Education as a Competitive Advantage

Education as a Competitive Advantage My parents told me, “Finish your dinner.  People in China and India are starving.”  I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework.  People in India and China are starving for your job.”  ~Thomas L. Friedman If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok
Education as a Competitive Advantage My parents told me, “Finish your dinner.  People in China and India are starving.”  I tell my daughters, “Finish your homework.  People in India and China are starving for your job.”  ~Thomas L. Friedman If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  ~Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok

Montana drone aircraft program kicks off

Whitefish resident and state senator Ryan Zinke thinks Montana is the right place to begin using “drone” unmanned aircraft technology for non-military purposes. Following a year of coordination and organizing, several selected academic and research institutions within Montana have signed a collaborative agreement with Mississippi State University to jointly create an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) […]

Whitefish resident and state senator Ryan Zinke thinks Montana is the right place to begin using “drone” unmanned aircraft technology for non-military purposes. Following a year of coordination and organizing, several selected academic and research institutions within Montana have signed a collaborative agreement with Mississippi State University to jointly create an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence. Representatives from Montana State University-Bozeman, Montana State University-Northern and Rocky Mountain College-Billings signed the agreement at a kick-off ceremony in Bozeman on Dec. 1. Representatives from the UAS industry, Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s Office of Economic Development, Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, and Rep. Denny Rehberg were also in attendance. UAS, also known as drone aircraft, have gained attention in recent years for their military use overseas and have emerged as a growing multi-billion dollar industry. “UAS will transition from today’s military-centric role to important civilian applications, such as research, farming and forest management,” said Zinke, a co-director of the project. “UAS are ideal tools for conducting a vast array activities that are currently done by more expensive methods, such as satellite imagery or manned aircraft.” Examples include using spectrum analysis equipment to look at light reflecting off plants — agricultural crops or forests — to detect insect impacts or the need for watering or fertilizer. Farmers could save money by focusing efforts on smaller crop areas, Zinke said. The same technology could be used to analyze snow depth, which would help electric companies more accurately assess future hydropower output and improve flooding forecasts. Drone aircraft could provide better information than satellites during cloudy days and beneath smoke from wildfires, helping fire crews pin down hot spots. Drone aircraft could also provide cell-phone coverage in mountainous or remote locations where cell phones don’t work, Zinke said. Montana has a unique opportunity to leverage its enormous airspace and become a hub of research, testing and development in an emerging industry, Zinke said. “We’re at the forefront of change in aviation technology with enormous potential to create the kinds of jobs we need in Montana,” he said. Flying drones outside of military-restricted airspace is a challenge and is tightly controlled by the FAA. “We want to be part of the discussion on how to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System without impacting general aviation,” Zinke said. “Montana contains the largest military operations airspace in the Lower 48 and is unique in having such diversity in climate, terrain and vegetation. Montana’s airspace is the perfect environment to research how to safely integrate UAS with commercial and private air traffic.” Two sites near Lewistown could be used to base the project, Zinke said. The first test flight could occur near Lewistown by late summer next year. Initial testing could involve crop analysis or tracking cattle. Montana State University-Northern has a satellite campus next to the Lewistown city airport, and the Western Transportation Institute has a facility and test track nearby. The city airport sees little activity now, Zinke noted, adding that it was used to base B-17 bombers during World War II. The collaboration with Mississippi State University combines the assets of world-class programs in maritime and Gulf Coast research with MSU-Northern’s biofuel program, Rocky Mountain College’s accredited aviation program, and MSU-Bozeman’s acclaimed Engineering Department. Together, the members of the project represent more than $400 million in research capability. “This project combines the unique talents and capabilities of different academic and research institutions to form an unequaled UAS Center of Excellence partnership,” said MSU-Northern’s Dean of Technology, Greg Kegel, whose college will be in charge of administration and testing.  The goal of the project over the next few months will be to add industry and other institutions to the partnership and launch the first drone aircraft in summer 2011. The security will be provided though using SixTech.  Great Falls, Havre, Lewistown and Glasgow also are being considered as launching locations for the drones. “I think we all are excited about the future of UAS in Montana and look forward to putting our resources and talents to work,” Zinke said.

Are You Thinking About Updating Your Technical Skills?

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Don’t just think.  Do it.
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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.

New Space Policy – How Will It Affect Current Workers?

The Obama administration has announced new policies for Space and NASA. How will it effect current workers. The Obama administration this week unveiled a new space policy that calls for more investment in advanced technologies from the aerospace industry so the United States can compete better globally. The plan, unveiled Monday, also increases the program’s […]
The Obama administration has announced new policies for Space and NASA. How will it effect current workers. The Obama administration this week unveiled a new space policy that calls for more investment in advanced technologies from the aerospace industry so the United States can compete better globally. The plan, unveiled Monday, also increases the program’s focus on using space technology to study and monitor global climate change and the environment. This move was expected after NASA in April said that playing a stronger role in environmental research was part of a new agency roadmap that anticipated the end of the space shuttle program later this year. http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/policy/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701803

Private Space Industry Takes OFF!

  The maiden flight, from SpaceX, of Falcon 9 Flight 1 was on June 4, 2010. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40, the launch vehicle carried a Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit, a mockup of the Dragon spacecraft. Do you have the knowledge and skills for the new space race? Our […]
Maiden Flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
Maiden Flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
  The maiden flight, from SpaceX, of Falcon 9 Flight 1 was on June 4, 2010. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40, the launch vehicle carried a Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit, a mockup of the Dragon spacecraft. Do you have the knowledge and skills for the new space race? Our short courses are designed for individuals involved in planning, designing, building, launching, and operating space systems and spacecraft subsystems and components. 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. You will also gain an understanding of the basic vocabulary needed in order to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of ten. Their design and manufacturing facilities are located in Southern California, near the Los Angeles airport, and their propulsion development and structural test facilities are located in Central Texas. The first Dragon missions will be flown for NASA to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. The Dragon spacecraft has a flexible cargo and crew configuration and is recoverable. Pressurized cargo will be transported inside the capsule while unpressurized cargo will be located in the “trunk.” The crew configuration will be able to accommodate up to seven crew members per flight. Do you have the knowledge and skills for the new space race? Course Outline, Samplers and Notes Several space related courses are scheduled over the summer: • Fundamentals of Space MissionsFundamentals of Orbital Launch MechanicsSpace Mission Analysis But don’t take our word for it; determine for yourself the value of our courses before you sign up. Check out our samples (See Slide Samples below) on some of our courses. • Fundamentals of Orbital Launch Mechanics Sampler • Space Mission Analysis Design Sampler 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.  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. Date, Time and Location You can find the date and location of our short courses above at the links below. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team  

 

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Standard Missile Progress

STANDARD MISSILE-6 PROGRAM BEGINS TESTING: US-based Raytheon reports its new Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) weapon has begun sea-based flight testing, paving the way for initial operational capability (IOC) in 2011. The SM-6  takes full advantage of the legacy ‘Standard’ missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the Advanced […]
STANDARD MISSILE-6 PROGRAM BEGINS TESTING: US-based Raytheon reports its new Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) weapon has begun sea-based flight testing, paving the way for initial operational capability (IOC) in 2011. The SM-6  takes full advantage of the legacy ‘Standard’ missile airframe and propulsion elements, while incorporating advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). The merger of two proven technologies enables the SM-6 to employ both active and semiactive modes. The Defence White Paper noted the project Sea 4000 air warfare destroyers initial fit of SM-2 missiles would be complemented by the newer SM-6 missile, in order to defeat fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight, both over sea and land.

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159th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (April 19-23,2010)

Acoustical Society of America held 159th meeting on on noise and noise control at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD on April 19-23, 2010. Lister below are just a few of the meeting’s many interesting noise-related talks. 1) Aviation Engineering: STIFLING THE SONIC BOOM 2) City Noise: IDENTIFYING THE SOUNDS OF CRISIS 3) Human […]
Acoustical Society of America held 159th meeting on on noise and noise control at Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD on April 19-23, 2010. Lister below are just a few of the meeting’s many interesting noise-related talks. 1) Aviation Engineering: STIFLING THE SONIC BOOM 2) City Noise: IDENTIFYING THE SOUNDS OF CRISIS 3) Human Noises: SOUND LEVELS IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN 4) Community Noise Mitigation: PUBLIC OUTREACH WORKSHOP 5) Noise Inside a Car: QUIET CONCRETE ROADS 6) Construction Noise: “NO RACKET” JACKET FOR JACK HAMMER 7) Signal Processing: NOISE FILTERING FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED 8) Noise in Healthcare Settings: NEW LEGAL STANDARDS 9) More Highlights — OTHER INTERESTING SESSIONS 10) More Information for Journalists ———————————————————- 1) Aviation Engineering: Stifling the Sonic Boom SONIC “PUFF” TECHNOLOGY MAY SPEED SUPERSONIC FLIGHT OVER LAND For the last 40 years, commercial aviation has hit a speed barrier in regulations prohibiting supersonic flight over land. These aim to limit the negative impact of loud sonic booms on populated areas, and current regulations permit commercial supersonic flight only over oceans, significantly limiting the speed benefit from supersonic flight. New aircraft configurations are emerging that are shaped to minimize the shock waves associated with sonic booms and may allow supersonic speed over land. Talk #1aNCa1, “Sonic boom: From bang to puff” is at 8:05 a.m. on Monday, April 19. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa53.html ———————————————————- 2) City Noise: Identifying the Sounds of Crisis ACOUSTIC AND SEISMIC SENSORS IN BALTIMORE HELP SORT COMPLEX CITY SOUNDS Beeping, shouting, construction, the sounds of tires on roads, and other loud noises — all partly masked by mazes of tall buildings — make up the fabric of the modern urban soundscape. To urban sound sleuths such as Donald G. Albert, a scientist with the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, in Hanover, NH, this complex soundscape is a challenge. He is tasked with developing a way to use sensors to sort out the complex bounce of signals, noise, scattered sounds, echoes, and vibrations in urban environments. Talk #1pNSc1, “Urban acoustic and seismic noise measurements in Baltimore” is at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa238.html ———————————————————- 3) Human Noises in the Arctic LOSS OF POLAR ICE INCREASES BOAT TRAFFIC AND SOUND LEVELS IN ARCTIC OCEAN With the melting of polar ice, never before in modern life has so much open ocean water been accessible in the Arctic. And where there’s water, there is opportunity for commercial shipping, and where shipping lanes emerge, big boats — and big noise — may follow. Talk #1aAO1, “The accessible Arctic Ocean” is at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, April 19. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa26.html ———————————————————- 4) Community Noise Mitigation: Public Outreach Workshop NOISE HAS A PROFOUND LOCAL IMPACT — EVEN IF FEDERAL POLICY DOES NOT Community noise is a major social problem that generally decreases the quality of life for many people in the United States, and it is continuing to grow — especially in major urban areas. In cities like Baltimore, community noise causes a variety of problems for local residents — from simple annoyances to profound negative impacts on human health. The workshop will include a panel of prominent national speakers on community noise control who will make presentations on a variety of topics faced by residents of Baltimore, including the noise situation in Baltimore, desired local government responses, the Baltimore noise ordinance, the Maryland noise control regulation, and the role of federal, state and local governments in addressing community noise issues. The Workshop will also give the first brief overview of a forthcoming National Academy of Engineering study titled “Technology for a Quieter America,” which will be published later this year. ———————————————————- 5) Noise Inside a Car QUIET CONCRETE PAVEMENT IS KEY TO MORE QUIET RIDE The stereo test tells all: You’re in the driver’s seat, buckled in, mirrors adjusted, traffic checked, in gear. Rolling. Cue the sound system, crank the volume, and crank it again. And then crank it again. This simple diagnostic is revealing: If you have to keep turning your stereo up as you drive to hear the music, you likely have “noisy pavement” under your tires. April 19. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa210.html ———————————————————- 6) Construction Noise QUIETING THE SOUNDS OF PROGRESS — THE “NO-RACKET JACKET” New York City is constantly maintaining, repairing, and reinventing itself, ongoing work that creates a lot of construction noise. However, a collaborative team including the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), consultants, utilities and an equipment vendor are working together to quiet the sounds of progress and improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the city. In furthering the city’s commitment to reducing noise is embodied in a new noise code and new construction rules, the DEP team wanted to look at ways to eliminate jackhammer noise — an annoyance for residents and businesses and an important occupational hazard for construction workers. Talk #2pNCa9, “Proactive regulation engenders creative innovation: Quieting the jack hammer” is at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa478.html ———————————————————- 7) Signal Processing: Noise Filtering for the Hearing Impaired A SOLUTION FOR IMPROVING SPEECH INTELLIGIBILITY FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED Recall what it is like trying to focus on a conversation in a crowded and noisy bar — and then imagine having to do this even in a relatively quiet room. This is exactly the challenge that faces many people who rely on hearing aids or have cochlear implants. While these technological advances make it possible for many to hear who would not otherwise, they do not allow the individual to filter out background noise. Talk #2aSC1, “Noise-suppression algorithms for improved speech intelligibility by normal-hearing and cochlear implant listeners” is at 8:05 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa410.html ———————————————————- 8) Noise in Healthcare Settings NEW ACOUSTICAL STANDARDS PRESENT BOTH CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES A pair of new documents on healthcare acoustics, which have just been released after five years of peer review and public comment, are described by one of their authors as both a carrot and a stick. They set measurable minimum acoustical standards for the health care industry, and because these new standards have already been adopted by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating system, they are the basis for two new Environmental Quality credits. Because of Health Insurance and Portability Act (HIPAA) rules and new conditions imposed last November by Obama’s ARRA HITECH Act, there are serious fines (up to $1.5 million) for non-compliance. Talk #2aNSc11, “Strengthening the healthcare guidelines: About the new online research community” is at 11:40 a.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa369.html Talk #2pAAa1, “Speech privacy: The new 2010 architectural guidelines” is at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20. Abstract: http://asa.aip.org/web2/asa/abstracts/search.may10/asa438.html ———————————————————- 9) MORE HIGHLIGHTS — OTHER INTERESTING SESSIONS ON NOISE In addition to the highlighted talks above, there are many other interesting noise-related talks and sessions at the meeting — some of which are listed below. For a complete list of abstracts for any of these sessions, go to the searchable index for the 159th Meeting (http://asa.aip.org/asasearch.html) and enter the session number with asterisk (e.g., 1aNSa*).

NASA Is To Use Social Media: Open Government Plan

NASA recently embraced open government plan (see the plan here). This is great news for anyone interested in space exploration! The new plan will enable the public to communicate directly with NASA scientists as well make suggestions and propose solutions to everyday challenges of various projects. Whether NASA is using social networks to allow students […]
NASA recently embraced open government plan (see the plan here). This is great news for anyone interested in space exploration! The new plan will enable the public to communicate directly with NASA scientists as well make suggestions and propose solutions to everyday challenges of various projects. Whether NASA is using social networks to allow students to interact directly with astronauts or creating a Cloud Computing Platform to give unprecedented access to scientific data, NASA has embraced Open Government. Our founding legislation in 1958 instructed NASA to “…provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information…” The principles of Open Government have been embedded in NASA operations for 50 plus years. This plan is our start in revisiting these concepts and creating a new level of openness and accountability in our policies, technology, and overall culture. The plan will evolve over time as we continue to see success in these areas and work to replicate it throughout the Agency. The NASA Open Government Plan is divided into two main sections: the “Framework and Leadership” section and 25 fact sheets. The “Framework and Leadership” section describes NASA’s history of openness and outlines our framework for approaching Open Government. This framework is based on: a perspective of continuous learning; integration of policy, technology, and culture; and the rapidly changing external environment. We believe that integrating Open Government Principles into existing systems (e.g., governance councils and performance management system) provides the best framework for success. Through this plan we establish a solid foundation for institutional change based on the five NASA Open Government principles: Increase Agency transparency and accountability to external stakeholders. Enable citizen participation in NASA’s mission. Improve internal NASA collaboration and innovation. Encourage partnerships than can create economic opportunity. Institutionalize Open Government philosophies and practices at NASA. The 25 fact sheets in this plan highlight specific activities at NASA that meet and, in many cases, exceed the requirements Open Government Directive. Three “Flagship” initiatives describe NASA’s most recent efforts and commitment that take Open Government to a new level. Each “Flagship” initiative focuses on one of the interconnected tenets of Open Government: Policy: NASA is working to make open source software development more collaborative at NASA to benefit both the Agency and the public. Technology: NASA Nebula, the U.S. government’s only cloud computing platform, offers an easier way for NASA scientists and researchers to share large, complex data sets with external partners and the public. Culture: The creation of a new NASA Participatory Exploration Office will infuse more public participation into NASA’s mission. In addition to the “Flagship” fact sheets, this plan highlights four other new initiatives that demonstrate how NASA is more open and participatory, such as NASA’s contributions to Data.gov and Open Innovation Pilots. More than half of fact sheets outline ongoing initiatives at NASA that have been in place for some time and our efforts to make them even more open and collaborative. Some fact sheets describe ongoing activities unique to NASA that showcase our history of giving the public open access to our missions such as NASA TV and opportunities for public participation and collaboration such as Education Activities and Centennial Challenges, NASA’s prize program. Other fact sheets describe areas that apply to all Agencies, such FOIA, Congressional outreach, declassification, and records management. All of the initiatives, both new and ongoing, described in this plan outline how these areas will make improvements in the Open Government principles in the short and long term. In addition to the “Flagship” fact sheets, this plan highlights four other new initiatives that demonstrate how NASA is more open and participatory, such as NASA’s contributions to Data.gov and Open Innovation Pilots. More than half of fact sheets outline ongoing initiatives at NASA that have been in place for some time and our efforts to make them even more open and collaborative. Some fact sheets describe ongoing activities unique to NASA that showcase our history of giving the public open access to our missions such as NASA TV and opportunities for public participation and collaboration such as Education Activities and Centennial Challenges, NASA’s prize program. Other fact sheets describe areas that apply to all Agencies, such FOIA, Congressional outreach, declassification, and records management. All of the initiatives, both new and ongoing, described in this plan outline how these areas will make improvements in the Open Government principles in the short and long term. The fact sheets all follow the same structure to enable easier browsing and comprehension. Each one is written by the respective initiative, project, or program giving them the opportunity to communicate what they do, how it fits into Open Government, their goals for the next two years, useful links, and two anecdotes that embody Open Government. The Web site www.nasa.gov/open/plan has the entire plan online, where each fact sheet is its own Web page. The Open Government Directive calls on NASA to do what it does best-innovate. In our history, we have achieved seemingly impossible goals, from reaching the Moon to advancing fundamental knowledge about our place in the universe. In the past we would create the technologies to achieve these goals through internal teams and collaborations. NASA must now innovate how we innovate, focusing on technologies that advance humanity into space while more directly involving citizens and public-private partnerships. The Open Government Directive also calls on us to change the way we do business, and as a result turn us into a twenty-first-century space program for a twenty-first-century democracy.

Comments From Environmental Scientist On Reducing Low-Frequency Home Noise and Vibration

Well, we seemed to have hit a nerve with our series of posts on Reducing Low-Frequency Home Noise and Vibration: https://aticourses.com/wordpress-2.7/weblog1/?p=501 https://aticourses.com/wordpress-2.7/weblog1/?p=508 https://aticourses.com/wordpress-2.7/weblog1/?p=512 https://aticourses.com/wordpress-2.7/weblog1/?p=529 The comment below came from a wonderful gentleman willing to help a fellow human being. I am an environmental scientist, and have been involved in the wind energy industry where this […]
Well, we seemed to have hit a nerve with our series of posts on Reducing Low-Frequency Home Noise and Vibration:

The comment below came from a wonderful gentleman willing to help a fellow human being.

I am an environmental scientist, and have been involved in the wind energy industry where this is also an issue. The problem is uncommon, with less than 1% of the general population able to detect LFS (Low Freq sound – less than 20 Hz) dominated by people over the age of 50, and two thirds are women. So you are not imagining the issue, but keep in mind that it is unlikely that it is your ears that are detecting the sound, and that LFS behaves very differently than audible sound does.

I find your solution to be very innovative, and supported by some excellent work by a retired Univeristy Prof (Dr Barnes) in London, England. He obtained a microphone and laptop datalogger and wandered the city obtaining background readings. One of his more interesting observations was that background LFS declined after heavy trucks passed when near high traffic roads. This suggests that LFS can be neutralized by other LFS sound.

I am no sound expert, but this is the only solution I have ever read about. It is basically the “white noise” approach used for audible sound, but in that case the goal is to increase the individuals toleration for the sound (which is how white noise works, by raising our detection threshold) but rather to distrupt and decrease the level of LFS inside your house, by increasing the levels of LFS generated inside the house.

I know this sounds a bit out there, but read a few of the other accounts given on this page, for example the one where the hum returned after a new water heater was installed. The owner blamed the new water heater as the source, but it may very well have been that the old heater was “noisy” enough to have created the interference with the LFS. Getting the new heater to run better would of course just make the problem worse.

So I put this idea out there. If you can generate a background inaudible “sound” of less than 20 Hz inside your house, using the technique described above, and play it over and over, it could disrupt the LFS being generated by the house. This could require a specialized “woofer” type of a speaker. If anyone tries this, I would be very interested in the result.

Good Luck D

Where Would You Go for a UAS Course in the Washington, DC Area? Washington, DC Monday, March 29, 2010

Where Would You Go for a UAS Course in the Washington, DC Area?
Where Would You Go for a UAS Course in the Washington, DC Area?

New Technology Training so YOU Can Gain Knowledge about this Growing Field. Can you picture yourself as an office stand-out in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)? Wouldn’t you like to gain first-hand knowledge of their capabilities? Or be an expert in this exciting field of technology? UAS applications are growing and now include agriculture, communications relays, aerial photography, mapping, emergency management, scientific research, environmental management, and law enforcement. In fact, the Teal Group’s 2009 market study estimates that UAV spending will almost double over the next decade, from current worldwide UAV expenditures of $4.4 billion annually, to $8.7 billion within a decade. They are coming to an airspace near you. Our one day short course is designed for busy engineers, aviation experts and project managers who wish to enhance their understanding of UAS without missing much time from work. You will receive technical training and practical knowledge to recognize the different classes and types of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV). You will not only learn to interact meaningfully with your colleagues but also master the terminology of today’s complex systems. Course Outline, Samplers and Notes The complete course includes the following information and more: • History and development of UAS • Characteristics of the Raven, Shadow, Scan Eagle, Predator and Global Hawk • Descriptions of various UAV sensor payloads (EO/IR, Radar and SAR) • UAS Gaining Access to the National Airspace System (NAS) • UAV videos, see them in the air and in action But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself the value of our courses before attending. Check out our samples (See Slide Samples) of the course materials. 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 free and valuable information. About ATI The Applied Technology Institute (ATI) specializes in short course technical training in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, 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. About the Instructor Mr. Mark N. Lewellen has over twenty-five years of engineering experience and is co-founder of RMT Spectrum Associates, Inc. He has successfully advocated technical and regulatory solutions as a member of formal US delegations at over forty international meetings. More recently, he has added UAS to his field of expertise. Date, Time and Location ATI proudly announces the next presentation of his new UAS class at 8:30am on June 15th, 2009 in Beltsville, MD. Sincerely, The ATI Courses Team P.S. For registration: Call today at 410-956-8805 or 888-501-2100 or go online now at www.aticourses.com

More Information On Reducing Low-Frequency Home Noise and Vibration –

We received a question from a consumer regarding low-frequency home and vibration. After a response from expert staff of Acoustics and Noise instructors and a few additional posts on this general topic of interest, the response below came from the original consumer. Dear Sir, Here is my reply. You asked for it, and it is […]
We received a question from a consumer regarding low-frequency home and vibration. After a response from expert staff of Acoustics and Noise instructors and a few additional posts on this general topic of interest, the response below came from the original consumer.

Dear Sir, Here is my reply. You asked for it, and it is lengthy. I am so grateful that you all are taking your time to give me your suggestions. I think a probable low frequency noise source, in addition to the trains, and obvious manufacturers’ noises, could be an asphalt batch plant that is located just behind our neighborhood. I drove by and listened and it is quite noisy with its clattering conveyer belts, giant blower, and the huge rotating mixing bin. I doubt we could have any influence on quieting such an operation. When we moved into our present house this plant was hidden by trees. Now that the leaves are gone, it is easily seen. Let the renter beware! We have tried all the things that were suggested in your e-mail. White noise machines and fans just added noise to the home and was not the solution I needed. The best brand of ear plugs worked well, but are kind of dangerous when you need to listen to what is going on in the house at night….like when someone might be sick and need help. ( mothers can appreciate this reason), or a tornado siren, etc. My husband must sleep and so I have the “night watch”. .The Bose headphones (thanks Grandma) did not do a thing for the low frequency, but one of my sons is enjoying them tremendously now for listening to music. I hate that she wasted so much money on something that didn’t work. I, too, have wasted lots of money buying several bundles of Fibrex to use as “bass traps” of sorts thinking that it might help. It did not. We did the realtor thing also. We moved from our first house recently. That house has its own story. We had moved to this town from out of state and did not know much about the area. Well, the house we bought was down the street from a gas well compressor. It was hidden in a wooded area and we did not know about it. Who would ever think that such a thing as a gas well compressor would be in a neighborhood…..only in Texas. The days we viewed the house happened to be some of the few days a year that the compressor was down for repairs or maintenance. On closing day when I walked up the stairs to turn the key in the door, I said to my self, “What is that noise.” After searching the neighborhood, we discovered the culprit to be a very old noisy natural gas driven compressor on a gas well. I fought that oil company for a long time and only was successful getting them to put up a wooden fence that did absolutely no good. Oil companies are King around here. They always expressed to me that they were compliant. They were, but this city has wimpy standards and codes that do not measure low frequency. We had spent lots of time, sweat, tears and money fixing up “this old house” and we did not want to move. We had redone the wooden floors ourselves, and I did not want to cover them up with carpet, even though that might have helped with the sound. We couldn’t afford to change out the old windows that were huge and had just been refurbished by me. Our home was built in an L shape facing the compressor. This was perfect for capturing the “waves”. They came right in through our large glass windows. In addition to that, there were metal awnings over each window acting like ears to reflect the sound in through the single pane windows. (I had refurbished those as well) The neighborhood was refreshingly quiet on the few days that “The Beast” was off for one reason or another. After three years of torment, the for sale sign went up. We disclosed the noise ( which probably brought our home value down) to the new buyer. She was not home much of the time anyway so she was not as bothered by it. The search for a quieter place was on. We were scared to think of buying again without knowing if “the sound” would be in that area too. , “ I had gone to look at houses for sale, just to see if I could hear how the house “sounded” and just to “test” a neighborhood. We decided just to rent. Little did we know that rental homes that are large enough for our family of six and that are in our price range are extremely hard to find in our town. We ended up having to grab a house when it became available just to get a decent place to live. As it turns out, we ended up moving from one frying pan to another frying pan so to speak. We have now been living in this rental for ten months and we are still plagued with noise problems. I say we because even though the others of our household are not as sensitive to LFN as I am, they still have to live with someone (the mom) who is and whose daily life is not as efficient as it could be were I able to sufficiently rest and relax. I went with our church on a mission trip to Mexico a couple of years ago. While up in a quiet mountain village, I discovered how wonderful peace and quiet were, and I realized just how much that LFN affected me while living in our bombarded home. Since we now rent, I can’t beef up the windows, but I have heard that double panes do not help with low frequency anyway. I’ll try to make a window plug to see if that helps. I can’t run the TV “off channel” because we need to concentrate and study at home. We are one of those homeschooling families. Also, that noise is annoying to my teenage daughter and me. You asked about whether or not other neighbors have had the same problems as I. I can’t tell you that. We haven’t gotten to know our neighbors very well yet. There are some factors to remember when questioning the neighbors about noise problems. Many in our neighborhood are retired and wearing hearing aids. They, of course, do not have problems with the noise. Second, if they did hear the offending frequency, they would be hesitant to say so in fear that this information might be something that could “go public” and cause their home values to go down. Third, low frequency noise is most often a source of annoyance to those fifty and older (I give away my age). The younger ones in the neighborhood have not yet reached that point. On a side note, there is an old man in the neighborhood who sits out in his attached garage with the garage door up for many hours a day. He will even sit out there when it is 100 degrees outside. I am just curious if he has a problem with LFN and is trying to escape it as I am. By the way, when I am out working in my ten by twelve foot shed (made of that composite siding stuff and sitting on wooden skids) I can’t hear or feel the vibration. This makes me wonder if the noise could be possibly ground borne. The LFN does seem to be worse when it is raining…..hum….saturated soil conducts noise very well doesn’t it. If the LFN was ground borne, would ….putting down a wood or laminate flooring that had a good coating of Green Glue behind it help. Is there any conclusive way to determine if LFN is indeed coming through a concrete slab? (I know this is some of that thousands of dollars of advice coming my way.) As was suggested, I am going to try to decouple the bed from the floor. I’ll order some sheets of sorbothane for that purpose. They are supposed to work better than rubber. What kind of instrument would measure the wall or slab vibrations? My son, who is now an engineering major (ME), once measured the sound with a microphone on his computer. Using music recording software, he measured the frequencies from 30 to 60htz or so. He had fun isolating the sound and turning it way up for all to hear and feel till we yelled at him to shut it off….ah teens. He captured it in the tile shower. So I know it is “out there” and not just “in my head”. It could be that I am one of those “hummers”. Read about them online. They can hear the Kokomo Hum, the Taos Hum, the London Hum, etc. There is even a low frequency sufferer’s society. This is your market for whoever invents a comfortable low frequency blocking head gear that can be worn at night. This wouldn’t block (as ear plugs do) the types of noise that parent’s need to hear at night. I would be interested in any tests like the one that one of the teacher’s mentioned ….measuring the frequency outdoors and comparing it to the indoor reading. I guess I just have to rent a device that measures what I need to measure. We would like to move, but as I said previously, I would not like to buy a home without knowing that I can block the offending noise that this town seems to produce whether from trains, underground gas pipes, well drilling, or chemical and manufacturing industries, etc. If we were to rent, we could not spend lots of money to “treat” the house for LFN. My husband likes his job and would like to stay in the area if possible. Me, I’d rather move to a small mountain village in Mexico. Or until then, I’ll just sleep with a pair of sorbothane shoe insoles smashed over my ears. I am glad you are teaching classes to train engineers in ways of mitigating noise and vibration, because ultimately these problems have a personal side and a personal face. If I have been a “textbook” case for you then so be it, and may you all become the best problem solvers in this area. If any of you have any other suggestions for me, send them my way. If you solve my problem, then my hat is (or should I say ear plugs are) off to you. Please do not share my e-mail address with the masses. My humble thanks, C

Unmanned Aircraft- Pentagon budget Calls For More!

U.S. Defense officials outlined plans to double production of unmanned aircraft, part of an expanded 2011 budget unveiled Monday. The budget will grow 7.1% to $708 billion in 2011. The Pentagon is one of the few U.S. agencies, mostly dealing with national security, that were cleared to receive budget increases under a spending freeze ordered […]
U.S. Defense officials outlined plans to double production of unmanned aircraft, part of an expanded 2011 budget unveiled Monday. The budget will grow 7.1% to $708 billion in 2011. The Pentagon is one of the few U.S. agencies, mostly dealing with national security, that were cleared to receive budget increases under a spending freeze ordered by President Obama. Underscoring the Pentagon’s focus on unmanned aircraft in its 2011 budget, the Air Force for the first time is proposing the acquisition of more unmanned aircraft than combat aircraft. The Air Force will double its production of the MQ-9 Reaper, a bigger, more heavily armed version of the Predator drone, to 48. The Army will also buy 26 extended-range Predators. Overall, spending on the Reapers and Predators, which are built by General Atomics of San Diego, will grow from $877.5 million in 2010 to $1.4 billion in 2011. The expansion will allow the military to increase unmanned patrols — the number of planes in the air at once — to 65, up from its current limit of 37. Besides their use in international hot spots, Gates said, drones are useful for such efforts as countering narcotics trafficking and helping in natural disasters. “We will continue to see significant growth for some years into the future even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan eventually wind down,” Gates said. “The more we have used them, the more we have identified their potential in a broader and broader set of circumstances.” Read the full article here.

This article from Reuters for readers interested in defense, submarines and underwater acoustics.

I think  this article from Reuters of interest to our blog readers interested in defense, submarines and underwater acoustics. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5740DV20090805 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the United States in the first mission of its kind so close to shore in nearly a decade, U.S. […]
I think  this article from Reuters of interest to our blog readers interested in defense, submarines and underwater acoustics. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5740DV20090805 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the United States in the first mission of its kind so close to shore in nearly a decade, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. CUBA PORT CALL One of the Russian submarines remained in international waters on Tuesday a couple hundred miles (km) off the coast of the United States, officials said. The second sub made a port call in Cuba in recent days, the New York Times reported, citing Defense Department officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. During the Cold War, the United States and Russia regularly sent submarines on secret missions near each other’s coasts. “It is the first time in roughly a decade that we’ve seen this kind of behavior,” Morrell said. Russia conducted a successful sea trial of the Nerpa last month in the Sea of Japan, according to the RIA news agency. During testing of the submarine in November, 20 people died and 21 were hospitalized when the fire extinguishing system was turned on in error, releasing Freon gas that asphyxiated the victims. The accident, the worst to hit the Russian navy since 118 sailors died in 2000 when the Kursk nuclear submarine sank in the Barents Sea, exposed the gap between the Kremlin’s ambitions and its military capabilities.

AUVs Cannot Fly Through Red Tape.

This was forwarded by Mark Lewellan,  ATI’s AUS instructor. It shows the cost-savings of using a small AUV to take accident overview photos. However, in general, the red tape makes this difficult to do in both the US and Canada.   It looks like a bug equipped with a camera, but the small Ontario Provincial […]
This was forwarded by Mark Lewellan,  ATI’s AUS instructor. It shows the cost-savings of using a small AUV to take accident overview photos. However, in general, the red tape makes this difficult to do in both the US and Canada.   OPP Identification Constable Marc Sharpe operates an unmanned aerial vehicle used at crime scenes It looks like a bug equipped with a camera, but the small Ontario Provincial Police unmanned aircraft is making history as one of the first aerial drones being regularly used in North America by law enforcement officials. The battery-powered craft, which can stay airborne for about 15 minutes at a time, has been used at homicides and other incidents in northwestern Ontario to take aerial photos for use in court. It has helped reduce costs, too, as the provincial police would have otherwise brought in a helicopter or rented an aircraft. “We’ve saved over $30,000 the 11 times we used it,” says Const. Marc Sharpe, who operates the mini-helicopter. Aerial drones are usually associated with the military on overseas missions such as in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the remote-controlled aircraft are also starting to be used by police and firefighters in Europe and by various companies in Australia. Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2226289#ixzz0XWTiVWS6

Department of Defense FY 2010 Budget

After a three-month delay because of the change in administrations, DOD is submitting its FY 2010 budget request to Congress. http://www.defenselink.mil/comptroller/Budget2010.html
After a three-month delay because of the change in administrations, DOD is submitting its FY 2010 budget request to Congress. http://www.defenselink.mil/comptroller/Budget2010.html

End of Primary Mission of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA’S SPITZER TELESCOPE WARMS UP TO NEW CAREER WASHINGTON — The primary mission of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is about to end after more than five and a half years of probing the cosmos with its keen infrared eye. Within about a week of May 12, the telescope is expected to run out of the […]
NASA’S SPITZER TELESCOPE WARMS UP TO NEW CAREER WASHINGTON — The primary mission of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is about to end after more than five and a half years of probing the cosmos with its keen infrared eye. Within about a week of May 12, the telescope is expected to run out of the liquid helium needed to chill some of its instruments to operating temperatures. The end of the coolant will begin a new era for Spitzer. The telescope will start its “warm” mission with two channels of one instrument still working at full capacity. Some of the science explored by a warm Spitzer will be the same, and some will be entirely new. “We like to think of Spitzer as being reborn,” said Robert Wilson, Spitzer project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. “Spitzer led an amazing life, performing above and beyond its call of duty. Its primary mission might be over, but it will tackle new scientific pursuits, and more breakthroughs are sure to come.” Spitzer is the last of NASA’s Great Observatories, a suite of telescopes designed to see the visible and invisible colors of the universe. The suite also includes NASA’s Hubble and Chandra space telescopes. Spitzer has explored, with unprecedented sensitivity, the infrared side of the cosmos, where dark, dusty and distant objects hide. For a telescope to detect infrared light — essentially heat — from cool cosmic objects, it must have very little heat of its own. During the past five years, liquid helium has run through Spitzer’s “veins,” keeping its three instruments chilled to -456 degrees Fahrenheit (-271 Celsius), or less than 3 degrees above absolute zero, the coldest temperature theoretically attainable. The cryogen was projected to last as little as two and a half years, but Spitzer’s efficient design and careful operations enabled it to last more than five and a half years. Spitzer’s new “warm” temperature is still quite chilly at -404 degrees Fahrenheit (-242 Celsius), much colder than a winter day in Antarctica when temperatures sometimes reach -75 degrees Fahrenheit (-59 Celsius). This temperature rise means two of Spitzer’s instruments — its longer wavelength multiband imaging photometer and its infrared spectrograph — will no longer be cold enough to detect cool objects in space. You can learn more about Space Mission Design and Analysis at ATI Space Mission Design and Analysis

Whales Listening and Underwater Sound

Whales Listening and Underwater Sound   There are many sites that record and stream to the Internet the sounds of underwater hydrophones. Links to some are listed below. Many are designed to listen to whales and dolphins. Some sites even combine web cams and live underwater sounds.   Some links are listed below. http://www.whalesong.net/ http://www.awi.de/en/research/new_technologies/marine_observing_systems/ocean_acoustics/palaoa/palaoa_livestream/ […]

Whales Listening and Underwater Sound

 

There are many sites that record and stream to the Internet the sounds of underwater hydrophones. Links to some are listed below. Many are designed to listen to whales and dolphins. Some sites even combine web cams and live underwater sounds.

 

Some links are listed below.

http://www.whalesong.net/

http://www.awi.de/en/research/new_technologies/marine_observing_systems/ocean_acoustics/palaoa/palaoa_livestream/

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/05/hydrophones-hel.html

http://orcasound.net/

http://cetus.ucsd.edu/sounds.html

 

Other marine audio streams listed by http://orcasound.net/

 These

http://www.whalesong.net/  is a project inspired by the beauty of oceans. This beauty includes not only the visual aspects of the water planet we live on, but also a mysterious and incredible world of sound, which whales and dolphins use to navigate and communicate across vast oceans. The vocalizations of these ancient cetaceans have inspired music, poetry, scientific discovery, and perhaps even languages and cultures.

http://www.whalesong.net/ magnificent marine mammals and the messages that they communicate face new challenges as the sonic world of the seas becomes the testing ground for high powered sonar systems and new military technologies, scientific research that utilizes high intensity sound, undersea explosions related to the search for oil and minerals, as well as other human activities. Global warming, carbon dioxide dumping, radioactive and chemical pollution, and commercial whaling are other threats.

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PALAOA – Transmitting live from the Ocean below the Antarctic Ice

Overview PALAOA area

You can listen to the underwater sound of the Antarctic Ocean with a delay of a few seconds here.  

– should work on any computer right off the box, otherwise please check your browser or default multimedia player settings.

Please note, this transmission is not optimized for easy listening, but for scientific research. It is highly compressed (24kBit Ogg-Vorbis), so sound quality is far from perfect. Additionally, animal voices may be very faint. Amplifier settings are a compromise between picking up distant animals and not overdriving the system by nearby calving icebergs. So you might need to pump up the volume – but beware of sudden extremely loud events. http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/05/hydrophones-hel.html

Hydrophones Help Scientists Pinpoint, Protect Right Whales

By Alexis Madrigal May 09, 2008 | 11:06:57 AMCategories: Animals, Web/Tech  

 

Regular Wired Science readers know that I have a thing for underwater microphones. Streaming the depths of the ocean to your laptop is just plain awesome. But now scientists are using them to do some good. Researchers at the Cornell Bioacoustics Research Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute have teamed up to use hydrophones to protect endangered whales off the coast of Massachusetts.

Using ten microphones attached by a stretchy data cable to buoys at the surface and special software that picks out the acoustic signature of right whales, the scientists are able to detect the slow-moving marine mammals. When a hydrophone hears a whale, it makes a cell or satellite call to researchers who contact ship captains to tell them to watch out. The map to the right is a near real-time detection map provided to you, at listenforwhales.org. It’s important work as less than 400 right whales survive and run-ins with ships are a leading cause of their death. 4   http://orcasound.net/  

A growing coalition of scientists, educators, and citizens are working together to expand a regional hydrophone network in the Salish Sea. This site is part of the SeaSound Project of The Whale Museum and is an experiment in sharing real-time underwater sound. The goals are to monitor the critical habitat of endangered southern resident killer whales to detect orca sounds and measure ambient noise levels.

Listen live via the links in the table or in the pop-up description you get by clicking the green markers on the map. For some hydrophones you can also watch live video from nearby (by clicking on the camera icons). The other icons show other hydrophones in the region that have not yet been networked. 2009 listening challenge: Help notify researchers when orcas are in the Salish Sea. If you hear killer whales please email detection@orcasound.net or log your observations in a collaborative Google spreadsheet. Use the Salish Sea sound tutor to learn to tell which pod is present based on the calls they use most often. Use web cams and other real-time sensors around the Salish Sea to figure out what else you might be hearing.  http://www.whaleacoustics.com/audio.html Baleen Whales Toothed Whales Dolphins Minke Whale Song Other Ocean Sounds  http://cetus.ucsd.edu/sounds.html The Voices in the Sea website demonstrates the diversity of marine mammals in the world’s oceans and the important role that sound plays in all aspects of their lives. In the website videos, scientists describe their research efforts, show new technologies that are making this work possible, and share the most current insight into the natural history and conservation of these fascinating animals. 

Other marine audio streams listed by http://orcasound.net/

Please let us know of other live streams.

Sonar used to locate wreckage of an airplane that crashed earlier this month

Uganda enlists help of U.S. sailors to locate plane crash wreckage By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Sandra Jontz/S&S Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Beauregard, a sonar technician stationed in Sigonella, Sicily, crouches next to side-scan sonar unmanned underwater vehicle. He and two other sailors will take three units […]
Uganda enlists help of U.S. sailors to locate plane crash wreckage By Sandra Jontz, Stars and Stripes Mideast edition, Thursday, March 26, 2009 Sandra Jontz/S&S Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Beauregard, a sonar technician stationed in Sigonella, Sicily, crouches next to side-scan sonar unmanned underwater vehicle. He and two other sailors will take three units to Uganda. NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Sicily — U.S. Navy sonar technicians from Sigonella are in Uganda helping to locate wreckage of an airplane that crashed earlier this month killing 11 onboard. Sailors with Area Search Platoon 804, a support element to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Mobile Unit-8, began their work Tuesday, using unmanned underwater vehicles with side-scan sonar capability to search the depths of Lake Victoria, which at 26,560 square miles, is Africa’s largest lake. “We’ve been called to assist … to locate and map out the debris field for the aircraft and assist divers in the recovery of bodies and the flight recorders,” Chief Petty Officer Manuel Ybarra, a sonar technician who has served in the Navy for 24 years, said in a recent interview. The downed Ilyushin-76 cargo plane was en route to Mogadishu, Somalia, from Entebbe International Airport when it burst into flames and plunged into the lake after takeoff, according to a media report posted on allAfrica.com. A Burundian army general and his two senior colleagues, four Russian/Ukrainian crewmembers, a South African, an Indian and two Ugandans were killed in the crash, the site reported. http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=61590