Lincoln Laboratory in the News
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FAA, Industry, and Academia Partner on Flight Tests of Sense-and-Avoid Avionics System for Unmanned Aerial Systems
28 March 2017
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and partners Northrop Grumman and Aviation Communications and Surveillance Systems, an L3 and Thales Company, today announced a series of successful flight tests of the sense-and-avoid avionics system for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
The flight tests led by Northrop Grumman were conducted at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. Participating were FAA staff from federally funded research and development centers, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), which developed the algorithms and software for ACAS Xu.
NASA Press Release
10 February 2017
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, angular-appearing asteroid about 660 feet (200 meters) in size that rotates about once every three hours. The images have resolutions as fine as 12 feet (3.75 meters) per pixel....
Asteroid 2017 BQ6 safely passed Earth on Feb. 6 at 10:36 p.m. PST (1:36 a.m. EST, Feb. 7) at about 6.6 times the distance between Earth and the moon (about 1.6 million miles, or 2.5 million kilometers). It was discovered on Jan. 26 by the NASA-funded Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) Project, operated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory on the Air Force Space Command’s Space Surveillance Telescope at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
The Optical Society
5 January 2017
Researchers have developed a microscope that can chemically identify individual micron-sized particles. The new approach could one day be used in airports or other high-security venues as a highly sensitive and low-cost way to rapidly screen people for microscopic amounts of potentially dangerous materials.
In the journal Optics Letters, from The Optical Society (OSA), researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, USA, demonstrated their new microscope by measuring infrared spectra of individual 3-micron spheres made of silica or acrylic. The new technique uses a simple optical setup consisting of compact components that will allow the instrument to be miniaturized into a portable device about the size of a shoebox.
18 January 2017
Dr. Jeremy Kepner from MIT Lincoln Laboratory describes the Laboratory's approach to developing algorithms that will keep their users productive as new processing technologies evolve.
11 January 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense revealed in a January 9 statement that three U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets launched one of the world's largest micro-drone swarms during an October 2016 demonstration at China Lake, California. . . . Originally designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering students, the Perdix drone was modified for military use by the scientists and engineers of MIT Lincoln Laboratory starting in 2013.
Air Traffic Management
10 January 2017
En route air traffic controllers in offshore airspace recently got a preview of a strategic weather planning tool to be available at their facilities in the future—thanks to a team of technical experts at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory who designed a cutting-edge radar simulator known as the Offshore Precipitation Capability, or OPC.
20 December 2016
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is interested in using miniature satellites to gather data it can feed into the agency's weather prediction models to augment data provided by its fleet of large spacecraft.
"The idea is that for much less money and much less time, we will be able to get data that are good enough to help mitigate gaps," said Margaret Caulfield, division chief in NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service's office of projects, planning and analysis. "To mitigate that gap, we need to get new observations and we propose to do that with small satellites. Small satellites are particularly suited to this because they are an affordable source of mitigation data with short, responsive call-up times."
Biomimetic Sniffing Improves the Detection Performance of a 3D Printed Nose of a Dog and a Commercial Trace Vapor Detector
Nature Scientific Reports
1 December 2016
This report describes experiments that used an anatomically similar 3D-printed dog's nose to discover the external aerodynamics behind canine sniffing. Chemical sampling and detection experiments quantified two modes of operation with the artificial nose-active sniffing and continuous inspiration, and demonstrated an increase in odorant detection by a factor of up to 18 for active sniffing. A 16-fold improvement in detection was demonstrated with a commercially available explosives detector by applying this bio-inspired design principle and making the device "sniff" like a dog.
The report was authored by researchers from the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and from the Chemical, Microsystem, and Nanoscale Technologies Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
DHS Science & Technology Press Office
28 November 2016
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), an information sharing tool for first responders, will now be implemented in some NATO member and partner countries as part of NATO's Science for Peace and Security Project Advanced Regional Civil Emergency Coordination Pilot.
DHS S&T will support implementation of the NICS system and technology by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory and NATO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
19 November 2016
Jay W. Forrester SM '45, professor emeritus in the MIT Sloan School of Management, founder of the field of system dynamics, and a pioneer of digital computing, died Nov. 16. He was 98.
Forrester's time at MIT was rife with invention. He was a key figure in the development of digital computing, the national air defense system, and MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. He developed servomechanisms (feedback-based controls for mechanical devices), radar controls, and flight-training computers for the U.S. Navy. He led Project Whirlwind, an early MIT digital computing project. It was his work on Whirlwind that led him to invent magnetic core memory, an early form of RAM for which he holds the patent, in 1949.
15 November 2016
Dell EMC today announced new high performance computing (HPC) cloud offerings, software, systems and customer success, continuing its focus on democratizing HPC for enterprises of all sizes, optimizing HPC technology innovations and advancing the HPC community. . . .
MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center (LLSC) has selected Dell EMC to install a 648-node HPC system. . . LLSC's new "TX-Green" system, one of the largest of its kind on he US East Coast, exceeds one petaflop and has provided the center with a 4× computing capacity boost.
The New York Times
24 October 2016
You might think that "space situational awareness" is what a football player needs when he goes up for a pass in a crowd of 300-pound helmeted assassins. But to the Department of Defense, it has a more precise and chilling meaning: namely the need to identify and track the untold hundreds of thousands of objects inhabiting the not-so-empty space around our planet—space junk, missile tests, dead rocket parts, foreign satellites of unknown intent and uncharted asteroids coming in for the kill.
The Air Force operates a globe-girdling network of telescopes, radars and even two satellites to keep track of all this stuff.
Last Tuesday, the latest addition to this sky patrol was unveiled at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico: the Space Surveillance Telescope, a 90-ton telescope powered by a 38,000-horsepower engine. Swiveling swiftly and almost silently like a ballerina, it can follow objects as small as a softball as they fly through the sky.
MIT Department of Physics News
18 October 2016
Ten members of the Physics Department are among those recently honored with prizes and Fellowships by the American Physical Society. The winners include six faculty, three alumni, and a former Pappalardo Fellow, representing all divisions within the department.
Among those elected to Fellow is William Oliver, a member of the senior staff in MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group and Professor of the Practice, Physics, MIT.
Marine Technology News
23 August 2016
At nearly 663,000 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and over twice the size of Texas. The state’s size and the remoteness of its northern communities make emergency response challenging. In response to growing economic and tourism interests in the Arctic, Coast Guard District 17, Alaska Command and the State of Alaska and other state and federal partners will conduct a mass rescue exercise called Operation Arctic Chinook in Tin City and Kotzebue August 23-24. The New London, Conn.-based Coast Guard Research and Development Center is using the exercise to evaluate state-of-the-art line of sight and beyond line of sight communications equipment as well as the Next Generation Incident Command System.
Breakthrough Anthrax, Ricin and Ebola Bio-Threat Detection Technology for Mail Room Screening Featured at MailCom 2016
23 August 2016
Baltimore bio tech firm, PathSensors, Inc., announced that it will be leading a presentation on the CANARY® (Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields) bio-threat detection technology at the MailCom 2016 Convention. Developed by scientists at MIT Lincoln Labs, CANARY can detect a wide range of threats such as anthrax and ricin faster, with greater sensitivity and more cost-effectively than alternative threat detection methods.
Built-in optics could enable chips that use trapped ions as quantum bits
8 August 2016
In an article in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers from MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory report an important step toward practical quantum computers: a prototype chip that can trap ions in an electric field and, with built-in optics, direct laser light toward each of them.
Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
8 August 2016
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has announced that the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), an information-sharing tool for first responders, is now available worldwide....
DHS S&T has led the funding of the development of NICS with contributions from the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory since 2010.
8 August 2016
For some students, summer camp means four weeks immersed in sports or roasting s'mores around a campfire.
But a select group of students from around the country spent the summer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology learning about the development of self-driving vehicles.
The Boston Globe
The Defense Department has tapped a leader from MIT's Lincoln Laboratory to anchor the Cambridge office of a new military R&D lab, part of a push by the Pentagon to more quickly harness innovations from the region's tech sector.
Bernadette Johnson will serve as chief science officer of the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental, known as DIUx, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at an event in Cambridge Tuesday. Johnson, who has previously studied chemical and biological defense, most recently served as the Lincoln Lab's chief technology officer.
28 June 2016
...The technology, licensed from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, is designed to enable analysis of brief voice samples to screen and monitor for a range of mental and physical medical concerns based on subtle changes in acoustic characteristics of the speaker's voice. Sonde's focus areas include mental health conditions like depression as well as a number of other mental health, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions where remote, passive monitoring could be impactful.
9 May 2016
...Working in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, [the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate] S&T is developing a suite of video forensic tools to quickly review and analyze video for unique and specific security assessments. The suite of tools is currently installed in Amtrak's Emergency Management Agency and [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority] WMATA's new Security Operational Control Center.
CBS New York
9 May 2016
Time Warner Cable News
6 May 2016
The above news stories are on the tests conducted in the New York subway system to evaluate a sensor designed to detect airborne particles of a bioagent. MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers contributed to this project.
30 April 2016
The Boston Herald
19 March 2016
When the Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened Lincoln Laboratory on the grounds of Hanscom Air Force Base in 1951, its mission was pioneering: Build the nation's first air defense system. It succeeded and has since developed revolutionary new technologies to protect our service members while contributing to the Massachusetts economy.
Yet for all its cutting-edge research and development, the infrastructure at Lincoln Labs could not keep up with modern times and a 2008 independent study found the facilities "structurally obsolete." But the Department of Defense recently announced a $265 million investment to upgrade Lincoln Labs in order to continue and grow its essential work.
News from The Arlington Advocate
3 March 2016
When Yari Rodriguez was a girl, her role models were famous women she read about, such as Sally Ride, Christa McAuliffe and Amelia Earhart, all of whom shared a passion for boldly taking to the sky.
Today, Rodriguez, 28, notes wistfully, "I wish someone would have told me that I was going to make it [like they did]; that believing in myself was enough."
That is exactly the message she emphasized when she spoke at the recent Girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camp at Minuteman High School in Lexington.
The New York Times
27 February 2016
Wesley A. Clark, a physicist who designed the first modern personal computer, died on Monday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 88....He achieved his breakthroughs working with a small group of scientists and engineers at the Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1950s and early ’60s. Early on they had the insight that the cost of computing would fall inexorably and lead to computers that were then unimaginable.
The Boston Globe
11 February 2016
Lincoln Labs, a highly-regarded research facility on Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, is getting a $265 million makeover.
Founded in 1951 and still run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Labs grew out of the school's World War II development of radar technology. It remains one of the nation's leading research centers for military technologies.
The money from the U.S. Department of Defense will be used to rebuild and upgrade laboratories and other facilities at the Bedford site, which sits on land leased from the U.S. Air Force.
Boston Community Energy Study taps innovation experts to establish road-map for local energy solutions reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing resiliency
Boston Redevelopment Authority Press Release
10 February 2016
The City of Boston in partnership with Boston Redevelopment Authority released the Boston Community Energy Study today. The study is a starting point to help Boston stakeholders better understand the potential for community energy solutions and identifies specific project opportunities to reduce costs, greenhouse gas emissions and make Boston's energy system more resilient.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory's system can speed up the rescue and recovery process.
IEEE's The Institute
6 January 2016
Among the most difficult tasks for agencies managing disasters is rapidly and accurately identifying the status and whereabouts of potential victims. What’s needed is a system for accessing information about the affected population and making it useful and actionable to rescue agencies. Researchers from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Mass., are working toward such a system.
23 November 2015
After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Lincoln Laboratory biomaterials scientist Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.
Pig bodies are a lot like human bodies, and Swiston wanted to know whether the device would be able to monitor vital signs from inside a body. It did.
It's the latest in a small but growing group of devices that soldiers, athletes, astronauts, and colonoscopy patients have gulped to collect information from odd recesses of the body. Swiston calls them "ingestibles."
12 October 2015
For many ambitious high school students looking to advance their career aspirations early, summer isn't the leisure vacation it used to be.
Summer programs and summer school represent opportunity, and among those taking advantage this year was Jocelyn Dorney, a 17-year-old Olympia Fields resident.
Dorney, a senior at Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park, participated this summer in the Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers program offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sierra Nevada Corporation Newsroom
18 September 2015
The University of Nevada, Reno, this week welcomed leading thinkers in engineering and defense from the internationally-renowned Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. The group toured the University's Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, offering important guidance on approaches to cross-disciplinary and project-based academic programs and funding. The event was organized by Fatih and Eren Ozmen of Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, who founded the Ozmen Center in 2014.
MACOM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory announce successful field tests of next-generation weather surveillance and air traffic control technology
15 September 2015
LOWELL, Mass.—M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (MACOM), a leading supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and photonic semiconductor products, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory today announced successful field tests of Multifunction Phased Array Radar technology (MPAR). The first MPAR–based system was successfully deployed by the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma.
AIAA Press Release
8 September 2015
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce its Class of 2016 Associate Fellows. AIAA formally will honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, January 4, 2016, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016 (AIAA SciTech 2016), January 4–8.
Among the honorees are Steven Bussolari and Eliahu Niewood of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
A Body Sensor Networks Hackathon pushes solutions to healthcare challenges
17 August 2015
A man with a strange contraption behind his right ear paces a hallway. Wires trail from his ear to a battery pack tucked into his waistband. A woman carefully squeezes a bag filled with water. She watches a series of dots cascade downward on her smartphone. A man looks intently at a computer screen. A green LED connected to a wire emanating from his earlobe blinks away.
This was the scene at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in mid June during the Body Sensor Networks Hackathon, a two and a half day hacking tournament sponsored by Intel and the Hamlyn Center at Imperial College London, held in conjunction with IEEE's Body Sensor Networks (BSN) conference. . . .
Marathon runners, extreme athletes, and members of the military out in the field know that staying adequately hydrated is key to survival and success. Many of these people take advantage of hydration packs, which allow them to drink through a tube connected to a bag of water in a backpack. While this setup has the advantage of being hands-free, it's difficult for users to know how much water they are drinking. That's the problem that HydroExo team members Delsey Sherrill, software engineer and technical team leader at the MIT Lincoln Lab, and Federico Parisi, PhD student at the University of Parma, wanted to solve during the hackathon.
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
25 August 2015
New Rochelle, NY—A new additive manufacturing technique uses an innovative process for printing molten glass at sufficiently high temperatures, layering it to produce strong 3D-printed glass objects able to transmit light. The modular, scalable printer, combined with a computer-assisted design (CAD) printing process, makes it possible to tailor the size, shape, and properties of the printed glass parts, as described in an article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.
The article [coauthored by researchers from MIT, Harvard University, and the University of Padova, Italy, including Michael Stern of MIT Lincoln Laboratory] is available free on the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing website until September 25, 2015.
The Ohio State University College of Engineering News
7 August 2015
From conducting the first satellite television transmission in the 1960s to more recent advances in airborne collision avoidance systems and space surveillance, MIT Lincoln Laboratory has remained on the forefront of developing technology for national security for the past 64 years. Buckeye engineer Eric Evans has been at the helm of the historic research laboratory since 2006, guiding its strategic direction as well as the overall technical and administrative operations.
DHS S&T Announces Collaboration with Emergency Management Victoria (Australia) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
29 June 2015
Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers met with the Honourable Jane Garrett, Member of Parliament; Minister for Emergency Services, State of Victoria; Mr. Craig Lapsley, Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria; and Dr. Melissa G. Choi, Head, Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, to recommit to the strategic partnership to collaborate on advancing information-sharing capabilities for public safety. . .
Over the next 12 months, this partnership will help facilitate the development of standards-based approaches for enabling public safety organizations to share information and improve decision-making capabilities regardless of differences between hardware and software applications. In addition, they agreed to continue to explore the use of the Next Generation Incident Command System (NICS) technology to support public safety needs. Release of the open-source NICS software for the global community is anticipated later this year.
New members include the Institute's president and the director of Lincoln Laboratory
5 February 2015
Eight members of the MIT community — Hari Balakrishnan, Sangeeta Bhatia, Emery N. Brown, Anantha Chandrakasan, Eric D. Evans, Karen K. Gleason, L. Rafael Reif, and Daniela Rus — are among the 67 new members and 12 foreign associates elected today to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
26 January 2015
David Miller '82, SM '85, ScD '88, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Lincoln Laboratory Director Eric D. Evans have been elected Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest aerospace professional society.
7 October 2014
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission has received the Popular Mechanics 2014 Breakthrough Award for innovation in science and technology. The 10th annual Breakthrough Awards recognize innovators, engineers and scientists responsible for changing our world. . . .
. . . Hosted aboard LADEE for its ride to lunar orbit was the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) terminal. From a distance of almost a quarter of a million miles, LLCD demonstrated record-breaking upload and download speeds. The cooperative mission with a team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and MIT's Lincoln Laboratory revealed the possibility of expanding broadband capabilities in future space communications development.
MIT Technology Review
8 October 2014
One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and Twitter comments to genetic patterns and disease predictions. These information firehoses are generally known as “big data,” and with them come the grand challenge of making sense of the material they produce....
It is this... task of data display that Zachary Weber and Vijay Gadepally have taken on at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts. They say that combining big data with 3-D printing can dramatically improve the way people consume and understand data on a massive scale.
Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting.
13 April 2014
Many strategies have been developed to try to label legitimate products and prevent illegal trade—but these tags are often too easy to fake, are unreliable, or cost too much to implement, according to MIT researchers who have developed a new alternative.
Led by MIT chemical engineering professor Patrick Doyle and Lincoln Laboratory technical staff member Albert Swiston, the researchers have invented a new type of tiny, smartphone-readable particle that they believe could be deployed to help authenticate currency, electronic parts, and luxury goods, among other products.
10 February 2014
At least 255 emergency management agencies in California and a few other areas have been experimenting with and in some cases using a new tool that provides enhanced situational awareness for incident managers. Called Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), the developers describe it as "a mobile web-based command and control environment for dynamically escalating incidents from first alarm to extreme-scale that facilitates collaboration across [multiple] levels of preparedness, planning, response, and recovery for all-risk/all-hazard events." It is a combination of tools, technologies, and an innovative concept of operations for emergency response. . .
It was conceived, envisioned, and functionally specified by experienced first responders, many from the California emergency response community, and developed by skilled scientists and engineers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
14 January 2014
Accelerating innovation in phased array radar design and manufacturing is transforming our military radar infrastructure, enabling the achievement of unprecedented size weight and power (SWaP) profiles that in turn facilitate greater radar system accuracy, mobility and deployment flexibility for an ever widening range of ground-based, airborne and seaborne applications....
The development of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) panel, a dual-polarized S-Band system, is an example of defense-caliber phased array radar technology applied to weather tracking and air traffic control applications simultaneously. MPAR panels were co-developed by MACOM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory under sponsorship from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a next-generation alternative to the existing civil radar network currently supplying air traffic and weather surveillance.
Don Cornwell, mission manager for the LLCD, discusses the significance of the demonstration
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