Riding NASAs moon landing simulator with chief Jim Bridenstine

first_img NASA Space Tags We landed on the moon with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine 0 Bridenstine, an ex-Navy pilot who flew E-2 Hawkeye aircraft and F/A-18 Hornets, walked us through the landing procedures in NASA’s state-of-the-art Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) housed at NASA Ames.You can see his expert piloting skills and hear the administrator’s take on NASA’s return to the moon in our interview below:The VMS is the world’s largest motion flight simulator and resides in a 10-story tower on the NASA Ames campus. It’s powered by a massive hydraulic system that can simulate the movement of a real moon lander as it hits its target on the specified landing area on the moon. The simulator’s cab has 6 degrees-freedom of motion in any direction, and as much as 60 feet of room vertically and 40 feet horizontally for simulating landings where the moon lander might be off course by some distance.VMS Lunar Lander ConfigurationThe exterior of the Lunar Lander “Explore Moon to Mars” cab Dominic Hart Our interview with Bridenstine was conducted in the VMS, with the NASA administrator playing captain to our simulated moon landing.  Boarding the simulator was very intimidating. First, we were outfitted with safety harnesses and then walked down a long, retractable walkway where we boarded the VMS. I could imagine what might be going through the astronauts’ minds as they boarded their spacecraft. We were then strapped into the VMS by the NASA Ames staff in standing position at the control console. There was no seat so we were buckled into a padded vertical slab. As the simulation began, the motion was jolting, like a ride at Disneyland as the mission control computer moved us into position.Everything went dark — much like it would in space — and we could communicate through pilot headsets inside the cabin. There was no way of telling how high up we were at the start of the simulation because all we could see out the windows was a computer graphics simulation of the moon’s surface. As we came down we could feel the simulator jolting as the “boosters” corrected our position over the landing zone on our computer-generated moon. When Bridenstine finally eased us to the surface and we “touched down” on the moon we felt a thud and then the simulator became eerily still. It was a thrilling experience — one that mimicked what the astronauts in future missions will feel when they take their landers to the surface of the moon. Bridenstine proved to be an ace pilot, making two successful landings on the virtual moon and explaining his long-term vision for NASA’s Artemis missions at the same time. He explained how NASA chose the name Artemis — which derives from the Greek goddess of the moon — and shared his thoughts on the importance of putting not only the first man but also the first woman on the moon. Jim-BridenstineAdministrator Jim Bridenstine pilots the Vertical Motion Simulator at NASA Ames Research Center in California. Stephen Beacham Share your voice 7:56 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Tech Industry Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) Lunar Lander configuration with Bonnie Andro-Avila, left standing seat and Sumedha Garud in right standing seat “flying” the Lunar Lander simulation Dominic Hart As the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing approaches, NASA is readying itself to return to the lunar surface.The agency’s best and brightest are hard at work to deliver on NASA’s ambitious plans of getting back to the moon — and establishing a permanent presence there — by 2024.  The new moon missions, named Artemis, will combine rockets, landers, rovers, and a new space station, the Lunar Gateway, in orbit around the moon to deliver robots, and eventually humans, back to the surface for the first time since 1972. In May, we were invited to the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California to participate in and film moon landing simulations with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. last_img read more

AL to reshape villages if voted to power PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a public rally at Police Lines Ground in Pabna on Saturday. Photo: PIDUrging the countrymen to cast their votes for ‘boat’, the election symbol of Awami League, in the next general election, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said whatever pledges her party and government made will surely be fulfilled.“If you (people) cast your votes for ‘boat’, we’ll get another chance for serving you. Please raise your hands and say that you’ll cast your votes for us. Whatever pledges we’ve given to you, we’ll surely fulfill those … surely Bangladesh will turn into a prosperous and developed country,” she said.The Awami League president was addressing a mammoth public rally at the Pabna police lines ground organized by the district unit of ruling Awami League.Chaired by district AL president and land minster Shamsur Rahman Sherif, the rally was also addressed, among others, by agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, health minister Mohammed Nasim, AL presidium member M Abdur Razzaque, AL joint general secretaries Dipu Moni and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and AL central leader SM Kamal Hossain.Referring to the general election to be held this December, the premier said if the countrymen voted AL to power again, they would turn every village of the country into a town.“We’ll ensure urban facilities for each and every community of each village and they’ll live a better life. We’ll turn every village into a town,” she pledged.Mentioning that Bangladesh has become a ‘developing country’ after graduating from the LDC status, the premier said: “We won’t beg from others. By the year 2041, we’ll make Bangladesh a prosperous and developed ‘Sonar Bangladesh’. No one was able to suppress Bengalees in the past and none will be able to do so in future. We’re moving ahead and we’ll continue to move forward,” she said.Referring to the arson attacks and mayhem unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat clique to foil the 5 January polls of 2014, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP-Jamaat hooligans during that time burnt some 3,500 innocent people, set afire some 70 government offices, and burned down 3,500 buses, 29 rail bogies and 6 land offices.“They (BNP-Jamaat) only know how to unleash havoc …. They only mean killing and destruction. Whenever they assumed office, they resorted to killings,” she alleged.The prime minister said on the other hand, AL wants and always works for ensuring development of the people. “We know better how to ensure development of the country and we’re doing that accordingly,” she said.She also said that her party assumed office to change the fate of the common people, not to resort to looting and let its party men make fortune.Turning to the jail-term of BNP chief Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust Case, Sheikh Hasina said Khaleda Zia had been convicted to jail term by the court since she embezzled the fund of the orphanage.Recalling the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with most of his family members on that fateful night on 15 August, the prime minister said her government has been working to turn Bangladesh into a hunger and poverty free ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation.Renewing her pledge to free Bangladesh from terrorism, militancy and the clutch of drug, Sheikh Hasina said her government has been continuing drives against terrorism, militancy and drug to free the country from these menaces.In this connection, the prime minister sought cooperation and whole-hearted support from the guardians, teachers, freedom fighters and religious leaders to keep the youth-folk from the evil vices of terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.“Drug addiction destroys a family. Terrorism and militancy not only destroy a family, rather they ruin the whole country … I’ll urge all of you to keep special attention so the youth do not tread the path of terrorism, militancy and drug addiction. We’ll do whatever necessary in this regard,” she added.Listing various achievements in different socio-economic fields over the last nine and a half years of the Awami League government, Sheikh Hasina said her government has been distributing various allowances to different sections of people, providing stipends for students, building houses for the homeless from the Ashrayan project, giving subsidies to farmers through agri-input cards, turning post offices into e-post offices while some 100 special economic zones are being set up to spur economic development.Terming the inaugurations and laying of foundation stones of various development projects at the rally venue as a ‘gift’ from her to the people of Pabna, the prime minister said once the construction of the two units of the Rooppur nuclear power plant is completed, many employment opportunities would be created here.Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated 31 development projects and laid foundation stones of 18 development projects through unveiling plaques from the rally venue.last_img read more

How RAICES Plans To Spend 20 Million In Donations To Help Detained

first_img Share Photo courtesy of RAICESCongressman Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) speaks at a Washington rally, as RAICES Communications Director Jennifer K. Falcon looks on.A legal services nonprofit based in San Antonio has gained a national profile – fast and in a big way: Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES. For many who are frustrated with the immigration policies of the Trump administration – especially family separation – donating to RAICES became a way to do something. The nonprofit ended up collecting more than $20 million through a Facebook fundraiser.Jonathan Ryan is RAICES’ executive director. He says the $20 million is several times the organization’s annual budget – which is about $8 million. When he joined RAICES 10 years ago, the group had four employees, and about $60,000 in funding.“At present we are one of the largest immigration legal service providers in Texas with about 130 staff located all around the state,” he says, “But there’s no doubt that what Charlotte and David Willner – the couple who started this – has done has been an amazing gift not really just to us – but to this moment and to this cause to help these women and children who have been separated.”Money collected during the fundraiser set up by the Willners was originally supposed to be used to pay for a single immigration bond – $1,500. With additional funding, RAICES can now pay the bonds for potentially all of the currently detained women and children. Ryan says presenting the $20 million check in Washington last week was a serious effort to get the money into the federal system.“We wanted to speak with the administration and say, ‘We have this money,’ let’s sit down at the table – see the list of people who are detained – and work out bond arrangements for all of them in one go,” he says, “It’s basically the standard bond process but for a larger group of people.”While the Trump administration did not respond to RAICES’ filibuster – it did submit a formal letter to the administration detailing what they are hoping to do in more precise terms. If they do not respond, they will continue to pay the bonds individually while also giving further aid to the families.The next court-ordered family reunification deadline is this week. Ryan says they are working with other organizations that are stationed outside detention centers that are starting to see movement for detained families.“We figure that we have approximately $8,000 per family and if we don’t have to spend that money on bonds – then it’s our intent to assist with transportation, with access to services once they get to the cities where they’re gonna reside, and still have to continue through their immigration cases which could be a matter of months or years before them,” he says.Ryan says having raised $20 million in such a short time could change the dynamic of their organization. But he also says his group has always been focused on providing legal services and responding to humanitarian needs.“We know what needs to be done – this is not a tabula rasa for us,” he says, “We’ve been working inside of detention centers, we’re a refugee resettlement organization, we’ve worked with post-release for thousands and thousands of people over the last few years.”A lot of people might think RAICES is a Texas-based organization, but the organization deals with issues all across the border. Ryan believes it’s possible the organization might grow as a result.“As I’ve said to many people, we’re the poorest organization with $20 million that you’ve ever met,” he says, “This money has a very specific purpose – and it’s time sensitive that we move this money out the door to benefit these families right now.”last_img read more

Try to reboot your marriage sex is vital to keep the love

first_imgI can’t handle office politics. I feel disgusted to go to my workplace every day. Please help!Sheetal, NoidaYou have two options – Change the job or change the way you see, feel and react. Office politics and problems are a global issue and the solution lies with you. Handle it intelligently. Don’t rub people the wrong way. Try your best to make it work or else look for a solution elsewhere.We are working parents. Our 6-year-old son spends his day with his grandparents. He has developed an ugly habit of watching TV serials. I’m worried that this is going to affect him. What can I do? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rita, KanpurWell, this surely will have its affect, bad or good. If you are uncomfortable, maybe you should try to seek a domestic help or choose a suitable day care for kids. It would be practical to handle it politely and don’t highlight your son’s TV watching concern’ to your in-laws. At their age, don’t make them change their choice of entertainment.How important is sex after a decade of marriage? My wife is too preoccupied in raising our kids and has lost interest in sex. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVikram, New DelhiSex or physical closeness leading to making love should ideally exist between couples. Unfortunately, as we change roles in life our priorities change and that affects a lot within us. You should try to reboot your marriage and start with a holiday. Doesn’t matter where you both go, but travel as a couple and not as parents. Start with small sexy touches and just spend a few days discovering each other. Unlearn and learn the art of love and sex. My ex-husband has got remarried recently. I’m single now. Time and again I miss him and I know he still loves me. I’m very disturbed and depressed. What can I do?Name unknownJust try your best to move on. He’s a married man now. And he’s NOT your man anymore! Meet new people, make new friends and just walk ahead. Life and time are always meant to move forward. Good Luck!I’m 36. Divorced. I’m in a relationship with a guy who’s five years younger. I want to marry him but whenever the topic arises, he avoids it. How do I convince him?Miss P, New DelhiIf he’s willing to settle down, he shouldn’t avoid the discussion. He needs to understand your seriousness towards your own life. Love is a great feeling but sometimes love without assurance of togetherness can be a painful journey. Don’t hurt yourself again.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Introducing Missinglinkai a platform for accelerating Deep Learning Lifecycle

first_imgYesterday, MissingLink.ai launched as a platform with a purpose to accelerate deep learning progress. Machine learning has shown immense promise across many use cases, from helping to diagnose diseases to powering autonomous vehicles, for a long time, but the actual process of delivering business outcomes currently takes too long and it is too expensive. MissingLink. ai was born out of a desire to fix that, say the MissingLink team. It enables data scientists to spend less time on the grunt work by automating and streamlining the entire deep learning cycle, including data, code, experiments, and resources. It automates repetitive, time-consuming tasks, shortening model training times, and accelerating learning cycles. This way data scientists can get more time to apply the actionable insights the data provides. Here are it’s top features: The system uses version-aware data management eliminating the need to copy files and only syncs changes to data. It offers real-time monitoring and tracking of experiments via visual dashboards. It also automatically tracks data, experiments, and code, so engineers can easily reproduce any experiment at any time. Users can run experiments on a training machine without the need to copy or move data. Once the data is integrated, MissingLink can manage it on a machine on premise. MissingLink. ai allows teams to manage both local and public cloud resources as a single environment, allowing them to grow and shrink compute resources elastically as needed. MissingLink.ai provides data management at scale, allowing companies to keep their data onsite and adjust experiment usage as needs change. MissingLink comes with support for popular frameworks such as Tensorflow, PyTorch, Caffe, and Keras. Aidoc is a AI-powered healthcare company which uses deep learning for medical imaging. With MissingLink, they’ve been able to help radiologists prioritize life-threatening cases and expedite patient care. Another MissingLink customer, Nanit, has developed a smart baby camera that uses deep learning and computer vision to monitor children. For more information, visit the MissingLink website. You may also read the blog from founder Yosi Taguri if you’d like to learn more. Read Next Facebook’s Glow, a machine learning compiler, to be supported by Intel, Qualcomm and others. Baidu releases EZDL – a platform that lets you build AI and machine learning models without any coding knowledge. Hortonworks Data Platform 3.0 is now generally availablelast_img read more