JAXA Offers Opportunities to Naming the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter(MMO) and Send Messages to Mercury

Based on BepiColombo, the joint mission to explore Mercury between 
European Space Agency (ESA) and JAXA, JAXA is developing the 
Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). The objective of the MMO is 
understanding the Mercury's environment and magnetosphere. The MMO, 
partnering the other orbiter built by ESA, is scheduled for launch 
from ESA's Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana by the fiscal year 
2018*. To make the MMO more familiar, JAXA offers to the public 
opportunities to nickname it and send messages to carry aboard. Other 
than messages written by individuals, collection of messages 
contributed by a group, illustration, audio and video may be accepted. 
File must be less than one megabyte.



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Subic Bay Cup – AY Race Report 1

As if tied together with an elastic chord, Ernesto Echauz’s TP 52 Standard Insurance Centennial III and Geoff Hill’s Smith 72 Antipodes continued their close encounter, with Centennial III taking line honours by 23 seconds this time and 1st in the IRC 1 class. Antipodes chased hard and looks dangerous when fully powered up, but had to settle on 2nd place. With steering and sails repaired, Ray Ordoveza’s Excel 53 Karakoa trailed the bigger yachts in third place but their confidence is renewed and hope to make an impression in the coming days.

Hitting the start line with speed in the windward berth, Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns Sydney GTS 43 Otonomos Mandrake III extended on the long spinnaker reach to the entrance of Subic Bay and claimed the IRC 2 daily double with ease. Having missed the Subic Bay Verde Island Race with steering problems, George Hackett’s Mills 43 custom Misty Mountain were eager to get going and make a mark, but ended up doing the chasing role and 2nd place is a good start. Jun Avecilla’s Beneteau First 36.7 Selma Star is the smallest yacht in the fleet and although out gunned by the bigger yachts in this wind range, ended up in 3rd place and are looking forward to suitable conditions.

Racing with a stay sail in lieu of the damaged headsail, Li Jian’s Advance 80 Apsaras is still to powerful for Stephen Wu Shifu’s Oceanis 45 Asia Pacific Sailing to keep up with and by finishing over an hour behind, ended up 1st and 2nd respectively in the Cruising Class.

Six nippy FarEast 28 teams opened their inaugural series and welcomed the stiff North Easterly to propel them around the course. Emerson Villena skippering Standard Insurance – PSA displayed their experience to win both races and spearhead the Philippine national team into the overall lead. Alan Chua’s Centennial 1 and Bernice Foo’s SMU Sailing Singapore traded 2nd and 3rd places, to be tied on 5 points and work to do to catch the leaders. The Subic Sailing Team co-skippered by Marcus Avecilla and Sean Mitchell are also tied with Yukie Ikawa’s Team Japan for 4th place, while Joser Hsieh Taiwan TIDC are on a steep learning curve in 6th place.

Racing continues tomorrow with two windward / leeward courses for the IRC classes and will go a long way to sorting out the overall order.

The Regatta Organising Authority is Subic Sailing, under the auspices of the Philippine Sailing Association and in conjunction with Watercraft Ventures, Inc., the Lighthouse Marina Resort, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Philippine Coast Guard and backed by Tanduay Rum, Pepsi-Cola, Broadwater Marine, Nano Fixit and JC.

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Corvus solution picked for SEACOR PSV retrofits; North Korea sanctions target shipping

Corvus solution picked for SEACOR PSV retrofits
February 26, 2018 — Richmond, B.C., based Corvus Energy says that it has been selected by SEACOR Marine and Kongsberg Maritime as the supplier of lithium ion-based energy storage systems (ESS) for four platform supply vessels (PSVs) being retrofitted with a start-of-the-art hybrid power system.


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Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers rescue a dog and a kite-surfer in one weekend

Photos: (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

PR260218 Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II recovers after kite surfer rescue.

On 24 February, inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched at 2pm to a dog in difficulty at Langstone Rock, Dawlish Warren. At 12.10pm on 25 February, volunteers self-launched after witnessing a kite-surfer in difficulty, in sight of the lifeboat station.



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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and NOACA Expand Cleveland to Chicago Project with Top Regional Organizations

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and NOACA sign official public private partnership agreement, receive bipartisan congressional support, and reveal the growing Great Lakes Hyperloop consortium to begin $1.2 million feasibility study in the megaregion.


PLAYA VISTA, Calif. and CLEVELAND, Feb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At an event held today at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT – HyperloopTT) and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) revealed plans for the Great Lakes Hyperloop, including the signing of an official public private partnership agreement. These developments follow the recent announcement of a signed letter of intent and a memorandum of understanding reached between NOACA and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced on February 15, 2018.

Cleveland to Chicago in just under 30 minutes powered by sunlight and magnets. It's not just a dream. See how Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is making this a reality.



Cleveland to Chicago in just under 30 minutes powered by sunlight and magnets. It’s not just a dream. See how Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is making this a reality.

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