Royal Navy seeking proposals for autonomous XLUUV

first_imgThe UK defense ministry is seeking proposals for the development of an autonomous version of an existing extra large unmanned undersea vehicle (XLUUV).The development would be part of a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) multi-year themed competition which will seek to develop a platform to understand the potential capabilities of an autonomous vehicle.The contract will have two stages, a research, design and re-fit stage and a testing and trialling stage. In the latter stage, it is expected that the system will be tested in representative environments for extended periods; the sea trials in stage two may be up to two years.The navy says it is looking for a flexible UUV capable of hosting different payloads/sensors which will be used in a range of testing scenarios. This range of tests will determine capability limits of a UUV, to assist in the development of future requirements and the design of future capabilities.A total of GBP 1 million are being set aside for the first phase of the project, and a further GBP 1.5 million for the second stage.“Developing and testing the potential capability to deliver these future operational requirements is not possible with current Royal Navy assets and requires research and development of a larger more payload-flexible autonomous test system in partnership with commercial suppliers,” a call for proposals read.“It is envisaged that this will be achieved, for this competition, by re-fitting an existing large asset with an autonomous control system to develop a test-ready autonomous underwater vehicle.”The Royal Navy expects the future XLUUVs to possess payload-agnostic spaces of over two cubic meters and two metric tons. Further requirements include the capability to operate independently for a minimum of 3 months, an operational range of 3,000 nautical miles, covert intelligence gathering capabilities, and an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) barrier capability.Proposals for the project are due on June 11, 2019. More info can be found here Share this article Photo: The US Navy recently selected Boeing’s Echo Voyager design for its Orca XLUUV program Photo: Boeing View post tag: DASAcenter_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: XLUUVlast_img read more

Inside Conditions…My way

first_img“And now, the end is here and so I face the final curtain. My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full I traveled each and ev’ry highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way. Regrets, I’ve had a few, But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.” (Recorded by Frank Sinatra.) As I sit here again continuing to contemplate how the Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 season will progress, my mind continues to wander back and forth from the players who take the field daily to the “power brokers” that determine who will suit up every day.  The  Pirates GM Neil Huntington and Field Skipper Clint Hurdle are still in the lab trying to come up with an antidote to the past poisonous bait and trade policies of ex-GM or VP Dave Littlefield.  His official title does not matter because in the end he will be remembered by most baseball fans and scribes who chronicle the game simply as a “loser.” When the 2010 baseball season began in Pittsburgh I said then and I repeat it now that if the Pirates weren’t careful, their heads would wind up in the trophy cases hanging on the walls of a few MLB franchises. They began that season by honouring then Pirate outfielder Andrew McCutchen as the 2009 Baseball America Rookie of the Year. In those days McCutchen still had an innocence about him. I caught him around the batting cage on opening day and he told me that, “Just to be able to wake up and say I’m in Pittsburgh and I’m opening up at home is great. It’s a dream come true for me just because it’s something new. I really can’t map out my No. 1 moment because it’s all been great—from opening day to just being in a Pittsburgh Pirate uniform. It’s all been an honor. It’s all been a dream.” At the time I stated that, “[I hoped] that [his] dream didn’t turn into a nightmare for the Pirates or their fans.” One of the big chunks of the puzzle that was snatched from McCutchen’s possible supporting cast was infielder/hitter extraordinaire Freddy Sanchez.  The San Francisco Giants upgraded their offense in the middle of a hot pennant race by acquiring three-time All-Star Freddy Sanchez from Pittsburgh for “pitching prospect Tim Alderson in 2009.” Sanchez had won the National League batting title in 2006. Sanchez had to change clubhouses to join his new team, which is in the thick of the NL wild-card race.  In a few hours he went from loser to winner.  The Pirates traded outfielder Jason Bay.  He went from loser to winner. In July of 2009 The Pittsburgh Pirates, swapped outfielders successive seasons, sending  starting left fielder Nyjer Morgan to the Washington Nationals. The Pirates, spurred to trade because their farm system has been unproductive, acquired Milledge and reliever Joel Hanrahan from the Nationals for the fleet Morgan and left-handed reliever Sean Burnett, a former first-round draft pick. H’mm where in the hell, sorry, I meant where in the world is Carmen San Diego.  Well, he is helping Joel Hanrahan get use to his new digs in “Beantown.” Speaking of Carmen San Diego what is “pitching prospect” Tim Alderson doing now days? Ya know the guy that they gave away Freddie Sanchez for.  Let’s hope the “philanthropic era” of the Pirates is over and that Pittsburgh “cooks what it keeps.” Another man who does it “his way” is the head coach for the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball team Jamie Dixon. According to a press release by the university [Dixon stated that he intends to]; “finish his career at the University of Pittsburgh,” Jamie Dixon reinforced his commitment to Pitt last week when he signed a 10-year contractual agreement that runs through the 2022-23 season. Dixon owns the highest winning percentage in school history (.753) with a 262-86 record from 2003-13. He has led the Panthers to nine NCAA Tournaments in 10 seasons, the most NCAA appearances by a Pitt coach. “Pitt and Pittsburgh are home,” Dixon said. “My family and I feel blessed to be part of such a great institution and wonderful city. It is the people who truly make a place special. I could not be surrounded by better players, staff and administration. These aren’t just people I work for and with every day. First joining Pitt as associate head coach in 1999, Dixon has constructed one of the countries most successful and durable men’s basketball programs. Pitt is one of only seven teams nationally to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 11 of the past 12 seasons (2002-13). That elite group includes Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State, Pitt, Texas and Wisconsin.  I must be the first to congratulate Coach Dixon for his new deal but I must also reprimand the Panthers AD and the schools administration for signing such a tenuous long term agreement. In 1999 “little” Gonzaga advanced to the “Elite Eight” in the NCAA tournament by beating No. 7 seeded Minnesota in the1st round,  No. 2 seeded Stanford in the 2nd round and defeated No. 6 seeded Florida in the “sweet 16” round to advance to the final eight. The nickname of the Gonzaga b-ball team is the Bulldogs. From Dave Wannstedt to Todd Graham to whomever. The Pitt athletic department always seems to get bulldozed when it comes to these overpaid, underperforming coaches. Don’t get me wrong, Dixon is one of the best coaches in Pitt and NCAA history in regards to the “regular” season.” But we all understand that it is the post season that brings in the real dough…later(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at:  [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

1 handed MMA fighter looks for championship win

first_imgIn this Aug. 10, 2013 photo provided by WSOF, Nick Newell, right, battles Keon Caldwell in the World Series of Fighting at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. Newell was born with a shortened left arm that ends just below the elbow. He hasn’t let that stop him from chasing an MMA career. (AP Photo/WSOF, Lucas Noonan)Nick Newell wants MMA fans to see him as a talented fighter, one skilled enough to fight for a championship and headline a nationally televised card.He knows he’ll be judged on so much more.Newell has defeated every fighter he’s faced inside the cage, becoming a submission specialist en route to a lightweight championship bout — and an inspiration to all who watched him topple the odds and become one of the top fighters outside of UFC.Newell was born with only one fully developed arm, due to a birth condition known as congenital amputation. His left arm stops about three inches past the elbow. He has become known in MMA circles as one the one-handed fighter. Newell would rather just be called, champion.“I feel like being the one-handed fighter isn’t what defines me,” he said. “It’s just a part of who I am. It’s the part that sticks out and people want to pay attention to. But when they actually see me fight, they’ll know it’s so much more than that.“I don’t feel like I have something to prove because I have one hand. I’ve already proved if you work hard, you can accomplish anything with the right drive and work ethic.”Newell (11-0) fights World Series of Fighting lightweight champion Justin Gaethje (11-0) on Saturday for the Las Vegas-based promotion’s debut on NBC. Newell won the Xtreme Fighting Championship’s 155-pound belt in December 2012 before relinquishing the title to move to the WSOF.“It’s something that makes me unique,” he said. “Some people like that, some people don’t. But it’s something I have to deal with.”One who doesn’t, UFC President Dana White. White said last year that Newell would never fight in UFC, the biggest MMA promotion on the globe, saying, “I don’t know, fighting with one arm is just craziness to me.”The 28-year-old Newell, 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, insisted he was happy in WSOF and brushed off White’s comments.“They’re too worried about what people would think more than they’re worried about having the best fighters in the world,” Newell said. “I was a free agent and World Series of Fighting gave me a great offer and I’m happy.”Raised in Milford, Connecticut, Newell refused to let his disability serve as a roadblock toward his athletic pursuits. He wrestled in high school — losing his first 17 matches, by his count — before becoming a regular winner. He later captained the Western New England College wrestling team.“It was the kind of thing where if they lost to him, they’d be ashamed about losing to a kid with one arm,” Newell’s college teammate, Brian Myers, said. “It’s almost like losing to a girl, almost. But I found it rather difficult to wrestle him in practice. His elbow was pretty exposed and it was too his advantage because he could legally strike you with it like it was his hand.”Like so many college roommates, Newell and Myers were glued to the TV every Monday night to watch WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” and UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter.”Myers gravitated more toward sports entertainment — using the ring name Curt Hawkins he’d become a tag team champion performing for WWE. Newell was hooked on every choke, kick, and submission in the brutal MMA circuit.“I was like, what is this? I have to learn this,” he said.About graduating college, he walked into the Fighting Arts Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts, to seriously pursue the sport. Trainer Jeremy Libiszewski never hesitated working with a one-handed prospect.“I said, ‘Here are some gloves and let’s go. Let’s start working on stuff,’” he said. “It wasn’t a big deal.”Newell never attempts to strike someone with his left arm, using jabs to shake his foe, often trying to snare him in a guillotine choke.He’ll be on display when NBC airs its first MMA event. Newell has made enough of a name for himself that he struck up a friendship with one-handed former major league pitch Jim Abbott. Newell once camped out over a dugout as kid to meet his childhood hero. Now, he’s the one who’s become a role model, and is active in several charity foundations, most notably the Lucky Fin Project.“I feel weird calling myself an inspiration,” Newell said. “Life itself is inspiring enough. Everyone has their own struggles and challenges.”If he keeps winning, his next obstacle will be convincing White that he’s earned a shot in UFC.“Nick’s going to keep winning and UFC will have no choice but to use him,” Myers said. “He’s not a freakshow; Nick’s the real deal. If he keeps winning, how can he be ignored?”Newell hoped it was easier to ignore one hand when there’s gold around the waist.“I know that it’s the biggest fight that I’ve ever had,” Newell said. “NBC, biggest network in the world. I’m headlining, I’m fighting for a title. I get to do all three in one shot. But when it comes down to it, there’s no extra pressure. This is my time.”last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University’s New Plaza and Courtyard

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffery B. Glander and AssociatesThe need to replace aging infrastructure and improve drainage created the opportunity for a new, more sustainable campus plaza and courtyard. Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates and SCJ Alliance designed this project to include a new outdoor space that provides both meditative garden areas for the monks at St. Martin’s Abbey, and arrival way finding for visitors to the admissions office of St. Martin’s University. Old asphalt driveways and sidewalks were replaced with over 34,000 s.f. of new, colorful architectural concrete and pervious turf paving fire lanes.A tiered fountain water feature and the University logo embedded in granite paving highlight entry to “Old Main” and the school offices. Visitor parking is directed off-site to create a truly pedestrian only atmosphere for the plaza environment. Other design features include a 300 foot long brick wall with arched “windows” between the monastery and campus areas, extensive landscape renovation, drainage improvements, site and landscape lighting and new pedestrian pathways. This project recently won the WACA Excellence in Construction award for the Architectural/Decorative Concrete category.last_img read more