Tri-Cor Industries Adopts INMEDIUS S1000D

Technical Documentation Production Software to Support NASA, Military, Commercial IT Projects.

Inmedius announced the purchase of its S1000D Publishing Suite by TRI-COR Industries, an Information Technology (IT) support services firm headquartered in Lanham, Maryland. The multi-user contract includes maintenance, onsite training and consulting services to support the production of both electronic and paper-based documentation for TRI-COR government and commercial clients.

Comprehensive, integrated, and easy to use, the Inmedius S1000D Publishing Suite — S1000Dmanager™, S1000DauthorPro™, S1000Dinteract™ and S1000Dtransition™ — address every facet of an S1000D implementation, to capture, create, manage and deploy technical information.
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Better Weather Forecasts

Weather forecasters in the middle of the United States are making better local predictions for pilots and others thanks to an airborne sensor being tested by NASA’s Aviation Safety Program.

Researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., led the team that designed, built and equipped dozens of Mesaba Airlines aircraft with the Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Report instrument. Mesaba is a Northwest Airlink affiliate, headquartered in Minneapolis. The airline mainly flies shorter commuter routes.

The instrument allows aircraft to automatically sense and report atmospheric conditions. Observations are sent by satellite to a ground data center that processes and distributes up-to-date weather information to forecasters and pilots.
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NASA HONORS APOLLO ASTRONAUT EDGAR MITCHELL

NASA honored former astronaut Edgar Mitchell for his involvement in the Apollo space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award Sunday, Feb. 5 at the South Florida Science Museum, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, Fla.

NASA is presenting the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the 38 astronauts who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs for realizing America’s vision of space exploration from 1961 to 1972. The award is a small sample of lunar material encased in Lucite and mounted for public display. The material is part of the 842 pounds of samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972. Mitchell’s award will be displayed at the museum.

Mitchell was the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 14 moon mission, Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, 1971. Crewmates Alan Shepherd and Stuart Roosa also participated in the third lunar landing. The team collected more than 100 pounds of lunar samples during their record setting 33 hours on the moon’s surface.

For Mitchell’s astronaut biography on the Web, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mitchell-ed.html

Satellite portrait of global Plant Growth

An ambitious ESA project to chart ten years in the life of the Earth’s vegetation has reached a midway point, with participants and end-users having met to review progress so far. Harnessing many terabytes of satellite data, the GLOBCARBON project is intended to hone the accuracy of climate change forecasting.

Full story at:

http://www.esa.int/esaEO/SEMBM3NZCIE_planet_0.html

Discovery of new planet similar to Earth

An international team of astronomers has discovered a planet more similar to Earth than any found to date. This groundbreaking discovery of a new extra solar planet, or exoplanet has been made by scientists searching for Earth-like planets capable of supporting life.

Full story:

http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMDJ3NZCIE_index_0.html

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MAGNETIC FIELD MISSION ENDS

NASA’s Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE) satellite recently ceased operations, bringing to a close a successful six-year mission. IMAGE was the premier producer of new discoveries on the structure and dynamics of the Earth’s external magnetic field (magnetosphere) and its contents.

“The IMAGE mission showed us space around the Earth is anything but empty, and that plasma clouds can be imaged and tracked just as we do from space for Earth’s surface weather,” said Barbara Giles, IMAGE Program Scientist at NASA headquarters.

Prior to the launch of IMAGE, the energetic particles and electrically charged gas (plasma) surrounding the Earth were completely invisible to human observers. IMAGE enabled researchers to study the global structure and dynamics of the Earth’s inner magnetosphere as it responded to energy from solar winds.
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