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Japan eyes building its own GPS system

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

 Japan is considering launching new satellites to establish its own global positioning system (GPS) in a bid to reduce its reliance on the US navigation network, officials said on Wednesday.

In September, Japan launched a rocket carrying its first satellite intended to improve GPS systems widely used by Japanese motorists for navigation as well as by aviation and maritime operators.

The government’s space development strategy headquarters, headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, is now discussing plans to launch additional satellites, said an official.

“There is a proposal that our country should secure its own GPS as it is now fully relying on the US system,” the official said.

“The new system may also open our opportunity for marketing GPS services to other Asian countries,” he said, adding that the government plans to reach a final decision by August.

A Japanese rocket takes off carrying satellites at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima prefecture in the south of the country

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported on Wednesday that Japan had decided to launch six to seven new satellites to establish its own GPS system by 2014 and 2015 to cover the entire Asia-Pacific region.

By using both the new satellites and American GPS in combination, Japan could raise the degree of precision of car navigation systems 10-fold, the mass-circulation said.

The government plans to charge private GPS operators some 13 billion yen (158 million dollars) per year for using the system as it would cost more than 200 billion yen to launch six satellites, it said.

Source: SGGP

Over 7,200 public, private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

Over 7,200 public and private hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City do not have standard wastewater treatment systems, the Department of Health has reported.

These medical clinics have only rudimentary systems at the best and discharged their wastewater into septic tanks, which are then released into the sewerage system.

The old waste water treatment facilities of the Traumatic Orthopedic Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Over 7,200 public and private hospitals do not have wastewater treatment system or the old facilities can’t meet the increase in usage

Approximately 45 central, city and district hospitals and private clinics, have not improved their wastewater treatment systems and the old systems cannot satisfy the increase in usage. The wastewater system is overloaded.

Hospitals said they are short of skill personnel in dealing with the issue, while the relevant agencies have yet to penalize any hospital or clinic that do not meet the requirements of a modern waste treatment system.

However, the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment has fined the Mental Hospital in District 5. The hospital was fined VND6 million and was forced to quickly construct a modern standard wastewater treatment facility.

Hospitals in the city have dumped thousands cubic meters of wastewater into the river environments every day.

Source: SGGP

Fujitsu, Boeing to develop aircraft maintenance tag system

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 5:27 am

TOKYO, Dec 17, 2010 (AFP) – Computer giant Fujitsu Ltd. on Friday announced an accord with Boeing Co. to jointly create a smart-tag-based aircraft parts management system designed to help airlines reduce maintenance costs.

The two companies plan to launch the system in the first quarter of 2012 for Boeing and other makes of aircraft, the Japanese firm said in a statement.

Fujitsu is in charge of manufacturing the smart tags, which will be attached to some 2,000 aviation parts including life vests to record data such as their life spans, maintenance history and scheduled replacement dates.

The data can be read instantly to help identify parts and equipment that need to be serviced or replaced, a Fujitsu spokesman said.

“According to our study, the system is expected to reduce overall maintenance costs by some 15 percent” by enabling airlines to keep parts inventories at airports at ideal levels, the spokesman said.

Fujitsu and Boeing hope to sign up about 10 customers in the first four years, implying sales of 20 billion yen (238 million dollars) for Fujitsu alone, he said.

Boeing and Fujitsu intend to pitch the system to Boeing’s rival, Europe’s Airbus, the Nikkei business daily said.

Major air carriers are spending 50-100 billion yen a year on maintenance of aviation parts, the daily reported.

Source: SGGP

NATO agrees on Europe-wide missile defence system

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

State Bank pours more capital into interbank system

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Low pressure system to bring downpours to central, southern Vietnam

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

A low pressure zone has formed off the south central coast and will cause medium to heavy rains in central and southern provinces, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said Monday.

Flooding on a street in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District at 1 AM on Oct. 11 caused by torrential rains and high tide (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

On Monday afternoon, the system was centered 10-12 degrees north latitude and 110-112 degrees east longitude, off the coast from Binh Dinh to Binh Thuan provinces.

The national weather bureau said that the low pressure system has led the southwesterly winds to intensify in the southern region. Ho Chi Minh City thus will be cloudy and rainy in the next few days.

Boats on the waters off the southern region should keep watch of thunderstorms and prone tornados.

Source: SGGP

Students build water system for ethnic people

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Students build water system for ethnic people

QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

Phu Yen Province Youth Union Committee has completed providing fresh water supply system into operation for local ethnic people in Son Hoa district.

The facility, with the investment of VND 86 million funded by Vietnam KCP Company Ltd, was built by volunteer students from the Banking University’s sub-institute in Phu Yen province and members of the Son Hoa district’s Youth Union during the voluntary summer campaign.

Thanks to the facility, water from a dam in the Hon Coi Mountain will flow through a filtering system to a 10 cubic meter tank before coming to each house. Thanks to this system, 53 households with 267 ethnic people in Tan Hoa hamlet, Son Hoi mountainous commune in the district, will have safe drinking water all around year.

Mr. Tran Huu The, Secretary to the province’s Youth Union, said that it took a long time for local residents to get fresh water during the dry season. The facility is one of the meaningful projects which young people have provided for people in remote areas.

Source: Tuoi Tre

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Space station drama as cooling system fails

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

US space officials planned emergency repairs Monday after a failure of the cooling system on the International Space Station that has forced astronauts to reroute power.

One of two cooling loops shut down Saturday night, triggering alarms throughout the orbiting station, which is manned by three Russian and three American astronauts.

NASA said the crew is not in any danger. But an attempt overnight to close the circuit breaker and restart the pump module that feeds the vital ammonia to the cooling system failed.

 NASA image shows the International Space Station in 2009.

Astronauts closed down two of the gyroscopes that position the station as they rerouted power from the Destiny Laboratory research module to keep the temperature system stable. One gyroscope was later put back on line.

“The station is in a stable configuration with most systems receiving cooling and many systems operating with redundancy following the installation of jumper cables from the Destiny Lab’s power system overnight,” NASA said.

“The crew is not in any danger and is monitoring systems and relaxing on an otherwise off duty day,” it added.

“Temperatures on the main bus switching units, which route power to various systems, are a little higher than normal, but well within normal parameters and are stable.”

Despite the reassurances, NASA approved a preliminary plan for two US astronauts, Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, to conduct a spacewalk to fetch a replacement pump module.

“Although a final decision on a new spacewalk plan is still pending engineering and timeline analysis, the most likely scenario would call for an initial spacewalk no earlier than Thursday by Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson to replace the pump module and structurally bolt it into place on the S1 truss, with an additional spacewalk by the duo two or three days later to mate fluid and electrical connections,” a statement said.

A briefing to discuss the latest developments and spacewalk replanning was scheduled for 2000 GMT Monday.

According to NASA figures, without thermal controls the ISS’s sun-facing side would roast at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (121 Celsius), while the outpost’s dark side would plunge to some minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit (-157 Celsius).

A statement posted some years ago on NASA’s website suggested: “There might be a comfortable spot somewhere in the middle of the Station, but searching for it wouldn’t be much fun!”

Before the module can be replaced, any residual ammonia must first be pumped out of the system, according to NASA.

Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson had already been scheduled for a spacewalk on Thursday to do routine maintenance work.

The ISS, which orbits 350 kilometers (220 miles) above Earth, is a sophisticated platform for scientific experiments, helping test the effects of long-term space travel on humans, a must for any trip to distant Mars.

Experts said that the incident could restart a months-long debate about NASA’s future.

The agency plans to retire its space shuttle fleet after two or three more missions – a move that has worried some lawmakers because NASA does not have an immediate replacement spacecraft.

Once the program ends, the United States will rely on Russia’s Soyuz rockets to carry its astronauts to the space station until a commercial US launcher can be developed. That is scheduled for 2015.

The delay has led some lawmakers, such as Representative Bill Posey of Florida, where the Kenndy Space Center is located, to call for the continuation of shuttle flights to ensure that the station can be stocked with crew and supplies until 2020.

Source: SGGP

Large investment for hydrometeorology system

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Large investment for hydrometeorology system

QĐND – Friday, July 02, 2010, 21:55 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has approved a 1.3 trillion VND (73.2 million USD) project to modernise the hydrometeorology observation network and forecasting system for the 2010-2012 period.

The project comprises five small projects, including a 342 billion VND plan to install 127 automatic meteorological stations in the north as well as rainfall measurement equipment at 25 gauging stations in the Red River and 412 others nationwide.

Another sub-project will install four weather radar and two radiosonde stations at a cost of 292 billion VND and a third project will equip meteorological stations with modern data transmission machines and database with an estimated budget of 294 billion VND.

The fourth project, to cost 151.8 billion VND, aims to modernise the hydrometeorology forecasting system and the last will build a coordinating centre for the sector at a cost of 262 billion VND.

Earlier, the Japanese Government has pledged to help Vietnam improve the rain and flood forecast and warning system in the northern region with a programme worth 2 billion JPY (22 million USD).

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Microsoft sticks up for Windows operating system

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Microsoft has publicly defended Windows in the face of unconfirmed reports that Google was shunning the operating system due to security concerns.

Google declined to respond to an AFP inquiry, saying only: “As a rule, we don’t comment on operational matters.”

Microsoft, however, felt that stories published in the Financial Times and elsewhere warranted a fast, firm rebuttal.

The logo of Microsoft’s Windows operating system is projected at a consumer electronics fair in Las Vegas. AFP photo

Unnamed sources at Google were quoted in the Times as saying that new hires at the US Internet colossus have been given the option of using Apple Macintosh computers or machines running on Linux open-source software.

Sanctioning moves away from Windows operating systems was described as part of a “security effort” triggered by an attack from China-based hackers that led to Google shutting down its filtered search engine in that country.

Google is also believed to be interested in shifting to a Chrome operating system it is building as a rival to Windows.

“There’s been some coverage overnight about the security of Windows and whether or not one particular company is reducing its use of Windows,” Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft said in a blog post at the technology giant’s website.

“We thought this was a good opportunity to set the record straight.”

LeBlanc touted Windows safeguards and noted that security concerns have also been aimed at software built by Google and Apple.

“When it comes to security, even hackers admit we’re doing a better job making our products more secure than anyone else,” he said.

“And it’s not just the hackers; third-party influentials and industry leaders like Cisco tell us regularly that our focus and investment continues to surpass others.”

Windows is the foundation of Microsoft’s global software empire.

Source: SGGP