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  • Military Drones Prowl US Skies (Smile!! You're on camera or will be soon!)

    12/06/2012 7:58:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/6/12 | TechNewsDaily Staff | LiveScience.com
    Military drones used to track terrorists or insurgents in Afghanistan have also been flying across the U.S. homeland. Newly released documents show U.S. drone flights by the Air Force, Marine Corps and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the first time. The Air Force has tested drones in U.S. skies ranging from hand-launched Ravens to the larger Reaper drones responsible for targeting and killing people overseas — all recorded through the Federal Aviation Administration licenses required to fly in national airspace. That information became public through a Freedom of Information Act request from the nonprofit digital rights organization Electronic...
  • Geoengineering would turn blue skies whiter

    06/03/2012 1:43:53 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 6/1/12 | Jeff Hecht
    Blue skies would fade to hazy white if geoengineers inject light-scattering aerosols into the upper atmosphere to offset global warming. Critics have already warned that this might happen, but now the effect has been quantified. Releasing sulphate aerosols high in the atmosphere should in theory reduce global temperatures by reflecting a small percentage of the incoming sunlight away from the Earth. However, the extra particles would also scatter more of the remaining light into the atmosphere. This would reduce by 20 per cent the amount of sunlight that takes a direct route to the ground, and it would increase levels...
  • European airlines test skies, press to end ban (no damage found on test flights)

    04/18/2010 3:02:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 956+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/18/10 | Arthur Max - ap
    AMSTERDAM – Major airlines that sent test flights into European air space found no damage Sunday from the volcanic ash that has paralyzed aviation over the continent, raising pressure on governments to ease restrictions that have thrown global travel and commerce into chaos. Is it safe to fly yet? Airline officials and some pilots say the passengerless test flights show that it is. Meteorologists warn that the skies over Europe remain unstable from an Icelandic volcano that continues to spew ash capable of knocking out jet engines. European Union officials said air traffic could return to half its normal level...
  • Giant Mysterious Spiral Takes Over the Skies of Norway

    12/09/2009 10:49:42 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 116 replies · 5,985+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 12/09/09 | Jesus Diaz
    People are freaking out all over Norway because of what you are seeing here. According to Norwegian news outlets, the spooky giant spiral was seen, photographed, and recorded on video from all over the country. Updated with video. Could it all be a hoax? Maybe it's a massive joke, but all kinds of Norwegian news sites are reporting on it. According to NKR—Norway's national TV channel—it could be related to a rocket fired from a Russian submarine in the White Sea. The Russians are denying any part on it at this at the moment. Nick Banbury, a witness located...
  • Earth's Clearest Skies Revealed [Ideal Telescope Site In Antarctica - Graphic On Comments Page]

    06/08/2009 11:59:30 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 10 replies · 961+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 06 June 2009 | Anil Ananthaswamy
    POSSIBLY the clearest skies on Earth have been found - but to exploit them, astronomers will have to set up a telescope in one of the planet's harshest climates...[Scientists] evaluated different factors that affect telescope vision, such as the amount of water vapour, wind speeds and atmospheric turbulence...The team found that the Antarctic plateau offers world-beating atmospheric conditions - as long as telescopes are raised 20 meters above its frozen surface...[The Antarctic air is] drier than the Atacama desert in Chile [where some of the best telescopes in the world are currently located].
  • VMU-2 provides AL Qaim ground units extra eyes in skies

    11/06/2007 4:50:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 77+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Anthony Guas
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Nov. 6, 2007) -- Being able to see and assess a situation in a combat environment is essential for success. Sometimes service members wish they had an extra pair of eyes, or eyes on the back of their heads. Thanks to one unit, the Al Qaim ground units have an extra pair of eyes. Those extra eyes are provided by the Marines and civilians that analyze information and operate the Scan Eagles flown by Marine Unarmed Aerial Squadron 2, Detachment B. “The basic mission here is to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support via the Scan Eagle...
  • Tahoe awakes to smoke-free skies

    06/29/2007 10:00:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 371+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/07 | Scott Lindlaw - ap
    SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Residents awoke to smoke-free sky Friday as officials announced they had turned the corner in fighting a wildfire that destroyed 254 buildings and threatened thousands more in this resort community. After a second straight day of mild winds allowed firefighters to surround the blaze, U.S. Forest Service commanders said they planned to reduce their force by one-fourth and allow residents to inspect the wreckage for the first time. "Firefighters came in this morning and felt even more comfortable about the approaching containment of this fire," incident commander Rich Hawkins said. "I'm feeling pretty good about...
  • Rocketman takes to the skies

    03/23/2007 9:00:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 320+ views
    Ananova ^ | 3/23/07
    A Swiss pilot has turned himself into a 'rocketman' by strapping a pair of wings and two jet engines to his back. Yves Rossy, 45, a former airforce fighter pilot, gave his carbon wings their first test flight in Spain. He said: "It is absolutely fantastic. Total freedom in three dimensions, so much speed and power, it was better than being a bird. "I have to jump from a moving plane as I can't really take off from an airfield like a real plane, I couldn't run that fast", he said laughing, and added: "I don't have an undercarriage either."...
  • Outlaw takes skies in Iraq

    10/24/2006 6:36:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 481+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Geoffrey P. Ingersoll
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Oct. 24, 2006) -- Despite his name, Chief Warrant Officer William J. Outlaw doesn't make a habit of defying any laws. Except for gravity. Newton and his laws have pursued Outlaw across four decades, through the jungles of Vietnam and over the deserts of Iraq. "I love to fly," said Outlaw, a 60-year-old battalion tactical operations officer for the Virginia National Guard's 2nd Aviation Battalion of the 224th Regiment, attached to Marine Air Group 16, 3rd Marine Air Wing (Forward). Outlaw loves to fly so much that he has logged over 10,000 flight hours. He started in...
  • Vipers assume responsibility over Al Anbar skies

    05/01/2006 5:39:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Jonathan K. Teslevich
    AL TAQADDUM, Iraq (May 1, 2006) -- The Vipers of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 assumed authority from the Gunfighters of HMLA-369, for providing close air support, escort, surveillance, and reconnaissance to coalition ground and assault support forces in western Iraq. Having been in Iraq for less than two weeks, the Vipers, part of Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, received plenty of help from their predecessors in preparing for the dangerous mission ahead. "HMLA-369 did an incredible job of setting us up for success. They flew most of our aircraft commanders on numerous missions, provided...
  • Vapour Trails from Airplanes Could Put an End to Stargazing in as Little as 30 Years

    03/06/2006 7:12:06 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 37 replies · 890+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Monday, March 6, 2006 | NP?
    Airplane vapour trails may blot out our view of the stars in as little as 30 or 40 years, astronomers say, making ground-based telescopes -- which still do the bulk of our astronomy even in the Hubble age -- nearly useless. As cheap air travel expands, the sky gets criss-crossed with little ice crystals that can hang up there for a couple of days as thin clouds, dimming the view. This warning comes as Canada and other countries are currently designing a new generation of "Extremely Large Telescopes" with mirrors 30 metres or more across, and a view sharper than...
  • Controllers keeping Iraqi skies safe

    12/29/2005 5:01:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Dec 29, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Paul Dean
    12/29/2005 - ALI BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Another small dot drags a string of numbers with it as it hesitantly shuffles onto the screen. Now there are 30 dots with numbers. Airman 1st Class Grant Gers slips a strip of paper, no wider than a magazine and shorter than two end-to-end sugar packs, neatly but quickly enters the squawk (four of the numbers —- the call sign) and the time, adjusts his microphone and makes contact. “Welcome to my sky,” he said. The aircraft was in the 50,000 square miles of Iraqi airspace controlled by a small group of Airmen...
  • Cobras soar through skies of Iraq, support Marines on ground

    11/25/2005 3:43:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 943+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 25, 2005 | Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan
    AL QAIM, Iraq (Nov. 24, 2005) -- Marines flying AH-1W Super Cobras, soaring through the skies of Iraq, are growing accustomed to using precision guided ordnance, maximizing the damage to their targets while minimizing collateral damage. Since arriving in western Iraq during September, the Gunfighters of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 have continuously dropped precision guided ordnance on the enemy in support of ongoing operations. The Gunfighters, from Al Qaim, Iraq, dropped their 100th precision-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missile, Nov. 17. “We are destroying target after target in support of ground combat brethren,” said Maj. John Barranco, the officer-in-charge of...
  • US-EU reach tentative deal on "open skies" pact

    11/18/2005 5:12:28 PM PST · by cope85 · 3 replies · 349+ views
    news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 11/18/05 | Jeff Mason and John Crawley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union reached a tentative deal on Friday to dramatically expand aviation service and boost competition on both sides of the Atlantic. Negotiators made substantial progress in the State Department-led talks this week on the breakthrough agreement, which must be reviewed by EU transport ministers, who will meet next month. Europe is conditioning approval on a crucial side issue -- the U.S. proposal to ease some limits on foreign investment in American carriers. European negotiators first want to ensure the Transportation Department plan is finalized and that it would facilitate greater investment...
  • Eyes in the skies keep insurgents on defensive

    11/15/2005 4:39:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 18 replies · 1,093+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Nov 15, 2005 | Cpl. James D. Hamel
    CAMP AL QAIM, Iraq (Nov. 15, 2005) -- It’s the middle of the day at Camp Gannon, Iraq, a small forward operating base on the Syrian border, when mortar rounds begin raining down on the small outpost. In the nearby city of Husaybah, an insurgent is at the window of the top story of a three-story building, calmly placing rounds into a mortar tube, lobbing them at a Marine base. Those observing him would later comment on his apparent comfort while attacking the Marines. He fires a round, calmly fetches another one, fires it and repeats the process. There are...
  • ATC detachment keeps eyes to the skies in Al Asad

    10/13/2005 4:53:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 298+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 13, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 13, 2005) -- Marines from three Marine Air Control Squadrons recently expanded the scope of sight in Iraq’s skies. The Al Asad Air Traffic Control detachment, primarily based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., is a mix of Marines from Marine Air Control Squadron 1, based at MCAS Yuma, MACS-2, based at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., and MACS-24, a reserve squadron based at Ft. Worth, Texas. In addition to their regular mission of supporting Al Asad, the detachment began providing information to the U.S. Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Qatar. “As an ATC...
  • Beijing issues pollution warning as skies turn yellow

    04/06/2005 8:03:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,465+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/05 | AFP - Beijing
    BEIJING (AFP) - People in Beijing were warned to stay indoors as the Chinese capital was shrouded in yellow smog with pollution reaching dangerous levels. "Under these polluted conditions, we propose that the majority of citizens reduce their time outdoors and avoid breathing this seriously polluted air," the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said in a warning posted on its website. Beijing's air quality has been at the lowest level for the past two days with the air "seriously polluted," the bureau said. Experts said the capital was experiencing a heat inversion, where warmer air in the atmosphere was keeping the...
  • Ship pollution clouds USA's skies

    08/30/2004 11:11:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 452+ views
    USA Today on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/04 | Traci Watson - USA Today
    Whenever ships dock near her waterfront house in Stockton, Calif., Sherry Shields hides indoors. She says she can't relax in her yard. She won't let her grandchildren play outside. The smoke billowing from the ships' exhaust stacks, she says, makes the air hard to breathe. "Many times you can see the black plume coming," says Shields, whose citizens group is suing to block expansion of the nearby port on Stockton's inland waterway. "It's unconscionable that this is happening next to homes." From fishing skiffs to supertankers, boats and ships around the USA are belching out harmful pollutants that cloud the...
  • Part IV: Terror in the Skies, Again?

    08/05/2004 4:34:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,246+ views
    Women's Wall Street ^ | 08/04/04 | Annie Jacobsen
    The 14 Syrians on Northwest Airlines flight 327...To the dismay of many, it's the story that won't go away. The fact that a group of Syrian men acted in a way that terrified some passengers and caused a squad of federal officials to be called out to meet the plane upon landing is of interest to anyone who flies the friendly skies. And that is why this story won't just go away. The 14 Syrians on Northwest Airlines flight 327...To the dismay of many, it's the story that won't go away. The fact that a group of Syrian men acted...
  • Terror in the Skies, Again? (Must Read)

    07/24/2004 1:50:45 PM PDT · by take · 39 replies · 1,397+ views
    Terror in the Skies, Again? By Annie Jacobsen A WWS Exclusive Article Note from the E-ditors: You are about to read an account of what happened during a domestic flight that one of our writers, Annie Jacobsen, took from Detroit to Los Angeles. The WWS Editorial Team debated long and hard about how to handle this information and ultimately we decided it was something that should be shared. What does it have to do with finances? Nothing, and everything. Here is Annie's story. On June 29, 2004, at 12:28 p.m., I flew on Northwest Airlines flight #327 from Detroit to...
  • Distant fires darken Texas' skies, raise health concerns

    05/08/2003 11:45:10 AM PDT · by buffyt · 28 replies · 531+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 8, 2003, 7:05AM | By DINA CAPPIELLO
    Every year at this time, Joanne Driscoll is a prisoner to pollution. Four air purifiers hum incessantly in her two-story West Houston townhouse. Industrial-strength air filters are stacked on her glass-topped dining room table. She won't answer her front door without wearing a mask. The culprit isn't smog, pollen or any of the other contaminants and allergens that make Houston's air infamous. It's smoke -- from agricultural fires set hundreds of miles away in other countries. "Pollution knows no boundaries," said Driscoll, an asthma sufferer who had her first serious bout of illness during the particularly heavy Mexican and Central...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-31-03

    03/30/2003 10:11:59 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 5 replies · 249+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-31-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 31 Mt. Etna Lava Plumes Credit & Copyright: Marco Fulle (Stromboli online) Explanation: Mt. Etna has been erupting for hundreds of thousands of years. Located in Sicily, Italy, the volcano produces lava fountains over one kilometer high. Mt. Etna is not only one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, it is one of the largest, measuring over 50 kilometers at its base and rising nearly...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 3-06-03

    03/05/2003 10:44:26 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 7 replies · 271+ views
    NASA ^ | 3-06-03 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured , along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2003 March 6 Comet NEAT in Southern Skies Credit & Copyright: Noel Munford (Palmerston North Astronomical Society, New Zealand) Explanation: After last month's dramatic swoop past the Sun, Comet NEAT (C/2002 V1) appeared as a naked-eye comet, emerging from the evening twilight in planet Earth's southern skies. On March 1st, New Zealand photographer Noel Munford captured this telephoto view of the outbound comet close to the southwestern...