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Tiny airborne particles may pose a big coronavirus problem

Technology
NEW YORK -- At a University of Maryland lab, people infected with the new coronavirus take turns sitting in a chair and putting their faces into the big end of a large cone. They recite the alphabet and sing or just sit quietly for a half hour. Sometimes they cough.The cone sucks up everything that comes out of their mouths and noses. It's part of a device called “Gesundheit II” that is helping scientists study a big question: Just how does the virus that causes COVID-19 spread from one person to another?It clearly hitchhikes on small liquid particles sprayed out by an infected person. People expel particles while coughing, sneezing, singing, shouting, talking and even breathing. But the drops come in a wide range of sizes, and scientists are trying to pin down how risky the various kinds ...
Airborne dust makes faraway planets more habitable

Airborne dust makes faraway planets more habitable

Science
June 9 (UPI) -- The presence of airborne dust on alien planets increases the odds of habitability, according to new research. The findings could help planetary scientists hone in on exoplanets most likely to host alien life. The habitability of a rocky planet depends on its ability to host liquid water. The planet can't be too cold, or water will remain perpetually frozen. If the planet is too hot, all the water will boil away. The type of host star and how far away a planet is from it determines the range of temperatures on the planet's surface. Advertisement New planetary models developed by scientists at the University of Exeter, the Met Office and the University of East Anglia showed that the presence of dust can also influence surface temperatures. Scientists detailed their findings ...
Rockwell Collins airborne radio certified by NSA

Rockwell Collins airborne radio certified by NSA

Business
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The National Security Agency has certified Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 RT-2036(C) airborne radio for transmitting classified information up to Top Secret, the company has announced. "This NSA certification is one of the final steps in getting our latest-generation airborne radio technology into the field," Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of communication, navigation and electronic warfare solutions for Rockwell Collins, said in a press release. "With data, images, voice and video being sent from the air to the ground in real time, warfighters will have critical information at their fingertips to gain a tactical advantage on the battlefield," Brunk said. The ARC-210 RT-2036(C) will be compatible with new communications networks like the Department of Defense...
Japanese airborne troops jump from U.S. aircraft onto Japanese soil for first time

Japanese airborne troops jump from U.S. aircraft onto Japanese soil for first time

Business
Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations cargo and transport plane from the U.S. Air Force 36th Airlift Squadron became the first U.S. aircraft to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers on Hiju-dai drop zone in Japan as part of the Keen Sword exercises. The jump took place in Oita prefecture, Japan, on Nov. 4, during exercise Keen Sword with 120 paratroopers from the JGSDF's 1st Airborne Brigade and observers from the U.S. Army. "It is great that we are finally able to drop JGSDF paratroopers from U.S. aircraft in Japan," Keen Sword C-130J mission commander and 36th AS C-139J pilot Capt. Jeffrey Larkin said in a press release. "Also, this is the first time that the 36th AS will fly over Hiju-dai drop zone. This is another exciting moment for us because we can fly ...
Airborne Tactical contracts for subsonic, supersonic simulation aircraft

Airborne Tactical contracts for subsonic, supersonic simulation aircraft

Business
May 11 (UPI) -- Airborne Tactical Advantage has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for subsonic and supersonic aircraft. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 54.4 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursement, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for Type III high subsonic and Type IV supersonic aircraft, according to a Defense Department contract announcement. The Type III high subsonic and Type IV supersonic aircraft are designed to simulate incoming threats for testing and training defensive capabilities. Work on the contract will occur in Newport News, Va., where Airborne Tactical Advantage is located, along with California and other undisclosed locations across the United States, the Pentagon sai...