Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

NASA technology (27)


Next-Generation Satellite Prepared for Launch
NASA – The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services.

Launch of the TDRS-K on the Atlas V rocket is planned for January 29, 2013. The first stage of the Atlas V rocket that will carry the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-K, into orbit has been erected at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station‘s Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. Photo Credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite project, known as TDRS, provides follow-on and replacement spacecraft necessary to maintain and expand the NASA Space Network. TDRS-K, as the newest satellite is called, is scheduled for launch Jan. 29, 2013. TDRS-K is the first of three next-generation satellites designed to ensure vital operational continuity for NASA by expanding the lifespan of the fleet. Each of the new satellites has a higher performance solar panel design to provide more spacecraft power. This upgrade will return signal processing for the S-Band multiple access service to the ground — the same as the first-generation TDRS spacecraft. Ground-based processing allows TDRS to service more customers with different and evolving communication requirements. more> ttp://tinyurl.com/afc5234

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The broadband economy: A square deal all around


FCC Open Meeting - Broadband Plan

FCC Open Meeting – Broadband Plan (Photo credit: wiredbike)

By Orjiakor N. Isiogu – “We demand that big business give the people a square deal,” President Theodore Roosevelt said. “In return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right, he shall himself be given a square deal.”

In the 15 years after President Clinton signed the Telecom Act of 1996, broadband Internet providers invested $1.2 trillion in wireline and wireless high-speed networks, including $250 billion in the past four years alone. The high-speed Information Superhighway touches 95 percent of the U.S., and most consumers can choose from among six or more wireless or wireline providers (90 percent can choose from at least two).
80 percent of U.S. homes now have access to download speeds of 100 megabits per second, and 4G wireless service will soon be available nationwide, with speeds of up to 20 megabits per second. While some challenges remain – such as getting broadband to remote rural areas, a market condition well-suited to government intervention – on the whole the broadband positives far outweigh the negatives by any reasonable standard. more> http://tinyurl.com/bytgbql

Fed hawks worry about threat of inflation


By Ann Saphir and Alister Bull – In remarks that stamped her as a hawk on the Fed’s policy-setting committee, Kansas City Federal Reserve President Esther George warned that the Fed’s near-zero interest-rate policy – aimed at boosting the economy – could spark inflation.

“A prolonged period of zero interest rates may substantially increase the risks of future financial imbalances and hamper attainment of the 2 percent inflation goal in the future,” she said in her most extensive remarks in a year on policy.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who votes as well this year on U.S. monetary policy, also warned about the potential for inflation, although he noted that inflation was so far running under the Fed’s 2 percent goal. more> http://tinyurl.com/bx3k9y7

Building A Better GPS


Boeing – As the number of GPS devices increases globally, so does our dependence on GPS, but satellites wear out. That’s where Boeing comes in. Bringing innovations from their airplane assembly lines to GPS production, Boeing is helping to make GPS service available wherever, whenever you need it. more> http://tinyurl.com/a5ofbjv

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year



IBM – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today (Jan 10) announced that it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.

This is the 20th consecutive year that IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

“We are proud of this new benchmark in technological and scientific creativity, which grows out of IBM’s century-long commitment to research and development,” said Ginni Rometty, chairman and CEO, IBM. “Most concretely, our 2012 patent record and the two decades of leadership it extends are a testament to thousands of brilliant IBM inventors — the living embodiments of our devotion to innovation that matters, for our clients, for our company and for the world.” more> http://tinyurl.com/affyvfs

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CONGRESS WATCH Office Hours and Town Hall Meetings, US Congress

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CONGRESS WATCH Sanders Opposes Lew for Treasury Secretary, US Senate A Look Back: Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868), US Senate Your Thoughts: A Look Back, US Senate