OT: DARPA red balloon challenge

John Nagle nagle at animats.com
Sat Oct 31 20:20:33 CET 2009

Adam N wrote:
> All,
> In case people hadn't heard, DARPA just announced what I think is the
> coolest competition ever:
> http://networkchallenge.darpa.mil/
> On December 5, DARPA will raise 10 red weather balloons somewhere in
> the US.  The first person to get the location of all 10 balloons and
> submit them will be given $40k.

    You're thinking of doing this with people running around?  Nah.
The right way is to get some successive images of the earth from
Digital Globe.  They just launched their WorldView-2 satellite.


    They image the whole planet at 0.42m resolution in color every
two days.  Upload that to some cloud system and find all red dots
in the continental US that weren't there before the event.

				John Nagle

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