Ariane 5’s fifth launch of 2012

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On 28 September 2012 an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Astra-2F and GSAT-10, into their planned geostationary transfer orbits. Liftoff of flight VA209, the 65th Ariane 5 mission, came at 21:18 GMT (23:18 CEST; 18:18 French Guiana).

Credits: ESA/Arianespace

28 September 2012
This evening, an Ariane 5 launcher lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Astra-2F and GSAT-10, into their planned geostationary transfer orbits.

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Metop-B delivers first data from polar orbit

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MetOp is a series of three new polar-orbiting satellites. The series forms the space segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System and represents the European contribution to a new cooperation with the USA marking a new era in global weather monitoring and forecasting.

MetOp-A was launched on 19 October 2006 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. MetOp-B was launched on 17 September 2012.

Credits: ESA /AOES Medialab

28 September 2012
PR 31 2012 – Four of the instruments on the Metop-B weather satellite (AMSU-A, ASCAT, MHS, GRAS) have been activated this week and are delivering data.

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Harris Corporation Introduces InTouch, the First Rugged Smartphone for Public Safety LTE Networks

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Highlights:
• Operates on both public safety band 14 LTE and commercial 2G/3G/4G cellular networks.
• Built on the Android™ operating system and supports best-in-class applications, including BeOn® push-to-talk (PTT).
• Tough smartphone design optimized for public safety critical operating environments, including immersion, drop, and extended temperature range.

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MELBOURNE, Fla. & SAN DIEGO — As the public safety community moves to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), mission-critical communications users now have the first Android™-based ruggedized LTE smartphone designed for first responder field use. The InTouch RPC-200 by Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) operates on both commercial and private LTE networks, giving users mission-critical PTT voice, data, video, location, text-based information and other future applications.

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THE PANERAI TRANSAT CLASSIQUE 2012 CHAMPION WILL BE HONOURED WITH THE LUMINOR 1950 RATTRAPANTE 8 DAYS TITANIO

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LUMINOR 1950 RATTRAPANTE
8 DAYS TITANIO – 47mm
Panerai Transat Classique 2012
December 2012: a fleet of vintage yachts which have made sailing history is voyaging from Cascais
in Portugal, heading for Barbados. This is the Panerai Transat Classique 2012: hundreds
of enthusiasts including owners, captains and crews are competing in a quadrennial race which
not only celebrates the elegance, the beauty, the remarkable craftsmanship and the uniqueness
which are typical features of every vintage yacht, but which is also a challenge bringing out the
strength, courage and valour of people faced with the power of the sea. The participants in the
Panerai Transat Classique 2012 are travelling 4,000 miles in yachts which in some cases boast
histories of a hundred years or more, driven by the power of the wind and the ocean currents, but
above all by the great passion that unites all lovers of the sea.

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MMRC Johor – AY Race Report 1

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MMRC Stage 3 Johor – Time to get down and dirty…
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Sept 28th – Tanjung Leman, Johor: After scouring the countryside, T-Best have assembled a team of Race Officers, Umpires, Management, Promotion and Media Circus together at Felda Residence, only five minutes drive from the jetty, where four Foundation 36 yachts are moored. The keels were removed and boats completely de-rigged, then transported with a small armada of jury/media boats and equipment, down from Terengganu, only to be reassembled again at Tanjung Leman before being launched and made race ready. This formidable task over the last two weeks, has been accomplished by Aussie Dave Mills and his boat preparation and maintenance crew, that have looked after these boats since they arrived in Malaysia for the first Monsoon Cup.back in 2005.

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Engineers comment on Nepal air crash, revised following reports that it was a turboprop propeller plane

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Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said following the Nepal air crash:

“Although it is too early to say definitively what caused this air crash, suggestions have been made that a bird strike caused a catastrophic aircraft failure.

“90% of bird strikes occur during take-off or landing of aircraft and the majority of bird strikes lead to little damage of the aircraft. But they can sometimes cause aeroplane failure – particularly if the bird is very large.

“Bird strikes can be dangerous to both propeller and jet engine planes. In the case of propeller planes, there have been cases where bird strike has damaged windshields, propellers and even the fuselage – all of which can potentially have devastating consequences.

“Aerospace engineers recognise this as a safety issue and are developing computer simulations to model the effects and help mitigate against the impact of bird strike.”

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