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Save this picture!© Toshiyuki Yano from Nacasa&Partners Inc.+ 6 Share Japan Houses CopyHouses•Hiroshima-shi, Japan House in Gohara / Suppose Design Office ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/38791/house-in-gohara-suppose-design-office Clipboard CopyAbout this officeSuppose Design OfficeOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHiroshima-shiHouses3D ModelingJapanPublished on October 27, 2009Cite: “House in Gohara / Suppose Design Office” 27 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/257457/annandale-house-co-ap Clipboard Year: CopyHouses•Annandale, Australia Australia Save this picture!© Ross Honeysett+ 20 Share ArchDaily Photographs: Ross Honeysett Text description provided by the architects. The conceptual framework for this project is very much influenced by its context. The long narrow site is closely bounded by residential units to the south-west and the Piano Factory warehouse apartment conversion to the north. The west and east offer framed views to established trees and green streetscape respectively.Save this picture!PlanRecommended ProductsCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsTaking these issues into consideration, the new additions attach to the rear of the terrace and unfold along the length of the site, with new floor levels corresponding to the natural topography, resulting in a series of split levels and pocket courtyards with the eight-metre high stepped Piano Factory heritage wall along the northern boundary as their backdrop.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettThe selection of materials and finishes for the project were influenced by the strong presence of the Piano Factory brick wall. Existing painted masonry was stripped back to expose sandstock brickwork and compressed fibre cement sheet cladding was left raw. New ashlar render is also left unpainted, metal roof sheeting is galvanised and left to weather and patina with age. Steelwork is painted an ox-blood red colour, reminiscent of raw steelwork primer but also referencing a heritage palette.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettThe project has provided an opportunity to explore an alternative model for updating the inner-city two-storey terrace house. The constraints and opportunities provided by the site, the brief and council planning controls have generated a unique house which has a deep connection to its site and is ultimately a very functional and comfortable home.Save this picture!SectionsAs a family, the clients have always lived in dark, enclosed inner-city terraces. The alterations and additions to this new property have allowed them to enjoy a much more light-filled, open plan living arrangement where the garden is integral to the way the home is used.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettThe heavily shaded site gave the opportunity to explore the use of glazed elements differently. Inverting normal conventions, opening windows are solid panels and walls are clear glass, providing a visual connection to the courtyards. Sun-controlled skylights along the southern edge of the house capture daylight throughout the year. The glazed gallery hallway beside the main courtyard captures the winter sun and becomes a radiant heat sink for the rest of the house. The main bedroom angles away from the southern boundary to minimise overshadowing onto adjacent properties while also increases privacy and reducing overlooking issues.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettThe brief called for a separation of sleeping and living areas and also a delineation of ‘grown-up’ and ‘play’ areas. Creating opportunities for indoor-outdoor living was also an important issue.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettAll sleeping areas are contained within the existing 2-storey terrace part of the house. The living areas are divided and linked together by the pocket courtyards which enable as much integration or separation of these areas as required.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettResponsible adaptive re-use of an existing dwelling. We chose not to make major internal alterations to the existing terrace. Use of recycled material from the site. Installation of in-ground stormwater and rainwater tanks. External sun control to all glazing elements. Thermal mass in the new floors.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettDeveloping strong relationship to the neighbouring Piano Factory Heritage wall was a major design opportunity for this project. The house responds to the materiality and immensity of the wall by respectfully integrating it into the site. Responsible adaptive re-use of the existing terrace house. We chose not to make major internal alterations to the existing terrace which was useful for programming the sleeping areas into the existing rooms. Original exterior features of the terrace house was restored in keeping with the character of the immediate streetscape.Save this picture!SectionsProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse Awards 2012ArticlesadAPT NYC Request for ProposalsArticles Share Annandale House / CO-AP CopyAbout this officeCO-APOfficeFollowProductsGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAnnandaleHousesAustraliaPublished on July 27, 2012Cite: “Annandale House / CO-AP” 27 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 26, 2012 SHARE Farm Bill Commitment from House Majority Leader Source: NAFB News Service House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has reportedly committed to holding a vote on the 2012 Farm Bill during the lame duck session of Congress. Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow was pleased to hear the news – stating that America’s farmers, ranchers, small businesses and 16-million Americans employed in agriculture desperately need the certainty and disaster relief the farm bill provides. Stabenow notes the Senate passed its version of the farm bill in June with strong bipartisan support. The measure cuts more than 23-billion dollars. Stabenow hopes members of the House follows the Senate’s lead with a bipartisan approach to the legislation. According to Stabenow – it’s critical to finalize the farm bill before the beginning of next year when farm programs expire that would impact milk and food prices for families. Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bill Commitment from House Majority Leader Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleOil Futures Push Out Gain to Edge Above $86Next articleFrom Oven to Combine, Pizza Delivery to Farmers During Harvest Gary Truitt read more
NewsLimerick accountant to be sued over thefts and fraudBy Staff Reporter – July 25, 2016 1372 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Email Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Limerick Circuit CourtCOLD, cunning and calculated is how a judge described the deception carried out by a Limerick accountant who used money he stole to pay bills, upgrade his home and even buy a €3,500 piano.Kieran O’Halloran of Keelgrove, Ardnacrusha, who was given a three-year suspended sentence by Judge Tom O’Donnell at Limerick Circuit Court last Friday, has still to face legal actions by the clients he defrauded of up to €50,000 between September 2008 and April 2009.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 44-year-old separated father-of-three admitted stealing various amounts from Mullally Taverns and Racefield Catering. He was hired by the companies, who have common directors, in 2008 and while there was no formal contract, Mr O’Halloran was authorised to sign cheques, discharge invoices and pay bills.The company directors were alerted to financial irregularities after creditors complained they were not getting paid. Mr O’Halloran was challenged and admitted the thefts to Gardaí.In one instance, a cheque for €3,288 was diverted to Mr O’Halloran’s account despite the chequebook stub indicating it was used to pay rent due to the landlord. Another cheque for €3,500 was used by Mr O’Halloran to purchase a piano.Other cheques were used to discharge Mr O’Halloran’s personal debts and pay for home improvements with the total amount of the thefts falling just short of €50,000.Judge O’Donnell said while the amount was not insignificant, he had managed to pay back in the region of €35,000.The case involved ” an enormous amount Garda time”.The thefts and deceptions also sparked a revenue audit of Mullally Taverns and Racefield catering which revealed that books and financial records were in an “extremely chaotic state”.He was also hired as a bookkeeper for a hairdressing company where a cheque for €7,200, which was meant for the Revenue Commissioners, was diverted to his personal account.Matters only came to light when the company was informed that tax and VAT was outstanding and, as a result, fees and penalties had been imposed.He was also charged with dishonestly obtaining an €18,225 loan from KBC bank by forging the signature of a company director on the loan application. He submitted the director’s personal identification documents to accompany the loan application and drew down the money as payment for “professional fees”.The first the company director knew of the loan was when the bank wrote to him asking him to begin his repayments.Judge O’Donnell said that this was “a substantial breach of trust involving a substantial amount of money where Mr O’Halloran used “his skill set to perpetrate the offences” causing a great deal of stress to the company directors.“This behaviour was cold, calculated and cunning”.The thefts and breaches of trust resulted in a “loss of professional standing where Kieran O’Halloran now has a criminal record”.However, the fact that he admitted the offences avoided a trial which would have been a lengthy and complex matter for a jury to deliberate on.Imposing a three year suspended sentence, Judge O’Donnell commended Detective Donal Moynihan and his Garda colleagues on their hard work in resolving the case.After being told that civil cases were being taken the injured parties, he said that any money paid over by the defendant was without prejudice to the civil actions. Previous articleHistorical craic at CraggaunowenNext articleRugby – Ireland unveil new Canterbury jersey Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSKieran O’Halloranlimerick read more
Keddington, currently producing approximately 28 bbls of high-quality oil per day. (Credit: Pixabay/John R Perry) Union Jack Oil plc (AIM: UJO), a UK focused onshore hydrocarbon production, development and exploration company is pleased to announce the acquisition of an additional 35% economic interest in PEDL005(R) containing the producing Keddington Oilfield (“Keddington”) from Terrain Energy Limited (the “Acquisition”).Following completion of the Acquisition, Union Jack will hold a 55% economic interest in Keddington, with Egdon Resources plc (“Egdon” or the “Operator”) holding the remaining 45%.The consideration for the Acquisition is £200,000. In addition, Union Jack has assumed costs of £35,000 in relation to site activities from the effective economic date of the Acquisition, being 1 January 2020 (the “Economic Date”). The cost of the acquisition will be financed by existing cash resources. The Company will receive its increased share of Keddington production proceeds from the Economic Date. The Acquisition is subject to approval by the Oil & Gas Authority.KeddingtonKeddington, currently producing approximately 28 bbls of high-quality oil per day from Carboniferous age sandstone reservoirs, is located along the highly prospective East Barkwith Ridge, an east-west structural high on the southern margin of the Humber Basin.A detailed, in-depth subsurface review of the Keddington field and the surrounding licence area was conducted by Egdon and Union Jack during 2019, resulting in a fully audited and consistent data set that supports updated resource estimates generated by the Operator.These geological and geophysical studies indicate that potentially significant resources remain unswept at Keddington, highlighting an excellent opportunity to increase production volumes multi-fold by the drilling of a relatively inexpensive development well from the existing production site. The gross remaining Mean Contingent Resource at Keddington is 567,000 bbls of oil (311,000 bbls net to Union Jack).The Operator is finalising the assessment of potential in-fill drilling locations at Keddington with a view to targeting a side-track drilling location.The Keddington site lease has been extended until 2029. Current planning consent expires in 2058, with approval in place for the drilling of a further two wells.In addition to the unswept resources in Keddington, a near field exploration opportunity exists at Keddington South, which has a gross Mean Prospective Resource Volume of 635,000 bbls of oil (349,250 bbls net to Union Jack).As part of this Acquisition, the Company is also acquiring a 15% interest in PEDL339 into which the Louth Prospect, with a gross Mean Prospective Resource of 600,000 bbls of oil, extends from PEDL005(R). Significant additional Prospective Resources, both for oil and gas also exist over the licence areas and includes the North Somercotes Prospect.David Bramhill, Executive Chairman of Union Jack, commented:“This Acquisition is an inexpensive transaction and provides an immediate uplift in oil production, which will have a beneficial effect when consolidated into the production revenues generated from Fiskerton Airfield and the expected “first oil” from the Wressle development later in the year.“Keddington also contains major scope for expansion which could be achieved by drilling a relatively inexpensive development well from the existing Keddington site.“Union Jack’s other key projects remain on track, with news expected during the remainder of Q1 and Q2 in respect of:· The Extended Well Test at the West Newton A-2 discovery· Commencement of site works in preparation for the drilling of the West Newton B-1 well· Update in respect of achieving “first oil” from the Wressle discovery during H2 2020· Update in respect of Biscathorpe, where significant technical work has been undertaken to fully assess what Union Jack considers may become a significant project for the Joint Venture going forward“The Company continues to exercise strict financial discipline and is fully funded to cover all planned drilling and development commitments at West Newton, Wressle and Biscathorpe.“I look forward to reporting to shareholders in respect of progress of our principal projects in the near term.” Source: Company Press Release Union Jack’s interest in the Keddington Oilfield increases to 55% following completion read more
More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Email* Kent Farrington (USA) and Austria 2, owned by Take The High Road, LLC, set the tone as the first pair to return for the jump-off and could not be caught, making light work of the shortened track to take home top honors in the $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 CSI3* on Friday, January 29, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) during the 2021 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).There’s plenty of competition still to come in the International Arena this week at WEF, with the CaptiveOne Advisors 1.50m Classic to highlight Saturday’s schedule and Sunday afternoon’s $137,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI3*. Don’t miss a minute of the action with all feature classes available for free on the livestream. Competition continues through April 4th as part of the winter circuit in Wellington, Florida.A total of 84 combinations contested the opening round of the class, looking to punch their ticket into Sunday’s $137,000 NetJets Grand Prix CSI3*. With 15 qualifying and nine pairs electing to return for the jump-off round, the rider currently ranked seventh in the world displayed flawless execution as he and Austria 2 stopped the timers in a blistering 38.29 seconds.“I ride some very fast horses and Austria is one of the fastest, so if you’re going to go with her in the jump-off, she really only has one speed,” said Farrington of the talented 13-year-old Holsteiner mare by Casall x Corrado I. “I thought she was great today, and she looks ready to go for the season, so it was a great way for her to start.”The shortened track of eight obstacles set by Peter Grant (CAN) and Joey Rycroft (CAN), challenged riders with a combination of places to open up their stride and gallop along with opportunities to shave valuable time off the clock through efficient turns, ultimately leading to some incredibly quick efforts.“Those smaller horses, they gain confidence from working out of speed, especially when the jumps get bigger and wide,” he said. “They have to be comfortable jumping off a big gallop so it’s a good way to start her. There are tough competitors here as always and it’s never easy to win, so I’m happy to get the win today.”Laura Kraut (USA) finished just off the mark with her veteran partner Confu, a 14-year-old Holsteiner owned by St. Bride’s Farm, finishing less than a second and a half off the winning time in 39.79 seconds.Also putting forth a double clear effort was U.S. rider Adrienne Sternlicht aboard Bennys Legacy, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Starlight Farms, LLC, crossing the finish line in 41.04 seconds.While it’s still early in the season, Farrington has confidence he’s set up nicely for the duration of WEF, with a variety of horses to choose from as he continues to look for top results in the feature classes.“I have a mixed group here at WEF,” he said. “I have some older, very experienced horses that I’m going to work in and out of the season trying to keep them going but not overuse them here, just like I normally do. I also have some younger ones, and I’ll move them up and down depending on what they’re ready for”Earlier in the day, Laura Chapot (USA) and Calafornia won the $6,000 Bainbridge Companies 1.40m Jumpers. Finishing off the Friday afternoon schedule with a victory, it was Vanessa Hood (USA) and Lou Lou Vls taking home the blue ribbon in the $2,500 Lugano Diamonds High Amateur-Owner 1.40m Jumpers.Final Results: $37,000 Adequan® WEF Challenge Cup Round 31. AUSTRIA 2: 2008 Holsteiner mare by Casall x Corrado IKENT FARRINGTON (USA), Take The High Road, LLC: 0/0/38.292. CONFU: 2007 Holsteiner gelding by Contact Me x CambridgeLAURA KRAUT (USA), St. Bride’s Farm: 0/0/39.793. BENNYS LEGACY: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Lupicor x AcordiaADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms, LLC: 0/0/41.044. KASPER VAN HET HELLEHOF: 2010 BWP stallion by Emerald Van’t Ruytershof x Nabab de ReveMCLAIN WARD (USA), Poden Farms:0/0/41.805. CARLITO’S WAY 6: 2010 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x LordanosRODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Artemis Equestrian Farm, LLC: 0/0/41.956. DEZ OOKTOFF: 2008 Dutch Warmblood stallion by Colandro x FabiolaROBERTO TERAN TAFUR (COL), Roberto Teran Tafur: 0/0/46.807. SOUPER SHUTTLE: 2011 Hanoverian mare by Stakkato x Luise MarieCHLOE REID (USA), Live Oak Plantation, LLC: 0/4/42.578. VOLNAY DU BOISDEVILLE: 2009 Selle Français stallion by Winningmood x Copacabana IITEDDY VLOCK (ISR), Vlock Show Stables, LLC: 0/8/42.229. MTM VIVRE LE REVE: 2009 Westphalian gelding by Ustinov x Chello IIBRIAN MOGGRE (USA), Major Wager, LLC: 0/9/56.3310. KATANGA V/H DINGESHOF: 2012 BWP mare by Cardento 933 x Tabelle DIngeshof ZNICOLA PHILIPPAERTS (BEL), Nicola Philippaerts: 0/73.44 Tags: Kent Farrington, PBIEC, WEF, show jumping, Austria 2, WEF Challenge Cup Round 3 CSI3*, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Large university building works, like the new Blavatnik and Said buildings, may not improve students’ overall experience, a recent study by the Universities of Manchester and Kingston concluded.The paper, published earlier this month, focussed on technological innovation and flexible teaching spaces. It criticised universities for prioritising their income over improvements to the quality of teaching, quoting that UK universities spent £2.5 billion on their estates in the year 2014-15.Following with this trend, Oxford colleges and faculties continue to invest in new buildings and extensions. St Hilda’s recently announced plans for a £10 million revamp of its riverside campus, featuring conference rooms and new teaching spaces. Magdalen’s Longwall Library, which was opened this month by the Duke of Cambridge, is yet another of Oxford’s recent building projects.These projects pale in comparison to the considerable sums spent on buildings like the new Blavatnik School of Government, which cost around £30 million, and the Said Business School, costing more than £23 million.Dr Steven Jones, one of the researchers who produced the paper said, “The sums being spent by universities on new buildings are eye watering, but the jury’s still out on how much difference they really make to students’ learning. One problem is that evaluations tend to ask questions like, “Has income per square metre improved?”, rather than “have there been pedagogical gains?“When we invited students to reflect more closely, responses were mixed. For example, students appreciated having new spaces for collaborative learning, but they didn’t always understand exactly what they should be doing in those spaces. “In college, you knew what everything was for,” said one.“‘Communication is crucial,” Dr Steven Jones added. “The danger is that once the ribbon is cut at the grand opening event, staff and students are left to figure out for themselves how the new spaces can be used to best effect. Technology is a good example. Many staff were nervous about relying on new equipment without dedicated technical support, but students repeatedly told us that the mode of delivery wasn’t important. What mattered more to them was the content of the course and the enthusiasm with which it was taught.’”The paper is supported by a survey of 212 students from Russell Group universities, in which only 5 per cent said new building works were the main necessity in improving their student experience.Balliol fresher Nicola Dwornik affirmed this, telling Cherwell, “I don’t see much point in university building works. Arguably having more work spaces where students can study is always a bonus, and provides that sometimes much needed variation.“Perhaps, money could be spent to extend our online range of articles so works before 2012 are available online, so one doesn’t need to trek to the Sackler to find out that the classics library doesn’t even have a paper copy of them either.” read more
Any Grateful Dead fan who has visited New Orleans Jazz Fest knows Voodoo Dead, the annual late night show that mixes New Orleans influences with Grateful Dead music. This year, an elite group of all-star musicians are taking Voodoo Dead to the Northeast as part of a four-night run that hits venues in Washington DC, New York, and the Philadelphia area.The all-star lineup consists of Steve Kimock and Jackie Greene on guitars, Oteil Burbridge on bass, Jeff Chimenti on keys and Wally Ingram on the drums. Special guests, including Papa Mali and more, will also pepper the lineup for these exciting performances. The band will be playing at The Hamilton in DC on February 8th and 9th, before coming to Irving Plaza in New York, NY on February 10th and the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, PA on February 11th.The four night run is part of Nolafunk’s 11th annual Mardi Gras Ball. Though tickets for the four shows don’t go on sale until Friday, December 2nd, you can find more information here. read more
A landmark for U.S. SOUTHCOM Tests and reports Snap3 technology is comparable to the evolution of computers, Jones said. The first generations of computers were large and bulky. With technological advances, they became smaller, and now laptops and small hand-held devices, such as cellphones, have the capacity to store large amounts of data. The first generations of satellites were bulky; some were the size of large buildings. With technological advances, scientists have developed nanosatellites, which are much less expensive than the larger ones, but still have great capacity when it comes to collecting and storing data and improving communications systems, Jones added. “We’re learning to collaborate (with partner nations) in a new domain – space,” Jones said. The rocket was the seventh Atlas V to blast off from Vandenberg, just north of Santa Barbara, in recent years. But it was a historic liftoff. The Atlas V, which carries a National Reconnaissance Office payload, also launched into space the first United States Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM) sponsored nanosatellite. Helping track climate change VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CALIFORNIA—Under a clear, star-filled sky, 200 people kept their eyes glued to a giant video screen which showed a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, a few miles away. An announcer counted down, three, two, one.. At 11:14 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2013, the rocket fired and launched into the sky. Moments later, observers heard the reverberation of the liftoff, which sounded like the rumble of a giant, distant freight train. Within seconds, the luminous rocket was traveling at 1,033 miles an hour, and was four miles in the sky, the announcer said. U.S. SOUTHCOM officials will work with Peruvian and Brazilian military authorities to determine missions which can be used to test the nanosatellites, Oetken said. Those mission sets should be determined by April 2014, and the testing is expected to begin in May 2014, he said. The nanosatellites are expected to last for at least two years, Oetken said. Oetken will work with the Naval Postgraduate School to interpret the data provided by the nanosatellites. Eventually, U.S. SOUTHCOM will publish a report detailing the performance of the nanosatellites and their most useful applications. The report will go to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which can determine the future of nanosatellites in the military. Enhancing communications The nanosatellites are also expected to help authorities monitor environmental conditions such as climate change, which impacts the water supply, food cultivation, and the energy supply, Hurtado said. Climate change is a security issue because scarcity of food or water or interruptions in supplying power could create instability. For example, authorities could place sensors which are equipped with communications devices compatible with nanosatellites in regions where the melting of glaciers is a concern. The nanosatellites could monitor the sensors to help officials keep track of the rate of melting, Oetken said. The technology could also help military forces keep track of their supplies. For example, if a group of soldiers has stored a water supply at a remote base, nanosatellites could help authorities keep track of whether it is still intact over time. Providing technical solutions Strengthening ties with partner nations in Latin America Brazil and Peru, two of U.S. SOUTHCOM’s partner nations, will help test the military utility of communication nanosatellites in remote areas, including dense forest regions. The satellites should allow officials to connect and interoperate communications equipment, such as hand-held radios, among U.S., Brazil and Peru’s forces, Hurtado said. The nanosatellites should also help Brazilian and Peruvian security forces improve their own communications capabilities. For example, nanosatellites should enable security forces to continue to stay in touch with each other during natural disasters, such as major earthquakes or hurricanes that might otherwise knock out communications equipment. Because they are in space, unaffected by natural disasters on earth, nanosatellites could allow security forces to continue to communicate, said Robert Dan Jones, a space operations analyst supporting U.S. SOUTHCOM. This would be crucial for security forces helping civilians during disasters, he said. “A satellite system could allow officials to alert first responders about such things as what supplies are on the way and when they are expected to arrive,” Jones said. “This is a major milestone,” said Juan A. Hurtado, science advisor for U.S SOUTHCOM. “It’s going to open up access to space that SOUTHCOM didn’t have,” said Mark Oetken, Army science advisor for U.S. SOUTHCOM. The Atlas V’s payload includes one of three U.S. SOUTHCOM sponsored nanosatellites, which are part of the SNaP-3 Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD). The JCTD project is managed by U.S. SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology, and Experimentation Division. Nanosatellites are small, about the size and shape of a loaf of bread. They are less expensive to build than traditional, larger satellites, and sending them into space is relatively inexpensive. The U.S. SOUTHCOM’s SNaP-3 nanosatellites weigh about 11 pounds and cost about $500,000 thousand each , Hurtado said. SNaP-3 could lead to communications improvements for military operations against armed adversaries, help security forces assisting civilians during natural disasters, and assist soldiers engaged in peace-keeping missions, and search and rescue operations, Hurtado said. The nanosatellites are expected to help improve communications in the areas of data relay and transfer, text messaging, and audio communications, Hurtado said. By Dialogo December 10, 2013 Hurtado, Oetken, and Jones all have extensive military experience. They work in U.S. SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology, and Experimentation Division. The division works with the private defense industry, U.S. government agencies, academics, and the international research and development community to provide technical solutions to military capability gaps in a cost-effective manner. The division has led developments such as PEAK (Pre-positioned Expeditionary Kit), a modular kit which provides first responders to natural disaster with power generation, communications capabilities, and water purification. PEAKs are pre-positioned in regions which are prone to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. The technology is used at U.S. Joint Task Force-Bravo (JTF-B), which can use it to immediately provide assistance to Central American countries which request help. read more