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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