Archive For May, 2007

7 articles

Police Drone

By Paul Parkinson Just to avoid any confusion, I want to make it clear that this blog ('Police drone') has nothing to do with the forthcoming world tour by the rock band The Police, but rather the forthcoming trial of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) by the Merseyside Police force in the UK for "tackling anti-social behaviour and public disorder"…

Climber makes “worlds highest mobile phone call”

By Paul Tingey Mobile telephony reached another frontier yesterday when the British climber Rod Baber set a new record by making the world's highest land-based mobile phone call from the summit of Everest. According to his sponsor (Motorola) Rod Baber made a call from 29,035 feet (8848 metres) to a voicemail box. You can listen to his message via a…

Free access to JACIC

By Paul Parkinson I’ve just found out that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is offering access to the entire content of the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC) for two weeks for free! Yes, really. If you browse the Journal Table of Contents (on the left of the page), you can see the titles of…

Military Avionics Technology Exhibition, UK

By Paul Parkinson Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Military Avionics Technology Exhibition arranged by the UK MOD, and held at Defence Equipment and Support Agency's Abbey Wood headquarters. This  was an impressive venue, although I don't think I quite got used to the 'Bomb Shelter' signs on the deep walls of the lecture theatre and exhibition…

What’s in a Kernel?

By Mike Deliman Recently my cohorts Paul Parkinson and Doug Gaff have been making a bit of noise about changes in the software industry - evolution of software, and specialized software for military and commercial avionics,and other applications that have strict time and security requirements.  Aside from requiring strict adherence to standards, critical systems software - especially medical or flight…

Hi Mom, I’m home from Mars.

By Mike Deliman Scientists find evidence of ice on Mars. Not just "ice." We all know there's ice on Mars, seasonal ice caps and all. Ice. "Enough to create oceans" should it ever melt. And not just in one concentrated spot. This is pretty incredible news.  This isn't a prediction, but keep in mind, everywhere we've found water on "our"…

Evolving Architecture Standards Race On

By Paul Tingey On Wednesday of last week I had the chance to present at the Evolving Architecture Standards Conference in the UK. The event was focused on the ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA standards and gave delegates the chance to learn more about the evolution, capabilities and potential uses of these technologies. Apart from presentations from representatives of Intel, Motorola,…