Day 82 : “A tricky beast”

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While aboard Hugo Boss Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape are psychologically ready to struggle against light conditions until Gibraltar, things started to move a bit more swiftly this afternoon for race leader Paprec-Virbac 2. Which certainly doesn’t mean the situation is clear for Dick and Foxall, who will have to play hide and seek with a high pressure system whose movements are less than predictable. “A tricky beast”, said Jean-Pierre today during the video conference.

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Review Sets Feb. 7 Launch Date

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This flexible hose carries Freon through Atlantis’ cooling system. Photo credit: NASA

NASA managers formally set the launch of space shuttle Atlantis for Feb. 7 at 2:45 p.m. EST, pending analysis of a flexible hose in the shuttle’s radiator cooling system.

The bent hose was discovered Tuesday on Atlantis during inspections of the payload bay doors. Engineers want to determine whether the braided metal hose, which carries Freon to cool the shuttle’s systems while in space, will work as planned. The hose in question runs from the shuttle body to the radiator panels on the cargo bay doors.

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DAILY UPDATE – CLIPPER 07-08 – 31 JANUARY 2008

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RACE 6: SINGAPORE – QINGDAO
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JAMAICA ENJOYS BEING AT THE FRONT OF THE FLEET

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CONTINOUS TACKING FOR THE FLEET AS THE HEADWINDS CONTINUE

Skipper Simon Bradley and his team onboard Jamaica Clipper have had a great 24 hours, moving up from second place behind Hull & Humber back into pole position. At the 1200GMT schedule they were leading the English team by 28 nautical miles and Simon explained this morning that his team is up for the challenge of retaining their lead: “Life is even better than usual on
Jamaica, we’ve been first or second for the last couple of days and we like it! All we have to do is stay there for the next couple of weeks. It’s a good job we like a challenge!”

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New Publication – The Stealth Story

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The author has been contributing titles to the series of which this book is one volume. His latest book is part of the excellent Sutton “The xxxxx Story” series. Now an imprint of The History Press, Sutton has followed the standard format for the series. This produces a pocket size book at a very low price, printed in full colour throughout. It is lavishly illustrated with well-captioned images and “Did you know?” margin notes. The result is a great deal of information packed into a very convenient sized book at an affordable price. The stealth story goes back to the time when aircraft were first considered for military purposes. Designers sought to find ways to make their products invisible and inaudible to the enemy, giving the pilot an advantage in combat.

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New Publication – The Lifeboats Story

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he author worked for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for 28 years, latterly as its Public Relations Director. He has been turning his knowledge and experience into books that chart the history of lifeboats. This book is part of the excellent Sutton “The xxxxx Story” series. Now an imprint of The History Press, Sutton has followed the standard format for the series. This produces a pocket size book at a very low price, printed in full colour throughout.

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Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract

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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – Jan. 31, 2008 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a contract to deliver LITENING Advanced Targeting (AT) systems to the Finnish Air Force (FiAF) for its F-18 Mid-life Update 2 Program.

Under the terms of the $30 million contract, Northrop Grumman’s Defensive Systems Division will deliver 10 LITENING AT systems to the FiAF under the U.S. Government Foreign Military Sales program beginning in late 2008 and continuing through 2009.

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AGM Inc orders the NEPS1000 Nitrogen Purge Systems for Electronic Optics

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January 31, 2008, -[ASDWire]- AGM of Tucson Arizona has ordered the latest version of the Brownell NEPS1000 Nitrogen Purge System for use on electro optical systems and electronics for a variety of applications including military and industrial needs.

The NEPS1000 is capable of greatly improving purging procedures using dry Nitrogen gas to prevent the effects of condensation, rusting and humidity. NEPS1000 is fully automatic and includes a host of features including gas moisture calibration, leak testing and multi feature processor.

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VSE-Westar Team to Train New Iraqi Air Force Pilots

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WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 31, 2008 -[ASDWire]- The team of VSE Corporation of Arlington, Va., and Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ North America, has been awarded a three-year, $62 million CECOM Rapid Response Task Order from the U.S. Army Security Assistance Management Organization. The Task Order is in direct support of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team’s mission to establish a Flight Training School in support the new Iraqi Air Force.

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