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Overwatch: Advancing NATO’s Maritime Situational Awareness via Commercially Available Space-based Assets

; advancing NATO’s maritime situational awareness and understanding resiliency through commercially available space-based assets.  On Saturday, May 30, 2020, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft carried NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit for a rendezvous with the International Space Station.  Of national significance was the fact that the Crew Dragon launched astronauts from U.S. soil for the first time since the last Shuttle flight in 2011.  The real point to hone, however, is that the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is the first to be designed, built and launched

Concept design of Fabien Cousteau's underwater base, Proteus. Credit: Yves Béhar and fuseproject

This Underwater Base Could Become the ISS of the Ocean

Aquanaut Fabien Cousteau — grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau — has announced plans to build the world's biggest underwater base for scientific research.He calls the facility "Proteus" and envisions it being the ocean equivalent of the International Space Station — a place where scientists from across the globe can work together to solve the world's biggest problems, from climate change to world hunger."Proteus...is essential to driving meaningful solutions to protect the future of our planet," Cousteau said in a press release

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Video: Prince Charles Addresses Ocean Summit

, is in a unique position to offer first-hand evidence of the impact plastic pollution is having on the health of our ocean.“The boats cross some of the remotest parts of the oceans on earth. Places so far flung that, in one case, they were actually closer to the astronauts on the International Space Station than to any human on our planet.“This information collected from the seas is critically important for the scientific community.“Looking at the data collected it is deeply troubling to see how highly pervasive microplastics have become. Samples have even been discovered in what

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WHOI’ O’Hara Selected for NASA Astronaut Program

well as several advanced diving certifications. She also has completed first-aid and EMT training and is a wilderness first responder.   She will report for duty at Johnson Space Center in August 2017.   According to NASA, the new class will be part of future missions aboard the International Space Station that will continue research and technology development that has already returned benefits to Earth.   They will also be candidates for flights beyond the moon and into deep space aboard the Orion spacecraft that will help pave the way for missions to Mars.   The connection

The research vessel Neil Armstrong was met by a jubilant crowd at the WHOI dock Wednesday, as it arrived to its homeport for the first time. (Photo by Daniel Cojanu, WHOI)

RV Neil Armstrong Arrives in Woods Hole

and observe, and for oceanographers, that means going to sea.”   Remarks by astronaut Sunita Williams, a native of Massachusetts, also emphasized the connection between exploration of space and exploration of Earth's oceans.   “Like its shiny sister in space, the International Space Station,” Williams said, “I’m sure [this ship and the scientists and crew aboard it] will make discoveries that will help save lives, open dialogs to solve societal issues, and strengthen international relations, spur on new, innovative business ideas, inspire the next generation

BSEE, NASA to Examine Offshore Risks

and expertise of NASA's accredited failure analysis laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Used by NASA, probabilistic risk assessment is a technique to quantitatively model risk. It was used in the modeling of the Space Shuttle Program and is presently being used for the International Space Station and Orion deep space capsule programs. “Whether the task takes one to deep space, or into the deep ocean, the analysis of the environment, training of personnel and risk mitigation factors are similar,” said Jack James, technology transfer strategist at the Johnson Space

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Sonardyne Demonstrates its Technology for NASA

facility used to prepare astronauts for the micro-gravity conditions they will experience in space. At 202 feet long, 101 feet wide and 40 feet deep, and holding 6.2 million gallons of water, the pool is the largest indoor body of water in the world and contains a full size replica of the International Space Station (ISS).   OneSubsea conceived the technical symposium as a way for invited manufacturers like Sonardyne, to demonstrate how subsea asset monitoring and electric oil field technologies are able to integrate with OneSubsea’s own Ethernet-enabled communications network. The NBL

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Whorton Named President of Teledyne Optech

.   Dr. Whorton has served Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) as Chief Technology Officer since October 2014 and previously as Director, Commercial Earth Imaging. He is the Principal Investigator for the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) instrument pointing system for the International Space Station (ISS) and led the origination of Teledyne’s efforts in commercial Earth imaging. Dr. Whorton earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and prior to joining Teledyne in 2009 he served as Chief of the Guidance, Navigation, and Mission Analysis

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