Category Archives: Technology

Breaking news on the ISEE-3 mission: it may not be lost – it’s those “O” rings again

A few days ago, my heart sank when I heard this news: Space Probe Might Lack Nitrogen to Push It Home It seemed a deal-killer if the nitrogen tanks were empty. Now, one of the team leaders has given me … Continue reading

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ISEE-3 Update: Trajectory Correction Maneuver

Dennis Wingo writes: As many of you know, last week we fired the thrusters on ISEE-3 to do a spin-up burn. Before the burn (actually 11 pulses on the spacecraft’s hydrazine thrusters) the spin rate of ISEE-3 was 19.16 rpm. … Continue reading

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Carbon counting satellite finally makes it into orbit

The previous mission failed to make orbit, crashed into ocean. A Delta II rocket blazed off the launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early Wednesday morning to begin a landmark mission to survey carbon dioxide gas in … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon dioxide, Space, Technology | 153 Comments

New battery technology will be great – if it is viable

We’ve seen so many press releases for a new battery technology that seems almost to good to be true over the years. A lot of them were and never made it past the press release. Here’s to hoping this one … Continue reading

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Update on the ‘zombie’ ISEE-3 spacecraft

Watching my local news last night, I noted an interview with Dennis Wingo that was labeled Zombie Spacecraft Rescue Planned by Private Group. It seemed an apropos title so I’m going with it – Anthony ISEE-3 Reboot Update, Ranging The Spacecraft Guest essay … Continue reading

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NASA to attempt launching another ‘carbon observatory’ – the last one burned up

WUWT readers may recall that back in 2009, we reported on the first attempt: Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite burns up Now they are trying again. From NASA JPL: NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere is … Continue reading

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ISEE-3 Reboot Project Update: We Have Telemetry Data and an Engine Firing Date

If we can maneuver the spacecraft by June 17th we get the very small delta V number for the maneuver above. However, this starts to climb rapidly as the spacecraft gets closer to the moon. Also we cannot at this time rule … Continue reading

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Citizen astronomers and engineers get control of an old satellite from 1978

Success! We Are Now In Command of the ISEE-3 Spacecraft Thanks to the many WUWT readers that contributed to make this a success! These guys didn’t disappoint. They pulled it off against the odds. Congratulations to them. There’s a great … Continue reading

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NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft

Readers may recall The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) Reboot Project, Bringing an Old Bird Back to the Earth, and Back to Life. Congratulations to Dennis Wingo and the ISEE-3 team on successfully navigating the government bureaucracy, a far more difficult … Continue reading

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Update: ISEE-3 Reboot Project: Aiming for First Contact

Guest essay by Dennis Wingo Today’s update regards the progress of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project team in our preparations to contact the spacecraft.  We started this effort 34 days ago on on April 12 2014.  Below is what we have … Continue reading

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The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) Reboot Project, Bringing an Old Bird Back to the Earth, and Back to Life

Citizen backed space science attempts to do the near impossible Guest essay by Dennis Wingo Life isn’t fair. So many times in my life I start to do something and end up going in a completely different direction. I do … Continue reading

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Scientists with frickin’ weather control lasers in their heads

From the University of Central Florida ‘Dressed’ laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning UCF, Arizona researchers extend length of high-intensity laser with hope of stimulating showers The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody … Continue reading

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Drought tracking by satellite

From the University of Cincinnati: UC Geographers Develop a System to Track the Dynamics of Drought Detecting drought before it causes more catastrophe: the news could go down like a cool drink of water for regions feeling the heat. UC … Continue reading

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Stunning new first images available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

Remote sensing of weather just got a lot more detailed and interesting NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched … Continue reading

Posted in Space, Technology, Weather | 22 Comments

Mystery plume radar image near Nuclear Test Site – solved

Occam’s Razor – the simplest explanation is most likely People ask me to look into weird things all the time. Since I operate a weather business that specifically offers weather radar analysis and tracking software, I got asked to look at … Continue reading

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Turning airliners into flying weather stations

From Scripps Institute New Airborne GPS Technology for Weather Conditions Takes Flight First-time demonstration led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography captures key meteorological data from aircraft, along with the potential to improve hurricane forecasting A new GPS system aboard airplanes … Continue reading

Posted in measurement, Technology, Weather, Weather_stations | 42 Comments

LED’s rule, twisty bulbs drool

Readers might recall I was an early adopter of LED lighting technology. Now it is getting even better. New LED light design offers less energy, more light LEDs are durable and save energy. Now researchers have found a way to … Continue reading

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It’s dead, Jim: China’s lunar rover fails to reconnect with Earth

UPDATE2: Return of the Jade Rabbit: China’s moon rover back in action BEIJING — China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover, feared to have suffered some irreparable technical difficulties, may yet have some spring in its step. Link UPDATE: It may have … Continue reading

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El Niño sea monitoring system may fail – half dead already

From the “send money or the instrumentation gets it” department comes news that the TAO array may already be toast due to budget constraints. One wonders if money sucked into climate programs might be a factor. From Nature News:  Nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, ENSO, TAO/TRITON Buoys, Technology, Weather_stations | 66 Comments

Study: Electric vehicles have little impact on US pollutant emissions

A new study from North Carolina State University indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles by 2050 would not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides.

Posted in Energy, Environment, Technology | 68 Comments

The Tesla battery swap is the hoax of the year

What California says about zero-emission vehicles, and why Tesla is committing fraud Guest essay by Alberto Zaragoza Comendador I didn’t create this essay because I dislike electric vehicles. While I’m skeptical of their potential, I have nothing against EVs per … Continue reading

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Private launch of geostationary satellite a ‘game-changer’

NASA no longer has a monopoly on US geosynchronous orbit launches More pictures follow. From Space.com: The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a critical commercial satellite mission from Florida Tuesday after two delays due to technical glitches.

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NOAA shows that wind farms affect weather radar, and that affects their primary mission of forecasting and safety

“Chaotic wind velocities associated with the rotating turbine blades triggers the doppler radar mesocyclone detection algorithm” Note: this essay was written by the National Weather Service Forecast Office is Burlington, Vermont and tipped to me by a reader. Vermont’s wind … Continue reading

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New Primary GOES-R instrument will provide even better satellite imagery than Gore’s old ‘Triana’ satellite idea

Imager will provide greater detail to forecasters – video follows A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced … Continue reading

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How is the temperature of your pocket useful for meteorology?

I can’t imagine why this project exists. We have thousands of weather stations across the world already. Disentangling the temperature of your pocket from the actual temperature seems like an exercise in futility to me. Even the authors claim they … Continue reading

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Ride the Space Shuttle into space, on the outside of the booster no less

If you are a space enthusiast, this is well worth 400 seconds of your time for the unique perspective it offers…like strapping a HERO Go Pro camera to a booster and getting it back.

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Blooming Idiot Boxes

Another green technology scam with no increased benefits. The Institute for Energy Research writes: In 2010, fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy unveiled its “Bloom Energy Server.” The unveiling and subsequent press attention claimed that these “Bloom Boxes” were green, efficient … Continue reading

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Desktop Sized Atom Smasher Demonstrated

From the “E.O. Lawrence would be jealous department”  and the University of Texas Austin comes this bit of interesting news (h/t to “View From the Solent”). Full disclosure, I made a cyclotron myself and went to the National Science Fair … Continue reading

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An interesting advance in battery applications

From Stanford University encouraging news, a rechargeable Zinc-air battery would put electric cars into the realm of reasonable practicality, where with lead-acid batteries they are currently not. Stanford scientists develop high-efficiency zinc-air battery Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced … Continue reading

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The Kepler spacecraft has a failure

Two of four reaction wheels seized up, critical for precise photometry Excerpt from the Kepler Mission Manager Update. (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) At our semi-weekly contact on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, we found the Kepler spacecraft once again in … Continue reading

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Some preventative advice (thanks Acronis)

I’m killing time. Right now I’m waiting for updates and downloads to complete on my office work computer, a machine that I went to great trouble to make bulletproof. For example, I run a top-end Intel SSD and have a … Continue reading

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NASA to fly ‘green’ rockets

I have to wonder if this is a good idea, what with so many other green ventures not living up to expectations, this might actually end up getting people killed if it isn’t fully tested before making it into the … Continue reading

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Claim: solar cells that produce two electrons for every photon, resulting in over 100% quantum efficiency

From the I’ll believe it when I see it department comes this claim. From R&D magazine: Throughout decades of research on solar cells, one formula has been considered an absolute limit to the efficiency of such devices in converting sunlight … Continue reading

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Inverse hockey stick in the lower troposphere – real or not?

Bishop Hill via correspondent Gras Albert noted this event early today: I looked through the entire satellite record, and couldn’t find any similar event. That meant it was either unique, or indicative of a technology failure like we witnessed with … Continue reading

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Introducing the Quantum Refrigerator – the coolest cool tech

Since Willis just published an essay on refrigeration systems and how the Earth has its own version, I thought this story might be fun and educational. Many people don’t know that Albert Einstein invented a refrigerator system in 1926 after … Continue reading

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