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VR Archeology: Introduction (03:04)


Scientists hypothesize about what civilization made the Plain of Jars and for what purpose. Using drone technology and virtual tools a team of archeologists in Australia studies the site. Madeleine Colani researched the sites in the 1930s.

A Burial Site (03:57)

Dr. Louise Shewan discovered the remains of a mother with other burial jars beneath the surface containing infant remains. Underneath the Laos soil, unexploded bombs exist due to the US campaign against communism; excavations are dangerous. The archaeologists create a 3-D model of the Plain of Jars.

Monash Cave 2 (04:13)

This immersive 3-D facility is located in Australia. The archaeologists want the Plain of Jars to earn UNESCO World Heritage status and plan another excavation at site 52. Dr. Hoam Chung and his assistant created a drone that will not collide with tunnel walls.

CubeSats: Introduction (05:43)

Australian astronomers joined QB50, which will incorporate scientific and commercial applications. Space engineers built three CubeSats that act as fully functioning satellites and will be deployed from the International Space Station. The motion of electrically-charged plasma in the thermosphere is affected by electric and magnetic fields of the earth, the sun, and solar wind.

Predicting Space Weather (03:36)

Scientists do not have current and past observations of the thermosphere, making space weather difficult to predict. Stanford and Cal Poly University developed the concept of CubeSat. Australian space engineers plan on studying space weather, GPS, observe earth, and test a computer that aims to repair itself after being hit with radiation.

Endless Applications (03:08)

Planet Labs launched its own CubeSat to study deforestation, agricultural change, geopolitical developments, and analyze shipping activity. NASA offered prize money to a team that achieves a stable environment around Earth. Two CubeSats will travel to Mars with InSight.

CubeSat's Mission (02:45)

Australia has not built a satellite in 15 years. The three CubeSats will measure oxygen, plasma, and the atomic composition of the gas. Once it drops to 90 kilometers, it will burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

Credits: VR Archeology / CubeSats— Catalyst (00:37)

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The Plain of Jars is one of South East Asia’s biggest archaeological enigmas. Who carved these giant megalithic stone jars, and what they were used for, has remained a mystery for centuries. Now a crack team of archaeological sleuths is using drone technology and virtual tools to reveal their secrets. Space has always been the playground of very big players with very deep pockets—but not anymore. It’s now being invaded by a new breed of cheap, innovative satellites, smaller than a loaf of bread. Cube Satellites, or CubeSats as they’re known, are revolutionizing our access to space and the way we use it—for both science and business. Leading Australian space experts believe it’s a golden opportunity to develop a homegrown space industry that can launch Australia back into orbit. Australian made CubeSats will be deployed from the International Space Station to investigate the thermosphere—a layer of Earth’s atmosphere that we know very little about, but one that is vital to the GPS and other satellites our modern technology relies on.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL129503

ISBN: 978-1-64023-577-9

Copyright date: ©2016

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