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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Observational Models Fed to my Phone

There are some things that terrestrial observers can learn from astrophysics. Even if you are mostly interested in commercial applications. Its an example of how to observe data and use it for models. Most recently NASA has established a stereo observation platform around the sun. " ... STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) is the third mission in NASA's Solar Terrestrial Probes program (STP). This two-year mission, launched October 2006, will provide a unique and revolutionary view of the Sun-Earth System. The two nearly identical observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind - will trace the flow of energy and matter from the Sun to Earth. They will reveal the 3D structure of coronal mass ejections; violent eruptions of matter from the sun that can disrupt satellites and power grids, and help us understand why they happen...." .

I now have their system on my IPhone and their data is fed to me. A metaphorical example, at the very least, of how to feed very complex data to analysts and ultimately to management. Add some predictive analytical methods and you have a full real-time platform for understanding a system. Like the sun, or a supply chain, a manufacturing facility or a retail system.

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