Navy commissioned it’s newest vessel this past week. The next-generation attack submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They have improved stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities and special warfare enhancements that will enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.
North Dakota has the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; special forces delivery and support; and mine delivery and minefield mapping.
Virginia-class submarines are 7,800 tons and 377 feet in length, have a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. They are built with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.
Google Executive Breaks World Skydiving Record
136K Skydive breaks the previous world record by more then 7000 ft. Google Executive Alan Eustace jumped from 135,890 Feet this past week. In comparison to Red Bull’s media hyped web cast, Eustace completed the task in without much fanfare. Launching from Roswell New Mexico in a custom built balloon, he climbed for more then two hours before the explosive charges released him. He was aided with a custom manufactured carbon fiber stabilizer wing to correct his flight path. Something they learned from the Red Bull jump a year ago.