26 Jul 2011
Many of us certainly embrace the true benefits of light detection and ranging (LIDAR). It is a true game-changer that provides coverage down to inch-level fidelity, detects small particles in the atmosphere and allows for effective wide-area terrain mapping. Today, Defense Systems ran in-depth article on LIDAR that absolutely shines a light on how this innovation is changing the way we support the warfighter from a GEOINT perspective.
29 Apr 2011
Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? If you all are feeling a bit burnt out on the whole royal wedding thing, fret not, we are not adding to the media over-saturation by making it the theme of this week’s FFFT post. Plus, that would be too easy. Instead we are focusing on the true stars of the GEOINT sector. What inspired this? Well, Washingtonian Magazine just issued its “Tech Titans 2011″ list and let’s just say, the GEOINT sector ruled. So, we are going to dedicate this post to all the GEOINT stars who made this list, and to those stars (and there are many of you out there) who live and work outside of the DC area. And a reminder that the USGIF 2011 Scholarship applications are due Monday! Oh, and congratulations to William and Kate (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves). Happy Friday!
25 Mar 2010
Word of caution to our enemies: you may want to think twice about shooting a gun at a U.S. military helicopter as it flies overhead. According to DARPA Director Dr. Regina Dugan, DARPA is developing the technology that “would make it very dangerous to shoot at U.S. forces — because the first shot may very well be the adversary’s last.” What is this technology? DARPA is developing a new system called HALTT (Helicopter Alert and Threat Termination), which is a hostile-fire indicator that would warn the pilot of the gun fire attack. More importantly, it will determine the actual point of origin of the shot. Basically, HALTT will be able to detect the acoustic “crack” of a bullet as it passes through the air. It would then indicate the shooter’s position. From there, it is up to the pilot to neutralize the enemy. As always, DARPA is on the cutting edge. Read more about HALTT here.