Computers and Software

Meet the Pentagon’s software modernization evangelist

By Jan Tegler

June 1, 2021

The U.S. Defense Department’s process for updating weapon software is notoriously ponderous, and this threatens to put the country at a disadvantage, if it hasn’t already. What if updates could be developed and dispatched almost continuously to all forces, perhaps even to aircraft in flight? Jan Tegler interviewed the man who wants to make it a reality.

Navigating without the “surly bonds”

By Amanda Miller

October 31, 2018

Spacecraft in deep space must exchange signals with ground stations so that their owners know where they are. That approach is not going to work if humanity sends swarms of spacecraft to the moon.

All aboard the blockchain train

July 1, 2018

A digital transformation is underway in the aerospace industry toward blockchain information technology, a secure method of storing and sharing high volumes of data. Companies that want to compete effectively in a transformed industry should embrace the technology quickly but in a systematic way. Blockchain researcher and contractor Sam Adhikari explains.

2001: Space futurism

By Tom Risen

March 30, 2018

Michael Benson chronicles the making of the Oscar-winning film 50 years later

The Handoff

By Debra Werner

November 22, 2016

Momentum builds to give FAA control of space traffic