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Chennai: The search for an Indian Coast Guard Dornier plane that went missing along with three crew members aboard entered 12th day on Saturday with no clue about its whereabouts, officials said.

The plane went missing on June 8 and a search operation is underway since then to trace it.dornier-thuimb

In a statement issued here, the Coast Guard said that sustained efforts to search and locate the missing aircraft are continuing round-the-clock by ships and aircraft.

“Sea bed profiling by NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology) Research Vessel Sagar Nidhi was carried out for 48 hours in the most probable area. However, no significant leads could be obtained from the bottom search,” said the Coast Guard.

According to the Coast Guard, Reliance Industries Ltd has provided its multifunctional support vessel Olympic Canyon with integrated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) free of cost on humanitarian grounds.

The ROV is equipped with echo sounder and remotely operated underwater camera with projector lights, which enables it conduct underwater searches besides capturing the video footage of the area.

The Dornier aircraft with three crew members — all in their 30s — went missing on June 8 night while returning to the base after a regular surveillance sortie.

Since June 9, the Coast Guard and the Indian Navy started search operations for the missing plane but has achieved no result so far. (IANS)

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Will we soon be able to travel from New York to Shanghai in just over 30 Minutes in a Rocket?

And guess what! The cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft!

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Billionaire entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX Elon Musk speaks below a computer-generated illustration of his new rocket at the 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (VOA)

Australia, October 3, 2017 : U.S. billionaire innovator Elon Musk has unveiled plans for a new rocket that would allow passengers to travel from one continent to another in about 30 minutes.

At a presentation Friday in Adelaide, Australia, Musk showed a video of images of a rocket taking off in New York and landing in various places around the world, including Tokyo and Shanghai.

He said the New York-Shanghai trip could be done in 39 minutes, while a trip from Bangkok to Dubai would take 27 minutes and Tokyo to Delhi would be 30 minutes.

He added that the cost per seat should be about the same as full fare economy in an aircraft.

Musk noted there is no weather outside the Earth’s atmosphere to interfere with travel times and said that once you are beyond the atmosphere, “it would be as smooth as silk, no turbulence, nothing.”

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“If we are building this thing to go to the moon and Mars, then why not go to other places on Earth as well?” Musk said.

Musk, who founded and runs the company SpaceX along with the electric luxury car company Tesla, has long been making plans for rockets to travel to Mars.

Musk said SpaceX plans its first trip to Mars in 2022, carrying only cargo with a key mission to find the best source of water on the Red Planet. That mission would be followed by the first manned mission in 2024. He said the company was aiming to start construction on the first spaceship in the next six to nine months.

Musk said space flights to enable people to travel from one continent to another could help to pay for future missions to Mars.

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World’s Oldest serving Aircraft Carrier ‘INS Viraat’ set to retire from Indian Navy

Viraat was completed and commissioned in Britain's Royal Navy as HMS Hermes

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Warship INS Viraat, Wikimedia

India, March 6, 2017: The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in service, the INS Viraat,is set to retire on Monday from the Indian Navy.

On Monday evening, the Naval flag atop the ship, also known as the “grand old lady”, will be lowered and wrapped at sunset, marking an end to its long journey of 55 years, including 30 years in the Indian Navy.

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Viraat was completed and commissioned in Britain’s Royal Navy as HMS Hermes.

In 1984, it was decommissioned from the Royal Navy and subsequently was commissioned by the Indian Navy on May 12, 1987.

The ship has seen a series of aircraft operate from its decks, including the the Sea Harrier, White Tigers, Seaking 42B, Seaking 42C and Chetaks.

Under the Indian Flag, various aircraft have flown more than 22,034 hours from the decks of the INS Viraat which implies that the carrier has been at sea for over six years covering the entire globe about 27 times.

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The ship played a major role in the Operation Jupiter in 1989 as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka and Operation Vijay in 1999 during the Kargil War.

The last operational deployment of the ship was at the International Fleet Review (IFR-2016) in Visakhapatnam. (IANS)

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Son of Nigerian Immigrant Anthony Oshinuga Fulfills his childhood Dream of Flying Aircraft

Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013 and he first entered national flying competitions in 2014

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Anthony Oshinuga living his dreams!
  • Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013
  • He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed
  • In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category

TEMECULA, CALIF, SEPT 06, 2016:  Son of a Nigerian immigrant fulfills his desires to fly. Anthony Oshinuga arrives early most of the days at a California airport to check his vintage Cessna aircraft, ready to shuttle passengers over Temecula Valley, the booming wine country north of San Diego. He has been fulfilling his childhood dreams! Later he would  fly loops and rolls in his Pitts Special, an aerobatic aircraft.

Oshinuga was born in 1981. His parents belonged to Lagos, Nigeria, and they later moved on to Austin, Texas in the previous year. His dreams for aviation began when he was 5 years old. “I was taken by what was going on,” he recalls. “I told my father, that’s exactly what I want to do.”

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He runs a small tour company called Air Oshinuga, he flies over the wine country of Temecula in his second aircraft, a 1940s-era Cessna buffed and polished so it looks brand new. He has partnership with two of the many wineries in this valley, the largest wine-producing region in southern California.

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Pilot Anthony Oshinuga

“We provide clients with 30-minute aerial scenic flights over Temecula, and then we land and they go down there and do wine tasting,” he explained.

Oshinuga began his pilot training 8 years ago and earned his commercial flying license in 2013. He first entered national flying competitions in 2014.

“That’s when I went to the US National Aerobatic Championships (in Denison, Texas), and placed fourth out of 25 competitors,” he recalls. “Since then, things have been really blossoming in the arena of aerobatics and air shows and air racing.”

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In 2015, he flew as a rookie in the Reno National Championship Air Race in Nevada, placing second in the biplane category.

Oshinuga pursued Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. He says that Engineering pays his bills but Aviation is what is his heart calls for!

– prepared by Manthra Koliyer with inputs from VOA