Regions: New York Social gaming SGC is a leading casino operator in New York state, running Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo, and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca. 3rd February 2021 | By Richard Mulligan Email Address Read the full story on iGB North America Tags: GAN NEw York Seneca Gaming Social Casino GAN is to replace the existing simulated gaming solution with a bespoke product for the operator, which runs three of New York’s leading casino establishments on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians. GAN to power Seneca Gaming social casino Jeff Berman, chief commercial officer of GAN, said: “We are very excited about the continued adoption of our Simulated Gaming software and eager to work in close concert with Seneca Gaming Corporation to further enhance the user experience for their players. This partnership and integration of GAN’s software will allow SGC to develop more.” Topics: Social gaming The B2B software supplier will rebrand SGC’s social play-for-fun offering for both desktop and mobile via its core Simulated Gaming software, and supply customer services for the platform’s users. GAN will also provide marketing services, which includes acquisition and retention marketing for SGC. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online gaming solutions provider GAN is to provide its social casino and simulated gaming products to New York casino operator Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC).
Vasil LobzhanidzeGEORGIAVasil Lobzhanidze could become the youngest RWC player ever this autumn as he’s still 18. The scrum-half played in five Tests in this year’s European Nations Cup and then helped Georgia U20 win the World Rugby Trophy for the first time. Even the coaches have been amazed at how well the teenager has performed, with Milton Haig saying: “He’s absolutely a star.” Dane ColesNEW ZEALANDHe only made the No 2 jersey his own last year but 28-year-old Dane Coles could still be wearing it come RWC 2019. The Hurricanes hooker has always been a dynamic player, as happy in wide spaces as the tight quarters, and having bulked up in recent seasons his scrummaging has improved too. Just as well given the tough packs in Pool C.Fetu’u VainikoloTONGAFetu’u Vainikolo will be familiar to UK audiences given his stints at Connacht and Exeter after leaving the Highlanders. At 30, he’s clearly not a new kid on the block, but with 14 tries in his first 22 Tests there is no doubting the winger’s attacking threat. Expect to see him in the thick of the action for Tonga before he joins up with Top 14 side Oyonnax post-World Cup.POOL DJohn MoonlightCANADAAs the best player in Canada’s sevens team, John Moonlight is sure to put his great engine to good use when playing in the back row at the World Cup. His speed, power and leadership skills will be even more crucial next July as Canada bid to secure a place at Rio 2016 by playing in the world repêchage sevens event. Boot man: Henry Slade offers England options with his kicking game. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Robbie HenshawIRELANDThe assurance shown by Robbie Henshaw in midfield means Brian O’Driscoll’s absence has not been keenly felt. The Connacht No 12 is watertight in defence, has safe hands in attack and game intelligence. Picking Conor Murray’s kick out of the skies to score against England will have been a highlight for him. With 31 men in each of the 20 World Cup squads, there are a total of 620 players taking part in this autumn’s tournament – that’s a lot of names! Rugby World has made things a little easier by picking ‘one to watch’ from each of the competing nations – there are rising stars, established figures and plenty of interesting tales. Check out who we’ve selected…POOL AWill SkeltonAUSTRALIAA giant of a man at 6ft 8in and 22st, Will Skelton is hard to stop when he builds up a head of steam. The 23-year-old lock has been working on his conditioning to prove he can use his bulk as effectively as a starter as he can from the bench, but even if he’s more of an impact player at this World Cup he’s sure to do some damage.Henry SladeENGLANDHenry Slade’s promise was clear to see throughout the 2014-15 season, and he was duly named Young Player of the Year at both the RPA and Aviva Premiership awards. The 22-year-old’s ability to play fly-half, centre and full-back makes him an ideal RWC squad member and he could be even more integral to the England team come 2019.Peceli YatoFIJIWith six tries in ten Top 14 games last season, Peceli Yato has a scoring record any winger would be proud of. As it happens, though, he plays in the back row for Clermont! The 22-year-old, who made his Test debut in July, has the power and size (6ft 5in and 16st 7lb) to break at least the first tackle. Big things are expected.Joaquin PradaURUGUAYJoaquin Prada has fast become the fashionable choice in Uruguay’s midfield. Playing 25 games since his Test debut in June 2013, the 24-year-old has built up plenty of Test experience at outside-centre and scored one of the tries in the crucial play-off win over Russia. The amateur’s gliding running style and ability to get on the outside of defenders could catch the eye during RWC 2015.Hallam AmosWALESAble to play anywhere in the back three, Hallam Amos has risen to prominence after a stellar season at the Dragons, making more metres (605) in the Challenge Cup than any other player and earning a WRU dual contract. The medical student, 20, is rated by the Wales bosses for his versatility, intelligence and line-breaking power.POOL BKenki FukuokaJAPANHe may not be quite as hyped as other Japanese wings but livewire 23-year-old Kenki Fukuoka is worth watching. Speedy and curious enough to come off his wing, he darted through for two scores with his first two touches in Test rugby. He has also beaten Wales and scored a brace against Scotland.Tim Nanai-WilliamsSAMOATim Nanai-Williams represented New Zealand at sevens level but last season used the loophole opened up by rugby’s inclusion in the Olympics to become eligible for Samoa, birthplace of his parents, by playing for the islanders on the HSBC Sevens World Series. While his slight frame isn’t going to frighten opponents, his footwork and running ability will.Finn RussellSCOTLANDIn a short space of time young Finn Russell has risen through the ranks to be the man who gets Scotland shifting, despite only a few seasons as a full-time pro. Blessed with an array of kicking talents and a willingness to run when space opens up, Russell has the swagger you want in a young fly-half.Jesse KrielSOUTH AFRICAHaving played most of his rugby at full-back, Jesse Kriel was thrust into the outside-centre berth by South Africa this summer and handled the switch with aplomb. The 21-year-old, whose twin brother also plays for the Bulls, beat three defenders to score on his Test debut against Australia. Heyneke Meyer says: “I think he can become one of the greats and he is one of the most talented players I’ve ever coached.”AJ MacGintyUSAA product of Blackrock College in Dublin, AJ MacGinty headed to the US after university on a one-year visa but ended up staying when he started working as a coach. He caught the eye for his playing ability too – Mike Tolkin describes him as “really sharp” – and having qualified on residency the fly-half made his Eagles debut this year. Expect to see him in the No 10 shirt during the World Cup.POOL CTomás LavaniniARGENTINATomás Lavanini is an enormous lock who is not only comfortable at Test level but also made himself an automatic pick for Racing as they hunted the Top 14 play-offs. At 22 he’s not well known yet, but is part of a new generation of Pumas who will redefine the team once a few older dogs call it a day post-2015. Russel van WykNAMIBIAA newcomer to Test rugby, Russel van Wyk made his debut on the wing against Spain in June and was Man of the Match in the first game of the Russia series the following month after scoring a brace of tries. The 25-year-old, who has also represented Namibia in athletics, has been praised by Phil Davies for his “world-class pace”. Yoann HugetFRANCEThere is a strong argument to suggest he shouldn’t be at the World Cup after a vicious stamp against Bordeaux, but there’s no doubting Yoann Huget is one of France’s most dangerous players. At 6ft 3in and nearly 16st, the Toulouse wing is difficult to stop from close range, but he also has the pace to glide or step outside a man. He could wreak havoc. Sabin Stratila may be second-choice full-back behind Catalin Fercu but he has the skills to be wearing Romania’s No 15 shirt when the 2019 World Cup kicks off. He’s come through the age groups, played sevens and won his first cap against Germany in March, although he needs to play overseas if he’s to reach his full potential. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Sabin StratilaROMANIA Michele CampagnaroITALYMichele Campagnaro has been quiet since he burst onto the scene in the Six Nations a few seasons back – being injured will do that for you. But the 22-year-old centre has no problem with pinning his ears back and having a go, and in his first World Cup he could catch us on our back heels. Exeter fans will enjoy watching their new signing. What players should you look out for during the 2015 World Cup? Rugby World selects a player from each of the 20 teams
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Architects: BORD / Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken Akatsuka Area Area of this architecture project Structure: Mixed Use Architecture Area: 82 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyMixed Use Architecture, Houses, Houses Interiors•Ashiya, Japan House for Hamacho / BORD / Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken AkatsukaSave this projectSaveHouse for Hamacho / BORD / Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken Akatsuka Ochi Coporation Architecture:BORD, Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken AkatsukaFacilities:Sho Takahashi, Hokuto NakamuraTextile Design:Haruka ShojiMetal Fitting Manufacture:Marie SakagamiFurniture:Makiho AmemiyaCity:AshiyaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yurika KonoRecommended ProductsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWoodEGGERLaminatesWe have completed a three story mixed use housing which wooden frames are attached around the layered steel frames in residential area of Ashiya City, in between area of Osaka and Kobe in Japan. The wooden frames are designed as temporal structures, equal to the other materials which surrounds the architecture to make the space corresponding to the ever-changing desires of the users and continuously updated.Save this picture!© Yurika KonoThe site is located along a main street, in a quiet residential area, 5 minutes’ walk away from the nearest station and its lively shopping district. Various types of residents live in this area, from parents with small children, students, creators within its rich natural landscape, the view of Rokko Mountains, the colorful ginkgo trees, the street decorated by small objects such as the plants raised by the residents or the benches placed under the shades of trees. We regard this landscape as the local resource.Save this picture!© Yurika KonoSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Yurika KonoTo make openness which matches this local resource, the materials which surrounds the architecture – structure, windows, finishing, furniture, hardware, textile, plants, graphics, operation etc. – were treated as equally as possible.The timber frames are made as temporal structures, equal to the other materials which surrounds the architecture. These equal relationships of the materials realized the architecture which does not fall in to the binomial opposition structure such as public – private, administration – market, interior – exterior, before construction – after construction. In this site, things that surrounds the architecture makes new relations everyday and evolves continuously.Save this picture!© Yurika KonoWe hope the welcoming atmosphere of the House for Hamacho is cultivated by the hands of the clients and the users, making it a place where the nature, architecture and the daily life encounters, like the small but rich streets that runs over this town.Save this picture!© Yurika KonoProject gallerySee allShow lessAfter COVID-19, What’s Next for Landscape Architecture?ArticlesResidential and Studio Building at the Former Berlin Flower Market (IBeB) / ifau + H…Selected Projects Share 2019 Photographs: Yurika Kono Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Aoyama Dento, FONTE TRADING, Robert McNeel & Associates, Sankyo Tateyama, TOSO, Tsukiboshi Shoji “COPY” ArchDaily Construction: Enshu Structural Consultants, Noboru Enshu House for Hamacho / BORD / Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken Akatsuka ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/941821/house-for-hamacho-bord Clipboard Japan Photographs Year: Save this picture!© Yurika Kono+ 26Curated by Hana Abdel Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/941821/house-for-hamacho-bord Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBORD / Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken AkatsukaOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsAshiyaOn FacebookJapanPublished on June 18, 2020Cite: “House for Hamacho / BORD / Gaku Inoue, Kumiko Natsumeda, Ken Akatsuka” 18 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
William Shawcross to be new Charity Commission Chair 43 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 September 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. William Shawcross CVO has been appointed as the new Chair of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, succeeding Dame Suzi Leather who served in that role from for six years from August 2006.The writer and broadcaster takes up his role on 1 October 2012. His appointment was recommended by the Public Administration Select Committee following a pre-appointment hearing. A journalist and war correspondent for The Sunday Times, Shawcross has experience in the areas of human rights and international aid, having served Chairman of Article 19 from 1986 to 1996 and as a member of the Council of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) from 1997 to 2002.He has been appointed for three years, with the possibility of re-appointment for a second term. The role is for two days per week, at £50,000 per year.www.charitycommission.gov.uk Tagged with: Charity Commission Law / policy Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 432 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Presence of children increases adults’ likelihood to donate, study shows When no children were present and all passers-by were adults, a student research team from the University of Bath observed roughly one donation every ten minutes. But when children and adults were equally present on the shopping street, adult passers-by made two donations every ten minutes. Over eight experiments and more than 2,000 participants, the researchers asked adults to describe what typical children are like. After focusing on children in this way, participants subsequently indicated higher motivations towards compassionate values, such as helpfulness and social justice, and reported greater empathy with the plight of other adults. Advertisement “Our findings showing the importance of children for compassionate behaviour in society provide a glimpse of a much bigger impact. Children are indirectly dependent on how adults behave towards each other and towards the planet. Yet, children are also separated from many adult environments, such as workplaces and from political bodies where important decisions affect their futures.” Melanie May | 11 May 2021 | News These effects could not be accounted for by higher footfall during busy times or whether donors were accompanied by a child or not, according to the researchers but suggest that the presence of children can nudge adults to behave more generously and donate more often. The on-street donations were made to ‘Bath Marrow’, a charity supporting people with blood cancer. Tagged with: Research / statistics “The finding that the presence of children motivates adults to be more compassionate towards others calls for more integration of children in contexts where adults make important long-term decisions, such as on climate change.” The research, conducted by social psychologists at the University of Bath and Cardiff University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), examined how the presence of children influences the compassionate motivations and behaviours of adults. Adults are more compassionate and are up to twice as likely to donate to charity when children are present, according to a new study from psychologists. “While previous evidence has shown that we are typically more helpful and empathetic towards children, no research has been done to date to examine whether the presence of children alone encourages us to be more pro-social towards others in general. Our research addresses this gap by showing that the presence of children elicits broad pro-social motivation and donation behaviour towards causes not directly related to children.” In a field study building on these findings, the researchers found that adult passers-by on a shopping street in Bath were more likely to donate to charity when more children were around relative to adults. Lead researcher Dr Lukas Wolf from the Department of Psychology at Bath commented: The researchers observed that the ‘child salience effect’ was evident among both parents and non-parents, men and women, younger and older participants, and also among those who had relatively negative attitudes towards children. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en Organisation United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a journalist with the Mexican newspaper El Diario, was released yesterday after being held for seven months by the US immigration authorities in the Texan border city of El Paso. He fled across the border on 15 June 2008 after receiving threats believed to have come from military personnel. It is not yet known when the US authorities will examine his asylum request. News Reporters Without Borders welcomes Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto’s release yesterday in the Texan border city of El Paso and urges the US authorities to grant him political asylum, as he would be in great danger if he had to return to Mexico. Gutiérrez had been held by the US immigration department ever since he crossed the border seeking asylum on 15 June 2008. “Gutiérrez was held for seven months although he posed no threat to the security of the United States and his work as a journalist had exposed him to a real threat in one of Mexico’s most dangerous regions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We have constantly reminded the Mexican and US authorities of the horrific situation that journalists – primarily Mexican journalists but also US journalists – are enduring in the border region.” The press freedom organisation added: “We fervently hope the US immigration authorities will approve Gutiérrez’s asylum request. Sending him back to Mexico would be a death sentence. It would also be appropriate for them to explain why he was held. The way Gutiérrez was treated sets a bad precedent for the governments of supposedly safer countries, which should be protecting and offering haven to foreign journalists in such a situation. Reporters Without Borders has helped more than 200 refugee journalists in the past two years.”The US authorities have so far refused to make any comment about Gutiérrez’s release yesterday afternoon from the El Paso detention centre where he spent the past seven months.Aged 46 and the correspondent of the El Diario newspaper in Ascensión, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Gutiérrez crossed the border into Texas with his teenage son Oscar on 15 June 2008 after receiving death threats believed to have come from military personnel. A month before, around 50 soldiers had carried out a heavy-handed night-time search of his home that was completely illegal.After crossing the border, Gutiérrez and his son voluntarily approached US immigration officials, who arrested them and put them in a detention centre. His son was subsequently released and allowed to stay with cousins who live in El Paso. A US immigration hearing on Gutiérrez’s case was originally scheduled for 20 November but was postponed to March. Although now free, Gutiérrez still does not know when the authorities will examine his asylum request. News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United States News to go further January 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After freeing Mexican journalist, US authorities urged to grant his asylum request June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more
News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Dong Rubin, a blogger in the southern Chinese province of Yunan who has written critically of local officials’ actions, has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison as a wave of arrests of journalists and bloggers signal tightening of government control of the internet. April 27, 2021 Find out more July 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrests, censorship and propaganda mark expanding government control of information Censors have gone so far as to prevent web searches for “Big Yellow Duck” . And references to toads have been systematically erased from the website of state news agency Xinhua. That move followed popular response to installation of a statue of the amphibian creature in Beijing park. Citizens mockingly claimed that it resembled former president Jiang Zemin.That episode may be comical. But censorship and repression usually take harsher forms.Imprisoned journalist Dong Rubin, who writes under the pseudonym Bianmin, has reported on local officials’ misappropriation of funds, and other actions. His sentence, also included a fine of 350,000 yuan (42,000 euros). His conviction in a court in the Wuhua district grows out of a government “anti-rumour” campaign. “This conviction, following an unjust trial, shows officials’ determination to muzzle all critical voices,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “The action also shows authorities’ sense of weakness in the face of a growing numbers of netizens and whistleblowers. Party officials, and the political and government elite in general, feel themselves under constant threat from bloggers’ asserting freedom of speech and the right to criticize.”Ismaïl asked, “When will officials understand that for each netizen who is convicted, 100 others take up the battle against censorship and for freedom of information?”In Dong’s case, he had previously been arrested and had computers seized following his criticism of construction of a petrochemical plant near the Yunan capital of Kunming in 2013. That project prompted major protest demonstrations. In the latest case, Dong’s daughter was the only family member authorized to attend his trial.New rules in effectA number of journalists had been asking about delays in the implementation of new rules published in July by censorship authorities of the Chinese Community Party. The rules include prohibitions on disclosing state secrets, expressing unauthorized criticism, and on working with foreign media.The answer to journalists’ questions about timing was not long in coming. Song Zhibiao was the first victim of the new regulations. He was fired by China Fortune, a monthly magazine, after publishing work on the Hong Kong website Orient, which is owned by the Hong Kong-based Oriental Press Group. to go further Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific If any of Song’s articles in particular led to his dismissal, it may have been a piece in July about Pu Zhiqiang, a human rights activist detained for more than two months. China Fortune, whose immediate owner is Southern Metropolis Daily, is believed to have been acting under an order from the party’s propaganda department to end the journalist’s contract.Song was the target of a previous punitive dismissal in 2011, when he worked for Southern Metropolis Daily. He was forced out after writing an article on the three-year anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, in which he pointed to official responsibility in the disaster and its aftermath.The internet as propaganda toolFree Tibet, an NGO, recently revealed the existence of about 100 false Twitter accounts, which are used to promote Chinese policies in Tibet and to malign those who defend Tibetan rights. Employing western names and frequently using portraits of American celebrities in user profiles, the accounts publish and re-tweet attacks, especially those against the Dalai Lama. Some messages have been re-circulated several thousand times. After the false accounts were revealed, Twitter announced that it would move to suspend them.“The official policy of censorship and disinformation is especially visible in issues involving Tibet and Uyghurs,” Ismaïl said. “On these subjects, the government has lost all self-restraint. All means are seen as acceptable to keep Tibet and Xinjiang isolated. They have become information black holes.”A report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project last June found that 80 per-cent of the content on Uyghur websites had been destroyed in 2009-2010 in what amounts to a digital book-burning. The operation followed repression of a Uyghur protest movement.In October, 2009, three months after violent disturbances in Xinjiang, Reporters Without Borders investigated conditions of access to websites aimed at the Uyghur community. The conclusion: the vast majority of sites were inaccessible, whether they were based in Xinjiang or abroad and regardless of the language they used. Of 91 websites surveyed, more than 85 per-cent were blocked, censored, or impossible to access.China is ranked 175th of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index for 2014.
Community News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Mars Helicopter’s chief engineer Bob Balaram and the Mars Helicopter on a test stand. The technology demonstration will ride aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechEven before this interviewer can finish the question, “Did anyone ever tell you this was a crazy idea?” Bob Balaram jumps in: “Everyone. All the time.”This “crazy idea” is the Mars Helicopter, currently at Kennedy Space Center waiting to hitch a ride to the Red Planet on the Mars Perseverance rover this summer.Although Balaram probably didn’t know it at the time, the seed for an idea like this sprouted for him in the 1960s Apollo era, during his childhood in south India. His uncle wrote to the U.S. Consulate, asking for information about NASA and space exploration. The bulging envelope they sent back, stuffed with glossy booklets, entranced young Bob. His interest in space was piqued further by listening to the Moon landing on the radio. “I gobbled it up,” he says. “Long before the internet, the U.S. had good outreach. You had my eyeballs.”His active brain and fertile imagination focused on getting an education, which would lead him to a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a master’s and Ph.D. in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. That’s where he has remained for 35 years as a robotics technologist.Balaram’s career has encompassed robotic arms, early Mars rovers, technology for a notional balloon mission to explore Venus and a stint as lead for the Mars Science Laboratory entry, descent and landing simulation software.Cutting Through Obstacles, Red Tape and the Martian AtmosphereAs with many innovative ideas, it took a village to make the helicopter happen. In the 1990s, Balaram attended a professional conference, where Stanford professor Ilan Kroo spoke about a “mesicopter,” a miniature airborne vehicle for Earth applications that was funded as a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts proposal.This led Balaram to think about using one on Mars. He suggested a joint proposal with Stanford for a NASA Research Announcement submission and recruited AeroVironment, a small company in Simi Valley, California. The proposal got favorable reviews, and although it was not selected for funding at that time, it did yield a blade-rotor test under Mars conditions at JPL. Other than that, the idea “sat on a shelf” for 15 years.Fast forward to a conference where the University of Pennsylvania presented about the use of drones and helicopters. Charles Elachi, then director of JPL, attended that session. When he returned to JPL, he asked whether something like this could be used on Mars. A colleague of Balaram’s mentioned his previous work in that area of research. Balaram dusted off that proposal, and Elachi asked him to write a new one for the competitive call for Mars 2020 investigation payloads. This sped up the process of developing a concept.Balaram and his team had eight weeks to submit a proposal. Working day and night, they met the deadline with two weeks to spare.Although the helicopter idea was not selected as an instrument, it was funded for technology development and risk reduction. Mimi Aung became Mars Helicopter project manager, and after the team worked on risk reduction, NASA decided to fund the helicopter for flight as a technology demonstration.Building and Testing a BeastSo then the reality set in: How does one actually build a helicopter to fly on Mars and get it to work?No easy feat. Balaram describes it as a perfectly blank canvas, but with restrictions. His physics background helped him envision flying on Mars, a planet with an atmosphere that is only 1% as dense as Earth’s. He compares it to flying on Earth at a 100,000-foot (30,500-kilometer) altitude – about seven times higher than a typical terrestrial helicopter can fly. Another challenge was that the copter could carry only a few kilograms, including the weight of batteries and a radio for communications. “You can’t just throw mass at it, because it needed to fly,” he says.It dawned on Balaram that it was like building a new kind of aircraft that just happens to be a spacecraft. And because it is a “passenger” on a flagship mission, he says, “we have to guarantee 100% that it will be safe.”The end result: a 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) helicopter with two pairs of light counter-rotating blades – an upper and lower pair, to slice through the Martian atmosphere. Each pair of blades spans 4 feet (1.2 meters) in diameter.Once it was built, Balaram says, the question was, “How do you test this beast? There’s no book saying how.” Because there is no easily accessible place on Earth with a thin atmosphere like the one on Mars, they ran tests in a vacuum chamber and the 25-foot Space Simulation Chamber at JPL.About two-and-a-half months after landing at Jezero Crater, the Mars Helicopter team will have a window of about 30 days to perform a technology demonstration in the actual environment of the planet, starting with a series of vehicle checkouts, followed by attempts of first-ever flights in the very thin Martian atmosphere.Despite best efforts and the best tests available on Earth, this is a high-risk, high-reward technology demonstration, with Balaram saying quite frankly, “We could fail.”But if this “crazy idea” succeeds on Mars, it will be what Balaram describes as “kind of a Wright Brothers moment on another planet” – the first time a powered aircraft will have flown on Mars, or any planet besides Earth, for that matter. This potential breakthrough could help pave the way for future craft that would expand NASA’s portfolio of vehicles to explore other worlds.And partly because there have been so many challenges along the way, it’s a testament to the dedication, vision, persistence and attitude of Balaram and his colleagues that the Mars Helicopter concept was funded, planned, developed and built and is heading to the Red Planet this summer.“Bob is the inventor of our Mars Helicopter. He innovated the design and followed up on that vision to its fruition as chief engineer through all phases of design, development and test,” says project manager Aung. “Whenever we encountered a technical roadblock – and we encountered many roadblocks – we always turned to Bob, who always carries an inexhaustible set of potential solutions to be considered. Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever seen Bob feeling stuck at any point!”The Home Stretch Toward MarsThe main purpose of the Mars 2020 mission is to deliver the Perseverance rover, which will not only continue to explore the past habitability of the planet, but will actually search for signs of ancient microbial life. It will also cache rock and soil samples for pickup by a potential future mission and help pave the way for future human exploration of Mars. Even if the helicopter encounters difficulties, the science-gathering mission of the Perseverance rover won’t be affected.Balaram points out that in addition to the usual “seven minutes of terror” experienced by the team on Earth during a Mars landing, once the helicopter is on Mars and attempting to fly, “This is the seven seconds of terror every time we take off or land.”Does Balaram worry about all this, even a little? “There’s been a crisis every single week of the last six years,” he says. “I’m used to it.”Balaram sheds any stress that may crop up through backpacking, hiking and massage. There’s also his very supportive wife, Sandy, who bears a title within the team and her own acronym: CMO, or Chief Morale Officer. She has regularly baked cakes, pies and other goodies for Balaram to share with his colleagues for sustenance during the long process.And he has high praise for his teammates on the Mars Helicopter project, saying the people attracted to it are agile and fast-moving. “It’s a great team, determined to dare mighty things – that’s the fun part,” Balaram says. His take on daring mighty things: “Good ideas don’t die – they just take a while.” HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. 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