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HMS Queen Elizabeth sea trials
02 November 2017

HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed on 30 October from Portsmouth Naval Base for the next set of sea trials to test the £3 billion ship's capability. She is expected to be at sea for this month and will be delivered to the Royal Navy by the end of the year. - photo MoD Crown Copyright 2017 ©

On 30 October HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time since arriving at her home port in August. The Royal Navy's future flagship has embarked on the next set of sea trials to test her capability.
Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base, Captain Bill Oliphant said: 'HMS Queen Elizabeth has been in Portsmouth Naval Base for two months of planned maintenance to allow her to sail to complete her sea trials today (30 October). This period at sea will mark an extremely significant milestone in the life of the ship leading towards her acceptance into the Royal Navy at her commissioning later this year, back in her home port of Portsmouth.'


NAV CANADA reports September traffic figures
19 October 2017

Traffic figures for the month of September 2017 were announced from Ottawa on 16 October by NAV CANADA. These monthly figures are measured in weighted charging units for en route, terminal and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the prior fiscal year.
Air traffic in September 2017 increased by an average of 5.4% compared to the same month in 2016. September represents the first month of NAV CANADA's fiscal year which runs from 1 September to 31 August.


Galileo launch progress
23 October 2011

On 21st October the first pair of satellites for Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system was launched into orbit by a Russian Soyuz vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, creating a milestone mission, reported ESA.

The Soyuz VS01 flight, operated by Arianespace, started with liftoff from the new launch complex in French Guiana at 1030 GMT (1230 CEST) on 21st October. All of the Soyuz stages performed perfectly and the Fregat-MT upper stage released the Galileo satellites into their target orbit at 23 222 km altitude, 3 hours 49 minutes after liftoff.


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