Lincoln Laboratory in the News
The following features were published or aired in external media and contain news about MIT Lincoln Laboratory efforts.
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.
A never-before-seen meteor shower is set to light up the night sky May 23
15 May 2014
Coming to a circumpolar constellation near you: An all-new, never-before-seen, awkwardly named meteor shower that just might knock your astronomical socks off.
It's called the Camelopardalid meteor shower, and unlike annual showers such as the Perseids and Leonids that have been occurring for 100s or 1000s of years, it will occur for the first time the night of May 23 and early morning of May 24...
The Camelopardalids will be debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR, a very dim comet that orbits the sun every five years. The comet was discovered in 2004 by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research project, a partnership of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force.
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.
27 February 2014
Over the last four decades the number, severity and size of wildfires has increased. And each year, on average, nearly half of all the money spent fighting wildfires in the West goes to California fires, which often threaten homes and infrastructure, according to Climate Central.
In that environment, a free Web-based situational awareness tool is gaining momentum. The Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) is being used by at least 270 emergency management agencies in California and a few other areas for planning, response and recovery for risky and hazardous events—many of them wildfires.
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.
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
27 January 2014
The Air Force's chief scientist talked about the unique technological challenges and value of work being done at Hanscom during her visit to the base and neighboring MIT Lincoln Laboratory Jan 23 and 24.
During the course of her visit and in a one-on-one interview, Dr. Mica Endsley was impressed with the type of work done and how it impacts the Air Force.
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
20 November 2013
Aero-astro's Beaverworks class offers undergrads an unusual challenge: designing drones for the military
MIT Technology Review
17 December 2013
Tucked in a corner of Building 33's basement, cordoned off with a length of rope, is a workspace reserved for MIT's Beaverworks program—an aircraft design class for juniors and seniors, named after the school's industrious mascot....
The lab is a learning space for students in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, some of whom are building small, autonomous aircraft for the first time. Although seemingly modest, it also serves as a springboard for ideas that could eventually find real industrial or military applications.
National Public Radio's Science Friday
8 November 2013
In this Science Friday segment, a panel of researchers discusses how scientists and the FBI are "rethinking biosecurity for the synthetic biology revolution." Dr. Peter Carr of MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group was a guest panelist.
Michigan Tech News
7 October 2013
Aboard a spacecraft orbiting the moon is a little bit of Brandon Dilworth. His body is comfortably here on Earth. But for the last several years, Dilworth has poured all his professional skill and passion into a game-changing scientific project that is now hitching a ride on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer. Launched by NASA Sept. 6. LADEE (dubbed “laddie”) left its Earth orbit Oct. 2 and entered a lunar orbit Oct. 6. Soon, the technical project that Dilworth has been working on at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the last four years will spring into action.
An experiment aboard NASA's LADEE orbiter will put deep-space laser communications to the test
20 August 2013
28 August 2013
When NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) begins operation aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., it will attempt to show two-way laser communication beyond Earth is possible, expanding the possibility of transmitting huge amounts of data. This new ability could one day allow for 3D high-definition video transmissions in deep space to become routine.
"The goal of the LLCD experiment is to validate and build confidence in this technology so that future missions will consider using it," said Don Cornwell, LLCD manager. "This unique ability developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Lincoln Laboratory has incredible application possibilities, and we are very excited to get this instrument off the ground."
$200 million project will launch telescopes to perform full-sky search for transiting exoplanets.
5 April 2013
Following a three-year competition, NASA has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned launch in 2017. The space agency announced the mission — to be funded by a $200 million grant to the MIT-led team — on 5 April.
TESS team partners include the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and MIT Lincoln Laboratory; NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center; Orbital Sciences Corporation; NASA's Ames Research Center; the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; The Aerospace Corporation; and the Space Telescope Science Institute.
The Kavli Foundation
29 March 2013
President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office yesterday the six U.S. recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes. President Obama received the laureates to recognize and honor their landmark contributions to the three fields for which the Prizes are awarded—astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. full story
Among the 2012 recipients is Jane Luu, a technical staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Luu was a co-recipient of the prize in astrophysics with David Jewitt and Michael Brown; the prize recognized their discovery and characterization of the Kuiper Belt. See the earlier story on Dr. Luu's award.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory is named Stevens Institute of Technology's 2012 Internship Employer of the Year
University News, Stevens Institute of Technology
4 October 2012
MIT Lincoln Laboratory welcomed six Stevens students into its prestigious summer research program.
In recognition of the organization's special efforts in supporting the Stevens community, MIT Lincoln Laboratory accepted the 2012 Internship Employer of the Year Award from the Stevens Office of Career Development at a special luncheon on Oct. 3, 2012, preceding Stevens Class of 2013 Career Fair.
4 October 2012
Alert to a sudden threat, you race down a virtual corridor of servers, hot on the tail of malicious software. You ping a message to your partner, pointing them to a bottleneck in the network which should let you pin down the malware and destroy it before it does any more harm. Doing your job has never been so much fun.
This is a long way away from traditional IT security, but the drama of video gaming actually enables analysts to watch over their networks more effectively. Developed at the Lincoln Laboratory, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the approach allows people to patrol their assigned environments as if they were playing a first-person shooter—much like in the cult film Tron.