Australia red-flags Huawei’s Chinese undersea cable project – an annotated infographic

An undersea cable project by China’s Huawei, aimed at delivering internet to the Solomon Islands, has been banned from connecting to Australia’s broadband network on the advice of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Instead, Canberra will majority-fund the US$85 to $100 million project. The plan, which was to connect the Solomons and Papua New Guinea to Sydney via a 4,500-kilometre submarine fibre optic cable laid by a U.S.-British firm, had the backing of the Asian Development Bank for a $23 million loan. But in July 2016, the Solomons government abruptly switched to a subsidiary of Chinese telecom giant Huawei. … Continue reading Australia red-flags Huawei’s Chinese undersea cable project – an annotated infographic

World’s worst submarine disasters remembered, as Argentine submarine rescue mission hopes fade – an annotated infographic

With a submarine crewed by 44 sailors still missing off the coast of Argentina, we recall 10 of the worst submarine disasters in history, all from the last few decades. The Argentine ARA San Juan submarine, with 44 crew on board, disappeared 430km (270 miles) off the Argentine coast last Wednesday after reporting a mechanical breakdown. The US Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command hopes to deploy a Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) in an attempt to rescue the crew members. The PRM is operated remotely by a crew on a ship. It can descend to 610 metres (2,000 feet) and can carry … Continue reading World’s worst submarine disasters remembered, as Argentine submarine rescue mission hopes fade – an annotated infographic

Yamal LNG set to deliver gas via Arctic to China

Russia is to officially launch the first phase of its liquefied natural gas facility on the Yamal Peninsula above the Arctic Circle. At full capacity, the Yamal facility will be able to produce 16.5 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas a year, delivered to Europe and Asia by 15 purpose-built ships capable of breaking through two-metre-thick Arctic ice. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Yamal LNG set to deliver gas via Arctic to China

.@BellHelicopter V-280 Valor tiltrotor #helicopter for #USArmy ready to take first flight – an annotated infographic

Bell Helicopter’s advanced V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype, developed to replace the US Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters, is scheduled to make its maiden flight before the end of 2017. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading .@BellHelicopter V-280 Valor tiltrotor #helicopter for #USArmy ready to take first flight – an annotated infographic

Europe-wide new car sales since January 2017 – automotive industry on the up – an annotated infographic

Over the first nine months of 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive in the EU and EFTA (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), with more than 12 million new vehicles registered – an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. Car sales fell in September, dragged down by a 9.3 per cent fall in the UK, Europe’s second largest auto market, according to the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). The British fall, amid a weak pound and stalled Brexit talks, was the sixth straight monthly decline and the first contraction for September since 2011. Registrations … Continue reading Europe-wide new car sales since January 2017 – automotive industry on the up – an annotated infographic

Norway seeks “Tesla tax” on electric cars – an annotated infographic

Norway – a world leader in zero-emission vehicles – is proposing a one-off tax that will hit owners of large electric cars which have hitherto been exempt from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles. Norway’s capital of Oslo boasts bus-lane access for electric vehicles (EVs), recharging stations aplenty, free parking and toll-free travel for EVs. The initiative began in the 1990s as an effort to cut pollution, congestion and noise in urban centres. Now, its primary rationale is combating climate change. With 98 per cent of the country’s electricity coming from hydropower, Norway’s booming EV fleet leaves almost no carbon … Continue reading Norway seeks “Tesla tax” on electric cars – an annotated infographic