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NASA Tests Flying Saucer-Shaped Vehicle (LDSD) for Future Mars Landing

NASA Tests Flying Saucer-Shaped Vehicle (LDSD) for Future Mars Landing | trends of the future | Scoop.it

As NASA plans ambitious new robotic missions to Mars, laying the groundwork for even more complex human science expeditions to come, the spacecraft needed to land safely on the red planet's surface necessarily becomes increasingly massive, hauling larger payloads to accommodate extended stays on the Martian surface.

Current technology for decelerating from the high speed of atmospheric entry to the final stages of landing on Mars dates back to NASA's Viking Program, which put two landers on Mars in 1976. The basic Viking parachute design has been used ever since -- and was successfully used again in 2012 to deliver the Curiosity rover to Mars.

NASA seeks to use atmospheric drag as a solution, saving rocket engines and fuel for final maneuvers and landing procedures. The heavier planetary landers of tomorrow, however, will require much larger drag devices than any now in use to slow them down -- and those next-generation drag devices will need to be deployed at higher supersonic speeds to safely land vehicle, crew and cargo. NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) Technology Demonstration Mission, led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will conduct full-scale, stratospheric tests of these breakthrough technologies high above Earth to prove their value for future missions to Mars.

Three devices are in development. The first two are supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators -- very large, durable, balloon-like pressure vessels that inflate around the entry vehicle and slow it from Mach 3.5 or greater to Mach 2 or lower. These decelerators are being developed in 6-meter-diameter and 8-meter-diameter configurations. Also in development is a 30.5-meter-diameter parachute that will further slow the entry vehicle from Mach 1.5 or Mach 2 to subsonic speeds. All three devices will be the largest of their kind ever flown at speeds several times greater than the speed of sound.

Together, these new drag devices can increase payload delivery to the surface of Mars from our current capability of 1.5 metric tons to 2 to 3 metric tons, depending on which inflatable decelerator is used in combination with the parachute. They will increase available landing altitudes by 2-3 kilometers, increasing the accessible surface area we can explore. They also will improve landing accuracy from a margin of 10 kilometers to just 3 kilometers. All these factors will increase the capabilities and robustness of robotic and human explorers on Mars.

To thoroughly test the system, the LDSD team will fly the drag devices several times -- at full scale and at supersonic speeds -- high in Earth’s stratosphere, simulating entry into the atmosphere of Mars. The investigators are conducting design verification tests of parachutes and supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerators through 2013. Supersonic flight tests will be conducted in 2014 and 2015 from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Barking Sands, Hi.

Once tested, the devices will enable missions that maximize the capability of current launch vehicles, and could be used in Mars missions launching as early as 2020.

 

The LDSD project is sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


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Las posibilidades de una impresora 3D #infografia #infographic #tech

Las posibilidades de una impresora 3D #infografia #infographic #tech | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Hola: Una infografía sobre las posibilidades de una impresora 3D. Un saludo Find more great infographics on NerdGraph Infographics

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INFOGRAPHIC: What is the Cloud?

INFOGRAPHIC: What is the Cloud? | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Security should be a top priority for any business. Especially these days, with news of another hack or data breach being reported in the news every week.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, July 19, 3:14 PM

Excellent Infographic from Stratosphere Networks on the meaning behind the word.

 

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Great infographic that truly captures the importance of #Cloud and it's central importance in our technology driven business world.

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Experts Forecast Global SaaS based ERP Software Market to Grow at a CAGR Of 13.8%

Experts Forecast Global SaaS based ERP Software Market to Grow at a CAGR Of 13.8% | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Why SaaS Based ERP Software Is Gaining Popularity?Unlike the conventional method of purchasing ERP software licenses, there is a growing trend among organizations, where Software as a Service (SaaS) based model allows them to rent or license an ERP software package for a protracted period of time. It is a vicious circle where increased demand for S...

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, July 22, 8:39 AM

The benefit of SaaS based ERP, is that, enterprises do not need to bother with the ever evolving software updates. Besides, maintenance, increased storage requirements and troubleshooting issues are also handled at remote locations by the vendor.

 

Guest Post: Thanks to @Pranit Banthia for the scoop.

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Survey Results Revealed: Are B2B Marketers As Mature As They Think? - Business 2 Community

Survey Results Revealed: Are B2B Marketers As Mature As They Think? - Business 2 Community | trends of the future | Scoop.it
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Survey Results Revealed: Are B2B Marketers As Mature As They Think?

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Flying Cars Predicted In Two Years: What Then?

Flying Cars Predicted In Two Years: What Then? | trends of the future | Scoop.it

People are already putting down money for self-driving flying cars. Are American motorists up to the challenge?

 

Since the dawn of aviation, Americans have dreamed of buying a flying car and opening up the skies to everyone. The utopian dream is embodied in the opening credits of The Jetsons, in which a relaxed George commutes to work and plops his feet on his desk for nap. There’s a more pessimistic example of what happens when anyone can fly in the (true-life) opening of The Wolf of Wall Street, when a stoned Leonardo DiCaprio crashes his helicopter while trying to land it at his home.

 

We could be seeing more of both these scenes in the near future, thanks to Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia, which makes a car-plane hybrid called the Transition. Scheduled to debut in 2016 at an estimated cost of $279,000, the Transition is a street-legal car with wings that fold out to make an FAA-approved airplane....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 15, 6:52 AM

The Jetsons are in the house. And in the garage LOL.

Stephan L. Maisons's curator insight, July 15, 2:15 PM

Some think, there will be Flying Cars in Two years, when Electrical Car still not a reality today and Drones are just starting !!! So really, it's not a little early ?

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The Best Services for Sending Large Files over the Internet

The Best Services for Sending Large Files over the Internet | trends of the future | Scoop.it

Learn about the best web services and software tools that will help when you have to share a large file with someone over the Internet,


If you have to share a large file with someone over the Internet, there are generally two options – you can either put the file in an email message as an attachment or, if the file is too big to fit inside email, you can upload it to an file hosting service and then share the download links with the recipient....



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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 13, 12:33 PM

Useful chart showing options for sending large files.


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The Education Revolution: Cloud In The Classroom - CloudTweaks.com

The Education Revolution: Cloud In The Classroom - CloudTweaks.com | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Education - With the back-to-school season now upon us, parents, students and teachers everywhere

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Google Leads Coalition For Container Management - InformationWeek

Google Leads Coalition For Container Management - InformationWeek | trends of the future | Scoop.it
IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, Docker unite behind Google's Kubernetes as a container management system.

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European Commission : CORDIS : Newsroom : Cloud computing: facilitating cutting edge collaborative research

European Commission : CORDIS : Newsroom : Cloud computing: facilitating cutting edge collaborative research | trends of the future | Scoop.it

Cloud computing - where storage facilities are provided on demand over the internet from shared data centres - enables effective research collaboration to blossom. Rather than having to purchase a cluster of computers or struggle to find space at the lab, researchers can outsource their computing storage needs to remote facilities in the cloud and make this data accessible to colleagues.


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, June 27, 2:30 PM

CERN's computing capacity needs to keep up with the enormous amount of data coming from the Large Hadron Collider and we see Helix Nebula as a great way of working with industry to meet this challenge,' said Frédéric Hemmer, head of CERN's IT department.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Leaving Data On The Table

INFOGRAPHIC: Leaving Data On The Table | trends of the future | Scoop.it

While Big Data enjoys widespread media coverage, not enough attention has been paid to what practitioners think — data scientists who manage and analyze  massive volumes of data.


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, July 7, 2:55 PM

Paradigm4 teamed up with Innovation Enterprise to ask over 100 data scientists for their help separating Big Data hype from reality. This Infographic is their summation.

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Private Cloud Market to Reach $69 Billion by 2018 - eWeek

Private Cloud Market to Reach $69 Billion by 2018 - eWeek | trends of the future | Scoop.it
eWeek Private Cloud Market to Reach $69 Billion by 2018 eWeek The preference for third party delivered, or managed, private cloud will increase over the next two years as hybrid integration, increased complexity of clouds and security concerns...

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It's Not Just Big Data, It's The Right Big Data That Matters Most - exploreB2B

It's Not Just Big Data, It's The Right Big Data That Matters Most  - exploreB2B | trends of the future | Scoop.it
This past July Econsultancy issued a report which made reference to the fact that Big Data is causing big frustrations for those who make their living in the marketing world. The sub-headline ...

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Collaborative learning — for robots

Collaborative learning — for robots | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Algorithm lets independent agents collectively produce a machine-learning model without aggregating data.

 

Machine learning, in which computers learn new skills by looking for patterns in training data, is the basis of most recent advances in artificial intelligence, from voice-recognition systems to self-parking cars. It’s also the technique that autonomous robots typically use to build models of their environments.

 

That type of model-building gets complicated, however, in cases in which clusters of robots work as teams. The robots may have gathered information that, collectively, would produce a good model but which, individually, is almost useless. If constraints on power, communication, or computation mean that the robots can’t pool their data at one location, how can they collectively build a model?

 

At the Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence conference in July, researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems will answer that question. They present an algorithm in which distributed agents — such as robots exploring a building — collect data and analyze it independently. Pairs of agents, such as robots passing each other in the hall, then exchange analyses.

 

In experiments involving several different data sets, the researchers’ distributed algorithm actually outperformed a standard algorithm that works on data aggregated at a single location.

 

“A single computer has a very difficult optimization problem to solve in order to learn a model from a single giant batch of data, and it can get stuck at bad solutions,” says Trevor Campbell, a graduate student in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, who wrote the new paper with his advisor, Jonathan How, the Richard Cockburn Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics. “If smaller chunks of data are first processed by individual robots and then combined, the final model is less likely to get stuck at a bad solution.”

 

Campbell says that the work was motivated by questions about robot collaboration. But it could also have implications for big data, since it would allow distributed servers to combine the results of their data analyses without aggregating the data at a central location.

 

“This procedure is completely robust to pretty much any network you can think of,” Campbell says. “It’s very much a flexible learning algorithm for decentralized networks.”


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Amazing. 200 - 300 years, this is the end of human civilization, and the beginning of the posthuman.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing And SMEs

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing And SMEs | trends of the future | Scoop.it
SMEs (Small/Medium Sized Enterprises) make up the bulk of businesses today. Most cloud based applications created today are geared toward the SME

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, July 14, 3:15 PM

This infographic provided courtesy of Towergate offers insights into the uses and benefits of cloud computing, as well as tips for a successful implementation.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future | trends of the future | Scoop.it

This cloud retrospective aims to give a high-level view of cloud's history and question what that means beyond 2014


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, July 21, 2:56 PM

To know where cloud is going, you have to know where it's from. This timeline illustrates cloud's bumpy history and what that means for its future.

Marina Casses Ballester's curator insight, July 22, 7:14 AM

Great Summary!

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DID AMAZON JUST CHANGE THE WORLD? Unlimited Kindle Books is a Game Changer (if they can license everything) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

DID AMAZON JUST CHANGE THE WORLD? Unlimited Kindle Books is a Game Changer (if they can license everything) - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | trends of the future | Scoop.it

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48 Amazing Dream Hotels for You to Visit

48 Amazing Dream Hotels for You to Visit | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Need a vacation? How about escaping to one of these absolutely unbelievable dream hotels. Imgur user FlyingGiraffes created a gallery of these hotels, making it easy to browse through and find the perfect one for you. Here are all the dream hotels that made the list: 1. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia 2. Manta Resort, Tanzania […]

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Trends in Newsrooms: Rebooting Newsroom Strategy as Mobile, Wearables Rise | Mediashift

Trends in Newsrooms: Rebooting Newsroom Strategy as Mobile, Wearables Rise | Mediashift | trends of the future | Scoop.it

In May, a significant threshold was crossed: In the U.S., 60 percent of global online activity now happens via mobile devices – up 10 percent from the previous year. Perhaps even more significantly, “mobile apps accounted for more than half of all digital media time spent in May,” according to commercial analytics specialist Comscore.

 

The most mobile-driven platforms are digital radio, image-based sites like Instagram and Flickr, maps and instant messaging services. However social media overall is rated by Comscore as the number one category in terms of “overall digital engagement” with 70 percent of content now generated via mobile....


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Unstoppable impact on the news business, not to mention society in general.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 15, 7:01 AM

From the newsroom to the boardroom Mobile has huge impact on business and society.

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#mobile #journalism

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Top LinkedIn Groups in 2014 for Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, and Data Science | SYS-CON MEDIA

Top LinkedIn Groups in 2014 for Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, and Data Science | SYS-CON MEDIA | trends of the future | Scoop.it
SYS-CON Media, NJ, The world's leading i-technology media company on breaking technology news.

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Predictive data, the real workhorse behind the Internet of Things

Predictive data, the real workhorse behind the Internet of Things | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Companies are having to be pickier about which data sets they collect, process and use. It's all about having the right architecture in place.

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Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature

Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature | trends of the future | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: Here are five trends that are apparent at 2014's midpoint that show that customers face a lot of difficult questions and choices when selecting cloud computing services.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, July 9, 3:18 PM

We are now halfway through 2014 and Google, IBM, HP and the OpenStack gang have had their turns to talk about their latest cloud offerings. So this is a good time to see what is changing in cloud computing.

Rahul Kharwadkar's curator insight, July 9, 11:15 PM

Interesting article. 

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The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention

The Internet of Things at home: Why we should pay attention | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Some of the current consumer products could lead into important enterprise tools

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The IoT is a catchall phrase, a concept that includes all of these things. "We look at the IoT as a superset, the umbrella term that covers all areas, including consumer, industrial and public sector," says Hung LeHong, vice president at research firm Gartner.

 

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Cloud Infographic: Levels Of Big Data Maturity - CloudTweaks.com

Cloud Infographic: Levels Of Big Data Maturity - CloudTweaks.com | trends of the future | Scoop.it
Big Data Maturity - CloudTweaks has published many articles pertaining to Big Data, Cloud Adoption as well as a unique article that discusses

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Cloud adoption becomes mainstream - TechTarget UK

Cloud adoption becomes mainstream - TechTarget UK | trends of the future | Scoop.it
CRN - UK Cloud adoption becomes mainstream TechTarget UK Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF, said that over the next year adoption will increase by 15%: "This means that 90% of all businesses in the UK will be formally using at least one Cloud service by the...

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5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth - CloudTweaks.com

5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth - CloudTweaks.com | trends of the future | Scoop.it
5 Ways The Internet of Things Will Drive Cloud Growth - The size of the internet of things’ market is immense. The global market worth $1.9 trillion in 2013.

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