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NASA’s Orion spacecraft is another step closer to launching on its first mission to deep space atop the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. On Jan. 13, 2016, technicians at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans finished welding together the primary structure of the Orion spacecraft destined for deep space, marking another important step on the journey to Mars.

Welding Orion’s seven large aluminum pieces, which began in September 2015, involved a meticulous process. Engineers prepared and outfitted each element with strain gauges and wiring to monitor the metal during the process. The pieces were joined using a state-of-the-art process called friction-stir welding, which produces incredibly strong bonds by transforming metals from a solid into a plastic-like state, and then using a rotating pin tool to soften, stir and forge a bond between two metal components to form a uniform welded joint, a vital requirement of next-generation space hardware.

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Last Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
Editor: Sarah Loff

Lockheed Martin Partners with Advanced Electronics Company to Open New Sniper ATP Support Center in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) recently celebrated the opening of the Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) Expanded Repair Capability center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This marks the start of operations at the first Sniper ATP support center located outside the United States.

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OTE settles with five El Faro families; Fincantieri inks Iranian shipyard cooperation agreement

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TOTE settles with five El Faro families
January 27, 2016—As the Coast Guard announced the dates for the first public hearing into the loss of the El Faro, news broke that TOTE Maritime had reached settlements with the families of 10 people who died when the U.S.-flag cargo ship sank during Hurricane Joaquin last October. Media reports citing a January 22 court filing say that each of the families will receive $500,000 for pre-death pain and suffering.

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onsoon Cup – AY Race Report 3 – It isn’t over, till it’s over…

2015/16 World Match Racing Tour – Monsoon Cup
Puteri Harbour, Iskandar, Johor

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Monsoon Cup – It isn’t over, till it’s over…
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
Puteri Harbour, Johor (Jan 28th): As the morning session was sunny and the North Easterly was already present, PRO Dave Tallis and his Malaysian race makers, moved along at a fair clip and were aiming to finish the qualifying Round Robin today and move onto the Quarter Finals tomorrow. They continually adjusted to numerous wind and tidal current changes, with only a few short pauses and half way through the afternoon session, the clouds opened up, dousing everyone in a tropical downpour. Despite returning to the race course to try and complete the last two flights, it wasn’t to be and we have to wait till tomorrow for the final outcome.

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