ATI’s GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space Course is to be presented in Laurel, MD on March 14-17, 2011

ATI is scheduled to present GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space Course is to be presented in Laurel, MD on March 14-17, 2011.  This course will be taught by legendary instructor, Mr. Tom Logsdon, who taught short courses and lectured in 31 different countries. He has written and published 40 technical papers and […]
ATI is scheduled to present GPS Technology – Solutions for Earth & Space Course is to be presented in Laurel, MD on March 14-17, 2011.  This course will be taught by legendary instructor, Mr. Tom Logsdon, who taught short courses and lectured in 31 different countries. He has written and published 40 technical papers and journal articles, a dozen of which have dealt with military and civilian radionavigation techniques. He is also the author of 29 technical books on various engineering and scientific subjects.

In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe.

Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability.

Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides.

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1,235 planets found by Kepler Telescope!

54 of them are in habitable zones of stars that are cooler then the Sun and temperatures could allow for existence of liquid water. This is exciting news considering that this report comes from the data collected by Kepler satellite within first four month of the 3.5 year project. Scientist predict that they will eventually […]
54 of them are in habitable zones of stars that are cooler then the Sun and temperatures could allow for existence of liquid water. This is exciting news considering that this report comes from the data collected by Kepler satellite within first four month of the 3.5 year project. Scientist predict that they will eventually find Earth-like planets. Read more here


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Astronauts are about to get some help from Robonaut 2

Astronauts are about to get some help from Robonaut 2 in February. Robonaut 2, the latest generation of the Robonaut astronaut helpers, is set to launch to the space station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. It will be the first humanoid robot in space, and although its primary job for now is […]

Astronauts are about to get some help from Robonaut 2 in February. Robonaut 2, the latest generation of the Robonaut astronaut helpers, is set to launch to the space station aboard space shuttle Discovery on the STS-133 mission. It will be the first humanoid robot in space, and although its primary job for now is teaching engineers how dexterous robots behave in space, the hope is that through upgrades and advancements, it could one day venture outside the station to help spacewalkers make repairs or additions to the station or perform scientific work.

R2, as the robot is called, will launch inside the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module, which will be packed with supplies and equipment for the station and then installed permanently on the Unity node. R2 is so ready, in fact, that it’s going up ahead of its legs, which will follow on a later launch. Once the legs are added, the trainee will be able to move around inside the station, wiping handrails, vacuuming air filters, and doing other mundane tasks for the crew. R2 even has “eyes” (two video cameras that give it three-dimensional vision) for viewing an external worksite before the crew heads out to tackle a job. Also, R2 can stay outside working as long as necessary, while humans can stay only a limited time. R2 could scout a potential landing site on a planet or an asteroid or set up a workstation or habitat there.

Top Five ATI Tutorials for 2010

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ATI specializes in short course technical training
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
Our website (ATI Courses) contains many online tutorials on technical topics. For example, hyper-spectral (& multi-spectral) imaging, radar, space communications, Rockets 101, GPS and along with even more subjects are covered. Check it out for yourself here. ATI Top Tutorials for 2010 The five tutorial/articles highlighted below were some of our most viewed offerings on our website in 2010. #1 Antenna Tutorial Our most popular tutorial summarizes the basic properties of antennas used in satellite communication and derives several fundamental relations used in antenna design and RF link analysis. Click here for the antenna tutorial If you want to learn more about antenna theory and design, check out our antenna related courses. Antenna Fundamentals – One Day Overview course This one day class is geared as an introduction into basic antenna and antenna array concepts. The material is basic and should be familiar to an engineer working on any system involving transmitted electromagnetic waves (e.g., radar, satellite communication, terrestrial communications, etc.). The course is roughly broken into four components: Basic antenna concepts, Basic antenna array concepts, and an overview of antenna simulation tools (software) and antenna measurements. Antenna and Antenna Array Fundamentals course This three-day course teaches the basics of antenna and antenna array theory. Fundamental concepts such as beam patterns, radiation resistance, polarization, gain/directivity, aperture size, reciprocity, and matching techniques are presented. Different types of antennas such as dipole, loop, patch, horn, dish, and helical antennas are discussed and compared and contrasted from a performance – applications standpoint. The locations of the reactive near-field, radiating near-field (Fresnel region), and far-field (Fraunhofer region) are described and the Friis transmission formula is presented with worked examples. Propagation effects are presented. Antenna arrays are discussed, and array factors for different types of distributions (e.g., uniform, binomial, and Tschebyscheff arrays) are analyzed giving insight to sidelobe levels, null locations, and beam broadening (as the array scans from broadside.) The end-fire condition is discussed. Beam steering is described using phase shifters and true-time delay devices. Problems such as grating lobes, beam squint, quantization errors, and scan blindness are presented. Antenna systems (transmit/receive) with active amplifiers are introduced. Finally, measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers are outlined. The textbook, Antenna Theory, Analysis & Design, is included as well as a comprehensive set of course notes. #2 Rocket Tutorial A satellite is launched into space on a rocket, and once there it is inserted into the operational orbit and is maintained in that orbit by means of thrusters onboard the satellite itself. This tutorial will summarize the fundamental principles of rocket propulsion and describe the main features of the propulsion systems used on both launch vehicles and satellites. Click here for the rocket tutorial If you really want to become a rocket scientist, then you need to sign-up for one of our rocket courses today. Rocket Propulsion 101 course This three-day course is based on the popular text “Rocket Propulsion Elements” by Sutton and Biblarz. The course provides practical knowledge in rocket propulsion engineering and design technology issues. It is designed for those needing a more complete understanding of the complex issues. The objective is to give the engineer or manager the tools needed to understand the available choices in rocket propulsion and/or to manage technical experts with greater in-depth knowledge of rocket systems. Attendees will receive a copy of the book Rocket Propulsion Elements, a disk with practical rocket equations in Excel, and a set of printed notes covering advanced additional material. Fundamentals of Rockets & Missiles course This course provides an overview of rockets and missiles for government and industry officials with limited technical experience in rockets and missiles. The course provides a practical knowledge in rocket and missile issues and technologies. The seminar is designed for engineers, supporting disciplines, decision makers and managers of current and future projects needing a more complete understanding of the complex issues of rocket and missile technology. The seminar provides a foundation for understanding the issues that must be decided in the use, regulation and development of rocket systems of the future. You will learn a wide spectrum of problems, solutions and choices in the technology of rockets and missile used for both military and civil purposes. The seminar is taught to the point-of-view of a decision maker needing the technical knowledge to make better informed choices. What you need to know about how rockets and missiles work, why they are build the way they are, what they are used for and how they differ from use to use. You will learn how rockets and missiles differ when used as weapons, as launch vehicles, and in spacecraft or satellites. The objective is to give the decision maker tools to understand the available choices, and to manage the technical experts with a greater in-depth knowledge of specialized disciplines. #3 GPS Tutorial The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a vital national resource. Over the past thirty years it has made the transition from concept to reality, representing today an operational system on which the entire world has become dependent. Click here for the GPS tutorial. To learn even more about GPS, check out one of our courses below. GPS Technology course Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe. Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability. Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides. GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing (Geomatics) course This four-day course will provide a technical overview of the current state of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the integration of this powerful tool with GPS, remote sensing, and other data. This course is designed for those currently using GIS, those who are considering purchasing GIS systems, and managers who wish to better understand the issues involved in properly utilizing these tools. The course provides an overview of the origins, current status, and future directions and applications of Geomatics tools. Information on GIS resources and making these tools work well in your own organization are highlighted. #4 International System of Units Article The fourth most viewed tutorial is titled “International System of Units (SI) Its History and Use in Science and Industry”, by Robert A. Nelson. The International System of Units has become the fundamental basis of scientific measurement worldwide. It is also used for everyday commerce in virtually every country of the world but the United States. Economic pressure to compete in an international environment is a strong motive for contractors to use metric units. Indeed, most satellite design technical literature does use metric units, including meters for length, kilograms for mass, and newtons for force, because of the influence of international partners, suppliers, and customers. Click here for the International System of Units tutorial Dr. Nelson also teaches our Satellite Communication Systems Engineering course. #5 Watching an Apple Fall from the Tree Article An article about Sir Isaac Newton, apples and gravity by Tom Logsdon, rounds out our top five tutorials for 2010. Click here for the apple article Mr. Logsdon also teaches our GPS Technology course. Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Determine for yourself the value of these or our other 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. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About ATI and the Instructors Since 1984, 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 courses provide you 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. 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 also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. 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. Times, Dates, and Locations For the times, 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.

ATI’s Short Course on Wavelets: A Conceptual Practical Approach

Video Clip: Click to Watch Wavelets can be used to identify the time, the frequency, and the shape of a transient signal  Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT) are in wide use and work very well if your signal stays at a constant frequency (“stationary”). But if the signal could vary, have pulses, “blips” or any other kind […]

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Wavelets can be used to identify the time, the frequency, and the shape of a transient signal 

Fast Fourier Transforms (FFT) are in wide use and work very well if your signal stays at a constant frequency (“stationary”). But if the signal could vary, have pulses, “blips” or any other kind of interesting behavior then you need Wavelets. Wavelets are remarkable tools that can stretch and move like an amoeba to find the hidden “events” and then simultaneously give you their location, frequency, and shape. Wavelet Transforms allow this and many other capabilities not possible with conventional methods like the FFT

In this class you will learn how Wavelets can be used to identify the time, the frequency, and the shape of a transient signal (radar pulse, heartbeat, stock market tic, image edge detection in baggage, etc,) and do all 3 simultaneously! For example, in the figure above (a 3-D wavelet transform of a chirp signal), the horizontal axis indicates time, the vertical axis indicates frequency, and the colors indicate magnitude (at that particular time and frequency) This course is vastly different from traditional math-oriented Wavelet courses or books in that we use examples, figures, and computer demonstrations to show how to understand and work with Wavelets. This is a comprehensive, in-depth, up-to-date treatment of the subject, but from an intuitive, conceptual point of view.  We do look at a few key equations from the traditional literature but only AFTER the concepts are demonstrated and understood. If desired, further study from scholarly texts and papers is then made much easier and more palatable when you already understand the fundamental equations and how they relate to the real world. Each student will receive extensive course slides, a CD with MATLAB demonstrations, and a copy of the instructor’s new book, Conceptual Wavelets.  What you will learn:  • How to use Wavelets as a “microscope” to analyze data that changes over time or has hidden “events” that would not show up on an FFT.  • How to understand and efficiently use the three types of Wavelet Transforms to better analyze and process your data using state-of-the-art methods and applications.  • How to compress and de-noise data using advanced Wavelet techniques. How to avoid potential pitfalls by understanding the concepts. A “safe” method if in doubt.  • How to increase productivity and reduce cost by choosing (or building) a Wavelet that best matches your particular application.  Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes  1. What is a Wavelet? Examples and Uses. “Waves” that can start, stop, move and stretch. Real-world applications in many fields: Signal and Image Processing, Internet Traffic, Airport Security, Medicine, JPEG, Finance, Pulse and Target Recognition, Radar, Sonar, etc.  2. Comparison with traditional methods. The concept of the FFT, the STFT, and Wavelets as all being various types of comparisons with the data. Strengths, weaknesses, optimal choices.  3. The Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT). Stretching and shifting the Wavelet for optimal correlation. Predefined vs. Constructed Wavelets.  4. The Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT). Shrinking the signal by factors of 2 through downsampling. Understanding the DWT in terms of correlations with the data. Relating the DWT to the CWT. Demonstrations and uses.  5. The Redundant Discrete Wavelet Transform (RDWT). Stretching the Wavelet by factors of 2 without downsampling. Tradeoffs between the alias-free processing and the extra storage and computational burdens. A hybrid process using both the DWT and the RDWT. Demonstrations and uses.  6. “Perfect Reconstruction Filters”. How to cancel the effects of aliasing. How to recognize and avoid any traps. A breakthrough method to see the filters as basic Wavelets. The “magic” of alias cancellation demonstrated in both the time and frequency domains.  7. Highly useful properties of popular Wavelets. How to choose the best Wavelet for your application. When to create your own and when to stay with proven favorites.  8. Compression and De-Noising using Wavelets. How to remove unwanted or non-critical data without throwing away the alias cancellation capability. A new, powerful method to extract signals from large amounts of noise. Demonstrations.  9. Additional Methods and Applications. Image Processing. Detecting Discontinuities, Self-Similarities and Transitory Events. Speech Processing. Human Vision. Audio and Video. BPSK/QPSK Signals. Wavelet Packet Analysis. Matched Filtering. How to read and use the various Wavelet Displays. Demonstrations.  10. Further Resources. The very best of Wavelet references.  Determine for yourself the value of this course before you sign up.  See Slide Samples of our Wavelets: A Conceptual Practical Approach  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.  Comments from participants:  “Your Wavelets course was very helpful in our Radar studies. We often use wavelets now instead of the Fourier Transform for precision de-noising.”  –Long To, NAWC WD, Point Wugu, CA  “I was looking forward to this course and it was very rewarding–Your clear explanations starting with the big picture immediately contextualized the material allowing us to drill a little deeper with a fuller understanding”  –Steve Van Albert, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research  “Good overview of key wavelet concepts and literature. The course provided a good physical understanding of wavelet transforms and applications.”  –Stanley Radzevicius, ENSCO, Inc.  The Instructor  Dr. Lee Fugal is the Founder and President of an independent consulting firm. He has over 30 years of industry experience in Digital Signal Processing (including Wavelets) and Satellite Communications.  He has been a full-time consultant on numerous assignments since 1991. Recent projects include Excision of Chirp Jammer Signals using Wavelets, design of Space-Based Geolocation Systems (GPS & Non-GPS), and Advanced Pulse Detection using Wavelet Technology.  He has taught upper-division University courses in DSP and in Satellites as well as Wavelet short courses and seminars for Practicing Engineers and Management. He holds a Masters in Applied Physics (DSP) from the University of Utah, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.  About ATI  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 mission here at 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.  Times, Dates, and Locations  Wavelets: A Conceptual Practical Approach  Feb 22-24, 2011 San Diego, CA  Jun 7-9, 2011 Beltsville, MD  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. 

Top Five ATI Technical Short Courses for 2010

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ATI specializes in short course technical training 

Since 1984, 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 courses provide you 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.  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 also become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues.  The five courses highlighted below were our most popular offerings in 2010. To see the complete course listing from ATI, click on the links at the bottom of the page.  SATELLITE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING COURSE  This three-day course is designed for satellite communications engineers, spacecraft engineers, and managers who want to obtain an understanding of the “big picture” of satellite communications. Each topic is illustrated by detailed worked numerical examples, using published data for actual satellite communications systems. The course is technically oriented and includes mathematical derivations of the fundamental equations. It will enable the participants to perform their own satellite link budget calculations. The course will especially appeal to those whose objective is to develop quantitative computational skills in addition to obtaining a qualitative familiarity with the basic concepts.  See a sample of the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course on YouTube  See a slide sampler for the Satellite Communications Systems Engineering Course  ANTENNA AND ANTENNA ARRAY FUNDAMENTALS  This three-day course teaches the basics of antenna and antenna array theory. Fundamental concepts such as beam patterns, radiation resistance, polarization, gain/directivity, aperture size, reciprocity, and matching techniques are presented. Different types of antennas such as dipole, loop, patch, horn, dish, and helical antennas are discussed and compared and contrasted from a performance – applications standpoint. The locations of the reactive near-field, radiating near-field (Fresnel region), and far-field (Fraunhofer region) are described and the Friis transmission formula is presented with worked examples. Propagation effects are presented. Antenna arrays are discussed, and array factors for different types of distributions (e.g., uniform, binomial, and Tschebyscheff arrays) are analyzed giving insight to sidelobe levels, null locations, and beam broadening (as the array scans from broadside.) The end-fire condition is discussed. Beam steering is described using phase shifters and true-time delay devices. Problems such as grating lobes, beam squint, quantization errors, and scan blindness are presented. Antenna systems (transmit/receive) with active amplifiers are introduced. Finally, measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers are outlined. The textbook, Antenna Theory, Analysis & Design, is included as well as a comprehensive set of course notes.  What You Will Learn:  • Basic antenna concepts that pertain to all antennas and antenna arrays.  • The appropriate antenna for your application.  • Factors that affect antenna array designs and antenna systems.  • Measurement techniques commonly used in anechoic chambers.  CERTIFIED SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL (CSEP) PREPARATION COURSE  This two-day course walks through the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) requirements and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP exam. Interactive work, study plans, and sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam. Participants leave the course with solid knowledge, a hard copy of the INCOSE Handbook, study plans, and a sample examination.  The INCOSE CSEP rating is a useful and coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education and experience that is of high value to systems organizations. The certification requires passing an extensive examination based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v3.2. This course provides you with the detailed knowledge and practice that you need to pass the CSEP examination.  See CSEP Slide Samples or see a sample of the CSEP Preparation Course on YouTube  GPS TECHNOLOGY COURSE  Nearly every military vehicle and every satellite that flies into space uses the GPS to fix its position. In this popular four-day short course, GPS expert Tom Logsdon will describe in detail how those precise radionavigation systems work and review the many practical benefits they provide to military and civilian users in space and around the globe.  Each student will receive a new personal GPS Navigator with a multi-channel capability. Through practical demonstration you will learn how the receiver works, how to operate it in various situations, and how to interpret the positioning solutions it provides.  See GPS Technology Slide Samples or see a sample of the GPS Technology Course on YouTube.  PRACTICAL STATISTICAL SIGNAL PROCESSING – USING MATLAB  This four day course covers signal processing systems for radar, sonar, communications, speech, imaging and other applications based on state-of-the-art computer algorithms. These algorithms include important tasks such as data simulation, parameter estimation, filtering, interpolation, detection, spectral analysis, beamforming, classification, and tracking. Until now these algorithms could only be learned by reading the latest technical journals. This course will take the mystery out of these designs by introducing the algorithms with a minimum of mathematics and illustrating the key ideas via numerous examples using MATLAB.  Designed for engineers, scientists, and other professionals who wish to study the practice of statistical signal processing without the headaches, this course will make extensive use of hands-on MATLAB implementations and demonstrations. Attendees will receive a suite of software source code and are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along with the demonstrations.  Each participant will receive two books, Fundamentals of Statistical Signal Processing: Volumes I and II by instructor Dr. Kay. A complete set of notes and a suite of MATLAB m-files will be distributed in source format for direct use or modification by the user.  Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes  Determine for yourself the value of these or our other 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 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.  Times, Dates, and Locations  For the times, 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. 

 

Interested in Collaborating with Others in Defense, Aerospace, Satellites or NASA? If So, Join Me At LinkedIn To Expand Your Network of Connections.

In a recent community survey over 85% of respondents stated that one of their top three priorities was to collaborate with other like-minded professionals, to share experiences, ideas, and knowledge. Are you interested in defense, aerospace, space, satellites or NASA? If so, join me at LinkedIn to expand your network of contacts and connections. I […]

In a recent community survey over 85% of respondents stated that one of their top three priorities was to collaborate with other like-minded professionals, to share experiences, ideas, and knowledge. Are you interested in defense, aerospace, space, satellites or NASA? If so, join me at LinkedIn to expand your network of contacts and connections.

I am Jim Jenkins, President of a technical training company, ATIcourses, and I am using LinkedIn to maintain my connections to others who work in NASA, Space, Satellites and Defense. LinkedIn is a 24/7 virtual networking environment with 85 million users, growing at well over 1 million new business people each month. Make a positive link to business people with years of experience. LinkedIn is free to join and is the premiere professional networking site. If you want to increase your connections in these areas, send me a request to add you to my network. I will accept all connection requests. Mention your technical interest area in your request. I currently have 1000+ focused connections and growing so you get a running start at connecting with a large group of my connections. My connections include 268 people directly in Space, NASA or Defense, and 223 LinkedIn Open Networkers (who are willing to link to you to expand the set of mutually beneficial connections). LinkedIn allows you to view the profiles of my connections and contact them if you have a common background or strong group overlap. You can also join the group ATI Courses to receive updates about Space and Satellite news and announcements of new courses. Join LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/. When you join, create a short profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments so that you can connect with like-minded individuals. The following describes LinkedIn. I have found it useful to join for the latest in professional news and making connections.
  • LinkedIn has over 85 million members in over 200 countries.
  • A new member joins LinkedIn approximately every second.
  • The Defense and Aerospace group has 16,000 + members
  • Aerospace Professionals has 9985 + members
  • The Jobs and Career Network has 26,700 + members
  • The NASA group has 3,000 + members
View the LinkedIn fact sheet and video at http://press.linkedin.com/ LinkedIn States “Relationships Matter” Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. When you join LinkedIn, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people they know, linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts. You can also join groups related to your interests and profession. These groups help you keep up-to-date in the latest news and hot topics.
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UFO Landing From Space Or Giant Ice Circles

On Tuesday, January 11, 2011 ATI staff noticed a change in our view of giant ice circles on the surface of  Beards Creek in Riva, MD. Under a light cover of snow they looked even more surreal. As we discussed in the previous post ice circles are a rare phenomenon and we at ATI feel privileged to […]
On Tuesday, January 11, 2011 ATI staff noticed a change in our view of giant ice circles on the surface of  Beards Creek in Riva, MD. Under a light cover of snow they looked even more surreal. As we discussed in the previous post ice circles are a rare phenomenon and we at ATI feel privileged to have witnessed it.

ATI Staff witnesses mysterious ice circles on Beards Creek in Riva, MD

On Monday, January 10, 2011 ATI staff came in to work to discover that the view out of their windows has changed dramatically.  One of the perks of working at Applied Technology Institute is the expansive views of the Beards Creek and South River.  However, what we saw that morning was entirely different.  The surface […]
On Monday, January 10, 2011 ATI staff came in to work to discover that the view out of their windows has changed dramatically.  One of the perks of working at Applied Technology Institute is the expansive views of the Beards Creek and South River.  However, what we saw that morning was entirely different.  The surface of the water was covered in large ice circles 4-6 ft. in diameter. As it turns out, an ice disc, ice circle, or ice pan is a natural phenomenon that occurs in slow moving water in cold climates. Ice circles vary in size but have been reported to be more than 4 metres (13 ft) in diameter. Ice discs form on the outer bends in a river where the accelerating water creates a force called ‘rotational shear’, which breaks off a chunk of ice and twists it around.[5] As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice — smoothing into a circle. A relatively uncommon phenomenon, one of the earliest recordings is of a slowly revolving disc was spotted on the Mianus River and reported in a 1895 edition of Scientific American. River specialist and geography professor Joe Desloges states that ice pans are “surface slabs of ice that form in the center of a lake or creek, instead of along the water’s edge. As water cools, it releases heat that turns into frazil ice” that can cluster together into a pan-shaped formation. If an ice pan accumulates enough frazil ice and the current remains slow, the pan may transform into a ‘hanging dam’, a heavy block of ice with high ridges low centre.

GAO REPORT OUTLINES AEGIS ASHORE CHALLENGES

Missile Defense Agency officials say that developing the Aegis Ashore program would not incur high risk, the Government Accountability Office contends “a certain degree of uncertainty remains,” according to a new GAO report. The Dec. 21 GAO report, a series of briefing slides, outlines “acquisition management for the European Phased Adaptive Approach” and “near-term development […]
Missile Defense Agency officials say that developing the Aegis Ashore program would not incur high risk, the Government Accountability Office contends “a certain degree of uncertainty remains,” according to a new GAO report. The Dec. 21 GAO report, a series of briefing slides, outlines “acquisition management for the European Phased Adaptive Approach” and “near-term development risks.” Aegis Ashore is the land-based component of the administration’s proposed “phased adaptive approach” to defending US forces in Europe from ballistic missile attack. The briefing slides include several pages on Aegis Ashore, and additional slides on the planned Standard Missile 3 Block 1B interceptor, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, and other related topics. MDA says developing Aegis Ashore “is not a high risk since it’s based on the existing Aegis [Ballistic Missile Defense] system,” the report states, adding that the 3.6.1 version of Aegis BMD “is currently in service on BMD-capable cruisers and destroyers.” However, “while Aegis BMD has demonstrated performance at sea, a series of changes are required to modify it for use on land with Aegis Ashore,” says GAO. Changing existing Aegis BMD technologies that would be used for Aegis Ashore “may reduce their maturity in the context of the new Aegis Ashore program, and new features will require testing and assessment to demonstrate their performance,” the report adds, noting that MDA plans to conduct ground and flight tests of the system before it is deployed. Additionally, “there are dependencies on next-generation versions of Aegis systems that are still in development,” according to GAO. Developing Aegis Ashore includes changes to the Aegis ship’s deckhouse and software operating system configurations, the report states, adding that of the 32 components of the integrated Aegis Combat System architecture, “only 11 of these will be reused for Aegis Ashore; the remaining 21 will need to be suppressed or otherwise disabled.”

Do You Know Enough about Antennas to build one from Scratch?

“Haystack” Antenna Video Clip: Click to Watch ATI has Short Courses Where You can Play with Antennas The Applied Technology Institute (ATI) provides 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 courses provide a […]
“Haystack” Antenna
“Haystack” Antenna
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ATI has Short Courses Where You can Play with Antennas
The Applied Technology Institute (ATI) provides 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 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 design, construction and testing of complex radar, microwave and satellite antenna systems and sub-systems. 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. Antenna Course Outline, Samplers, and Notes Several antenna related courses are available in 2011: • Antenna Fundamentals – One Day Overview course • Antenna and Antenna Array Fundamentals course • Microwave Antenna Systems & Design course 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. You will become aware of the basic vocabulary essential to interact meaningfully with your colleagues. Please visit our website for more valuable information. About the Instructors and ATI 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. Our mission here 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. Times, Dates, and Locations For the times, 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.

AeroVironment Receives $46.2 Million Order for Raven UAS and Digital Retrofit Kits

MONROVIA, Calif., December 28, 2010 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced today that it received an order valued at $46,226,984 under an existing contract with the U.S. Army. The order comprises 123 new digital Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages as well as 186 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Marine […]
MONROVIA, Calif., December 28, 2010 — AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ:AVAV) announced today that it received an order valued at $46,226,984 under an existing contract with the U.S. Army. The order comprises 123 new digital Raven® small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages as well as 186 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Marine Corps. The order also includes 339 digital retrofit kits for the U.S. Army. The Raven system and retrofit order represents the remainder of the funds appropriated for RQ-11B Raven system procurement in the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which was signed into law in December 2009. The orders were released under the existing U.S. Army joint small UAS program of record for AV’s Raven. This program has included contract additions from the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command. The items and services provided under these awards on this multi-year contract are fully funded. Work is scheduled to be performed within a period of 12 months. “Raven systems have proven their value and reliability to military services across the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Tom Herring, AV senior vice president and general manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “These backpackable, hand-launched unmanned systems provide situational awareness directly to our warfighters, increasing mission effectiveness and safety. We remain focused on supporting our customers with reliable solutions and developing ever more capable solutions.” The Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for “over the hill” and “around the corner” reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units. U.S. armed forces use Raven systems extensively for missions such as base security, route reconnaissance, mission planning and force protection. Each Raven system typically consists of three aircraft, two ground control stations and spares. In addition to the Raven system, AV’s small UAS include Puma™ and Wasp™, which are also hand-launched and controlled by AV’s hand-held ground control station. Each aircraft in AV’s family of small UAS is interoperable and tailored to address a variety of operational user needs. AV’s UAS logistics operation supports systems deployed worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of operational readiness. AV has delivered thousands of small unmanned aircraft to date. International purchasers of Raven systems include Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Norway.
The Raven unmanned aircraft is a 4.2-pound, backpackable, hand-launched sensor platform that provides day and night, real-time video imagery for “over the hill” and “around the corner” reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of tactical units.
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/AeroVironment_Receives_Order_For_Raven_UAS_And_Digital_Retrofit_Kits_999.html

Why Not a Short Technical Course for Your New Years Resolution?

ATI Short Courses Rock! Video Clip: Click to Watch Why Not Make Yourself a New Year’s Resolution which is Easy to Keep? Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping New Year’s resolutions is hard. It doesn’t have to be hard. While we can’t help you take those holiday pounds off, or reduce your holi-“daze” bills, we […]
ATI Short Courses Rock!
ATI Short Courses Rock!
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Why Not Make Yourself a New Year’s Resolution which is Easy to Keep?
Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping New Year’s resolutions is hard. It doesn’t have to be hard. While we can’t help you take those holiday pounds off, or reduce your holi-“daze” bills, we can help improve your career by keeping your professional knowledge up-to-date. Our short courses provide a clear understanding of fundamental principles and give you a better working knowledge of current technology and applications. Since 1984, Applied Technology Institute (ATI) has provided leading-edge public courses and onsite technical training to DoD and NASA personnel, as well as contractors. ATI is the leading technical training organization specializing in short courses in space, communications, defense, sonar, radar, and signal processing. Any ATI course can be customized and presented On Site at your location. To make it easy to keep this New Year’s resolution, you can contact ATI in any one of five easy ways: • Call toll free at 1-888-501-2100 • Visit us on the web at aticourses.com • Send an email to ati@ATIcourses.com • See the exclusive ATI channel on YouTube at ATI on YouTube • Fax us your completed registration at 410-956-5785 ATI short courses 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. 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 Our 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. Times, Dates and Locations For the times, dates and locations of all of our technical 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.
Mark N. Lewellen
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Don’t be a S.H.E.E.P in 2011

Are you part of the herd? Video Clip: Click to Watch ATI short technical courses provide concise, practical answers to put you ahead of the pack Do you want your profession to stagnate next year? Or would a short technical course advance your career? Instead of doing the same thing, why not try something new? Technical […]
Are you part of the herd?
Are you part of the herd?
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ATI short technical courses provide concise, practical answers to put you ahead of the pack
Do you want your profession to stagnate next year? Or would a short technical course advance your career? Instead of doing the same thing, why not try something new? Technical training: Could it be just the thing for you? Since 1984, from 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 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. 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. Check out the new ATI channel on YouTube. Or see our samples (See Slide Samples) on some of our courses. 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 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.
Mark N. Lewellen
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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 […]
Washington, DC
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
“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.
Mark N. Lewellen
Consultant/Instructor
Washington, DC
240-882-1234

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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Monday, November 29, 2010
Is One of These Yours?
Is One of These Yours?
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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 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.
Mark N. Lewellen
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240-882-1234

Are You Thinking About Updating Your Technical Skills?

Don’t just think. Do it. Video Clip: Click to Watch It could be as easy as taking a short course or two to stay current in your field Do you when was the last time you updated your current skills or learned new ones? Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide […]
Don’t just think.  Do it.
Don’t just think. Do it.
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It could be as easy as taking a short course or two to stay current in your field
Do you when was the last time you updated your current skills or learned new ones? Our mission here at the Applied Technology Institute (ATI) is to provide you 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 short courses 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. 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. Our courses cover the following technical areas: • Acoustic & Sonar Engineering courses • Radar, Missiles and Combat Systems courses • Project Management and Systems Engineering courses • Engineering & Data Analysis courses • Communications & Networking courses • Satellites & Space-Related courses 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 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.

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.

DEALING WITH THE SOUTH ATLANTIC ANOMALY

The South Atlantic Anomaly is a worrisome dip in the donut-shaped Van Allen Radiation Belts off the coast of South America.  It is caused by a more-or-less permanent mismatch between the spin axis of the earth and its magnetic dipole.  An 11-degree angle exists between the two axes and, in addition, there is a 300 […]
  1. The South Atlantic Anomaly is a worrisome dip in the donut-shaped Van Allen Radiation Belts off the coast of South America.  It is caused by a more-or-less permanent mismatch between the spin axis of the earth and its magnetic dipole.  An 11-degree angle exists between the two axes and, in addition, there is a 300 mile distance between the geometric center of the earth and the center of its magnetic dipole.
These relatively small mismatches result in a localized magnetic field strength that is only about half as strong as the worldwide average value of 0.5 Gauss.  The energetic protons in the lower Van Allen Radiation Belt are trapped in the earth’s magnetic field, and, as a result, they are pulled down toward the earth’s surface in the South Atlantic Anomaly.  When low-altitude satellites fly through the South Atlantic Anomaly, they experience dramatically increased levels of radiation. Astronauts, computer chips, and solid-state sensors must be protected from the extra radiation found in the South Atlantic Anomaly.  Mission planners avoid “space walks” over that part of the world, the Hubble Space Telescope is temporarily shut down, and laptop computers carried onboard the space shuttle and in the International Space Station sometimes malfunction.  In addition, some of the Globalstar mobile communication satellites are believed to have died earlier than predicted because of the extra radiation they experienced while gliding through the South Atlantic Anomaly. Strategies designed to cope with this region of enhanced radiation include extra hardening of the onboard electronics, the use of self-annealing gallium-arsenide circuit chips, careful mission planning to avoid the worst radiation-enhanced portions of space, and careful positioning of delicate components inside the spacecraft among other heavy and dense components. 2.  As you suspected, the South Atlantic Anomaly does move, expand, and change in intensity over relatively long periods of time.  Generally, it is expanding and moving predominantly in the southwestern direction.  Its field strength is also gradually weakening (which results in stronger doses of radiation for low-altitude satellites coasting though that region of space). The Van Allen Radiation Belts, which are composed primarily of highly energetic protons, electrons and positive ions, are trapped in the earth’s magnetic field.  They are shaped like gigantic donuts in space.  These enormous belts were first discovered in 1958 by the American physicist, Dr. James Van Allen, a professor at Iowa State University, shortly after the Explorer 1 spacecraft was lofted into space. The lower Van Allen Radiation Belt reaches its peak intensity at an altitude of about 1800 miles above the earth.  It consists primarily of protons and positive ions spiraling in long, lazy loops around the earth’s magnetic lines of flux.  A sphere two feet in diameter positioned at the center of the lower Van Allen Radiation Belt would be penetrated by 20 million of these energetic protons every second of its mission.  The upper Van Allen Radiation Belt reaches its peak intensity at about 10,000 miles above the earth.  It consists primarily of electrons at substantially lower energy levels. Most of the time when the various charged particles hurtling around the magnetic flux lines reach their northernmost or southernmost latitudes, an abrupt mirror-image reflection hurls them back into the opposite direction.  But near each pole a small number of them escape, plunge to lower altitudes, and impact the hydrogen, oxygen, and argon atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere.  These collisions create the Northern and Southern Lights.  Each type of atom is associated with its own characteristic colors. The GPS satellites are, unfortunately, positioned at an altitude of 12,500 miles near the peak intensity of the upper Van Allen Radiation Belt.  The intense radiation found there damages their silicon solar cells.  Consequently, over its 7.5-year design lifetime, a typical GPS satellite loses about 25 percent of its electrical generating capacity.  Near the peak of the sun’s 11-year sunspot cycle, the belts are pumped up by the larger number of charged particles in the solar wind.  Consequently, the GPs satellites’ power levels decline even more rapidly due to these enhanced levels of radiation. A solid metallic sphere 750 miles in radius lies at the center of the earth.  Surrounding it is a liquid metal shell that swirls around due to the Earth’s rotational motion.  This moving dynamo creates the earth’s rather complicated and variable magnetic field. About 90 percent of the earth’s magnetic field comes from its simple dipole that behaves like a bar magnet with a positive pole at one end and a negative pole at the other.  The remaining 10 percent comes from the earth’s various other non-dipole components (monopoles, quadrupoles, etc.). Over the past 150 years, (during which scientific measurements have been available), the dominating dipole component has decreased in magnetic field strength by about 6 percent.  This weaker dipole, in turn, causes a systematic increase in the size of the South Atlantic Anomaly as experienced by low-altitude satellites.  During each decade, on average, the center of the South Atlantic Anomaly moves predominantly in the southwestern direction at an average rate of 0.8 degrees of longitude.  This is equivalent to a movement of 48 statute miles per decade. Over much larger intervals, the earth’s magnetic field reverses polarity, rather abruptly, at unpredictable and irregular intervals:  the North Magnetic Pole becomes the South Pole and vice versa.  On the average, these reversals are 300,000 to 1,000,000 years apart. Unequivocal evidence highlighting these dipole reversals is provided by the large magnetized strips frozen into basalt layers lining the sea floor on opposite sides of the slowly spreading mid-Atlantic ridge. 3.  According to my sources, the best and most readily available information on the status, shape, and location of the South Atlantic Anomaly and related matters, comes from NASA’s Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC).  The World Wide Web address of the center – which is maintained by NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland is: http://ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/modelweb/ The letters “gsfc” in this address stand for the Goddard Space Flight Center.  I have taught short courses at the Goddard Space Flight Center for many years, but I do not know anyone who works at their modeling center.  Goddard’s headcount totals about 3000. If your organization plans to launch, operate or use satellites in space there are six different sources of radiation you may have to plan for and worry about: 1.      The various layers of the ionosphere 2.      The auroras (Northern and Southern Lights) 3.      The two major Van Allen Radiation Belts 4.      Periodic and intense solar proton events 5.      Cosmic rays originating in deep space 6.      Solar wind Fortunately, I often include material on these radiation sources in my “Orbital Mechanics” short courses, especially in the longer 5-day versions.  Discussions of the South Atlantic Anomaly are included in the portion that deals with the Van Allen Radiation Belts, including practical mitigation strategies that can help mission planner alleviate their worse detrimental effects. Tom Logsdon

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. […]
Washington, DC
Monday, November 15, 2010
HOT off the press!!!
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. 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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Clearance Sale: Radar, Antennas & Electronic Warfare Textbooks

Best Sellers There’s a reason behind this bit of “peer pressure”…each of these books were perused at length by your peers before purchase. Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles Mark Richards, Jim Scheer, Bill Holm Special price: $105 Introduction to Adaptive Arrays, 2nd Ed. Bob Monzingo, Randy Haupt, Tom Miller Special Preliminary Paperback $69 We […]
Best Sellers
POMR CoverThere’s a reason behind this bit of “peer pressure”…each of these books were perused at length by your peers before purchase. Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles Mark Richards, Jim Scheer, Bill Holm Special price: $105
Monzingo/Haupt/MillerIntroduction to Adaptive Arrays, 2nd Ed. Bob Monzingo, Randy Haupt, Tom Miller Special Preliminary Paperback $69
We printed a number of paperbacks just in time for the conference and you can get these now for only $69!
Save Now – Radar
Principles of Waveform Diversity and Design Michael Wicks et al, 2010, List: $189, Now $149
Phased Array Radar Design Tom Jeffrey, 2009, List $89, Now $65
Fundamentals of Ground Radar for ATC Engineers and… Ronald Bouwman, 2009, List $129, Now $89
Introduction to Sensors for Ranging and Imaging Graham Brooker, 2009, List $119, Now $75
Understanding Radar: The ABCs of How Radar Systems… Arnold Acker, 2009, List $99, Now $29
Theory of Edge Diffraction in Electromagnetics… Pyotr Ufimtsev, 2009, List $99, Now $69
Advances in Bistatic Radar Willis & Griffiths, 2007, List $149, Now $99
Design of Multi-Frequency CW Radars Mohinder Jankariman, 2007, List $129, Now $89
Radar Cross Section Measurements Eugene F. Knott, 2006, List $115, Now $69
Bistatic Radar, 2nd Edition Nicholas J. Willis, 2005, List $89, Now $39
Radar Foundations for Imaging and Advanced Concepts Roger Sullivan, 2004, List $105, Now $69
Radar Principles for the Non-Specialist, 3rd Ed. Toomay & Hannen, 2004, List $59, Now $39
Airborne Early Warning System Concepts, 3rd Ed. Maurice Long, 2004, List $115, Now $45
Introduction to RF Stealth David Lynch, Jr., 2004, List $139, Now $39
Radar Cross Section, 2nd Ed. Knott et al, 2004, List $109, Now $69
Radar Detection DiFranco & Rubin, 2004, List $115, Now $59
Understanding Synthetic Aperture Radar Images Oliver & Quegan, 2004, List $109, Now $59
Low Angle Radar Land Clutter Billingsley, 2002, List $149, Now $79
Understanding Radar Systems Kingsley & Quegan, List $85, Now $39
Save Now – Antennas

Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, 3rd Ed.

Blake & Long, 2009, List $99, Now $79

Antennas: Deluxe Edition with MathCad 14.0 Blake & Long, 2009, List $149, Now $119 This is the same book inside as the above listed title, just with a full featured single-user MathCad included (that’s HUGE savings on this software).

Microstrip and Printed Antennas, 2nd Ed.

Randy Bancroft, 2009, List $99, Now $69

Introduction to Antenna Fundamentals (CD)

Steven Best, 2004, List $129, Now $29

Introduction to Antennas (3 CD Set) Steven Best, 2004, List $297, Now $145

The above CD “Intro to Antenna Fundamentals” is included in this set of 3 CDs. Do not purchase both 🙂

Antenna Design and Visualization Using MATLAB 2.0 Elsherbeni & Inman, 2009, List $89, Now $59

Save Now – Electronic Warfare
Introduction to Electronic Defense Systems, 2nd Ed. Filippo Neri, 2006, List $109, Now $69
James Tsui, 2004, List $109, Now $59
Microwave Passive Direction Finding Stephen Lipsky, 2004, List $95, Now $49
Prices are only good until October 31.  We’ll have more titles to share next week!

‘VIRGINIA’-CLASS SUBMARINE PROGRAM SAILS INTO FULL RATE PRODUCTION

The USN’s ‘Virginia’-class submarine program recently achieved ‘Milestone III’ and full rate production approval with the signing of an acquisition decision memorandum by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The achievement of Milestone III coincides with the program transitioning to a schedule involving the construction of two submarines per year, starting […]
The USN’s ‘Virginia’-class submarine program recently achieved ‘Milestone III’ and full rate production approval with the signing of an acquisition decision memorandum by the under secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The achievement of Milestone III coincides with the program transitioning to a schedule involving the construction of two submarines per year, starting in fiscal year 2011. Construction of the first two Block III vessels began in March 2009 (SSN-784) and March 2010 (SSN-785). The seventh ship of the class, the ‘Missouri’ (SSN-780) was commissioned on 31 July 2010. There are five additional ‘Virginia’-class submarines under construction, and six more under contract.

LOCKHEED TO PROVIDE AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEM FOR AUSTRALIA

Lockheed has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee performance incentives contract for post-critical design review (CDR) Aegis combat systems engineering to support the Australian Government. The Australian Government has selected the Aegis combat system for its air warfare destroyer (AWD) program.. Under the $197m foreign military sale, Lockheed will provide combat systems engineering, computer program development, technical […]
Lockheed has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee performance incentives contract for post-critical design review (CDR) Aegis combat systems engineering to support the Australian Government. The Australian Government has selected the Aegis combat system for its air warfare destroyer (AWD) program.. Under the $197m foreign military sale, Lockheed will provide combat systems engineering, computer program development, technical manuals, ship integration and test. The company will also design and build an Aegis weapon system (AWS) based on the US Navy AWS Baseline 7 phase I to support the AWD program. The US Naval Sea Systems Command is the prime contractor and work will be carried out at the company’s facilities in US and Australia. The contract also includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $211m. Work is expected to be complete by December 2014.

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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