Boeing 727s being prepped for oil spill cleanup

martes, 26 de abril de 2016

Press Release




Boeing 727 Wide Area Aerial Dispersant Service is response ready

Following a meeting with the aviation authorities on Thursday, March 31, 2016, the Boeing 727 wide area aerial dispersant service is now in place and available to members.

Over the coming weeks OSRL will be working with our service provider to fully integrate the service into our procedures and to bed down all operational issues. Nonetheless the aircraft and dispersant system is response ready and available to members should it be required. However, OSRL will not conduct live drills for our members through the month of April.

To aid all members in the efficient and effective utilisation of this new service, OSRL has prepared a Mobilisation and Logistics Plan which lays out the service specifications and the responsibilities of all parties for successful deployment. This plan can be found here.

This jet-based aerial dispersant system which meets onerous new safety requirements is a ground-breaking project that offers a step-change in global dispersant application capabilities. Although the journey has been a long one, the end result is something that all OSRL members can take pride in.

This is the first of two aircraft and dispersant systems which OSRL will deliver to its members; the second is due for completion in Q3 of this year.

OSRL's aviation resources to support the Service Level Agreement globally will now include the Boeing 727 (located in UK) and the Hercules C130-A (located in Singapore).

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FAA approves Tremco’s SkyBEAM UAV for night-time commercial drone operation in US

http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsfaa-approves-tremcos-skybeam-uav-for-nighttime-commercial-drone-operation-in-us-4873542

Developed by Tremco and Canada-based commercial UAV and data solutions company Industrial SkyWorks (ISW), SkyBEAM is also approved to operate during the day.

The SkyBEAM flies around buildings and uses high-definition (HD) video and thermographic (infrared) cameras to trace potential energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, safety issues and other problems.

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Ballard's Protonex Subsidiary Demonstrates UAV Propulsion System with Boeing Insitu






VANCOUVER and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, April 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) announced that the company's subsidiary, Protonex, has delivered prototype PEM (proton exchange membrane) fuel cell propulsion modules to Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, for use in its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The ScanEagle platform has logged over 800,000 flight hours in military and civilian applications, making it one of the most successful UAV platforms to date.

Paul Osenar, President of Protonex said, "Fuel cell-powered systems offer compelling value for unmanned aerial vehicles due to improved reliability over small internal combustion engines, as well as very low heat and noise signatures. We believe that fuel cell systems have an extraordinary opportunity to play a key role in the propulsion of many unmanned systems. Our work with Insitu on the ScanEagle is an excellent example of the potential for fuel cells."

Insitu's ScanEagle is a versatile platform with multiple payload capabilities, including providing high-definition imaging at a fraction of the cost of larger UAV systems. The ScanEagle is operated in conjunction with Insitu's Mark4 Launcher – a low-maintenance, runway-independent platform – along with its SkyHook® recovery system.

ScanEagle is 1.55 meters (5.1 feet) in length, has a wingspan of 3.11 meters (10.2 feet) and maximum takeoff weight of 22 kilograms (48.5 lbs). The ScanEagle can fly at a maximum speed of 41.2 meters per second (80 knots), reach a ceiling of 5,944 meters (19,500 feet) and has an endurance capability of more than 24-hours. Additional details and images are available at http://www.insitu.com/information-delivery/unmanned-systems/scaneagle.

Use of the Protonex fuel cell propulsion modules are expected to provide a number of advantages over traditional internal combustion engine propulsion systems, including: significant improvement in the expected MTBF (mean time between failures) of up to 5x; silent operation; 100% throttle flexibility, including mid-air start-stop capability; and use of existing JP8 fuel in ground refueling systems.

Work related to the integration of the Protonex fuel cell propulsion module into the ScanEagle system is ongoing, with flight demonstrations planned for the second half of 2016.

About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in power and energy. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning anticipated product performance, customer benefits and market demand for our products. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard's current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard's assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand.

These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard's actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard's future performance, please refer to Ballard's most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard's forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.


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150 Long March rocket launches scheduled 2016-2020 [feedly]

150 Long March rocket launches scheduled 2016-2020
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/150_Long_March_rocket_launches_scheduled_2016_2020_999.html

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China testing own reusable rocket technologies [feedly]

China testing own reusable rocket technologies
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_testing_own_reusable_rocket_technologies_999.html

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Tokyo plans 50 X-2 flights in coming year [feedly]

​PICTURES: Tokyo plans 50 X-2 flights in coming year
http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/pictures-tokyo-plans-50-x-2-flights-in-coming-year-424598/

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Airbus A320neo hit by hydraulic system problems - Reuters [feedly]


Airbus A320neo hit by hydraulic system problems
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FAA Selects Two Unleaded Aviation Fuels for Further Testing [feedly]

FAA Selects Two Aviation Fuels for Further Testing
http://aviationweek.com/bca/faa-selects-two-aviation-fuels-further-testing

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Brussels Airlines Is Optimistic It Will Recover [feedly]

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Converted Jetliners Readied To Clear Oil Slicks [feedly]

Converted Jetliners Readied To Clear Oil Slicks
http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/converted-jetliners-readied-clear-oil-slicks

Boeing 727-200 finds a new role as aerial spray aircraft to combat oil spills at sea.

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JLENS ballons Can’t Stay Afloat After Budget Cuts | Poland Looks Hard at Boeing AH-62 Apache | More Saber Rattling from NK with SLBM Launch [feedly]

JLENS Can't Stay Afloat After Budget Cuts | Poland Looks Hard at Boeing AH-62 Apache | More Saber Rattling from NK with SLBM Launch
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/jlens-cant-stay-afloat-after-budget-cuts-poland-looks-hard-at-boeing-ah-62-apache-more-saber-rattling-from-nk-with-slbm-launch-033594/

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Former Allegiant Pilot Claims Age Discrimination In Lawsuit [feedly]

Former Allegiant Pilot Claims Age Discrimination In Lawsuit
http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=41f8c7dd-3621-4822-9d6a-da324cd1eee1

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Bombardier in Talks About Deal With New Iranian Airline


Bombardier in Talks About Deal With New Iranian Airline
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-24/bombardier-explores-new-airline-project-in-post-sanctions-iran

The Canadian company, which reckons Iran will need about 300 planes over the next decade, declined to comment on the topics or aircraft models discussed.

Iran Air may remain a sales prospect despite the Airbus purchase, with Chairman Farhad Parvaresh saying after that deal that the carrier would need at least 20 regional jets and that Bombardier had made a presentation.



Bombardier says Iranian sales talks progress, denies new airline
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bombardier-canada-idUSKCN0XM007


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It feels like a scene from a movie. I'm standing in the lobby of a brand-new research facility where video screens set in large circular stands beam the company's achievements from their high-res flat screens. Behind glass panels, engineers in slacks and button-down shirts are busy working lasers, monitoring a robot and generally doing engineer-like things. This is GE's brand-new Advanced Manufacturing Works (AMW) in Greenville, South Carolina. It's the company's first in the world and Gizmag got inside to take a sneak peek.

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Drone technology is becoming quite a popular testbed for neuroscientists seeking to put brain-computer interfaces through their paces. Numerous research projects have already impressed us with drones controlled by nothing other than the power of thought, but for some, merely flying the things is already a tad passé. The Brain Drone Race takes this technology and gives it an edge, imploring pensive pilots to will their drones across the finish line ahead of the competition.

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