From a spacecraft that captures asteroids to a telescope that reveals details of the universe, NASA's upcoming missions will break ground in space science and technology.
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NASA plans to spend $105 million of its fiscal year 2014 budget to visit an asteroid in space by 2025. The mission will combine existing capabilities of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System rocket with yet-to-be-developed technologies, such as solar electric propulsion and laser communications, to identify, capture and redirect a small asteroid into a stable orbit near the moon. Astronauts will visit the asteroid and take samples for research, traveling on the Orion crew capsule, which is designed to carry crew to space beyond low Earth orbit. The collected samples will be sent back to Earth. NASA recently released a request for information, calling on other agencies, academia and citizens to help identify asteroid threats and how to deal with them.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?