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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE R DA. MARCH 2- MO,DA. MARCH S. 2012 M rkell, del gation visit A delegation led by Gov. Jack Markell and including Lt. Gov. Matt Denn and Economic Devel- opment Secretary Alan Levin re- cently visited 22nd century tech nology development being con- ducted in Laurel. Representa- tives from the federal govern- ment were also there. The host was Carl Schirtzinger, mechanical and electrical engineer and founder of Zinger Enterprizes, which does work for the National Aero- nautics and Space Administra- tion, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, -and the U.S. Geological Survey. Every member of Schirtzinger's family -wife Lisa, son Skylar, and daughters Sierra and Salina - as well as students from Sussex Technical- High School and in er in Laurel practical applications with his family who assist his work, and with high school students from Sussex Tech and college students from Del Tech. On display for the governor's visit was one of several un- manned, solar-powered, satel- lite-controlled Oceanic Atmos- pheric Sensor Integration Sys- tem boats, which were buik un- der contract to NASA for use by NOAA. These vessels can stay on the water for long periods without having to return to land and can monitor just about any- thing, including changes in the composition of water (e.g., pollu- tants), currents, weather (includ- ing riding out hurricanes in or- der to predict precise landfall of such-storms) and shipping traf- fic. boats can also serve in AUTO SALES & SERVICE CENTER 1608 Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE 302-645-5999 Delaware Technical Community lifesaving, law enforcement and College, were involved in homeland securityroles. demonstrating one-of-a-kind Other technology demonstrat- technologies, some of which ed during the governor's tour in- played a critical research role eluded light detecting and rang- leading to a recent Nobel Peace ing technology. Using a powerful Prize. laser, LIDAR mounted on planes Schirtzinger has been called a and boats can immediately de- modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci termine the presence of oil, tox- who shares vision and related ins and dangerous organisms as VIAJOR & MINOR REPAIRS ON ALL MAKES AND MODEL well as their quantity and quality in water, Another technology shown in Laurel was the airborne topo- graphic mapper, which has many applications, including pre- .and post-storm damage assessments. ATM-generated data and maps can be used by the Federal Emer- gency Management Agency, in- surance companies and other agencies, and the technology was sent to map coastlines before and after the hurricane which hit the gulf oil spill area. Recently, a primary mission of the ATM has been monitoring the polar ice caps, glaciers and sea ice. This information has been instrumental in studies of global climate change and weather modeling and predic- tion. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to A1 Gore and the United Nations was based on information gathered by the ATM system developed and built by Schirtzinger. Additional tech- nology developed by the project was adapted into the Cryosatel- lite, which will map and monitor the ice caps. This satellite is to be launched in 2016. In continuing development is the Experimental Advanced Air- borne Research LIDAR being operated by the USGS for coastal and coral reef mapping and seafloor bathymetry mapping. SUBMITTED PHOTO STANDING IN FRONT of an OASIS boat are (I-r) Dr. Peter I. Hartsock, captain, U.S. Public Health Service; Alan Levin, secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office; Carl Schirtzinger, Zinger Enterprizes Inc.; Delaware Gov. Jack Markell; Delaware Lt. Gov. Matt Denn; Salina Schirtzinger, Sussex Technical High School; Lisa Schirtzinger; Maria Manard, Sussex Tech; Sierra Schirtzinger, Delaware Techni- cal/Civil Air Patrol; and Krystin Gibson, Sussex Tecb. SYN-BLEND OIL CHANGE from $ 99 19 with FREE TIRE ROTATION FRONT AND REAR BRAKES STARTING A T $898g DIAGNOSTIC SCAN FOR FREE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON? ( ~ t~ ~ ,~ The dealer that makes a difference ,-Gre