to be designed for a broad spectrum of open-ocean and littoral missions around the world. They were designed as a cheaper alternative to the Cold War era Seawolf-class attack submarines, and are slated to replace aging Los Angeles class subs, seventeen of which have already been decommissioned. The Virginias incorporate several innovations. Instead of periscopes, the subs have a pair of extendable “photonics masts” outside the pressure hull. Each contains several high-resolution cameras with light-intensification and infrared sensors, an infrared laser rangefinder, and an integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) array. Signals from the masts’ sensors are transmitted through fiber optic data lines through signal processors to the control center. The subs also make use of pump-jet propulsors for quieter operations.

http://www.sublant.navy.mil/VirginiaClass.htm

Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) and Tsunami Warnings

Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) have many sensors. One function is to detect earthquales using seismometers and hydrophones, and tsunamis using bottom pressure recorders. A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. These videos give some background information. […]
Ocean Observing Systems (OOS) have many sensors. One function is to detect earthquales using seismometers and hydrophones, and tsunamis using bottom pressure recorders. A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. These videos give some background information. http://www.youtube.com/user/NOAAPMEL?feature=mhum#p/c/0/2mKbFORiDzg http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709598

Synchronized Swimming for Submarines

The autonomous submarines at the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility. Nature shows and Caribbean vacation commercials often depict a school of fish moving as a single entity to avoid obstacles and elude prey. Engineers hope to give unmanned mini-submarines, mini-helicopters and other autonomous vehicles the same coordinated movement. Derek Paley, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at […]
The autonomous submarines at the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility.

The autonomous submarines at the Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility.

Nature shows and Caribbean vacation commercials often depict a school of fish moving as a single entity to avoid obstacles and elude prey. Engineers hope to give unmanned mini-submarines, mini-helicopters and other autonomous vehicles the same coordinated movement. Derek Paley, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, recently won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his proposal to study the coordinated movement of fish and apply it to unmanned submarines. Unmanned vehicles under multi-vehicle control could navigate more accurately and collect data more reliably than individual vehicles. The Navy plans to use a fleet of unmanned submarines to measure oceanic salinity, temperature and density—the factors that affect the speed of sound through water. These measurements, in turn, will help better predict sonar performance. Fish signal one another via visual cues and hydrodynamics (the movement of water). A line of tiny hair cells down each side of a fish helps them to sense the flow of the water around them. Paley is giving a fleet of mini-subs onboard cameras to mimic the visual sensing of fish. Also aboard each 3-foot-long sub is a tiny computer that can process the information from the cameras to determine the relative position of the subs around it and use this information to steer. Meanwhile, undergraduate student Alexander Leishman is developing sensors for Paley’s subs that will mimic the hair cells of the fish, to help the subs sense changes in the flow of the water. In lab space provided by biology professor Arthur Popper on the College Park campus, Paley has set up a network of cameras to monitor a school of giant danios (hardy freshwater fish about three inches long) and how they react when they are startled. When one or more fish in a school is startled, they trigger what is known as a “wave of agitation”—one fish takes evasive action, its immediate neighbors follow suit, followed by their neighbors, and so on. Paley takes the data captured by the cameras and uses it to create 3-d reconstructions of the fish movement. The models will help his research team better understand the information transmission among the fish and apply the same principles to the unmanned vehicles. “We’re developing modern engineering tools to quantitatively study this phenomenon,” Paley says. “We’re taking methods you learn as an engineering student and applying them to study biology.” The technology being built for the subs also can be applied to unmanned aerial vehicles. “We’re looking at planetary-scale applications for these vehicles; for instance, monitoring conditions inside hurricanes to improve forecasting models,” Paley said. “It’s important to fly lower—below 10,000 feet—to collect data where the air meets the water,” explains Paley. “Manned aircraft can’t fly that low inside a hurricane for safety reasons.” Paley directs the Collective Dynamics and Control Lab, where he supervises the research projects of twelve undergraduate engineering students who help him build the autonomous submarines. Paley also has six graduate students working on related research including Sachit Butail, a doctoral candidate who is developing an automatic tracking system to monitor the fish and produce data at an unprecedented rate and volume. This fall, Paley will add a neuroscience grad student to his team who will help design and conduct experiments to glean more from the communication behaviors of the fish.

ATI Features World Class Instructors for Our Short Courses

Washington, DC Tuesday, November 30, 2010 “Even I Could Learn a Thing or Two from ATI” Video Clip: Click to Watch Since 1984 ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training The short technical courses from the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide […]
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“Even I Could Learn a Thing or Two from ATI”
“Even I Could Learn a Thing or Two from ATI”
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Since 1984 ATI has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training
The short technical courses from the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems. The classes are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. ABOUT ATI AND THE INSTRUCTORS Our mission here at the ATI is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. For example: Robert Fry worked from 1979 to 2007 at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he was a member of the Principal Professional Staff. He is now working at System Engineering Group (SEG) where he is Corporate Senior Staff and also serves as the company-wide technical advisor. Throughout his career he has been involved in the development of new combat weapon system concepts, development of system requirements, and balancing allocations within the fire control loop between sensing and weapon kinematic capabilities. He has worked on many aspects of the AEGIS combat system including AAW, BMD, AN/SPY-1, and multi-mission requirements development. Missile system development experience includes SM-2, SM-3, SM-6, Patriot, THAAD, HARPOON, AMRAAM, TOMAHAWK, and other missile systems. Robert teaches ATI’s Combat Systems Engineering course Wayne Tustin has been president of Equipment Reliability Institute (ERI), a specialized engineering school and consultancy he founded in Santa Barbara, CA, since 1995. His BSEE degree is from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. Wayne’s first encounter with vibration was at Boeing/Seattle, performing what later came to be called modal tests, on the XB-52 prototype of that highly reliable platform. Subsequently he headed field service and technical training for a manufacturer of electrodynamic shakers, before establishing another specialized school on which he left his name. Based on over 50 years of professional experience, Wayne has written several books and literally hundreds of articles dealing with practical aspects of vibration and shock measurement and testing. Wayne teaches ATI’s Fundamentals of Random Vibration & Shock Testing course. Thomas S. Logsdon, M.S For more than 30 years, Thomas S. Logsdon, M. S., has worked on the Navstar GPS and other related technologies at the Naval Ordinance Laboratory, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Boeing Aerospace, and Rockwell International. His research projects and consulting assignments have included the Transit Navigation Satellites, The Tartar and Talos shipboard missiles, and the Navstar GPS. In addition, he has helped put astronauts on the moon and guide their colleagues on rendezvous missions headed toward the Skylab capsule. Some of his more challenging assignments have centered around constellation coverage studies, GPS performance enhancement, military applications, spacecraft survivability, differential navigation, booster rocket guidance using the GPS signals and shipboard attitude determination. Tom Logsdon has taught short courses and lectured in thirty one different countries. He has written and published forty technical papers and journal articles, a dozen of which have dealt with military and civilian radionavigation techniques. He is also the author of twenty nine technical books on various engineering and scientific subjects. These include Understanding the Navstar, Orbital Mechanics: Theory and Applications, Mobile Communication Satellites, and The Navstar Global Positioning System. Courses Mr. Logsdon teaches through ATI include: Understanding Space Fundamentals of Orbital & Launch Mechanics GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space and Strapdown Inertial Navigation Systems COURSE OUTLINE, SAMPLERS, AND NOTES Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS For the dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.
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Why Not Give Yourself the Gift of a Short Course this Holiday Season?

Washington, DC Monday, November 29, 2010 Is One of These Yours? Video Clip: Click to Watch When Did You Last do Something for Your Career? Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Our courses provide a practical overview of space […]
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Is One of These Yours?
Is One of These Yours?
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Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. Our courses provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space and defense systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, a technical expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of complex systems in a short time. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. Dates, Times and Locations For the dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at www.ATIcourses.com. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.
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Enabling the sharing of airspace by manned and unmanned aircraft

The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation’s (ARCAA) Smart Skies project, focusing on the development of technology to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to effectively share airspace, is approaching its final milestone. The project, also involving Boeing Research and Technology-Australia, Insitu Pacific and the Queensland Government, is exploring development of three key enabling aviation technologies: […]
The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation’s (ARCAA) Smart Skies project, focusing on the development of technology to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to effectively share airspace, is approaching its final milestone. The project, also involving Boeing Research and Technology-Australia, Insitu Pacific and the Queensland Government, is exploring development of three key enabling aviation technologies: an Automated Separation Management System capable of providing separation assurance in complex airspace environments; Sense and Act systems for manned and unmanned aircraft capable of collision avoidance of dynamic and static obstacles; and a Mobile Aircraft Tracking System (MATS) utilising a cost-effective radar and dependent surveillance systems. The latest flight trials included all of the project elements, including a fixed-wing UAV and a modified Cessna flying in automatic mode, flying collision scenarios with simulated aircraft. The final flight trial will take place in December this year, before project wrap-up and final reports in 2011, and, ultimately, the attempt to commercialise the Smart Skies intellectual property. ARCAA acting director Dr Jonathon Roberts said a new research project was also on the cards. The collision-avoidance research is one of two key areas in which the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires proof that technology in unmanned aircraft can operate in a way equivalent to human pilots. “In the future research we’re trying to hit the next problem: Smart Skies is all about collision avoidance and managing the avoidance of collisions; the next thing that CASA will require will be automatic landing systems,” Dr Roberts said. “So that if you have an engine failure or other catastrophic failure and you have to come down, you’ve got to be able to put it down in a safe place, so these will be vision systems that actually look at the ground and figure out where to land. “That’s the next thing that has to be done before UAVs can fly over populous areas.” The Smart Skies program was recently recognised at the Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards, where it won the ‘Control systems, networks, information processing and telecommunications’ category.

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Attend a Short Technical Course from ATI

Washington, DC Monday, November 15, 2010 HOT off the press!!! Video Clip: Click to Watch ATI specializes in short course technical training in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing Here are the top ten reasons why you should attend a short technical course from ATI: 1. Our world class instructors love to teach 2. […]
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Here are the top ten reasons why you should attend a short technical course from ATI: 1. Our world class instructors love to teach 2. Both fundamental and advanced technical courses are offered 3. Convenient locations all around the country 4. Short courses take less than a week 5. Take only the classes you need 6. Our focus is on space and defense technology, just like yours 7. If there are eight or more people who are interested in a course, you save money if we bring the course to you. 8. If you have fifteen or more students, you save over fifty percent compared to a public course. 9. You will gain an understanding of the basic vocabulary needed in order to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. 10. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion Since 1984, the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI short courses are designed to help you keep your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our classes provide a practical overview of space and defense technologies which provide a strong foundation for understanding the issues that must be confronted in the use, regulation and development such complex systems. Whether you are a busy engineer, an aviation expert or a project manager, you can enhance your understanding of space-related systems without missing much time from work. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. See our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. Or check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. After attending the course you will receive a full set of detailed notes from the class for future reference, as well as a certificate of completion. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide expert training and the highest quality professional development in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. We are not a one-size-fits-all educational facility. Our short classes include both introductory and advanced courses. ATI’s instructors are world-class experts who are the best in the business. They are carefully selected for their ability to clearly explain advanced technology. Dates, Times and Locations For the dates and locations of all of our short courses, please access the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. Call today for registration at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or access our website at ATIcourses. For general questions please email us at ATI@ATIcourses.com.
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Applied Oceanography & Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Funding

ATIcourses offer courses in Applied Oceanography and Underwater Acoustics. This announcement should interest some of our readers. Resources The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) has begun establishing a Catalog that will help people find ocean data. The IOOS vision is that users will be able to find the information they want, for the location […]
ATIcourses offer courses in Applied Oceanography and Underwater Acoustics. This announcement should interest some of our readers. Resources The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) has begun establishing a Catalog that will help people find ocean data. The IOOS vision is that users will be able to find the information they want, for the location and time period of interest, from all available IOOS partners without having to know in advance what partners operate the actual observing systems and data servers. The functionality is still somewhat basic, and not every IOOS observing platform is presently included. IOOS welcomes comments and problem reports; please send them to ioos.catalog@noaa.gov NOAA will solicit proposals for competitive funding for Regional Ocean Partnership activities that include or emphasize regional Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning efforts. This competition will focus on advancing effective coastal and ocean management through regional ocean governance and the goals for national ocean policy set out in the July 2010 Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. Total anticipated funding is approximately $20,000,000 and is subject to the availability of FY 2011 appropriations. Details on eligibility, deadlines and proposal requirements are available at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/funding/. The anticipated number of awards ranges from twelve (12) to thirty (30), and will be adjusted based on available funding. The document can be read here. Source info@macoora.org

Ocean Surveillance Ships – T-AGOS

Ocean Surveillance Ships – T-AGOS Description Ocean surveillance ships gather underwater acoustical data. The T-AGOS ships are operated by Military Sealift Command to support the anti-submarine warfare mission of the commanders of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Description: Ocean surveillance ships have a single mission to gather underwater acoustical data. The T-AGOS ships operate to […]
Ocean Surveillance Ships – T-AGOS Description Ocean surveillance ships gather underwater acoustical data. The T-AGOS ships are operated by Military Sealift Command to support the anti-submarine warfare mission of the commanders of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Description: Ocean surveillance ships have a single mission to gather underwater acoustical data. The T-AGOS ships operate to support the anti-submarine warfare mission of the Commanders in chief of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. Features: The ship is designed to tow an array of underwater listening devices to collect acoustical data. The ship also carries electronic equipment to process and transmit that data via satellite to shore stations for evaluation. The ship, the listening devices and electronic equipment are all part of a system called the Surveillance Towed Array System, or SURTASS. Victorious class ocean surveillance ships are built on a Small Waterplane Twin Hull, or SWATH, design for greater stability at slow speeds in high latitudes under adverse weather conditions. Impeccable class ships have a hull form based on that of Victorious. Acoustic systems should include an active low frequency towed array, which has a series of modules each of which houses two high-powered active transducers. These can be used with either mono or bistatic receivers. http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/navyfacts/blsurveillanceships.htm

Ocean Observing Systems Offer Real-Time Data

In December 2009 the Canadian North-East Pacific Time-series Undersea Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE) system went live at four ocean sites on the Juan de Fuca plate. Ocean observing systems offers unprecedented opportunities for all researchers involved in the ocean and earth sciences. The real-time interactive design of NEPTUNE Canada will give scientists the ability to respond […]
In December 2009 the Canadian North-East Pacific Time-series Undersea Networked Experiments (NEPTUNE) system went live at four ocean sites on the Juan de Fuca plate. Ocean observing systems offers unprecedented opportunities for all researchers involved in the ocean and earth sciences. The real-time interactive design of NEPTUNE Canada will give scientists the ability to respond to rare oceanic events, observe ocean change over decades, and adjust experiments and sampling over time, all via the Internet. Many ocean observing systems are being commissioned in Europe, Asia and in the Americas. This web page offers a good review of the Ocean Observing Systems http://ocean-news.com/home/338-special-feature NEPTUNE Canada Last December, the first data transmissions were observed on the NEPTUNE Canada observatory. Four months later, over 267,000 data files occupying more than 4.4 Terabytes contain raw data, complex data and recordings from streaming instruments. The Bottom Pressure Recorder (BPR) at Barkley Canyon was the most prolific, recording over 10 million samples. In addition to the growing data, the total number of registered users rose from 220 in January to 5,781 at the end of March. VENUS While NEPTUNE Canada is “putting the pedal to the metal” in its opening lap, VENUS has shown steady performance over the past 4 years in Saainch Inlet and 2 years in the Strait of Georgia. Two successful maintenance cruises were accomplished over the past year (Figure 4). VENUS is now looking to extend its research footprint to the water surface and encompass greater experimentation capacity to a wider region without the installation of additional cables. OOI Regional Scale Node (RSN) The concept of a regional cabled ocean observatory – a system that would provide continuous high power and interactive real-time high-bandwidth data transfer to and from shore – began to be seriously explored by scientists at the University of Washington (UW) in the mid 1990s. The original NEPTUNE concept was nurtured and developed at UW, a vision based upon decades of experience in at-sea research in the Northeast Pacific Ocean. Subsequently, this past year, through its Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the NSF awarded the implementation of the deepwater Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) to UW. The shallow-water, cabled coastal sites off the Oregon coast will be shared by the UW and Oregon State University. KILROY The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), based in Fort Pierce, Florida, installed a beta test array of 9 Kilroy Water Monitoring Units (http://www.teamorca.org/cfiles/kilroy.cfm) on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in April. ORCA’s Kilroys are a wireless network of remote semi-autonomous aquatic sensor systems. A central supervisory system directs operations of the remote systems, collects data and relays that via the Internet to a geospatial database. ANTARES France First results from ANTARES (Astronomy with a Neutrino Telescope and Abyss environmental RESearch project), a neutrino telescope residing in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Toulon, France (Figure 1), have recently been published (http://iopscience.iop.org /1742-6596/203/1/012122). CYCOFOS – TWERC Cyprus Last year’s ON&T update reported on CYCOFOS (Cyprus Coastal Forecasting and Observing System), the buoy-powered ocean observatory that has been operating off the southern coast of Cyprus for the past five years. This observatory is currently undergoing an extensive expansion which, when complete, will result in the prototype Tsunami Warning and Early Response System for Cyprus (TWERC). DONET – Japan As forecasted in last year’s ON&T update, NEC Corporation deployed the Dense Oceanfloor Network System for Earthquakes and Tsunamis (DONET) for Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in April this year. DONET measurements are delivered in real-time, 24/7 via the submarine cable’s optical fiber. Data is first sent to a ground-based station in Mie where it is then relayed for analysis to institutions that include the Japan Meteorological Agency, the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) and a range of universities. These observations are expected to make valuable contributions to the speed and accuracy of earthquake and tsunami warnings as well as the improvement of earthquake prediction models. If you enjoyed this information:
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$10.7BN INDIAN SUBMARINE DEAL

ATIcourses presents courses on both underwater acoustics and submarine combats systems. INDIA APPROVES $10.7BN SUBMARINE DEAL: The Indian Defence Ministry has approved a Rs500bn ($10.7bn) project to build six new-generation submarines for the Indian Navy. Under the program, which is codenamed Project-75 India (P-75I), all six diesel electric submarines will be built with air-independent propulsion […]
ATIcourses presents courses on both underwater acoustics and submarine combats systems. INDIA APPROVES $10.7BN SUBMARINE DEAL: The Indian Defence Ministry has approved a Rs500bn ($10.7bn) project to build six new-generation submarines for the Indian Navy. Under the program, which is codenamed Project-75 India (P-75I), all six diesel electric submarines will be built with air-independent propulsion systems and incorporate stealth, land-attack capability and a wide range of next-generation technologies, according to the Times of India. The request for proposal will be issued to global submarine manufacturers, including Rosoboronexport of Russia, DCNS/Armaris of France, HDW of Germany and Navantia of Spain. The construction cost for each of the six submarines will be around Rs85bn ($1.8bn). Three of the six submarines will be built at Mazagon Docks (MDL) in Mumbai. One will be built at Hindustan Shipyard in Visakhapatnam, in cooperation with a foreign company. The remaining two submarines are expected to be directly imported from the foreign collaborator or constructed at a private shipyard in India. The first submarine under P-75I is expected to be launched in six to seven years, according to a defence official. Currently, the Indian Navy operates an aging fleet of 15 diesel submarines.

Business Opportunities In Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response USCG BAA. Do you have the knowledge and technical training to respond rapidly?

The Federal government is looking for ideas in remote sensing and spill containment of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Do you have the knowledge and technical training to respond rapidly? All submitted White Papers meeting the requirements of this BAA will be reviewed and evaluated as they are received. Each White Paper will undergo an […]
The Federal government is looking for ideas in remote sensing and spill containment of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Do you have the knowledge and technical training to respond rapidly? All submitted White Papers meeting the requirements of this BAA will be reviewed and evaluated as they are received. Each White Paper will undergo an initial screening. The initial screening will result in a determination that either (1) the White Paper has a potential for immediate benefit to the spill response effort, (2) the White Paper submission needs more detailed investigation or evaluation and will be forwarded to the appropriate Government Agency overseeing that portion of the Deepwater Horizon Response (EPA, MMS, NOAA, or USCG), or (3) the White Paper submission does not support this incident. A Contracting Officer will provide a response to all properly submitted White papers identifying the initial screening determination. This announcement constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) issued under the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Subparts 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016, to provide for the submission of White Papers (written description of the idea) in support of the Deepwater Horizon Response under the following five technology gap areas: 1. Oil Sensing Improvements to Response and Detection (For example, tactical oil sensing, surface oil tracking and reporting, submerged oil detection, submerged oil tracking and reporting, etc.) 2. Oil Wellhead Control and Submerged Oil Response (For example, wellhead spill control, wellhead shutoff measures, submerged oil collection, submerged oil treatment, etc.) 3. Traditional Oil Spill Response Technologies (For example, booms, skimmers, surface collections techniques, absorbents, near- and on-shore response, innovative applications not commonly used for oil spill response, disposal, etc.) 4. Alternative Oil Spill Response Technologies (For example, In-situ burn, alternative chemical treatments, innovative applications not commonly used for oil response, etc.) 5. Oil Spill Damage Assessment and Restoration (For example, damage assessment techniques, tracking surface restoration technologies and submerged restoration technologies, etc.) Paper copies of this announcement will not be issued. Offerors shall respond to this BAA by electronically submitting a White Paper at www.homeport.uscg.mil/RDC-BAA-DHR. All contractual and technical questions regarding this BAA must be in writing and sent to RDC-BAA-DHR [at] uscg [dot] mil. Informational questions and associated answers (i.e. FAQs) will be periodically posted at http://www.homeport.uscg.mil/RDC-BAA-DHR-FAQ. White Papers shall provide technology ideas/solutions to support the five technology gap areas identified above. Offerors are hereby notified that it is highly likely that White Papers may be shared with several different Government agencies and other interested parties (which may include contractors) for review and consideration. If you enjoyed this information:
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Web Site on Sound and Soundscapes

This is an interesting web site on sound and soundscapes. Sound Libraries – Institutional and Collaborative Libraries Borror Library of Bioacoustics – Hosted at Ohio State University. Has recently completed digitizing of their entire collection, which is especially rich in bird species (over 900). Samples are being prepared for sampling over the internet. http://blb.biosci.ohio-state.edu/ British […]
This is an interesting web site on sound and soundscapes. Sound Libraries – Institutional and Collaborative Libraries Borror Library of Bioacoustics – Hosted at Ohio State University. Has recently completed digitizing of their entire collection, which is especially rich in bird species (over 900). Samples are being prepared for sampling over the internet. http://blb.biosci.ohio-state.edu/ British Library National Sound Archive Wildlife Section – The British Library Sound Archive’s wildlife collection is the largest of its kind in Europe and the most comprehensive in the world. Established in 1969 as the British Library of Wildlife Sounds, the collection now holds more than 150,000 scientifically organised and documented recordings of all classes of sound-producing animals from every zoogeographical region. http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/sound/wildsounds/wildlife.html The California Library of Natural Sounds (CLNS), located at The Oakland Museum of California, is a comprehensive regional collection of nature sounds, with a particular emphasis on California species and environments. It is located in the Natural Sciences Department of the Oakland Museum. Recordings in the library include insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, environmental sounds and natural sound ambiance’s from a variety of habitats. For a nominal fee, the library can fulfill your requests for sounds in all currently available formats from this enormous collection. Using the CLNS may be the most convenient way for you to obtain the recordings you need, free from legal encumbrances of copyrighting and licensing. http://www.naturesounds.org/clns.html Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s MacCauley Library of Natural Sounds – MLNS is a major distribution and information center for research, educational, and conservation involving animal sounds. It uniquely combines the world’s largest animal sound collection with cutting-edge support and production capabilities. http://macaulaylibrary.org/index.do Animal Sound Archive (Tierstimmenarchiv) of the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin – Includes over 100,000 animal recordings, with free access to their database of sounds. http://www.tierstimmen.org/ World Soundscape Project – World Soundscape Project tape library is housed at the Simon Fraser University School of Communication. The chronological and subject index for the collection is available on the studio website. http://www.sfu.ca/sonic-studio/srs/ Xeno-Canto – Incredible colleciton of bird songs and calls from the tropics of the Americas. You can browse for particular birds, or peruse biodiversity maps that identify recording locations. Includes over a hundred hours of recordings, of close to three thousand species. http://www.xeno-canto.org/ For more information go to http://www.acousticecology.org/recordings.html If you enjoyed this information:
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Sensing and Tracking the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Oil Spill and Ocean Observations Resources: Many of ATI instructors and students are interested in the DeepWater Horizon oil spill. NASA is using remote sensing to track the spill. Oceanographers are using gliders to make measurements. Here are some useful links. Rutgers University has a new IOOS-Oil Spill Website: http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/deepwater/ that includes a blog with […]
Oil Spill and Ocean Observations Resources: Many of ATI instructors and students are interested in the DeepWater Horizon oil spill. NASA is using remote sensing to track the spill. Oceanographers are using gliders to make measurements. Here are some useful links. Rutgers University has a new IOOS-Oil Spill Website: http://rucool.marine.rutgers.edu/deepwater/ that includes a blog with daily updates of assets in the water. “May 25: It has been a busy day in the Gulf. Many teams are joining the effort, and the effort represents the largest and most distributed ocean glider effort in history. While there is a lot of effort, the highest priority is remain outside the operations of BP as it tries sealing the leak tomorrow… Also received input that NAVO has launched 2 Seagliders and drifters in the last few days. We also received an update from Breck Owens (WHOI) and Dan Rudnick (Scripps) are joining the effort… The second Rutgers glider and the University of Delaware glider should be shipped out tomorrow to the Mote team for deployment. We also got a late day update from the Mote team where the glider “Waldo” was launched late today and the data will be flowing the web sites. Data updates to follow tomorrow. For the Rutgers IOOS glider it continues heading offhsore. The two layer system shows a highly stratfied system. Interestingly we see chlorophyll increasing in the offshore bottom waters.7 “[sic] The website also provides Google Earth KMZs – gliders, satellites, hf-radar, models. For example see the HYCOM Forecast of SSH, SST, Surface Salinity and Density with Currents – Data Provided Courtesy of the HYCOM Consortium
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New Course Explores Science of Noise Impacting Marine Mammals

Applied Technology Institute Introduces New Course: Underwater Acoustics for Biologists and Conservation Managers New course explores the science of noise that impacts marine mammals and other ocean life (ANNAPOLIS. Md, May 17, 2010) Technical professional development training company, Applied Technology Institute (ATI), is introducing a new course, Underwater Acoustics for Biologists and Conservation Managers. The […]
The Beluga whale is one of over 120 species of marine mammals impacted by ocean noise.
The Beluga whale is one of over 120 species of marine mammals impacted by ocean noise.
Applied Technology Institute Introduces New Course: Underwater Acoustics for Biologists and Conservation Managers New course explores the science of noise that impacts marine mammals and other ocean life (ANNAPOLIS. Md, May 17, 2010) Technical professional development training company, Applied Technology Institute (ATI), is introducing a new course, Underwater Acoustics for Biologists and Conservation Managers. The three-day course is designed for biologists and conservation managers who wish to enhance their understanding of the underlying principles behind underwater and engineering acoustics. Understanding this science is critical to the success of marine research facilities that are responsible for evaluating the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine life. Target audiences will include marine research facilities like the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Currently the NOAA is overseeing the BP oil spill clean up that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The NOAA umbrella organization includes divisions responsible not only for environmental clean up emergencies, but also for assessing biological harm to marine life through the NOAA Fisheries Services division. Take this course to make better assessments of the impact of sound on marine life Specific course outline points include learning about key characteristics of man-made sound sources, evaluating sound fields from impulsive coherent and continuous sources, discussing how system characteristics are measured and calibrated, as well as what animal characteristics are important for assessing both impact and requirements for monitoring and mitigation. By the conclusion of the course attendees will have obtained the knowledge to perform basic assessments of the impact of anthropogenic sources on marine life in specific ocean environments, and to understand the uncertainties in their assessments. Together, ATI Instructors, Dr. William T. Ellison and Dr. Orest Diachok, bring more than eighty years of expertise in marine acoustics and biology to share with attendees. The full course outline can be viewed on ATI’s website at: Course Outline: Underwater Acoustics Biologists Conservation Managers Sample materials are available on ATI’s website for prospective attendees interested in seeing the value of the course before registering. Click on the following: Sample Materials: Underwater Acoustics Biologists Conservation Managers Date, Time and Location: The first class will be offered from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on June 15-17, 2010 in Silver Spring, MD (just outside of Washington, DC). Space is limited. Call today to reserve a seat. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. For registration: Call today at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or go online now at ATIcourses.com About Us The Applied Technology Institute (ATI) specializes in professional development seminars in the technical areas of Space, Communications, Defense, Sonar, Radar, and Signal Processing. For over twenty-five years, ATI has presented leading-edge technical training to defense and NASA facilities, as well as DoD and aerospace contractors. ATI courses provide a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and a working knowledge of current technology and applications. ATI has the unique capability to schedule and deliver courses in a matter of weeks. They offer customized on-site training at your facility anywhere in the United States, as well as internationally and over 100 public courses annually in dozens of locations. World-class design experts lead courses. To register or for an on-site quote, call (888) 501-2100, or visit them on the web at www.ATIcourses.com If you enjoyed this information:
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