Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Virginia has the most romantic restaurants in America

Proving Virginia really is for lovers, the state boasts 13 winning restaurants, followed by Florida with 10 and Ohio with eight, according to a list of most romantic restaurants.

In celebration of the romantic dining experiences we have on and around Valentine's Day, OpenTable unveiled their 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2017.

2017 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
  1. Alexander's – Roanoke, Virginia 
  2. Antebellum – Flowery Branch, Georgia 
  3. Arabellas Italian Ristorante – Winter Haven, Florida 
  4. Arielle's Country Inn – Sellersville, Pennsylvania 
  5. BakerStreet – Fort Wayne, Indiana 
  6. Bertrand at Mister A's – San Diego, California 
  7. The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard – Canton, Ohio 
  8. Bistro L'Hermitage – Woodbridge, Virginia 
  9. Bistro San Martin – Arlington, Washington 
  10. Boulevard Bistro – Elk Grove, California 
  11. Byrd and Baldwin Bros. Steakhouse – Norfolk, Virginia 
  12. Café Central – El Paso, Texas 
  13. Café Matisse – Rutherford, New Jersey 
  14. Cafe Renaissance – Vienna, Virginia 
  15. Carlos' Bistro – Colorado Springs, Colorado 
  16. Chef's Table at the Edgewater – Winter Garden, Florida 
  17. Chez François – Vermilion, Ohio 
  18. Chez Nous French Restaurant – Humble, Texas 
  19. Chimney Park – Windsor, Colorado 
  20. Christopher's World Grille – Bryan, Texas 
  21. The Chop House – Multiple Locations 
  22. Circa 1886 – Charleston, South Carolina 
  23. Coldwater Cafe & Catering – Tipp City, Ohio 
  24. Collage Restaurant – St. Augustine, Florida 
  25. Cygnus 27 – Grand Rapids, Michigan 
  26. Daniel's Restaurant – Hamburg, New York 
  27. Del Alma – Corvallis, Oregon 
  28. The Dining Room-Biltmore Estate – Asheville, North Carolina 
  29. Don's Pomeroy House – Strongsville, Ohio 
  30. Edgewood Restaurant – Stateline, Nevada 
  31. El Gaucho – Tacoma, Washington 
  32. The English Grill at Brown Hotel – Louisville, Kentucky 
  33. Fearrington House Restaurant – Pittsboro, North Carolina 
  34. Firefly – Panama City Beach, Florida 
  35. Flagstaff House – Boulder, Colorado 
  36. The Flatiron Cafe – Omaha, Nebraska 
  37. Fleurie – Charlottesville, Virginia 
  38. Four Winds Steakhouse – Wills Point, Texas 
  39. Franklinville Inn – Franklinville, New Jersey 
  40. Gabriel's Restaurant – Sedalia, Colorado 
  41. Gardner's – Olympia, Washington 
  42. Geja's Café – Chicago, Illinois 
  43. The Goodstone Inn & Estate Restaurant – Middleburg, Virginia 
  44. Gracie's – Providence, Rhode Island 
  45. Harry's Restaurant – Manhattan, Kansas 
  46. The Hobbit – Orange, California 
  47. Hugo's Cellar-Four Queens – Las Vegas, Nevada 
  48. Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm – Holicong, Pennsylvania 
  49. The Inn at Little Washington – Washington, Virginia 
  50. Jackson's Steakhouse – Pensacola, Florida 
  51. Jillian's – Palm Desert, California 
  52. Joshua Wilton House – Harrisonburg, Virginia 
  53. Katherine's Steakhouse – Mesquite, Nevada 
  54. L'Auberge Chez François – Great Falls, Virginia 
  55. La Cocina International Restaurant – St. Augustine Beach, Florida 
  56. La Cremaillere Restaurant – Bedford, New York 
  57. Latitudes – Key West, Florida 
  58. Le Cep – Fort Worth, Texas 
  59. Le Vallauris – Palm Springs, California 
  60. The Little Dipper – Wilmington, North Carolina 
  61. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse – Tulsa, Oklahoma 
  62. The Melting Pot – Multiple locations 
  63. Michel's at the Colony Surf – Honolulu, Hawaii 
  64. Monarch – Scottsdale, Arizona 
  65. Montalcino Ristorante Italiano – Issaquah, Washington 
  66. Mr. Lester's Steakhouse – Charenton, Louisiana 
  67. Nick and Nino's Penthouse Steakhouse – Springfield, Illinois 
  68. The Old Inn On The Green – New Marlborough, Massachusetts 
  69. Orchids at Palm Court – Cincinnati, Ohio 
  70. Over the Moon Cafe – Tacoma, Washington 
  71. Penrose Room-The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado 
  72. Pepper Tree Restaurant – Colorado Springs, Colorado 
  73. Perry Street Brasserie – Galena, Illinois 
  74. Pier W – Cleveland, Ohio 
  75. Primavista – Cincinnati, Ohio 
  76. Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain – Phoenix, Arizona 
  77. The Refectory Restaurant & Bistro – Columbus, Ohio 
  78. The Restaurant at Convict Lake – Mammoth Lakes, California 
  79. The Restaurant at Gideon Ridge Inn – Blowing Rock, North Carolina 
  80. Restaurant Iris – Memphis, Tennessee 
  81. Rey's – Raleigh, North Carolina 
  82. Ristorante Massimo – Portsmouth, New Hampshire 
  83. Russell's Steaks, Chops, and More – Williamsville, New York 
  84. Saint Jacques French Cuisine – Raleigh, North Carolina 
  85. Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern – Raleigh, North Carolina 
  86. Sedgley Place – Greene, Maine 
  87. Ski Tip Lodge – Keystone, Colorado 
  88. Sky's Restaurant – Grand Forks, North Dakota 
  89. Sonoma – Princeton, Massachusetts 
  90. St. Martin's Wine Bistro – Dallas, Texas 
  91. Stables Steakhouse – Terre Haute, Indiana 
  92. The Steakhouse at Harrah's-Harrah's Reno – Reno, Nevada 
  93. The Studio, An Artistic Dining Experience – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 
  94. Tempo Dulu – Portland, Maine 
  95. TS Steakhouse at Turning Stone – Verona, New York 
  96. V.Mertz – Omaha, Nebraska 
  97. Vernon's Speakeasy – Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, New Mexico 
  98. Vintage Tavern – Suffolk, Virginia 
  99. Wally's Desert Turtle – Rancho Mirage, California 
  100. Yono's Restaurant – Albany, New York

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Video: NASA's Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment

Our atmosphere consists of several layers and each plays a different role in our climate. The bottom two layers are the troposphere and the stratosphere, and in between these two is a region of colder air known as the Tropopause. It is critical to understand the Tropopause, its composition and interaction with gases, aerosols, and humidity that affect the stratosphere’s climate, which ultimately affects the climate in the troposphere. NASA launched a mission called Airborne Tropical TRopopause Experiment (ATTREX) to find answers to these questions.

Demand for UAS pilots remains a challenge for US military

The demand for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has grown dramatically in the last decade to support combat operations. In response to the increased demand for UAS, over the last eight years the Air Force has more than quadrupled the number of UAS pilots that it requires, from about 400 in 2008 to close to 1,650 in 2016. However, the Air Force has faced challenges meeting its UAS pilot requirements. The Commanding General of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Airland in March 2016 that the Air Force had a shortage of about 200 UAS pilots. Meanwhile, the Army has faced a different challenge in managing its UAS pilot workforce—keeping the UAS pilots trained. A March 2015 Army review found that UAS mishaps were occurring at a rate higher than for other types of Army aircraft and Army officials stated that training shortfalls had contributed to these mishaps.

In April 2014, an Air Force investigation board found by clear and convincing evidence that the cause of a MQ-1B Predator drone accident was low-level wind shear during a critical phase of landing, and the pilot's lack of training in landing operations. The MQ-1B impacted a runway at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.

The Air Force and the Army primarily rely on military servicemembers to serve as UAS pilots, although both services augment their UAS pilot workforce with contractors. In the last two decades, Air Force and Army UAS platform capabilities and missions have evolved.

For example, the Air Force initially used the MQ-1 Predator to perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions before adding weapons to the Predator and acquiring the MQ-9 Reaper, which can perform strikes, combat search and rescue, and close air support, among other missions and tasks.

Video: High-flying highlights of the T-50A

The T-50A delivers the fighter-like performance and capabilities needed to eliminate 5th Generation training gaps and inefficiencies. The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II have advanced capabilities that have never been available before. Advanced pilot training is the key to taking advantage of them. There is no more effective or affordable way than the T-50A to train the next generation of pilots to fly, fight and win. The T-50A builds on the proven heritage of the T-50. There are more than 150 T-50s flying today—100,000+ flight hours and counting—and the airframe has already trained more than 1,800 pilots.

Bye Aerospace and SolAero Technologies collaborate on unmanned aerial vehicle

SolAero Technologies Corp. recently announced a product development and manufacturing collaboration with Bye Aerospace to power Bye's StratoAirNet solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) with SolAero's solar cells and flexible solar modules.

The StratoAirNet UAVs will provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to support commercial and government security requirements. The initial medium-altitude StratoAirNet 15 proof of concept prototype is undergoing final assembly. Following the successful preliminary design review process, flight tests were conducted on a small-scale wing powered by SolAero solar cells. Following further measurements and fit checks, additional test flights will soon commence on the 15-meter wing span prototype.

Since 2001, SolAero products have reliably powered nearly 200 successful satellite missions in space. The solar cells on StratoAirNet will allow the airplane to fly at higher altitudes with almost unlimited flight endurance, said George Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace.

Bye said potential commercial mission applications for StratoAirNet include communications relay, internet service, mapping, search and rescue, firefighting command and control, anti-poaching monitoring, damage assessment, severe weather tracking, agriculture monitoring, mineral source surveying, spill detection and infrastructure quality assessment.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Small satellite market will exceed $1.42 billion in 2017

The small satellite market will exceed $1.42 billion in 2017 and is expected to flourish over the next few years due to continued market interest and also because of the sheer potential, according to a report published this month by Visiongain, a research firm based in London.

Key players developing small satellite technologies 
- Aerospace Corp.
- GeoOptics LLC
- Oneweb LLC
- Planet Labs Inc.
- Spire Global Inc.
- Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
- The Boeing Company

Small satellite applications
- Meteorology
- Security/Surveillance
- Earthquake/Seismic Monitoring
- Scientific Research
- Other Applications