Boeing-Built Satellite Completes NASA’s Space Communications Network

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Boeing-built TDRS-M working its way through Boeing’s El Segundo satellite factory as it readies for launch. (Boeing photo)

TDRS-M satellite enables continued communication with International Space Station, Hubble Telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 18, 2017 – The sixth and final Boeing [NYSE: BA] Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), launched today, will enhance NASA’s space communications network when the satellite becomes fully operational early next year.

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NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite

NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M)
NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.
Credits: NASA

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:03 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Successful Launch, H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 35 Encapsulating MICHIBIKI No. 3


August 19, 2017 (JST)

Successful Launch, H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 35 Encapsulating 
MICHIBIKI No. 3

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and JAXA successfully launched 
H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 35 (H-IIA F35) which encapsulates MICHIBIKI
 No. 3, (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System; geostationary orbit) at 
2:29:00 p.m. on August 19, 2017 (JST) from JAXA's Tanegashima Space 
Center. 

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Will we ever take back control of our borders?

Yesterday the Government began to release its post-Brexit EU immigration policies. They have now committed to maintaining visa-free travel so EU tourists can travel to the UK with no prior checks and no need for advance visas – presumably pushing for the EU to return the favour. Not sure if this will turn out to be a great idea – we will have to see!

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Newport Long Haul

Day Two in Newport at 2017 Melges 20 Nationals makes way for four great races on the ‘inside’ Halfway Rock racecourse in blustery, rain-filled conditions

NEWPORT, R.I. (August 18 2017) – The sunny skies on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport were replaced with low flying southerly squalls and an on-time 1100 start. PRO Anderson Reggio sent the fleet to the ‘inside’ Halfway Rock racecourse for what would be a very exciting, four-race day of Melges 20 sailing.

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TOTE plans new Hawaii service with Philly newbuilds; Navy says “collision avoidable” in Fitzgerald accident, relieves CO

TOTE plans new Hawaii service with Philly newbuilds
TOTE plans new Hawaii service with Philly newbuilds
August 18, 2017 — A maritime mystery was solved this week when TOTE emerged as unnamed “blue chip U.S. shipping operating company” with a letter of intent (LOI) to build up to four advanced new containerships at Philly Shipyard for the Jones Act Hawaii trade. The dual fuel, 3,600-TEU ships would enter service in 2020 and 2021.

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Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat on fourteen and half hour rescue mission

The Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat responded to its third call out in a week to assist a 24metre, 245 tonne fishing boat with five people on board which got into difficulty with engine failure. The boat, which left Killybegs in the early hours of this morning, Friday 18th got into difficulty when their engine failed 10 miles north west of Glen Head. The lifeboat launched at 3 30 am and reached the casualty at 5 am. Weather conditions at the time were challenging with a two metre swell and west, south west wind of force 5-7. Having reached the fishing vessel in the dark the lifeboat managed to get a tow rope on board but the tow rope broke several times because of the weight of the boat and the high swell. Having finally secured the rope the lifeboat proceeded to tow the boat to Killybegs harbour. After a tow which took 9 hours the boat was finally safely berthed at Killybegs and the lifeboat returned to base at 6pm after refuelling at Burtonport. Lifeboat Coxswain, Jimmy Early paid tribute to the crew of the fishing vessel, “they were a very experienced fishing crew and knew exactly what was required to bring them safely ashore, now it’s bedtime, hopefully ”

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