Technology Blog

China, U.S. Collaborating on Air Traffic Research

September 29, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

China's Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) is teaming with NASA to study air traffic congestion and develop new ways to manage increasing civil air operations.

How Do You Know Your Artificial Intelligence is Intelligent?

September 27, 2016
By Matt Gould

For all the abilities of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, there’s one particular area of intelligent behavior where machines fall short of humans—an area becoming increasingly important as AI takes on more complex tasks. They must communicate with the same fluency and articulation expected of humans so they can explain precisely what they are doing and provide interpretations of the complex data sets upon which they increasingly rely.

Building a Library of Technology Interests

September 26, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Several newsletters from organizations within and outside of government together can give technologists an enhanced picture of the state of their field and the issues that dominate it.

U.S. Army Researchers Develop Nanomaterial That Could Revolutionize Jet Engine Technology

September 22, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Scientists with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory discovered what officials have touted as a startling new finding for jet engine technology in their search for nanomaterials.

U.S. Air Force Research Lab Receives its First Agile Condor Pod System

September 22, 2016

The not-for-profit defense and aerospace research and development firm SRC Inc. delivered to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) its first Agile Condor pod system, a scalable, low cost, size, weight and power (low-CSWaP) hardware architecture for on-board processing of a great deal of sensor data through high-performance embedded computing.

NASA Greenlights New Space Exploration Technologies

September 21, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adaptive space robotics, 3-D printing and autonomous communication systems are among the topics of 21 innovative research and development proposals selected by NASA to enable future solar system missions.

What If GPS Fails?

September 20, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

What happens if the Global Positioning System (GPS) that controls precision time signals goes down? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), which operate U.S. civilian and military time standards, respectively, have worked with two companies to identify commercial fiber optic telecommunications networks as a practical backup possibility.

Providing Telehealth for the Nation's Veterans

September 20, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Of all of the U.S. government's modernization and reform initiatives, overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the longest standing and most important undertakings. This has been the case since a post-World War II era, when the Truman administration called for modernization of the department. Despite ongoing efforts, we still have a long way to go to ensure all veterans across the United States have access to high-quality health care.

Satellite Images Show Devastation of Deadly Earthquake in Italy

August 24, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Amatrice, Italy, as seen on August 9, 2010. Image collected by WorldView-2. © European Space Imaging, Amatrice, Italy, as seen on August 24, 2016, 10:21 am (UTC) after a deadly 6.2 earthquake. Image collected by WorldView-2. © European Space Imaging

Shortly after getting word of the deadly earthquake that has devastated much of central Italy, the European Space Imaging's satellite tasking operations team collected the first satellite image of the damage at 10:21 a.m. (UTC).

After Active Duty: Raising the Bar on Technology

August 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Shannon Sullivan, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a former pole vaulter, knows how to keep up with giant leaps in technology.

Shannon Sullivan, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, learned lessons as an athlete that served him well throughout his active duty career and beyond.

The Funding, Future and Forecasting of Quantum Technology

August 15, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Government, industry and academia are on the cusp of game-changing breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics.

When Air Gapping Fails: How to Protect Data

August 11, 2016
By John Halksworth

Air gapping is a security measure that isolates a computer or a network so it cannot be accessed or hacked by an external entity—a useful technique that adds a layer of security. But it's not a foolproof defense method. For that reason, blogger John Halksworth shares tips in the event of a cyber attack or a data breach.

Ohio Crime Lab Using Battelle DNA Technology to Solve Cold Cases

August 8, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is investing in cutting-edge DNA testing capabilities to bolster its arsenal to solve missing persons forensic cases, among other tasks. The bureau is working with Battelle, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, and the organization’s technology that provides investigators with new tools for more in-depth DNA profiling.

Aerospace Giant Takes Small Firm Under Its Wing

By Robert K. Ackerman
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana (l); John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Boeing Commercial Programs (c); and Jorge Hernandez, president of Bastion Technologies, examine a Boeing CST-100 Starliner mock-up in the Kennedy Space Center’s former Orbiter Processing Facility 3.

A new NASA mentor-protégé agreement seeks to draw closer the day commercial spacecraft ferry humans to the International Space Station.

Researchers Achieve Nanoscale Benefits at Microscale

July 19, 2016
Researchers have created a 3-D printed lattice that offers both strength and flexibility and may benefit the defense and aerospace industries.

"With these 3-D features we've been fabricating on a nanoscale you can get some really interesting properties, but people have never been able to scale them up and see how they behave," said lead author Xiaoyu Rayne" Zheng.

Quantum Communications: Replacing the Slow Speed of Light

July 14, 2016
By David E. Meadows

The exotic realm of quantum physics offers the potential for revolutionary breakthroughs in communications and transportation.

Let Legacy IT Systems Just Die

July 8, 2016
By J. Wayne Lloyd

Federal agencies need to address their aging legacy systems and need to do it now. But how? Let these legacy systems die, says Wayne Lloyd from RedSeal. The government should not put any more money into a sinking ship and should instead invest $3.1 billion earmarked for improvements to design and implement next-generation networks created from the ground up with security and performance built in.

Ransomware and the Jurassic Age

By David E. Meadows

Ransomware is a menace, but potential victims can take a few simple steps to avoid becoming cyber hostages.

4 Ways GIS Helps the Feds Fight Fraud

June 29, 2016
By Marcella Cavallaro

Big data is prevalent across the federal government, particularly the policy-shaping power of new data streams and better constituent information. Two years ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the DATA Act, which promotes an unprecedented level of transparency in the federal government that many critics argue was well overdue—especially as it relates to the costly problem of government fraud and waste.

Improving Communication During Disasters

June 17, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Recent disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrated the importance of improving the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure at all levels of government. Ensuring consistent, uninterrupted communications during a disaster, and the days immediately following, is essential to an organization’s ability to meet mission-critical response requirements. Unfortunately, communications infrastructures easily fall victim to physical damage, leaving personnel and emergency responders unable to effectively communicate.