Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

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Expedition 36 Launch Countdown

NASA – An aircraft-shaped wind vane is seen in the foreground of this image of the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan.

Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA and Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. EDT (2:31 a.m., May 29, Kazakh time). Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and Parmitano will remain aboard the station until mid-November 2013. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Soyuz to the Launch Pad

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Kazakhstan.

Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, and Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg of NASA, are set to launch to the International Space Station Tuesday night Eastern U.S. time, Wednesday in Kazakh time. Yurchikhin, Nyberg, and, Parmitano, will remain aboard the station until mid-November Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Prosperity without power

By David Rohde – Economic liberalization has sparked vast economic changes in the BRIC nations – China, India, Russia and Brazil. A middle class that was once made up of government servants is now dominated by private-sector employees.

At the same time, government institutions that once provided the basics of life – education, healthcare and employment – are crumbling. Frustrated members of the middle class are demanding change, but traditional power holders, from Russia’s Vladimir Putin to India’s large political parties, remain entrenched. more> http://tinyurl.com/q5bksfn

Germany sees “revolution” if welfare model scrapped

By Ingrid Melander and Nicholas Vinocur – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Tuesday May 28) that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, while abandoning the continent’s welfare model in favor of tougher U.S. standards would cause “revolution“.

If U.S. welfare standards were introduced in Europe, “we would have revolution, not tomorrow, but on the very same day,” Schaeuble told a conference in Paris. more> http://tinyurl.com/pzasd2w

Updates from SIEMENS

Siemens’ innovative electric bus system unique in Europe


Siemens – In cooperation with the bus manufacturer Rampini, Siemens made Europe’s first fully electric buses in daily route operation a reality in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. The innovative concept and drive technology of the electric buses come from Siemens and ensure that vehicles emit no pollutants, since there is no local combustion process. The heart of the drive system is a Siemens electric motor. It functions as a generator and feeds braking energy, which would otherwise be lost as heat, directly back into the energy storage system.

The range of these purely electric buses is approximately 120 to 150 kilometers on a single charge and is dimensioned so that the vehicles are highly flexible and always have sufficient reserve power. The electrical bus obtains its energy at the terminal stops through a rooftop pantograph, using the power grid of the tram network. In bus route operation, rapid charging is completed within 10 to 15 minutes. At night there is slow charging of the energy storage system in the depot. more> http://tinyurl.com/ows7ypb

Updates on the web

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