Technology Today Summer Summer 1998 cover image

The skeletal, phantom-like image of a warship is part of a numerical modeling program which calculates a ship's electromagnetic response to communications antennas that will be installed on it. The model displays a ship as a network of tubes with electromagnetic characteristics modeled as electric current flowing through a wire. Using the computer model, various trial locations for the antennas can be compared prior to actual installation, reducing time and expense.

Technology Today® Summer 1998

Skeletal image of a warship

Aerial Act

Realistic computer models are taking up where scale models and older, full-scale mockups leave off in the search for the best site for a shipboard antenna array.

Comet Hale-Bopp as seen through new, compact telescope on a recent shuttle mission

Out the Window

A new, compact telescope makes an observatory of a space shuttle, or even a high-flying aircraft. The device was used on a recent shuttle mission to observe Comet Hale-Bopp as it retreated toward the sun.

Icon of new, handheld weather station

Feeling the Heat

A new, handheld weather station allows accurate measurement of workplace conditions that can lead to heat stress.

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Ensuring Environmental Safety

Dr. Michael MacNaughton, vice president of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division, discusses SwRI's role in environmental safety during destruction of chemical weapons.


Technical Staff Activities

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