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News

October 1, 2021

Video streaming is a highly competitive market that dominates internet traffic. Video consumes 65% of worldwide mobile downstream traffic....

September 16, 2021

The Video Quality Research Program has launched an interactive web demo of ITS-developed software that estimates the quality of...

August 18, 2020

Presentations from the ISART 2020, the International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies: 5G Spectrum and a Zero-Trust Network are now available on the ...

Recent Publications

This Month in ITS History

May 1965: CRPL Scientist Disappears in Antarctica

On the frigid morning of May 8, 1965, Carl Disch disappeared from Byrd Station in Antarctica. Disch was a Central Radio Propagation Laboratory employee researching forward scatter in the ionosphere. At 9:15 Disch left the Radio Noise Laboratory about a mile and a quarter from the main Byrd station, but apparently missed the hand line that led back to safety. A search party looked for Disch when he failed to return. Byrd station fired flares, and a human chain was formed to methodically search the snow-covered runway where Disch's tracks appeared to lead, but conditions were difficult. Thirty mile an hour winds covered the footprints with snow and threatened the safety of the searchers; the w ...

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