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Arctic campaign to monitor space weather impact
01 June 2017

Photograph kindly provided by www.efficiensea2.org ©

The European project EfficienSea2 has joined forces with Royal Arctic Line to complete the first-ever test of how space weather in the Arctic region influences the full range of a vessel's communication channels.
When shipping companies deliver cargoes across the world, they depend on a broad range of communications equipment to ensure safe passage and reliable links at sea. The scope of these systems is certain to grow in the future and increase safety in the maritime world.
It does, however, pose a risk with regard to the phenomena of space weather, explained Jean-Jacques Valette, Space Systems Engineer at Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), a partner in the EU funded EfficienSea2 project running a test to measure the impact of space weather. He said: 'A full understanding of how space events affect our communication methods is essential. The more dependent we become on satellite communications, the more crucial it becomes to prepare for the effects of an outburst of disruptive energy and ejected particles from the sun.'

David Page FRIN (1929-2016) †
27 October 2016

It is with great sadness that we report that David Page FRIN has died at the age of 86.
David was unique in that he had been a professional navigator both at sea and in the air, as a Master Mariner, holder of Pilot and Flight Navigator licences and authorised Navigator Flight Test Examiner.
At the age of 16 he joined the Merchant Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve, ultimately becoming a Master Mariner.
In 1957, however, he moved to the air by joining Air Charter Ltd, British United Airways and then British Caledonian as a flight navigator, becoming the latter's Chief Navigator. For over 30 years he oversaw the practical navigation of fleets of aircraft ranging from the piston-engined Avro Tudor and Douglas DC-4 to the Airbus A-320 and Boeing B-747. His responsibilities included route planning and proving, specifying performance, aircraft evaluation and the introduction of computers.
This involved the introduction of navigation aids such as Loran-C, Decca, Dectra, doppler, Omega, inertial systems, satnav, area-nav, performance management and the adoption of CAT III landing operations.

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