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ByPhilip Murphy

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies

One of the most exciting technologies of our time is the remote autonomous operation of a quadrotor autonomous aerial vehicle, or drone. Although we’ve seen a few very simple remotely piloted vehicles (such as a flying dog) that can perform basic tasks, such as going to a vet, this new generation of remote control aircraft is poised to change the way we do business. Recently, we’ve seen this technology in use at the United States military, and also in the military of China. As one military official told me, these drones will soon be the norm instead of the exception. In fact, it was recently announced that two Chinese HU-JTs (Hummingbird Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) with autonomous flight capabilities will be used by the armed forces in the future to provide greater flexibility to troops on the move.

Military insiders say the new unmanned aerial vehicle systems will use a data link to control the vehicle, much like an RC car. This data link will allow the controller to “sense” the distance to the target from the pilot, who will then be able to decide where the drone will fly during the flight. The UAV will navigate its way through various obstacles on the ground, such as trees, sandbags, hills, and other terrain features. And because the UAV is operating off of a remote data link with a mounted control, the vehicle will be in constant radio contact with its ground controller, allowing for constant updates as to the state of the vehicle and where it is within range of other UAVs.

While this technology certainly opens up new avenues for providing military operations with more versatility, it is important to recognize that there are limits to the applications of this new form of combat. First, the size and weight of these vehicles make it difficult for them to carry out a long-range aerial attack against an enemy on foot. Secondly, these vehicles are very vulnerable to fire from the front, since they rely on using propellers to control their flight. However, new modifications, such as that which has been recently announced by the United States military, may pave the way for a day when these vehicles are armed with machine guns to provide air support in combat.

ByPhilip Murphy

The Innovative Entrepreneur

Tesla, the space-age, energy efficient company from PayPal’s acquisition of SolarBotanic is headed by none other than, Elon Reeve Musk, the man known to the world as the Internet’s greatest technological innovator. To date, he has managed to launch nine successful satellites into orbit, the very first of which launched in late 2021. Musk is also responsible for the successful PayPal acquisition and the creation of the PayPal brand. In terms of his contributions to the space program, he is listed on the Space Shuttle Endeavour Commission as an executive engineer, with a number of additional positions held with NASA, including Mission Control. To date, no man has reached or surpassed the top spot on the Space Shuttle Program’s all time list of total flight hours flown, a title held only by astronauts, although many aerospace engineers and scientists believe that the record is close to being broken.

Musk is also well known for his innovation and design streak, having been a key player in the development of many high-tech aspects of today’s aviation industry. He was responsible for the development of the fully-latable, low-pressure inflatable structure for the space shuttle, as well as the solid nosecone design that act as the attachment point for the vehicle’s skin. From the innovative design standpoint, his has also designed and created the B-Pod, a full-scale, seven-passenger aircraft that can hold two to three crew members, depending on the particular configuration. Although some have criticized his designs as overly exaggerated and overly complicated, others have lauded his achievements as providing proof of the potential of air travel, space travel, and high-tech manufacturing concepts. For this reason, SpaceX, which is based out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, where Musk holds his primary office, continues to progress with its plans for both manned and unmanned space exploration.

Musk is no doubt an innovator, having seemingly unceasingly taken the thoughts and concepts that he discovered while studying at college and put them into fruition with his innovative business pursuits. Although SpaceX will most likely not reach the moon, it is still developing technologies to send astronauts to and from the International Space Station. While we wait, let’s all take a moment to admire the visionary genius that is Elon Musk. As he ventures into all different areas of business, from technology to space flight, we will continue to watch with interest how his innovative talents to impact the world.

ByPhilip Murphy

The Conceptualization of Technology in Society

Technology is the collection of various techniques, systems, practices, and skills used in the creation of products or services, including scientific experimentation, medical and technological research, and the management of information systems. Some of the most important sectors in the global supply chain include transportation, utility and supervisory, information technology, and semiconductor processing. In other words, technology is a methodology of doing things. The definition given by Max Planck, professor of physics, also included the field of engineering technology, which studies the relationship between technology and society.

Technological change has occurred throughout history, but because no system can survive for ever without a technological base, a systematic treatment of technology is necessary to understand its changes and developments over time. A broad term such as technology can have various definitions depending on who is using the term. For instance, in business, it is not uncommon to refer to process technology, system technology, software technology, information technology, computer technology, and communication technology. Using these different types of technology terminology, it becomes easier to differentiate one technology from another.

Technology has been a part of all aspects of human life since the dawn of time. From the earliest civilizations, technology was used to enable people to build permanent structures such as the pyramids of Egypt, the towers of ancient China, and the colossal buildings of Greece and Rome. It was only a matter of time before more complex and powerful technologies such as weapons were used, and then the war became an integral part of human life. The gradual evolution of technology, especially in the field of computer sciences, has led to the ability for individuals and groups to communicate and interact with each other through electronic means. Thus, from the technological standpoint, it can be said that the development of technology is a continuing process, a process that is interwoven within the fabric of human society.