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MOOC ado about Reskilling

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This entry is part of 66 in the series Pangaea

Our new geospatial graduates have every reason to be happy. The good news that came out in April is that there are more vacant jobs in the U.S. than unemployed people, the highest amount in 50 years. And this jobs boom is a global pattern that extends to almost all industries, including the professional services […]

Edge Computing Supercharges UAS Workflows

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This entry is part 1 of 66 in the series Pangaea

A new computer networking approach called edge computing is promising to radically accelerate UAS workflows. Simply defined, edge computing distributes the task of computation to the edge of the network, generally very close to the sensor. In terms of UAS, edge computing accomplishes the post-processing of sensor data right on the UAS itself. Think about […]

“Welcome to Africa” via GIS

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This entry is part 2 of 66 in the series Pangaea

While in the middle of teaching GIS to my masters students, the squeaky ceiling fan above us suddenly went off. It was another power cut, the third in two hours. “Bienvenue en Afrique, Monsieur,” quipped one of my best students, making everyone laugh. I wiped the sweat off my forehead. Welcome to Africa, or precisely, […]

Rocketry Revolution #4: Air Breathing Rockets

This entry is part 3 of 66 in the series Pangaea

In a Pangaea issue entitled Revolution #3, I laid out the latest three revolutions in rocketry. Reusable rockets like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Air-launched rockets like Stratolaunch and Virgin Orbit, and Drone-launched rockets as exemplified by the Aevum Raven. Each revolution is designed to make space more affordable and accessible. Reusable rockets are obviously more […]

ULS and the Search for Yamashita’s Gold

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This entry is part 4 of 66 in the series Pangaea

In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese were faced with a dilemma: what to do with the billions in loot taken from Southeast Asia. According to some accounts, faced with US naval dominance in the Pacific, the Japanese could not return the gold, gems, and other valuables to the homeland. Instead the […]

New (and Proposed) Rules for Drones

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This entry is part 5 of 66 in the series Pangaea

The FAA has imposed a significant new rule on drone identification and has proposed two new rules that could, when enacted, change the UAS operations landscape. New UAS Marking Rules While UAS identification rules have been the law of the land for some time, last month these rules have been revised. Drones weighing more than […]