Space Systems/Loral Built QuetzSat-1 Satellite Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

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Procured by SES, QuetzSat-1 is a high-power communications satellite with coverage of Mexico, North America, and Central America, which is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and will be used in part by Dish Mexico, an EchoStar joint venture, for Direct-To-Home (DTH) services in Mexico. The Ku-band satellite is scheduled for launch in 2011 and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more. Based on the flight-proven SS/L 1300 satellite platform, which provides flexibility for a broad range of applications, the satellite will be located at 77 degrees West

PALO ALTO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — 09/30/11 — Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) (NASDAQ: LORL), the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the QuetzSat-1 satellite, procured by SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays early this morning, following yesterday’s successful launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Tomorrow, it will begin the first of several thruster firings to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.

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Angle lifeboat tows two vessels to safety

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First call-out: RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat tows the fishing vessel to Milford on 20 September. (Credit RNLI Angle)

Date: 23/09/2011

Author: Ted Goddard, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Two call-outs within 19 hours saw RNLI Angle’s Tamar class all-weather lifeboat tow a fishing vessel and yacht to safety.

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RMS Titanic, 1902-12 (Olympic Class), Owner’s Workshop Manual

B1656In the manual, over 200 high-grade illustrations help to explain all of the features of the Titanic and her construction. Although the reader may wonder at the sub title of Owners’ Workshop Manual, but the Haynes format is fully vindicated as a unique contribution to the fund of knowledge now available on what was the major tragedy of the Edwardian period.

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Motor Boat Manual

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This book from Haynes is immediately recommended because of the reputation the publisher has established for well-illustrated practical manuals. The author is aided by the fact that the best motor boat manual yet written has been out of print for decades and because of its age the surviving copies do not cover recent developments in motor boating, particularly in the development of marine electronics and GPS navigation. As a new book, the subject is up to date and likely to remain reasonably current for several years,

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North Sea Battleground, The War at Sea 1914-18

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The author recounts the development of coastal forces spread along the British East coast, the development of mine laying and sweeping, the German bombardment raids and the British commando raids on Belgian ports. There are many books, in print and out of print, that have covered naval warfare in the North Sea from 1914 to 1918. This book provides a comprehensive coverage of the North Sea battleground and is an excellent source of information. A useful addition to an existing library of Anglo-German naval warfare and an ideal starting point for any reader wishing to study this aspect of the Great War.

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LINUX, Everything you need to get started with Ubuntu Linux

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This book is well written and illustrated, benefiting from the high production standard achieved by the publisher, and a very welcome coverage of the Linux operating system and associated topics. The book claims to offer everything necessary to getting started with Ubuntu Linux and this is a reasonable claim. The great feature of Ubuntu Linux is that most users will be able to do everything they ever wanted, without writing a line of code. This book, a computer and a copy of Ubuntu will open a new world without requiring any deep technical knowledge. In several respects it will require less time and energy than computers running Microsoft or Mac operating systems. All of that and its free of charge!!

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The Hidden Threat, the story of mines and minesweeping by the Royal Navy in World War I

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From his account it can be seen that fishing vessels made rapidly converted minelayers, already being equipped to sweep for fish with nets and trawls. Warships, even large warships, were routinely equipped with mine sweeps. The final clear up in peacetime displayed one serious weakness of mine warfare. North Sea coasts continue to see sea mines washed ashore, some mines being from WWI. Maps of minefields were lost or inaccurate and storms broke mines from their moorings. Some of these antiques of mine warfare are still dangerous explosive devices and all have to be treated as active, being taken by bomb disposal teams to a safe area and detonated by placing new explosives against them. An intriguing book, well-researched and written, which covered a topic that is probably not present in even well stocked bookshelves.

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