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Δευτέρα, 17 Νοεμβρίου 2014

Russia to build its own space station

During the coming years, Russia may begin deploying its own high-latitude space station, Kommersant newspaper wrote with reference to a source close to the administration of the Central Research Institute of Machine Engineering. The construction of the station in orbit, the newspaper wrote, is a key aspect of the project for the development of manned space exploration for the period up to 2050. 

At first, an anonymous source in the Federal Space Agency denied the information, saying that there was neither technical nor financial possibility for the realization of the idea. Later, however, deputy head of the agency Denis Lyskov said that there were "various options" considered. 

The project of the Federal Space Program does not provide for the deployment of a new space station in the years 2017-2019. Roscosmos will not be able to provide resources for such a project while implementing obligations under the project of the International Space Station (ISS), Interfax said with reference to a source in the space agency. "This is simply unfeasible both technically and financially," the source told the agency.
However, deputy head of the Federal Space Agency, Denis Lyskov, told TASS that Roscosmos was indeed considering various options to create a new national space station that could replace the ISS. "We are looking at different options, without being attached to one particular option," he said. Lyskov did not unveil any details of the project.
 
The Kommersant said that the Russian station would be built in the period from 2017 to 2019. The initial configuration will be formed on the basis of a multi-purpose laboratory and node modules, spacecraft OKA-T. Soyuz-MS and MS-Progress will maintain the operation of the station. In 2020-2024, energy and transformed modules used in the lunar program would be developed, the article said. According to Interfax, some orbital modules mentioned in the article were designed to supplement the Russian segment of the ISS.
"Roscosmos, as its leaders have repeatedly stated, is interested in extending the operation of the ISS at least before 2020. The resources for the Russian side to abide by obligations under the ISS program are stipulated in the Roscosmos budget. The project of a separate space station will require a much larger allocation of funds. The fact that they will be assigned in today's tense financial situation is unlikely," said the source......................http://english.pravda.ru/science/tech/17-11-2014/129053-russia_space_station-0/
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Τετάρτη, 23 Ιουλίου 2014

Rosneft to study Arctic’s fauna to protect it during oil exploration

Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft will monitor marine fauna in the Northern Sea Route in 2014 in a bid to preserve marine life during oil exploration, the company’s press release says.

“The objective of the said studies is collection of data on marine fauna in Rosneft License Areas with a view to building a complete and detailed picture of the baseline environment state and developing a set of environmental controls to be applied during hydrocarbons exploration and production,” Rosneft said in a press release released Wednesday.


Rosneft and ExxonMobil’s joint Arctic Research Center will be charged with organizing the study. The monitoring activities will be conducted on two icebreakers and the research will cover the animals, birds and mammals of northern seas.

The company outlined a set of surveys to be performed, including “marine mammal activity monitoring and registration throughout daylight hours,” “monitoring and registration of other marine animal species' activity,” and “keeping record of visual observations of marine mammals and their activity.”

The survey activities are planned in all northern seas of the Arctic.

In 2011, Rosneft and ExxonMobil signed a strategic cooperation agreement for joint development of the three East Prinovozemelsky blocks in the Kara Sea. As part of the partnership, the Arctic Research and Design Center for Offshore Developments (ARC) joint venture was established to focus on research and development, and to become Russia's first center capable of tackling the difficulties Rosneft will face when exploring shelf deposits.

Earlier this month, ARC and The Marine Mammals Council, a public organization, called entered in a research and development contract for staging polar bear studies in the areas of potential hydrocarbon development projects.
 http://indian.ruvr.ru

23/7/14
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Πέμπτη, 26 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Syria signs offshore oil deal with Russian firm...

Syria’s government said Wednesday it had signed an oil and gas deal with a Russian company, prompting claims from the Syrian opposition that Damascus is “swapping the country’s riches for Russian weapons”.

The agreement was signed by Syrian Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas and the Russian Soyuzneftegaz company, allows for the first-ever exploration off the war-ravaged country’s Mediterranean coast.

The exploration will cover an area of 2,190 square kilometres (850 square miles) off the Mediterranean port city of Tartous, where Russia also has a military base.


Damascus said the exploration would be financed by Russia to the tune of $100 million over the next 25 years.

Blighted industry

The deal is a boost for the Syrian government, which has lost control over roughly half of the country’s territory, including most of its oil fields.

Through war and sanctions, Syria's oil production has plummeted by 90 percent since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.

“Soyuzneftegaz will start working soon after the contract is signed. The company will not follow the unfair economic sanctions imposed on oil fields especially, as well as on all economic sectors in Syria,” Syria’s Oil Minister Suleiman Abbas told reporters.

‘Oil for weapons’

  • The agreement between Moscow and Damascus was swiftly denounced by Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC).

In a statement published on Thursday, the CNS slammed a deal “which aims to swap the riches of our homeland for Russian weapons destined to kill the Syrian people”. Despite the escalating violence in Syria, Moscow has continued to supply weapons to its Syrian ally and repeatedly thwarted attempts to take action against the Assad regime at the UN Security Council.

france24.com
26/12/13
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Κυριακή, 22 Δεκεμβρίου 2013

Japan's largest oil companies set to explore the Arctic

Japan's largest oil companies Inpex and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration are getting ready to carry out geological exploration of the Arctic.
If they are successful, these companies will become the first Japanese corporations to produce oil in this region.

The geological survey will be carried out on the territory of Greenland.



For Japan, which has almost no natural resources of its own, exploration and production of oil in the Arctic will help the country to lower its dependency on other countries for energy resources.

At present, almost all the oil consumed in Japan is imported from other countries, with 80% of the imports from the Middle East alone.
 http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2013_12_22/Japans-largest-oil-companies-set-to-explore-the-Arctic-1610/

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Τρίτη, 28 Μαΐου 2013

China deep sea exploration vessel sets sail

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China’s most advanced deep sea exploration vessel, the "Ocean 6" has set sail for the Pacific Ocean. 

96 scientists will be on board, the biggest number of personnel ever for such a mission. 

On its 160 day voyage, the vessel will reach destinations such as Guam and Hawaii. It will explore mineral resources in the seabed and will also conduct geographic and sea biology studies. 

"Ocean 6" was designed and manufactured in China. Compared to other vessels of its kind, "Ocean 6" is bigger, safer, and provides a more comfortable living environment for the research team.

Haiyang-6, a Chinese research vessel, is seen at a dock in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, May 28, 2013. An expedition team of 96 members aboard Haiyang-6 set out for the Pacific Ocean Tuesday to carry out a five-month survey on undersea mineral resources. (Xinhua/Liang Zhiwei)
Wang Fei (L), director of China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association, confers a flag to a team member beside Haiyang-6, a Chinese research vessel, at a dock in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, May 28, 2013. An expedition team of 96 members aboard Haiyang-6 set out for the Pacific Ocean Tuesday to carry out a five-month survey on undersea mineral resources. (Xinhua/Liang Zhiwei)

Παρασκευή, 1 Μαρτίου 2013

‘Intrigue’ Persists in Hunt for Antarctic Subglacial Life

MOSCOW, March 1 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) – Russian researchers have successfully obtained ice samples from the ancient Lake Vostok in the Antarctic, but said on Friday it would take months to clarify whether life exists in the fossil water below the 3.5-kilometer (2.2 mile) high glacier.
“Let’s maintain the intrigue a little longer,” Vladimir Lipenkov, a climatologist at Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, quipped at a RIA Novosti press conference.

The ice samples are currently on the research vessel Akademik Fyodorov, which will return to St. Petersburg from the Southern hemisphere in May, Lipenkov said. Analysis of the samples will then start, with results published in late 2013 or early next year, he said.
Lake Vostok, the largest subglacial lake in the Antarctic, may contain unique microscopic lifeforms that evolved after it was isolated from the outside world by the ice sheet 18 million years ago, Lipenkov said at a conference in St. Petersburg, broadcast to Moscow via videolink.
Russian researchers have been drilling to reach the lake since 1995, completing the borehole last year. However, the drilling season is short due to the harsh weather conditions in the area – Lake Vostok is situated at the southern Pole of Cold – and the research team was only able to collect samples of surface water from the lake that froze in the borehole in January 2013.
No lifeforms are currently known which would be capable of surviving in environment such as in the Lake Vostok, where the concentration of oxygen is 50 times higher than in ordinary water, Lipenkov said.
Preliminary analysis of early samples of surface water from the lake, published late last year, found no traces of any unique bacteria. But microorganisms may be living closer to the bottom, next to thermal springs which may be there, Lipenkov said.
The next step in the research will be obtaining water samples from below the surface of the lake, which has an average depth of more than 300 meters (980 feet), and then drill for bottom sediments, said drilling expert Nikolai Vasilyev.
That task will be harder than obtaining samples of lunar and Martian soil, said Vasilyev, a researcher with the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg, which oversees the drilling operations at Lake Vostok.
The expedition at Russia’s Vostok Station above the lake was cleared by the international Committee for Environmental Protection to continue its research through 2018, said Valery Lukin, the head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition.
Russia allotted about 1.1 billion rubles ($35 million) to support Antarctic research in 2012, with 465 million rubles ($15 million) of that sum spent on Vostok Station, Lukin said at the conference.
The station, established in 1957, is one of five Russian year-round bases in the Antarctic. It is tentatively scheduled for a major revamp of its facilities starting 2014, Lukin said.
The Antarctic remains one of the least explored places on the planet, and as such, continues to thrill researchers and explorers. Caving in to temptation, even Russian President Vladimir Putin – known for his flamboyant exploits such as flying with migratory birds in a hang-glider and diving to the bottom of Lake Baikal in a submersible – announced in January plans to tour Russia’s stations on the southern continent sometime in 2013.
Some theories about the mysteries of the Antarctic are quite far-fetched: An oft-cited story claims a secret Nazi base was established there in 1943 to store Hitler’s secret files and DNA for cloning purposes. The story was never confirmed by historians, but continues to thrill conspiracy theorists.
The real mysteries of the Antarctic have to do with life under extreme conditions, which are similar to those found outside the Earth, Lukin said. Jupiter’s moon Europa is believed to house an ocean of liquid water under an outer core of ice, similar to Lake Vostok – and if the latter proves to contain life, this may imply similar discoveries on Europa.
“I’d compare it to space research,” Lukin said of Antarctic exploration. “Understanding of the subglacial environment expands human knowledge, the same as studying other objects of the Solar System.”
.rian.ru
1/3/13
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Τετάρτη, 20 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Bulgaria Govt Extends Oil, Gas Exploration Permit of Melrose Resources

Bulgaria's government has extended the oil and gas exploration permit of Scottish Melrose Resources for the Galata field in the Black Sea block by 166 days.
The oil and gas exploration permit was awarded to Melrose Resources in 2011, according to a media statement of the press office of the Council of Ministers.
Melrose Resources undertakes to conduct exploration activities in compliance with the working program approved by the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism during the extension of the permit.

According to the press office of the government, another decision passed Wednesday allows a partial transfer of rights an obligations stemming from the 2012 oil and gas exploration permit for Block 1-21 Han Asparuh by Total E&P Bulgaria B.V. to its partners in the consortium, as a result of which OMV Offshore Bulgaria GMbH and Repsol Bulgaria B.V. receive 30% stakes and Total E&P Bulgaria retains a 40% stake.

 http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=148050
20/2/13
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Δευτέρα, 20 Αυγούστου 2012

Κύπρος: Οι έρευνες του αμερικανικού ερευνητικού σκάφους «Ναυτίλος» δεν σχετίζονται με αυτές στην κυπριακή ΑΟΖ

Οι έρευνες που διεξάγει το αμερικανικό ερευνητικό σκάφος «Ναυτίλος»[1] στο υποθαλάσσιο βουνό «Ερατοσθένης», περίπου 60 μίλια από τις δυτικές ακτές της Πάφου, δεν έχουν καμία σχέση με τις έρευνες που διεξάγει η Κύπρος στην Αποκλειστική Οικονομική της Ζώνη για τα θέματα κοιτασμάτων, δήλωσε ο υπουργός Εμπορίου, Βιομηχανίας και Τουρισμού Νεοκλής Συλικιώτης.
Το αμερικανικό ερευνητικό σκάφος «Ναυτίλος» ενδεχομένως να διεξάγει έρευνες σχετικά με ουράνιο, είπε ο κ. Συλικώτης.
Ο Κύπριος υπουργός δήλωσε ότι η Κύπρος έχει συμβόλαια και προγράμματα με διάφορες εταιρείες που κάνουν τις μελέτες και παίρνουν σεισμογραφικά δεδομένα.
20/8/12
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[1] Nautilus Live Theater

Dr. Robert Ballard’s deep-sea explorations come alive through September 1, 2012, at Mystic Aquarium's Nautilus Live Theater. This 50-seat, state-of-the-art theater space transports visitors to the unknown depths of the world’s oceans. Join Dr. Ballard and the Corps of Exploration aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as they explore Earth’s last great uncharted territory.
When the E/V Nautilus is at sea, telepresence technology brings live video and two-way ship-to-shore communications to the Nautilus Live Theater. You’ll have a front-row seat as the Corps of Exploration searches for undiscovered natural wonders and lost chapters of human history in the deep-water regions of the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas off the coast of Turkey and Cyprus.
Live shows connect with E/V Nautilus daily at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Free show tickets are distributed at the information booth at the front of the aquarium on a first-come, first-serve basis............mysticaquarium.org

Δευτέρα, 13 Αυγούστου 2012

ΚΥΠΡΟΣ: Υποθαλάσσιες έρευνες στα ανοικτά της Πάφου

Έρευνες για λογαριασμό της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας θα αρχίσει εντός των ημερών στη θάλασσα της Πάφου το αμερικανικό ωκεανογραφικό σκάφος «Ναυτίλος», σύμφωνα με την κρατική τηλεόραση του ΡΙΚ.
Το πλήρωμα του σκάφους θα αναζητήσει βιολογικά και άλλα δεδομένα στο θαλάσσιο βουνό Ερατοσθένης, 60 μίλια από τις ακτές της Πάφου.
Επικεφαλής της ομάδας των επιστημόνων θα είναι ο Ρόμπερτ Μπάλαρντ, ο άνθρωπος που ανακάλυψε τον «Τιτανικό» και το γερμανικό θωρηκτό «Βίσμαρκ».

Στο σκάφος, το οποίο βρίσκεται από τις αρχές Ιουλίου στην περιοχή της Ανατολικής Μεσογείου για εντοπισμό αρχαίων ναυαγίων και υποθαλάσσιων ηφαιστείων, επιβαίνουν βιολόγοι, γεωλόγοι και ωκεανογράφοι, καθώς και λειτουργός του Τμήματος Γεωλογικής Επισκόπησης, στον οποίο θα κοινοποιούνται τα αποτελέσματα των ερευνών.
Διαθέτει επίσης δύο σύγχρονα τηλεχειριζόμενα υποβρύχια ρομπότ, τα οποία μπορούν να επιχειρούν σε βάθος μέχρι και τεσσάρων χιλιομέτρων.
Το σκάφος πρόσφατα χρησιμοποιήθηκε για τον εντοπισμό και την ανάσυρση του αεροσκάφους της τουρκικής αεροπορίας το οποίο κατερρίφθη κοντά στις ακτές της Συρίας.
Οι έρευνές του στη θαλάσσια περιοχή της Κύπρου θα διαρκέσουν μέχρι τα τέλη Αυγούστου.
Πηγή: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ 
13/8/12
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Nautilus Live Theater

Dr. Robert Ballard’s deep-sea explorations come alive through September 1, 2012, at Mystic Aquarium's Nautilus Live Theater. This 50-seat, state-of-the-art theater space transports visitors to the unknown depths of the world’s oceans. Join Dr. Ballard and the Corps of Exploration aboard the Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus as they explore Earth’s last great uncharted territory.
When the E/V Nautilus is at sea, telepresence technology brings live video and two-way ship-to-shore communications to the Nautilus Live Theater. You’ll have a front-row seat as the Corps of Exploration searches for undiscovered natural wonders and lost chapters of human history in the deep-water regions of the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas off the coast of Turkey and Cyprus.
Live shows connect with E/V Nautilus daily at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Free show tickets are distributed at the information booth at the front of the aquarium on a first-come, first-serve basis............mysticaquarium.org

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