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The Defense Department announced the christening of the amphibious transport dock ship will be made on Saturday. It will be named Somerset to honor the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93. It was the third passenger airline that the terrorist hijacked on September 11, 2001. It crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in a field near Shanksville after the passengers overwhelmed the terrorist.
The steel from the dragline where the U.S. flag was flown at the crash site were melted down and cast into the ships bow stem. It is the third amphibious transport dock ship to honor the 9/11 victims. The others are the USS New York and the USS Arlington. All three ships were built in Avondale shipyard. The shipyard is on track for closure for next year and the USS Somerset is one of the last ships to be built there.
The USS Somerset is a 684-foot-long amphibious transport dock ships, of the San Antonio class. It will be used to transport marines and their gear to war. It has the capacity to carry up to 800 personnel.
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Twelve units of U.S. Military Osprey arrived by cargo ship in the U.S base in Iwakuni in western Japan. They will be deployed to Okinawa later in the year and will be based at Futenma, an air base near the crowded part of Okinawa. Residents are protesting the air base and wants it closed down.
According to a U.S. statement, the Ospreys is “a vital component in fulfilling the United States’ commitment to provide for the defence of Japan”. The Ospreys are hybrid aircraft that have a rotor and can take off like a helicopter.
However, Japanese local officials both in Iwakuni and Okinawa dispute that the aircraft are safe, alluding to the Osprey crashes in Morocco and Florida.
Protesters in Iwakuni gathered in small boats to demonstrate as cargo ship containing the Ospreys arrived. Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda intends to submit a protest to Tokyo. The Japanese government are continuing to face pressure over the U.S. military footprint in Japan.
Many Okinawa residents want to move the air base off the island. The US had agreed to close down the base, but the parties cannot agree on the relocation site.
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Last Wednesday, NASA conducted another successful test of the parachute to be used on the Orion spacecraft. The Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space, farther than any other spacecraft. It has an emergency abort capability that can sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing back to Earth. The parachute test is one of the preparations for the 2014 orbital flight test of the spacecraft.
The parachute test was done in the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona. A C-17 plane dropped an Orion spacecraft test model from an altitude of 25,000 feet. The Orion’s drogue chutes were deployed between 20,000 to 15,000 feet. Followed next by the pilot parachute which deployed the main landing parachute. The Orion descended approximately 25 feet per second, well below the maximum speed it was designed for.
“Across the country, NASA and industry are moving forward on the most advanced spacecraft ever designed, conducting drop and splashdown tests, preparing ground systems, designing software and computers and paving the way for the future of exploration,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Today’s parachute test in Yuma is an important reminder of the progress being made on Orion and its ultimate mission — enabling NASA to meet the goal of sending humans to an asteroid and Mars.”
The Orion program had been conducting extensive parachute air and ground tests since 2007. In 2014, the Orion will launch into space unmanned to undergo an exploration flight test. It will travel 3,600 miles above the surface of the Earth which is 15 times farther than the orbit of the International Space Station. The objective of the test is to understand Orion’s heat shield performance at speeds generated during a return from deep space. NASA will launch Orion in 2017.
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Eurocopter continues to the U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed helicopter, their latest and most advanced helicopter to date. The X3 is visiting military bases to show off its capabilities to military officials and personnel.
The X3 demonstrates it unique flight characteristics including 200 knots cruise speed, high rates of climb and the ability to perform complex maneuvers at high-speed. The X3 had shown that it can reach a maximum speed of 223 knots using 80 percent of its power and achieve a climb rate of 5,500 feet per minute.
The tour begun at the headquarters of the American Eurocopter in Texas. It held its first stop at the Huntsville’s Redstone Army Arsenal Airfield and recently visited the Fayetteville, North Carolina. Its next destination is the Fort Bragg’s Simmons Army Airfield, where guest pilots can fly the X3 Helicopter firsthand. The Eurocopter tour will then proceed to Virginia’s Manassas Regional Airport and Davison Army Airfield at Fort Belvoir, Va., and then it will conclude at the Pentagon.
“I’m confident that military leaders and aviators will find that the cutting-edge technology we’ve developed with the X3 is truly a revolutionary development in rotary-wing aviation,” said Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling. “The innovative design and unmatched technology of our X3demonstrator will have numerous civil and military applications.”
The tour also featured other helicopter models from Eurocopter such as the Alouette, UH-72A Lakota, and AS 350.
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Richard Branson, a Bristish tycoon and founder Virgin Galactic space programme stole the spotlight at the airshow last July 11, 2012, Wednesday announcing that he and his family would be on Virgin Galactic’s first trip into space as Airbus and Boeing lengthen out more plane orders.
A full size mock-up of Branson’s SpaceShip Two (SS2) aircraft was being showcased at the biennial Farnborough airshow near London which in the event focuses on the aviation sector calendar that typically showcases planemakers Airbus and Boeing battle for orders.
“Obviously this is the most exciting adventure I have ever undertaken,” Branson told AFP. “It’s both an entrepreneurial and personal adventure in being able to build a spaceship and ask my (two adult) children to come along.”
Actor Ashton Kutcher and scientist Stephen Hawking are among the aspiring astronauts who have signed up to the programme that gets under way in late 2013 to early 2014, according to the Virgin empire head. Irish businessman and author Bill Cullen, 70, was the first to sign up for a trip, in 2004. “I wanted to be the first Irishman in space and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve been interested in space ever since I followed comic hero Dan Dare when I was a kid.”
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For almost two years, the U.S. Navy refrained from sinking old warships in the U.S. coastal waters due to environmental and financial concerns. The old warships are used as target practice for naval exercises. The Navy recently lifted the moratorium on this practice after evaluating the costs, benefits and environmental impact of the program.
Known as Sinkex, short for sinking exercise, Navy has used the target practice to dispose an old ship. Previous ship models that had undergone this treatment range from small vessels to large aircraft carriers like the USS America.
Later this month, three old vessels will follow the same fate. The Kilauea, Niagara Falls, and Concord will be sent in a watery grave off the coast of Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific Naval Exercises. The RIMPAC will last for five weeks and it will involve over thousands of military personnel from 22 nations.
According to the Navy, the Sinkex offers important live-fire training for the times of war and provides clean vessels for at-sea, live-fire exercises. The ships provide exercises for airplane bombers, warships and submarines. The results can be used to aid acquisition, planning and design of future vessels.
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Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, maybe the next stop for signs of life exploration.
NASA‘s Cassini probe garnered evidence that Titan has a massive sub-surface ocean. The Cassini probe was launched in 1997 and reached Saturn in 2004. Its mission is to study the giant ringed planet and its satellites. Titan apart from being Saturn’s biggest moon is also the second largest moon in our solar system. Titan is also the only moon with a thick atmosphere, making it difficult to observe its surface and scientist are still uncovering the structures on its surface.
The scientist concluded there is a body of water on Titan by studying the gravitational changes on the tides of Titan measured by Cassini and whether it is consistent with a rocky or liquid subsurface. Rocky subsurface would produce tides in order of meters of height, but researchers found that the tides in Titan were ten times larger.
According to Sami Asmar, Cassini team member from NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “The presence of a liquid water layer in Titan is important because we want to understand how methane is stored in Titan’s interior and how it may outgas to the surface.”
The detection of large tides by Cassini leads to the conclusion of a hidden ocean on Titan. The search for water is a vital goal in space exploration and Titan is another place where water seems to be abundant.
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