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Electric ferries to boost decarbonisation efforts

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Multi-million-pound funding has come from the UK government’s Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) fund

(Web Desk) – The multi-million-pound funding has come from the UK government’s Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) fund, which aims to boost the country’s decarbonisation efforts.

Two electric ferries will go on trial in Orkney thanks to a £15m funding boost.

The vessels – which use hydrofoil technology to lift the hull out of the water to navigate above the waves – are being supplied by Artemis Technologies for a three-year pilot.

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The smaller 12m ferry will operate a year-round service around the inner north isles, while the larger 24m boat will transfer passengers and light cargo around Eday, Stronsay, Sanday and Westray.

The 12m vessel is expected to arrive in March next year, while the larger boat is due to be delivered in 2025.

The fully-electric vessels will remain in the ownership of Orkney Ferries after the trial has concluded.


Charging infrastructure will also be installed as part of the Electric Orkney project, which is a partnership between Orkney Islands Council, Artemis Technologies and EMEC.

The multi-million-pound funding has come from the UK government’s Zero Emission Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) fund, which aims to boost the country’s decarbonisation efforts.

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Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations ‘unreachable’ by foot

Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations ‘unreachable’ by foot

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Lunar racer car will take Moon astronauts to mysterious destinations 'unreachable' by foot

Nasa has picked three companies to develop a new lunar racer car that Artemis astronauts will use to traverse the Moon in the 2030s.

It will help astronauts reach mysterious, never-before-explored destinations that are deemed unreachable by foot.

The lunar terrain rover (LTV) will be an essential string in Nasa’s bow in terms of scientific research and exploring the Moon’s south pole during the Artemis V mission.

The south pole is, scientists believe, the most promising location for water-based ice, which will be key to future human habitation on the Moon.

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The concentration of precious lunar materials in the polar region is also of interest to the US government, experts say.

We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries, says Jacob Bleacher, Chief Exploration Scientist At Nasa.

Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost and Venturi Astrolab have been tasked with developing an autonomous vehicle as part of a $4.6billion contract over the next 13 years.

The trio will now launch a year-long study to develop a system that meets Nasa’s requirements.

Nasa has said that the Moon car must be able to accommodate two suited astronauts, and withstand extreme conditions.

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Temperatures can drop to as low as -230 degrees Celsius (-382 degrees Fahrenheit in shadowed regions of the lunar south pole.

It must also be able to work autonomously, so controllers on Earth can continue to explore the lunar surface without astronauts.

“We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries,” Jacob Bleacher said.

“With the Artemis crewed missions, and during remote operations when there is not a crew on the surface, we are enabling science and discovery on the Moon year-round.”

Nasa’s Artemis V mission in 2029 will see two astronauts land on the Moon to explore, and another two astronauts set up the ESA’s refuelling module onboard Gateway – the first-ever lunar space station.
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n 2026, Nasa will launch its Artemis III mission, the first human assignment on the Moon since Apollo 17.

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The third Artemis mission forms part of a decade-long programme that is hoped to culminate with a permanent lunar base.

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Brief disruption in internet services in Pakistan

Brief disruption in internet services in Pakistan

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Brief disruption in internet services in Pakistan

 Internet services were disrupted in several parts of the country on Tuesday.

According to Downdetector, there was a disruption in services in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.
Internet services across the country were restored after a brief outage. 

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EU regulators assess Apple’s plan for complying with music streaming order

EU regulators assess Apple’s plan for complying with music streaming order

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EU regulators assess Apple's plan for complying with music streaming order

 EU antitrust regulators are checking to see if an Apple (AAPL.O) proposal would comply with their order to let Spotify (SPOT.N) and other music streaming services inform users of payment options outside its App Store, the European Commission said on Monday.

The iPhone maker risks antitrust charges and fresh fines if its proposal announced last Friday fails to satisfy the EU competition enforcer, which issued its order together with a 1.84 billion euro ($2 billion) fine last month

Under Apple’s proposal, the Swedish music streaming service Spotify and others can include a link to their websites to inform users of other ways to purchase digital goods or services, away from Apple’s App Store.

They can also invite users to provide their email address to be sent a link to the platform’s website to buy digital music content or services. Such links, however, carry a 27% fee to Apple, including for subsequent auto-renewing subscriptions.

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“We are currently assessing whether Apple has fully complied with the decision,” a Commission spokesperson said.
“In general, if the Commission suspects that there is non-compliance with an adopted decision, it will send the undertaking concerned a Statement of Objections …”

Spotify bemoaned the fact that it was still waiting for Apple to comply with the EU order, five weeks on.

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