Diamondra (Southern Indian Ocean)

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Satellite image of the Tropical Cyclone Diamondra in the South Indian Ocean.
Image Credit: JTWC/SATOPS

Diamondra Sitting in the Middle of the Indian Ocean Not Threatening Land

Tropical Cyclone Diamondra is currently in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is not threatening any land masses at this time. Its movement during the past six hours have been south-southeastward at 5 kph. Diamondra is located approximately 936 miles south southeast of Diego Garcia. The satellite imagery shows diminishing convection and winds in the storm. It has been downgraded to a subtropical cyclone. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center will continue to monitor the storm for signs of regeneration, but at this time, this will be the storm’s last update unless conditions change.

Lynn Jenner with information from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center




Eunice (Southern Indian Ocean)


On January 29, 2015, the Aqua satellite captured this image of Eunice located south of Diego Garcia and the Cocos Islands.
Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Tropical Cyclone Eunice Still Churning in the Southern Indian Ocean

The MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Eunice in the South Indian Ocean, well south of Diego Garcia and the Cocos Islands. Its location is 637 nautical miles south-southwest of these islands. The storm is currently tracking south-southeastward at 10 knots.




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Government Business Council research finds virtual training can help U.S. military avert readiness crisis while potentially saving more than $1.7 billion


New research conducted by Government Business Council (GBC), and commissioned by Rockwell Collins, concludes that increasing levels of virtual training – the integration of virtual simulation into training regimens – can help the U.S. military better prepare for new challenges while potentially reducing costs by more than $1.7 billion over five years.

DoD employees doubt current training levels and capabilities will meet readiness needs and suggest virtual simulation could cut costs while enhancing training effectiveness

STERLING, Virginia (Jan. 29, 2015) – New research conducted by Government Business Council (GBC), and commissioned by Rockwell Collins, concludes that increasing levels of virtual training – the integration of virtual simulation into training regimens – can help the U.S. military better prepare for new challenges while potentially reducing costs by more than $1.7 billion over five years.



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Poetry of the Sea: Part 1

Poetry of the Sea: Part 1

by BigJules

They that go down to the sea in ships, and occupy their business in great waters. These men see the works of the Lord; and his wonders in the deep…
— Psalm 107

Some of the English language’s finest poetry has been written about the sea. Here’s five of my favourites, some are excerpts due to length. More next month!

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Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage  by Lord Byron
      Dark-heaving, boundless, endless, and sublime.
    The image of Eternity…
Full Fathom Five  by William Shakespeare (Tempest)
      Full fathom five they father lies;
      Of his bones are coral made;

Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange.

Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell;
Ding dong.
Hark! Now I hear them –
Ding dong, bell!

Crossing the Bar  by Lord Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson

      Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
      And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put to sea

But such a tides as moving seems asleep,
Too full of sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home

Twilight and evening bell
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark

For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar

Sea Fever  by John Masefield
      I must down to the seas again,
      to the lonely sea and the sky
      and all I ask is a tall ship,
      and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song
and the white sails shaking,
And the grey mist in the sea’s face,
and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again,
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume,
and the seagulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again,
to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way
where the wind’s like a whetted knife

And all I ask is a merry yarn
From a laughing fellow rover,
and quiet sleep and a sweet dream
when ere the long trip’s over

Rime of the Ancient Mariner  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

      The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
      The furrow followed free;
      We were the first that ever burst
      Into that silent sea.

Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
’Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea !

All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion ;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink ;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

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Do you have a favourite sea poem? I’d love to hear from you.


Harris Corporation Awarded Contract by FAA for Alaska Flight Services System

OASIS 650 HIGH 1 tcm19-18558

• Program helps FAA address unique Alaskan airspace challenges
• Provides critical, real-time, integrated information for general aviation pilots
• Extends the first OASIS system, which went live in 2007

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been awarded a 10-year contract, with an expected value of $98 million, by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade and manage the system that provides real-time weather data and flight-planning capabilities for Alaska’s general aviation community. The contract includes three base years and seven one-year options.



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IXV packed and ready

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ESA’s IXV unmanned spaceplane is installed inside Vega’s protective fairing at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

The Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle will be launched into a suborbital trajectory and return to Earth as though from a low-orbit mission. For the first time, it will test and qualify European critical reentry technologies in hypersonic flight, descend by parachute and land in the Pacific Ocean to await recovery and analysis.

For more about IXV visit: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Launchers/IXV

Connect with IXV on Twitter: twitter.com/esa_ixv



MHI to build “apple tank” LNG duo for Cameron shale exports; Maintenance deficiencies eyed in ferry grounding


MHI to build “apple tank” LNG duo for Cameron shale exports
January 29, 2015—Intended for the delivery of LNG to customers in Japan from the Cameron LNG Export Project in Louisiana, the ships are scheduled for completion and delivery in 2018 and 2019. They are the first ordered from MHI for the shale oil market and feature a design offering significant improvements in both LNG carrying capacity and fuel efficiency.



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MCLEAN, Virginia — The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract with an estimated total value of $43 million to provide mission essential training and instructional support to NGA analysts and intelligence officers stationed across the United States and around the world.



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Canadian Army and U.S. soldiers participate in Exercise WARFIGHTER at Camp Atterbury, Indiana


January 29, 2015

OTTAWA – Approximately 300 Canadian Army soldiers are participating in Exercise WARFIGHTER, an American-led military exercise at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, U.S.A., from January 26 to February 13, 2015, to enhance their command and control techniques and increase their interoperability with allies.



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