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New Drones Are Being Developed for the French Navy

The future tactical component of France’s Naval Aerial Drone (Système de Drones Aériens de la Marine - SDAM) program is being designed by DCNS and Airbus Helicopters, who have joined forces to pool naval and aerospace skills and expertise.   The teaming of DCNS and Airbus Helicopters will be equipped to address all technical challenges arising from the naval integration of the drones through the creation of a robust system architecture that can evolve and adapt to meet every need, the developers said.   For DCNS, drones are the roving eyes of the battle system; their

Sercel SG-5 single sensor connected to the UNITE node RAUeX (image courtesy of Sercel)

Sercel Sells 10,000 UNITE Nodes to NIS

CGG announced that Sercel has sold 10,000 channels of its high-end UNITE cable-free land seismic acquisition system to NIS, the Serbian oil and gas company in which Gazprom Neft has a majority shareholding.   After having successfully deployed the UNITE system since 2014 in Romania, NIS have now decided to purchase a new complete batch of UNITE for survey projects that they will be conducting over the next several years. In combination with the Sercel SG-5, a high-sensitivity 5-Hz single-sensor geophone, UNITE offers NIS a superior, light, efficient and flexible solution for the most complex

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Mexico Eases Consortium Rules for Deep-water Trion JV with Pemex

Mexico's oil regulator on Friday approved a more flexible bidding scheme for a highly anticipated upcoming auction that will pick a partner for national oil company Pemex to jointly develop its deep-water Trion block in the Gulf of Mexico. Consortia wishing to bid on the project can now have a single operator that will be responsible for managing the development, according to the change approved by the regulator, known as the CNH. "The previous version of the joint operating agreement (JOA) required that bidders form a consortium with at least two operators, and that this consortium of two

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DeepSea Power & Light Debuts LED SeaLite

New from DeepSea Power & Light is the LED SeaLite, which the manufacturer says is engineered to deliver a high-performance, field serviceable and affordable subsea light.   The LED SeaLite has up to 9,000 lumens with either a flood or spot beam pattern. The compact design weighs as little as 240 g in water and measures 78.7 mm in diameter and 88.5 mm long in a flood configuration without a connector. This light uses a hard anodized 6013 aluminum housing and is depth rated to 6,000 m with a standard sapphire port and 3,000 m with an acrylic port.   Both the LSL-1000 and LSL-2000

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Hawaiki Cable on Schedule for Mid-2018 Completion

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom announced that system manufacturing has commenced for the 14,000 km Hawaiki transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.   Co-developed by New Zealand-based entrepreneurs Sir Eion Edgar, Malcolm Dick and Remi Galasso, the carrier-neutral cable system will be the highest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.   “We’ve seen tremendous

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