Next-Generation Technologies

March 29, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Pamela Whitley, deputy assistant administrator for the FAA's Next Generation Air Traffic Management System, or NextGen, discusses the program's progress during AFCEA's TechNet Air symposium in San Antonio.

It has taken about 15 years, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is greeting the 21st century.

The U.S. government pledged a commitment to build an efficient air traffic control system that allows for technological and procedural improvements, and provides a system as efficient as possible for travel, says Pamela Whitley, deputy assistant administrator for the agency’s Next Generation Air Traffic Management System, or NextGen.

June 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
Researchers at Northrop Grumman and the University of Illinois have built a transistor radio with key components made from carbon nanotubes. The radio was built to demonstrate new techniques for growing parallel rows of nanotubes, which allows the structures
to be readily adapted for use in a range of electronic devices.
Microscopic radio points way to small, strong, power-saving electronics.

June 2008
By Rita Boland

Scientists are manipulating the speed of light to discover new capabilities and devices.

Science fiction heroes zooming faster than the speed of light is the stuff of space-age movies, but slowing down or stopping light’s speed may prove more useful to the military and others. Scientists have found that changing the pace of light brings technologies that were once considered impossible closer to reality.

June 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

 
The LucidTouch is a see-through touchscreen for mobile devices that enables users to interact with the information by touching the back rather than the front of the screen. As a result, users do not obscure the specific point they are trying to view on the screen.
Innovations from the world’s largest software company deliver and dazzle.

June 2008
By Rita Boland

 
Nanograss is a special silicon surface that resembles a lawn of evenly cut grass, with individual "blades" only nanometers in size. Researchers are developing nanotechnologies that will enable a variety of next-generation communications capabilities.
Move over, fortune tellers and psychics—scientist seers hear the future loud and clear.

June 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
DARPA’s Visibuilding program will enable warfighters to map buildings prior to urban operations. The radar-based technology also can detect the presence of large quantities of metal, such as a weapons cache, and it can track the movements of individual people in a building.
Innovative optics, radar systems cut through the fog of battle.

June 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman