Posted: December 19th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Float Your Boat | Tags: REBLOG | Comments Off on Chinese People’s Liberation Army War Ships Dock in Sydney
Three navy ships from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will spend the next four days docked in Sydney. The ships are arriving in Sydney this morning for a brief stop-over on the way to China. They are returning from a mission to combat pirate activities in the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and the Horn of Africa.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith says China has a central role to play in maintaining regional security. He says both navies will share lessons learnt about anti-piracy operations during the four-day visit. The stop-over is one of a number of events planned this year to mark 40 years since the beginning of diplomatic relations between Australia and China.
In May the HMAS Ballarat visited Shanghai to carry out an exercise with a Chinese navy frigate at the mouth of the Yangtze River :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Float Your Boat, Fly Your Kite | Tags: Australian Beach Patrol, Australian Global Hawks, Australian Landmark Beaches, Beach Patrol, Drone, Maritime Surveillance, Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, RAAF, Remote Beach Patrol, Royal Australian Air Force, SLSA, Surf Life Saving Australia, UAV, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle | Comments Off on Surf Life Saving Australia Using Drones For Remote Beach Patrol
Brett Williamson head of Surf Life Saving Australia says unmanned aerial drones will patrol some Queensland beaches this summer, he says the drones will be used on North Stradbroke Island in a trial of the technology.
Mr Williamson told ABC’s Radio National that the drones use cameras to search for swimmers in distress, the drones will be fitted with flotation buoys that can be dropped into the ocean.
“Drones have also been fitted with a siren so if nothing else the UAVs flying along the coast and either sees somebody in trouble or a group potentially in trouble or if there’s marine life, dangerous marine life such as sharks or whatever in the area, the siren can be sounded,” Mr Williamsonsaid.
Mr Williamson says he would like to see the trial expanded nationally to provide surveillance of remote beaches, he doesn’t believe the surveillance drones will intrude on people’s privacy.
“At the end of the day this is about public safety,” Mr Williamson said. “It’s not about intruding on anybody’s privacy and, fortunately, with our experience of having the fixed cameras network we haven’t had one problem or one complaint or one operator that hasn’t operated in strict accordance with those protocols that we have in place.” :: Read the full Radio National article »»»»
The Conversation: Eyes in the Sky
WA Today: Shark Seeking Drones
ABC: Rise of the Machines
Grilled: I Spy
Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Alternative Energy, Favorite New Thought, Float Your Boat | Tags: Biofuels, Great Green Fleet, Green Fleet, US Navy | Comments Off on US Navy Plans Green Feet
The behemoth that is the US Navy, plans to have half its fleet running on alternative fuels by the end of the decade. US Navy officials are expected to outline the plans – which include sourcing fuel from Australian producers – at an international conference on biofuels and shipping in Sydney today.
Part of the plan includes having an entire fleet of warships – dubbed the “Great Green Fleet” – running on biofuels by 2016.
The deputy assistant secretary of energy for the US Navy, Tom Hicks, says alternative fuels have already powered some of the world’s most advanced engines in some of the most challenging situations. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Float Your Boat, Michael Courtenay | Tags: canoe, kayak, mcsixtyfive, michael courtenay, molokini, transparent | Comments Off on How Well Can You Snorkel Upside Down?
Generally at Grilled we write up stuff that goes fast, high, or are cutting edge technologically. We don’t often blip on things that are intended to go slow, inducing that dreamy feeling –the one that feels a little like sleep – isn’t something we specialize in. This is a little cooler than sleep though, why someone hasn’t done this before is a little baffling. The Molokini is an all transparent two passenger kayak made out of the same durable polycarbonate material used in the production of bulletproof glass and fighter jet canopies. Molokini’s construction is quite simple, a polycarbonate skin wrapped around an aluminum internal frame, seating is hung from the frame. The Molokini features a removable lightweight anodized aluminum frame system is completely removable making transporting and storage of multiple units easy and convenient. Read the full article »»»»