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January 2012 Issue

25 Years Ago
1987. The Secretary of the U.S. Navy signed a cancellation order for the Navy Remote Ocean Sensing System due to escalating costs, which unconfirmed reports estimated to be $400 million. The system was to be the premier maritime sensing satellite for military and civilian use. ... The offshore oil industry was reported to have had its worst year yet in 1986, damaged by lower oil prices that prompted a dramatic slowdown of global exploration and development. ... Using new acoustic tomography techniques, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography had planned to measure Arctic water circulation.

15 Years Ago
1997. In response to a trend toward larger offshore support vessels, the American Bureau of Shipping introduced a revised edition of its small vessel rules, expanding the previous length limit of 61 meters to 90 meters. ... NOAA released the first comprehensive study of how nutrient inputs of nitrogen and phosphorus affect water quality in U.S. coastal regions. The study reviewed 16 key indicators of healthy coastal waters. ... A National Science Foundation report on research and development spending found that Europe was beginning to surpass the U.S. in the amount of funds spent on academic research.

10 Years Ago
2002. Northrop Grumman announced its acquisition of Newport News Shipbuilding Inc., forming the largest naval shipbuilder in the world. ... Ports along the Houston, Texas, shipping channel implemented additional security measures to reduce the risk of sabotage or terrorist acts. The Coast Guard established security zones, where vessels without permission were prohibited from entering. ... CDL Ltd. launched the first-ever line of sub-£20,000 ring laser gyrocompasses. The MicroRLG, weighing 5 kilograms and measuring 150 millimeters in diameter, was the world's smallest and lightest survey gyro, CDL said.


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