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AirDrop

Apple's local wireless sharing capability introduced with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). AirDrop was added to Apple's mobile OS as of iOS 7 to allow people to share files via Wi-Fi with other Apple users in the vicinity (see iOS versions). For example, AirDrop lets people share information in a meeting or photos at an event and even play games with strangers. See AirPlay.

airdrop

The delivery of personnel and cargo from aircraft in flight. This is normally done with the help of a parachute. Equipment can also be dropped without the use of parachutes and in a free fall under its own weight.
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Despite the rift over the airdrops, Turkey has agreed to let Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross into Kobani via its territory to help in the defense of the town.
But the US military's announcement of the airdrops, coupled with the Turkish foreign minister's statements, is an unexpected development.
On Monday, a commander in Kobani, Abu Hasan, said that "spirits and morale were high,'' after the airdrops, which United States officials said included 27 bundles from Iraqi Kurdish authorities and contained medical supplies, ammunition and weapons.
It is the first time the US has made airdrops to Kurdish fighters defending Kobane and it represents an escalation in Washington's efforts to support Syrian opposition forces against both IS jihadists and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
These airdrops were conducted in support of Operation 'Inherent Resolve' which aims to "degrade and defeat the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to the region and the wider international community," CENTCOM noted in the release.
Under an Air Force Research Laboratory contract, Lockheed Martin will adapt its commercial WindTracer technology to military use, enabling it to measure wind velocity and yield real-time data that can speed up airdrop missions, company officials said.
e airdrop comes after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced "a continuing drumbeat of airdrop operations" to help those trapped by the extremist group, which has announced the creation of a hardline caliphate in areas it has over-run.
We have been working urgently and directly with officials in Baghdad and Erbil to coordinate Iraqi airdrops to people in need," a Defence official said.
Engineers will also modify the existing technology to measure wind velocity from the ground to the airdrop altitude and add the ability to send real-time telemetry.
Finally, humanitarian airdrops such as those in Bosnia have been impressive and sustained but do not count as resupply of US ground forces.
Though it has accounted for less than 1 percent of all airdrops, JPADS has proved invaluable since its debut there in August 2006.