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Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

of Technology; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University of Arizona; University of California Riverside; University of Central Florida; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Florida

Hess to Spend More on Exploration and Production This Year

and production (E&P) spending in 2017 by 7 percent, Barclays said on Monday. Oil prices are recovering after a more than two-year slump, partly due to an agreement OPEC signed in November to curb supply. Hess said on Thursday its budget would go toward deploying additional rigs in North Dakota's Bakken field, developing a field in Guyana and restarting drilling at the Valhall Field in Norway.   (Reporting by Swetha Gopinath and Komal Khettry in Bengaluru

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

Seas, as well as the mid- and south Atlantic.   A Trump representative did not immediately comment on the announcement.   Even if Trump tries to fight the move, few energy companies have expressed a desire to drill anytime soon off the coasts thanks to abundant cheap shale oil in North Dakota and Texas.   Exploratory drilling in the Arctic is expensive and risky. Shell Oil ended its quest to explore in harsh Arctic waters in 2015, after a vessel it was using suffered a gash and environmentalists uncovered a law that limited its drilling.   The American Petroleum Institute

US Navy Launches Undersea Drone

A U.S. Navy submarine has become the first to launch and recover an underwater drone used in a military operation, reports AP.   The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Groton, Connecticut, on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment.    The vessel's commanding officer, Capt. Douglas Gordon, said the Mediterranean Sea mission proved submarine-launched drones are a viable option for the Navy.     The drone was launched from a shelter attached to the top of the Virginia class submarine that can also be used for the undersea deployment of divers

GE, Statoil Partner for Sustainable Energy Development

solutions that can support the industry as it matures to meet tomorrow’s energy needs.   Initial estimates show that the successful execution of these first five projects could result in significant combined CO2 savings. The Last Mile Fueling solution in the Williston Basin in North Dakota has the potential to reduce the equivalent of 120,000–200,000 tons per year of CO2 emissions through reduced diesel fuel usage, while the other projects being developed hold potential for similar, or even larger, reductions. Additionally, the collaboration aims to reduce water usage as well

Navy to Commission Submarine North Dakota

  The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota, during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. North Dakota, designated SSN 784, honors the state's citizens and veterans and their strong military support and heritage from the Frontier Wars through the Cold War and currently the Global War on Terrorism. Seventeen North Dakotans have received the Medal of Honor for actions in combat. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm.

Cutting the ribbon, from left, Dominic Galluci, P&S Construction; RI Congressman James Langevin; RI Governor Lincoln Chafee; Rear Adm. Michael Jabaley, commander, NUWC; Capt. Todd Cramer, commander, NUWC Division Newport; Mark Rodrigues, head NUWC's Platform and Payload Integration Department; Blair Decker, General Dynamics/Electric Boat; and RI Senator Jack Reed.

NUWC Newport Dedicates New Research Facility

Island the premier state for the test and evaluation of submarines, torpedoes, and unmanned undersea vehicles.” The Virginia Payload Tube (VPT) is part of a new design in Virginia-class submarines. The VPT is capable of housing various payloads and weapons that can be rapidly interchanged. North Dakota (SSN 784), scheduled for commissioning later this month, is the first submarine to be equipped with the VPT. Unlike the first 10 Virginia-class submarines that housed 12 Tomahawk cruise missiles in individual vertical launch system (VLS) tubes, all Virginia-class submarines beginning with North

Main photo: Mike Drainville with recovered ring; Left Inset – Close up of Peace ring recovered by Drainville; Right Inset – Bronze-Age ring recovered by Nelson Jecas.

Bronze-Age Ring Located with Underwater Metal Detector

are Ed Rosacker at Divers Cove in Connecticut, Bill Nichols of Timber Bay Sport & Dive in Wisconsin, Capt. Charles March in Panama, Barry Shipman in the Virgin Islands, Tep van den Heuvel in Aruba, Canadian Larent Latiegne, Tim McPhillips in Ohio, Charles Debski in Florida, Randy Miller in North Dakota, Don Marshall in British Colombia, John Duffy in California, Pedro Martinez in Arizona and Richard Carney in Maine. jwfishers.com  

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat

Submarine North Dakota Completes First Voyage

The U.S.’s newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, North Dakota (SSN-784), returned to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard Tuesday following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas, called alpha sea trials. North Dakota is the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, the most capable class of attack submarines ever built. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (GD). North Dakota’s alpha sea trials included a range of submarine and propulsion-plant operations, submerging for the first time, and high-speed runs on and below the

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