Regional training centre in Djibouti – MOU signed

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to allow the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to fund the building of a regional training centre in Djibouti, to promote the implementation of the Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (Djibouti Code of Conduct), was signed on Monday (30 May 2011), in Djibouti.

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The ATR 72-600 receives EASA certification

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With this certification, ATR can commence delivery of the regional aircraft equipped with the most advanced technologies on the market

 

The turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR is pleased to announce that the ATR 72-600, the new member of its aircraft family, has obtained certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). A prerequisite for the aircraft’s entry into service, this certification covers the new equipment on the aircraft, and is the successful conclusion to a series of ground and flight tests conducted on the ATR 72-600 prototype. Flight testing on the aircraft began in the summer of 2009.

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General Dynamics NASSCO Awarded $744 Million Contract to Build Mobile Landing Platform Ships

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SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —

General Dynamics NASSCO announced today that it has received from the U.S. Navy a $744 million modification to its Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) contract to fully fund construction of the first two ships of the new ship class. Construction of the first ship will begin immediately, with delivery to occur by the spring of 2013. The contract includes an option for the construction of a third MLP which, if exercised, will increase the total contract value to approximately $1.3 billion.

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Over the Earth

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Earth’s atmosphere and a starry sky just off the port wing of the docked space shuttle Endeavour are the subject of this image photographed by the Expedition 28 crew, while the shuttle was docked with space station on the STS-134 mission.

Endeavour and the STS-134 crew undocked from the station on Monday, May 30, and landing is slated for 2:35 a.m. EDT Wednesday, June 1 at the Kennedy Space Center.

Image Credit: NASA

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Looking at the volatile side of the Moon

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This image of the Moon was taken with by Rosetta’s OSIRIS Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) at 07:36 CET on 13 November 2007, about nine hours after Rosetta’s closest approach to Earth during one of its gravity assist manoeuvres.

OSIRIS has been designed to image faint objects, so a neutral density filter was placed in the optical path to reduce the sensitivity of the camera to one fiftieth. The above image was acquired through the far-focus red filter of the camera (750 nanometres).

Credits: ESA ©2007 MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

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Four decades after the first Moon landing, our only natural satellite remains a fascinating enigma. Specialists from Europe and the US have been looking at ESA’s proposed Lunar Lander mission to find out how to seek water and other volatile resources.

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Sawadee.com Regatta – AY Race Report 2

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May 31st: As the heavy overcast sky prevented the morning breeze from pushing through, PRO Ross Chisholm sent the mark boats in all directions in search of wind. Eventually a patch was found to the East of the Ko Samui and Ko Pangan passage and the ‘Follow Me’ instruction came crackling over the radio. Thirty minutes after the prescribed start time the starting sequence began with the Racing Class away in 7-8 knots of Westerly breeze. During the IRC 1 start a crunching sound was heard coming from the pin end and shortly after the class favourite Ichi Ban radioed in their withdrawal from the race and intention to seek redress. Several boats were caught off guard and desperately tried under spinnaker to get to the start line. Shortly after starting the breeze faded and the skippers had to contend with a strong Northerly flowing current after rounding the top mark. Another announcement that all courses will be shortened at the bottom mark, bought some relief but the minefield still had to be delicately crossed. Tactical decisions to gybe down current towards the wind line or stay in the light stuff and stem the tide. Initially it looked good down tide but as time wore on, their hopes washed away in the current. The four 52 footers elected to stay up current and completed a huge arc on one tack to cross the finish line in front of Frank Pong’s 76ft Jelik II.

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ATK Introduces Hostile Fire Indication Capability for its AAR-47 Missile Warning System

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U.S. Navy Approves AAR-47 with Hostile Fire Indication Capability for Fleet Introduction

MINNEAPOLIS, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced that its recently-developed Hostile Fire Indication (HFI) capability upgrade for the AAR-47 Missile Warning System has been approved by the Department of the Navy for Fleet introduction. In addition to the AAR-47’s longstanding, combat-proven ability to detect incoming missile threats, the new HFI capability provides enhanced protection through detection of smaller-caliber weapon fire and rocket propelled grenades. ATK is the first company to deliver this key capability as part of a proven missile warning system.

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Endeavour Crew Prepares for Wednesday Landing

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A video camera on the exterior of the International Space Station captured this image of space shuttle Endeavour a little less than an hour after the two spacecraft undocked. Photo credit: NASA TV

Tue, 31 May 2011 10:47:39 AM GMT

Space shuttle Endeavour’s crew is wrapping up final preparations for its planned landing at 2:35 a.m. EDT Wednesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew is preparing to stow the Ku-Band antenna, used for high-data rate communications and television from space, and will go to sleep at 9:56 a.m.

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