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DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S CURIOSITY SERIES: Boeing 727 crash experiment - THE BIGGEST REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANE CRASH IN HISTORY

DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S CURIOSITY SERIES: Boeing 727 crash experiment - THE BIGGEST REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANE CRASH IN HISTORY | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Watch my friend LCDR Leland "Chip" Shanle, Jr., CEO of Broken Wing LLC (http://brokenwing.tv/) and Naval Aviator/ Test Pilot ,  explaining this groundbreaking experiment:

 

DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S CURIOSITY SERIES GOES ON BOARD THE BIGGEST REMOTE CONTROLLED PLANE CRASH IN HISTORY

Episode Premieres Sunday, Oct. 7 at 9-11 p.m.ET/PT

 

(Los Angeles, Calif.) – Have you ever wondered what would happen if the plane you were on crashed? Does bracing really help or is it a myth? Where is the best place to sit? And fundamentally, are planes designed so that you could survive?

In the premiere episode of CURIOSITY, airing Sunday, Oct. 7 on Discovery Channel, an international team of experts will explore these questions by doing the unthinkable – deliberately crashing a full-size passenger airplane into the remote desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

This groundbreaking experiment looks at what actually happens during a plane crash and the science behind passengers’ best chance for survival. Crash test dummies as well as sensors throughout the plane will reveal just what types of forces are unleashed in a typical plane crash. Through video footage from inside the plane, viewers will see what happens during the moment of impact.

This experiment marks the first time an entire plane has been crash tested since 1984 when NASA attempted it with mixed results. With four years of meticulous planning, this latest attempt seems ready to take flight. However, a series of last minute obstacles prove that anything could potentially go fatally wrong.

Interviews opportunities are available upon request with the pilots, crew members and team of experts.

 

The episode will also be shown on Channel 4 in the UK plus Pro Sieben in Germany. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discover or @pilotPOV.

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Merlin Mk2 puts to sea for the first time

Merlin Mk2 puts to sea for the first time | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Royal Navy's new upgraded Merlin Mk2 anti-submarine warfare helicopter has conducted its first shipborne operations, it has been revealed.

Members of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) Combined Test Team were based onboard HMS Illustrious at the beginning of September to conduct flight trials with Merlin Mk2 test aircraft ZH826.

The release adds: 'The crews also used the Avionics and Tactical Mission Systems to manage critical parts of the mission such as the ship’s position and used the built-in approach aids to guide the aircraft back safely to the ship.'

Under the £850 million MCSP programme, 30 of the Fleet Air Arm's 38-strong fleet of Merlin Mk1s are being upgraded to the Mk2 standard. The first aircraft is expected to enter service during 2013 and full operational capability due in 2014.

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ILA 2012 Berlin - AirShow Samstag

Die Aufnahmen entstanden am 15.9.2012. Ein Zusammenschnitt der schönsten Flugeinlagen. Nackenstarre kostenlos dabei... aber dafür lohnt es sich. Ob eindrucksvolle Manöver in der Luft, unglaubliche Beweglichkeit von schweren Flugzeugen oder einfach nur schönen Rauchfäden in der Luft. Hier kommt jeder auf seinen Geschmack.

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[Photo Gallery] Space Shuttle Endeavour final flight over Los Angeles as seen from NASA escort jets

[Photo Gallery] Space Shuttle Endeavour final flight over Los Angeles as seen from NASA escort jets | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The following stunning pictures were taken by NASA Dryden’s photographer Jim Ross from one of the two F-18 Hornets escorting the space shuttle Endeavour mounted atop Boeing 747 SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft), during its final flight from Edwards Air Force Base, to Los Angeles International Airport.

Watch NASA 905, the SCA with the space shuttle, flying over Santa Monica, the most famous Los Angeles stadiums, the Universal Studios, Disneyland, Getty Center, SpaceX Center, USS Iowa, Griffith Observatory.

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Japan clears the V-22 Osprey for flight

Japan clears the V-22 Osprey for flight | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has given a green light to allow the US Marines Corps to begin V-22 Osprey flight operations from October, it has emerged.

A report from the Japanese MoD on 19 September says 'there is no particular problem in the safety of the aircraft', but also said that the MoD has put measures in place to try and mitigate any possible safety issues. These include low-level flight training to take place above a minimum safe altitude of 500 feet avoiding nuclear power plants and densely populated areas.

'We have confirmed the safety for the Osprey to operate, and on the premise that there will be maximum consideration provided for the public, we have decided to allow the United States to start operating the Osprey,' said Japanese defence minister Satoshi Morimoto.

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Sweden Receives Final Sikorsky UH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over the last two UH-60M Black Hawks from a 15-helicopter order to the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV). The U.S. Army will deliver the helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces via the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The aircraft will help Sweden meet its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) requirement of deploying three Black Hawks to Afghanistan in 2013.

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ILA: Airbus Military Highlight's 13.09.2012

Great line-up @ILA2012 ...

 

 

- Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Kossendey

- Working Group CDU/CSU

- German Minister of Defence Thomas DeMaiziere

 

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German Heron UAV unit nears 1,000th mission in Afghanistan

German Heron UAV unit nears 1,000th mission in Afghanistan | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Rheinmetall Airborne Systems expects to complete the 1,000th operational flight of a leased Israel Aerospace Industries Heron 1 unmanned air vehicle in Afghanistan during October, as the German government nears a decision on whether to buy a medium-altitude, long-endurance surveillance system outright.

Flown in Afghanistan under a service provision deal since June 2010 in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, Germany's three Heron air vehicles had logged a combined 10,800 flight hours by the start of this month. Used in conjunction with two ground control stations, the aircraft are flown from Mazar-e-Sharif air base.

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The 5,000th EADS Facebook fan visits the A400M - ILA12

The 5,000th EADS Facebook fan visits the A400M during the ILA Berlin Airshow 2012.

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Mit voller Power von Holzdorf nach Berlin - Eurofighter ILA 2012

Mit voller Power von Holzdorf nach Berlin - Eurofighter ILA 2012 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Oberstleutnant Geri Krähenbühl aus der Schweiz startet dieser Tage in Holzdorf im Auftrag seines Arbeitgebers Cassidian Air Systems täglich mit einem Eurofighter der Bundeswehr. Sein Ziel ist das für ihn acht Flugminuten entfernte Schönefeld, wo der Offizier über dem Messegelände der Internationalen Luftfahrtausstellung (ILA) den Zuschauern eine sechsminütige Showeinlage bietet.

 

"Es ist ein tolles Gefühl die Maschine an ihre Leistungsgrenze zu führen", sagt Geri Krähenbühl. Als aktiver Testpilot weiß er das impulsive Fluggerät sehr wohl zu beherrschen. Dennoch, so der Schweizer, fordere der Job seine ganze Aufmerksamkeit.

Für Krähenbühl ist der Aufenthalt in Holzdorf nichts Besonderes mehr. Denn er besuchte den Fliegerhorst erst vor wenigen Wochen mit dem letzten flugfähigen Modell einer ME 262.

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German Heavy Lift: Buy Big, or Think Smaller?

German Heavy Lift: Buy Big, or Think Smaller? | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The future of the German heavy-lift helo is likely to be a subject of much discussion at this week's ILA Berlin Air Show.

EADS is displaying its joint concept with Boeing, including diagrams of a proposed tandem-rotor design and a full-scale cross section of the proposed cabin for the aircraft, which looks much like an enlarged CH-47 Chinook, built by Boeing. It is likely that Boeing’s contribution to this design would be providing the tandem-rotor technology and dynamics of the aircraft.

 

The two companies have been cooperating to explore business for years, but the cabin display appears to be new for ILA. “Eurocopter has been working with Boeing in recent years to explore airframe design and technologies for the Future Transport Helicopter requirement in Europe,” according to a Boeing statement issued in response to a query about the Eurocopter design displayed at the show. “Together, the companies have met with representatives of several countries to determine whether the market can sustain a large-scale aircraft development program based on a tandem-rotor design.”

The global financial downturn is dampening the ambitions of defense ministries around the world, and could impinge on Berlin’s hopes for a large helicopter capable of carrying its artillery around the battlefield internally. A backup plan for the country could be to consider off-the-shelf options that would reduce the cost of development.

Though Sikorsky has preliminary designs for a larger helicopter, company officials are expecting to showcase the CH-53K here this week. The massive helicopter’s customer, the U.S. Marine Corps, will be in attendance and brief local press on the CH-53K’s attributes and status.

Sikorsky is now manufacturing the first ground-test vehicle, and U.S. Marine Corps Col. Robert Pridgen, CH-53K program manager, said earlier this year that the major risk areas of the program are largely retired. The main hurdle was thought to be in crafting the split-torque gearbox for the helicopter, which is designed to maintain the CH-53’s footprint while doubling useful load.

If Germany’s ambitions for a large, next-generation helicopter begin to recede, Sikorsky is likely to pitch the existing CH-53K design and Boeing would likely fall back on its CH-47F model design, with both company’s considering options for industrial cooperation in Germany for manufacturing.

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Four EC665 Tiger Helicopter Delivered For Deployment to Afghanistan

A significant milestone in Eurocopter’s Tiger support helicopter program has been reached following the delivery of the first four helicopters to be upgraded for deployment to Afghanistan. This now leaves the German Army in possession of a complete batch of ASGARD helicopters – a vital prerequisite if the Tiger is to be deployed in theater by the end of the year.

The Afghanistan Stabilization German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) program of modifications for the Tiger Support Helicopter was agreed by Eurocopter and the Federal Ministry of Defence at the end of 2011 and includes a sand filter, additional defense weaponry, a mission data recorder and enhanced communications equipment for multinational missions.

“The Tiger presents the Bundeswehr with an unquestionably modern machine for its operations, with the ASGARD configuration ideally tailored to Afghanistan. However, it is equally true to say that in the long term this helicopter will do its duty in a whole range of possible combat scenarios,” explains Eurocopter President & CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling.

Since last July, a total of four aircraft newly configured for Afghanistan have been delivered to 36 Combat Helicopter Regiment in Fritzlar, which allowed preparations for deployment from the end of 2012 to start in good time. The second batch of a further four helicopters is due to be delivered from December onwards, as agreed with the Bundeswehr.

To date, Eurocopter has delivered 93 Tigers in all, including 27 UHTs to the Bundeswehr. Altogether, the helicopters in Germany, France, Spain and Australia have logged over 38,350 flight hours, while the Tigers of the French Armed Forces alone have seen over 3,750 hours of service in Afghanistan, and 250 in Libya.

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ILA: Airbus pitches A400M for disaster-relief role

ILA: Airbus pitches A400M for disaster-relief role | D-FENS | Scoop.it

German federal civil protection organisation Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) is trying to identify ways to reduce expense and inefficiency in disaster-response airlifts, as Airbus pitches its A400M to fill the humanitarian transport role.

 

THW president Albrecht Broemme indicates the financial burden of typical operations, citing the one-way $345,000 cost of chartering Ilyushin Il-76s to deliver water purification systems to earthquake-hit China.

He adds that transporting search-and-rescue personnel by Boeing 767 to northern Japan after the tsunami in 2011 was similarly costly - with an extra problem bringing people back because operators were reluctant to fly near the damaged nuclear-power plant.

Broemme says THW is participating in a study to look at alternatives and better spend its €180 million ($230 million) budget. "We don't have the money to buy an Airbus," he says, "but we'd be an important user [of available aircraft]. We'd like to have an aircraft on which there's a German flag, not a Russian one."

 

Lutz Bertling, incoming president of German aerospace association BDLI, says: "We can hardly have a standing fleet of aircraft [dedicated to] disaster relief."

However, he says work should be undertaken to examine measures to use resources more efficiently - possibly looking at spare capacity from Germany's 53 A400Ms, deliveries of which are scheduled from 2014.

The A400M would be suitable for a humanitarian role because of its ability to operate from poor airstrips without the need for specialised loading equipment, says Airbus, adding that it is keen to examine the extent to which Germany could use its fleet for disaster support.

"We don't want to call it a business case," it adds, "but there's a case out there [for using the A400M]."

The Airbus Corporate Foundation, which uses test aircraft capacity and ferry operations to aid relief organisations, has carried out 27 humanitarian flights since 2008 - nine in response to natural disasters.

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AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout voluntary flight demos begin

AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout voluntary flight demos begin | D-FENS | Scoop.it

EADS North America announced on 26 September that it has begun its voluntary flight demonstration (VFD) for the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout helicopter programme. The series of demonstrations will see two aircraft flown at a high-altitude test site to showcase the capabilities of the company’s AAS-72X+ offering.

 

The AAS-72X+ is an armed derivative of the army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter. The aircraft will be manufactured by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, with Lockheed Martin providing the mission computer and integrating the mission equipment.

According to EADS North America, the AAS-72X+ is ‘cost-competitive with the upgrades planned for the Vietnam-era OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, and could be fielded with army units as early as 2016’. The company said the aircraft would be built in the same facility as the army’s UH-72A Lakota, 240 of which have been delivered by EADS North America – all on time and on cost.

 

The company believes these elements of the AAS-72X+ ‘will offer the army greater power, range, endurance and payload capacity when operating in 6,000 foot altitude and 95 degree environments, commonly known as ‘6K/95 high/hot’ conditions — the most demanding environment for rotary-wing operations’.

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German army gets first Tigers upgraded for Afghan duty - EC665

German army gets first Tigers upgraded for Afghan duty - EC665 | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Eurocopter expects the German army to make its first operational deployment to Afghanistan with the Tiger support helicopter in late 2012 or early next year, having already delivered a first batch of aircraft to have been modified for such a commitment.

Four Tigers have been upgraded so far under the Afghanistan Stabilisation German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) programme, Eurocopter announced on 12 September. Adaptations made to the type include "a sand filter, additional defence weaponry, a mission data recorder and enhanced communications equipment for multinational missions", the company says.

Deliveries of the upgraded aircraft began to the army's 36 Combat Helicopter Regt in Fritzlar in July, with a second batch of four to be handed over from December, says Eurocopter. It has so far handed over a total of 27 Tigers originally built to the UHT configuration to the German army.

If confirmed, a German decision to deploy the Tiger to Afghanistan would follow France's use of the armed type in support of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Berlin could also send some of its NH Industries NH90 tactical transport helicopters to the country in mid-2013, according to Eurocopter, with the aircraft to carry medical evacuation equipment.

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After LA landing, Endeavour has one last journey

After LA landing, Endeavour has one last journey | D-FENS | Scoop.it

The space shuttle Endeavour has touched down for the last time, but its travels aren't over just yet.
Endeavour currently sits at Los Angeles International Airport, where it landed Friday atop a modified Boeing 747 jet after a three-day farewell tour that first took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The shuttle will live out the rest of its days here in the City of Angels, but it's still 12 miles from its final destination, the California Science Center.

 

After the shuttle arrives at the science center on Oct. 13, the museum will spend about two weeks touching up the orbiter and its exhibit. Endeavour, which flew 25 space missions between 1992 and 2011, is slated to go on display Oct. 30.

 

But even that date won't mark the end of Endeavour's journey. The California Science Center is still working out details of the shuttle's permanent exhibit, which will showcase Endeavour in a vertical position as if ready to launch, flanked by the external tank and solid rocket boosters that helped get it off the ground.
The final exhibit should be all ready to go within five years or so, said California Science Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rudolph.

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Northrop-Agusta Team To Bid on White House Helo

Northrop Grumman has joined the race to supply the White House with its next presidential helicopter by announcing it will team with AgustaWestland to offer the Italian firm’s AW101.
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Sikorsky to integrate and test enhanced Black Hawk capabilities

Sikorsky to integrate and test enhanced Black Hawk capabilities | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Sikorsky has announced that it will integrate and test a suite of advanced new technologies for the Black Hawk helicopter under a Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration (CTPD) contract from the US Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD).

 

This project builds upon previous work by Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organisation for Sikorsky Aircraft, by advancing key technologies including a zero-vibration system, adaptive flight control laws, advanced fire management, durable main rotor, full-spectrum crashworthiness, and damage tolerant airframe. The work scope of the new contract involves establishing the benefits of these technologies as a complete system through realistic ground and flight testing.

Chris Van Buiten, Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations, said: ‘As Sikorsky modernises the Black Hawk fleet and prepares for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter competition for the future replacement of the fleet, it is imperative that we continue to develop and integrate the latest technologies into flight solutions that give our soldiers the protection they deserve.

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ILA: Airbus Military Highlight's 14.09.2012

Great Line-up @ILA2012 part2:

 

- German Chancelor Angela Merkel

- Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier

- EADS CEO Tom Enders

- German State Secretary MOD Ruediger Wolf

- Chief of Staff German Air Force LtGen Karl Muellner

- Deputy Chief German Air Force LtGen Dieter Naskrent

- German Minister of Defence Thomas DeMaiziere

- Secretary of State Stephane Bemelmans

- U.S. Ambassador in Germany Philip D. Murphy

- Airbus Military CEO Domingo Ureňa-Raso

- German Minister of Economy Philipp Roesler

 

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US lost eight jets in worst air loss in one day since Vietnam war — RT

US lost eight jets in worst air loss in one day since Vietnam war — RT | D-FENS | Scoop.it

After Taliban gunmen destroyed eight Harrier jets at a US camp in Helmand Province, the US military has suffered its worst air loss in one day since the Vietnam War.
The Taliban attacked Camp Bastion, the main strategic base in southwestern Afghanistan, on Sept. 14, causing $200 million in damage in the single most destructive strike on a Western base during the war, according to military officials.
Two Marines were killed, nine coalition personnel were wounded and six jets costing between $23 million and $30 million were completely destroyed.
The approximately 15 insurgents, dressed in US Army uniforms, had penetrated the base Friday night and instantly began shooting and setting fire to parked Navy-AV-8B Harrier jets when they were inside. Three refueling stations were severely damaged during the attack.
“It was a running gun battle for a while, two and a half hours, nonetheless they were able to get to the aircraft before we could intercept them,” a military official told the New York Times. Using machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and possibly mortars, most of the aircrafts were demolished.

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Highlights of ILA Berlin Airshow 2012

Watch the highlights of the EADS presence at the ILA Berlin Airshow 2012.
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Eurofighter Typhoon Flying Display at ILA 2012

Watch Geri Krähenbühl, Experimental Test Pilot Cassidian, taking us through a flight display in the Eurofighter Typhoon at ILA 2012...
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First Production A400M Flight Slated For Early 2013

First Production A400M Flight Slated For Early 2013 | D-FENS | Scoop.it
Article...Airbus Military expects to conduct the first flight of its first production A400M transport in the first quarter of next year, later than the most recent plan for the struggling program.

MSN 7, the first production aircraft, was slated for first flight in August with MSN 8 to follow in November. That has now slipped owing to implementation of a fix by the manufacturer of the TP400 engine, which has suffered repeated gear box problems. The engine issues have kept the A400M off the flying display for air shows repeatedly, but the aircraft is slated to fly today at the ILA Berlin Air Show.

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Neue EC665 "Tiger"-Hubschrauber für Afghanistan - EUROCOPTER

Neue EC665 "Tiger"-Hubschrauber für Afghanistan - EUROCOPTER | D-FENS | Scoop.it

Die Bundeswehr wird ab Dezember weitere Kampfhubschrauber vom Typ „Tiger“ für den Einsatz in Afghanistan erhalten.

 

Zu den vier bereits ausgelieferten Maschinen sollen weitere vier Helikopter kommen, sagte Eurocopter-Präsident Lutz Bertling am Mittwoch auf der Luft- und Raumfahrtausstellung (ILA) in Berlin-Schönefeld. Sie sollen eine ständige Verfügbarkeit der neuen Hubschrauber am Hindukusch sichern.

Bislang muss die Bundeswehr in Afghanistan auf die Unterstützung durch US-Kampfhubschrauber zurückgreifen. Die ersten vier eigenen, stark bewaffneten Helikopter werden derzeit im hessischen Fritzlar für den Auslandseinsatz aufgerüstet und sollten ab Dezember am Hindukusch zur Verfügung stehen. Die französischen Streitkräfte fliegen bereits den „Tiger“ in Afghanistan.


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ILA: A400M reliability tests to resume by November

Airbus Military should be able to resume an interrupted programme of function and reliability (F&R) testing with production-representative A400M MSN6 late this year, according to chief executive Domingo Ureña-Raso.

The Europrop International (EPI) TP400-D6 engines from test aircraft MSN6 and also MSN7, the first of 174 production examples on order, have been returned to the propulsion system supplier to replace a cover plate in the propeller gear box.

"Hopefully we will resume the F&R test by November, based on the current information from EPI on returning the engines to Seville," Ureña-Raso says. Completing the process is essential before the airframer can secure full civil certification for the A400M: a milestone now targeted for the first quarter of 2013.

Aircraft MSN7 is now due to be delivered to launch operator the French air force during the second quarter of next year, following a slight slip from a contractually-agreed deadline of 31 March.

"My aim will be to maintain the first flight [of MSN7] before the year-end, but it will be extremely challenging," Ureña-Raso says. "It might well be the very early part of 2013."

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