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August 2011 Issue

25 Years Ago
1986. The U.K. Department of Trade and Industry asked the industry’s Underwater Engineering Group to evaluate the feasibility of operating unmanned underwater robots that could interpret their surroundings and decide how to carry out tasks. ... Floating Technology Ltd. completed detailed designs on its floating multiwell production system, which aimed to make economic development of large deepwater wells possible even at lower oil prices. ... Valmet Corp.’s shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, developed and tested a ducted propeller, a “new generation propulsion solution for arctic vessels,” to prevent large ice floes from blocking a propeller’s duct.

15 Years Ago
1996. NOAA created a prototype of the National Environmental Data Index, an online resource that drew data from the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Commerce, Energy and Interior as well as the EPA, NASA, the National Science Foundation and NOAA. ... The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Naval Research Laboratory developed a low-cost, expendable oceanographic mooring, XMOOR, which telemetered data in real time. ... Turbine manufacturer Vergnet installed the world’s first two offshore wind turbines on two unmanned gas recovery platforms in the North Sea off England’s east coast.

10 Years Ago
2001. The National Coast Guard Museum Association launched a program to raise $30 million to fund and build the U.S. Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut. ... The U.S. House of Representatives voted 265 to 157 to approve a measure that barred new oil drilling in the Great Lakes. ... The National Research Council found in its report that a more science-based approach was needed to implement the 1972 Clean Water Act and federal efforts to clean up U.S. waters. ... The Southwest Research Institute made available for testing a new deepwater ocean simulator designed to model depths of more than 13,000 feet.



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