New Zealand’s new dive support vessel gets Cougar XT ROV

first_img View post tag: ROV View post tag: HMNZS Resolution HMZS Resolution is scheduled to be delivered to Devonport Naval Base in May 2019. It will feature a 100t salvage crane and a contemporary dynamic positioning system which will allow Navy’s specialist divers to achieve greater levels of effectiveness and safety, in a greater range of conditions.The New Zealand Navy was initially scheduled to receive a custom, new-build vessel but an NZ$148 million cost blowout in the country’s frigate upgrade project forced the government to consider a used vessel.Defense officials identified the MV Edda Fonn, owned and operated by Norwegian company Østensjø Rederi, as the most suitable option from an initial list of over 150 candidate offshore and subsea support vessels.Once delivered, final modifications will be undertaken in New Zealand. It is expected that New Zealand industry will be involved in this part of the project. The ship is expected to be in service with the Navy by November 2019.The NZ$103 million project budget is for the purchase, modifications and introduction into service. Photo: The ship is expected to be in service with the RNZN by November 2019. Photo: New Zealand Defence Force The Royal New Zealand Navy’s new multi-purpose support vessel will receive the Saab Seaeye Cougar XT underwater robotic vehicle before it is transferred to New Zealand.Norway-based Østensjø Rederi is contracted to deliver the future HMZS Resolution (formerly known as ‘Edda Fonn’) to the New Zealand Ministry of Defence in 2019 with an integrated ROV and dive system amongst its upgrades.The ROV system that will be delivered by Saab includes a control room and a launch and recovery system (LARS).The ability to safely launch the Cougar in sea states specified by the Royal New Zealand Navy mandated the positioning of LARS inside the vessel, with the Cougar launched from a mezzanine deck inside the vessel’s ROV hangar.Along with the LARS, the complete system includes a standard Cougar XT with minor modification to include three cameras and sonar system, together with its tether management system and three individual tool skids with manipulators, cutters and water jetting system.Saab photo of the Cougar XT ROVcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Saab View post tag: RNZNlast_img read more

NASA must reinvest in nanotechnology research according to new Rice University paper

first_imgShare1David [email protected] [email protected] must reinvest in nanotechnology research, according to new Rice University paperMatthews, Evans, Moloney and Carey: Nanotechnology will be critical to future missionsHOUSTON – (Oct. 16, 2012) – The United States may lose its leadership role in space to other countries unless it makes research and development funding and processes — especially in nanotechnology — a renewed and urgent priority, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.The paper, “NASA’s Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future Challenges,” investigates how NASA has both guided and defunded cutting-edge nanotechnology development since 1996 at its own research facilities and in its collaborations with university scientists and laboratories. The research was conducted by a team at Rice that included Baker Institute science and technology policy fellow Kirstin Matthews, current Rice graduate student Kenneth Evans and former graduate students Padraig Moloney and Brent Carey. The paper sheds light on a broad field that holds tremendous potential for improving space flight by reducing the weight of spacecraft and developing smaller and more accurate sensors.This area of research, however, saw a dramatic cutback from 2004 to 2007, when NASA reduced annual nanotechnology R&D expenditures from $47 million to $20 million. NASA is the only U.S. federal agency to scale back investment in this area, the authors found, and it’s part of an overall funding trend at NASA. From 2003 to 2010, while the total federal science research budget remained steady between $60 billion and $65 billion (in constant 2012 dollars), NASA’s research appropriations decreased more than 75 percent, from $6.62 billion to $1.55 billion.The authors argue that the agency should restructure, refocus and strengthen its R&D programs.“The United States currently lacks a national space policy that ensures the continuity of research and programs that build on existing capabilities to explore space, and that has defined steps for human and robotic exploration of low-Earth orbit, the moon and Mars,” Matthews said. “With Congress and the president wrestling over the budget each year, it is vital that NASA present a clear plan for science and technology R&D that is linked to all aspects of the agency. This includes connecting R&D, with nanotechnology as a lead area, to applications related to the agency’s missions.”The authors said that to effectively engage in new technology R&D, NASA should strengthen its research capacity and expertise by encouraging high-risk, high-reward projects to help support and shape the future of U.S. space exploration“Failure to make these changes, especially in a political climate of flat or reduced funding, poses substantial risk that the United States will lose its leadership role in space to other countries — most notably China, Germany, France, Japan and Israel — that make more effective use of their R&D investments,” Matthews said.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Matthews, Evans, Moloney or Carey, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.Related materials:“NASA’s Relationship with Nanotechnology: Past, Present and Future Challenges” paper: www.bakerinstitute.org/policyreport54.Kirstin Matthews bio: http://bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/kmatthews.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsFounded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute sponsors more than 20 programs that conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more