Monthly Archives: September 2014

Week 4, Research Topic

Have you ever played a computer game called ‘Starcraft’? If so, you must be aware of the importance of a unit named, ‘observer’. Then you can imagine how important it would be in modern strategies, to have a safe and precise surveillance system. Surprisingly enough, there are these aircraft like an observer, although they cannot cloak themselves like their little friend does. And they’re called AWACS, which stands for ‘Airborne Warning and Control System’.

They are made by reforming civil aircrafts like Boeing737. Adding radar system and building a network between radar bases on the ground, these airplanes can perform an air surveillance task. To fly for a long time, they’re usually non-armed, so by flying higher than any other fighters they can less the threat of shooting down. Having AWACS brings some strategical advantage to South Korea over the North. In fact Korea possesses four AWACS now and plans to increase the number to 6 until 2016.

To begin with, this expands the coverage range of radar in Korea. Although our country runs a lot of radars, there always are missing holes, because of maintaining or black-out problems. Therefore an AWACS can be used to fill this crack. Also, depend on the region they’re flying, this coverage can be widened up to half of North Korea or even more. This means that South Korea can earn more time to prepare for action against the enemy flights.

Also, it can not only enlarge the coverage, but also reinforce it. Because 70% of Korean peninsular is consisted of mountains, it is hard to find an aircraft under certain altitude, especially when this plane is flying in a valley. That’s because ground radars have minimum altitude, limiting their searching ability. However by surveilling up in the sky, this weakness is overcome. Thanks to this feature Republic or Korea can stay much safer.

Last but not least, the AWACS is a headquarter when practicing an air campaign. It provides instant yet precise situational analyses and tells apart the allies from the enemies, it can swiftly order allies to take appropriate actions they need. In reality the AWACS that South Korea has played this important role in a ROK-US combined training operation last year and proved that Korea is capable of this high demanding technique. These features are making AWACSs more indispensable in modern military campaign, especially in Korea which considered as a country of ceasefire.


Week 4, Textbook

My first day in my new school was full of surprises. To begin with, every single teacher that I met there was so talented in there own fields. There’s no need to refer to the students who are so eager to learn.

Many people do not realize that packing a suitcase requires skill and planning. If we put stuffs in suitcase more efficiently, then it can contain more things in it than when it is not. For example, rolling up the socks and putting them in the shoes is a real space saver.

Week1 Routine

For me, it takes about 2 hours to go to school. It’s a very long and enduring task. In fact, if it were not for the alarming function, I may not be able to be on time for the early morning classes. These days, thanks to the internet, it’s easy to check when a right bus comes or to look for an itinerary for subway. I can leave for at the right time, without waiting for a long time. When I get to the subway station, lucky enough as I’m living near the garage of the 1st line of subway, there always are plenty of seats to rest on. After I have seat, the very first thing to do is to set an alarm, making myself wake up in about one and a half hour, then I fall asleep. The alarm goes off, then it’s the time that I really should wake up. If don’t, I surely will pass by the station and going to have to come back all the way along. There were some times that I “accidentally” couldn’t hear the alarm and overslept, then things got really out of order. Every morning, the phone alarm is a real necessity.

While I’m waiting for my classes, I always listen to the music with my MP3 player. I love music very much and bringing all the MP3 files is never going to be possible, so sometimes internet music is a very useful choice. Although it will cost me a little bit of money, it’s totally worth it. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like if I can’t listen to them.

When I get back home, then it’s time to bring out my laptop. It becomes a radio station, and I listen to the radio everyday while I’m doing my work, and from time to time I send some messages through Internet or cellphone, but it’s very rare that they read my story.

However, even though technology keeps making an amazing progress, there are some things that I still like to do in traditional analog way. One is to check time. I’m quite sure that digital watches are much more accurate than analog ones, but I still have to wear my watch to check time all day. The other one is, I hope that everyone has same idea as mine, reading a book. E-book is a very useful and hightech way of reading novels, but just because I can’t hear and feel the paper, I still prefer the paperbooks. Maybe it’s a nostalgic feeling for a time when everything was so much simpler and easier.