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  1. =F|A= bunnies are hopping around, you better make sure to get inbound. They bring fun and games, so magnificent. So come join us at our Easter Event!
  2. The love angels of FA, invite you to our Valentines Gameday. I hope you bring in your Valentine, so we can play and have a great time Maybee you hesitate yet, dont worry, you won´t regret.
  3. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to you guys and all your loved ones! Map Of The Year Voting As the year is coming to an end, we want to elect the most loved map of the year again. You had the option to suggest maps for this little contest. Now it is time to elect THE map of the year of 2021. As usual, you can win 150 TBP simply by participating and voting for your Map Of The Year 2021 (#TBMOTY21) The voting is going to end with the year, so no more votes will be counted after 2021-12-31 23:59:59 (UTC+1). Please vote for your Map Of The Year 2021 and enjoy the holidays with your friends and family! Sincerely and with best regards, The TrackBase Team
  4. Hello TrackBase community! As the year is coming to an end again, it is time to vote for the most loved map of the year 2021 As you might already know from last year, all we need for that is you! Please tell us your favorite maps! Everyone can suggest several maps, though not more than 3 would be good, since we only want to get the MOST LOVED ones. So, where did you make the most frags or where did you win the map the most? It's your opinion, and based on that, we want to elect the "Map Of The Year 2021" (MOTY21). How can I participate? You can post your most favorite map in this thread. Don't be afraid of posting if someone already posted that map, since we want to pre-elect the most voted maps on the forum and will start another, final voting after Chistmas Eve. How long do I have time? The pre-voting phase starts now and ends at 24-12-21 23:59:59 UTC+1. Posts after that won't be counted. I don't have a TB account but still want to participate. How can I do that? Well, since not all of you may have a TB account, we wanted to give you a chance to vote as well. We're posting on our Facebook & Twitter page about this as well. With the hashtag #TBMOTY21Pre you can participate. Just name the map in your post and add the hashtag. Why should I participate? Well, since that's a serious question, here's a quick and teasing answer: Just as last year, we're giving away 2x 150 TBP (1x pre-vote, 1x final vote) for two lucky randomly-picked winners. I thank you in advance for your help finding the most loved map of 2021! /The TrackBase Team
  5. The elves in FA's workshop are busy as can be, they ´re all preparing Christmas-Gameday for you and me. Before you´ ll see, the day will come, and we will be having good old Gameday fun. Checkout the server on one of those days, We guarantee the fun on your stays.
  6. -=HipKat=-

    Website Coronavirus Updates

    COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Last updated: March 11, 2020, 10:35 GMT Cases - Deaths - Countries - Death Rate - Incubation - Age - Symptoms - Opinions - News Coronavirus Cases: 119,456 view by country Deaths: 4,302 Recovered: 66,666 ACTIVE CASES 48,488 Currently Infected Patients 42,741 (88%) in Mild Condition 5,747 (12%) Serious or Critical Show Graph Show Statistics CLOSED CASES 70,968 Cases which had an outcome: 66,666 (94%) Recovered / Discharged 4,302 (6%) Deaths Show Graph Show Statistics Useful info: Symptoms Incubation Period Mortality Rate Age, Sex, and existing conditions of Deaths COVID-19 Testing Numbers by Country https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
  7. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas to you guys and all your loved ones! Map Of The Year Voting As the year is coming to an end, we want to elect the most loved map of the year again. You had the option to suggest maps for this little contest. Now it is time to elect THE map of the year of 2020. As usual, you can win 150 TBP simply by participating and voting for your Map Of The Year 2020 (#TBMOTY20) The voting is going to end with the year, so no more votes will be counted after 2020-12-31 23:59:59 (UTC+1). Please vote for your Map Of The Year 2020 and enjoy the holidays with your friends and family! Sincerely and with best regards, The TrackBase Team
  8. Hello TrackBase community! As the year is coming to an end again, it is time to vote for the most loved map of the year 2020 As you might already know from 2018, all we need for that is you! Please tell us your favorite maps! Everyone can suggest several maps, though not more than 3 would be good, since we only want to get the MOST LOVED ones. So, where did you make the most frags or where did you win the map the most? It's your opinion, and based on that, we want to elect the "Map Of The Year 2020" (MOTY20). How can I participate? You can post your most favorite map in this thread. Don't be afraid of posting if someone already posted that map, since we want to pre-elect the most voted maps on the forum and will start another, final voting in two weeks. How long do I have time? The pre-voting phase starts now and ends at 24-12-20 23:59:59 UTC+1. Posts after that won't be counted. I don't have a TB account but still want to participate. How can I do that? Well, since not all of you may have a TB account, we wanted to give you a chance to vote as well. We're posting on our Facebook & Twitter page about this as well. With the hashtag #TBMOTY20Pre you can participate. Just name the map in your post and add the hashtag. Why should I participate? Well, since that's a serious question, here's a quick and teasing answer: Just as last year, we're giving away 2x 150 TBP (1x pre-vote, 1x final vote) for two lucky randomly-picked winners. I thank you in advance for your help finding the most loved map of 2020! /The TrackBase Team ORIGINAL POST: https://bit.ly/TBMOTY20Pre
  9. Hi all! For those of you who still don't have Insurgency or Day of Infamy, great news! its on sale on steam at -75% for a few days. You can even buy a bundle of the 2 games New World Interactive 10th Anniversary Sale (steampowered.com) Just on time for next weekend gameday
  10. Dear fellow clan members, friends and regulars On behalf of all the Fearless Assassins we invite you to join us for a weekend to celebrate this Easter. With those hard days arround the world, we propose you a weekend of pure fun. Lets forget all the problems for a moment and enjoy a good time with each other. "The great gift of Easter is hope" We'll be hosting 3 games on the weekend of April 10-11-12th DAY OF INFAMY DATE: FRIDAY APRIL 10th TIME: STARTS AT 12 GMT +0 SERVER: =F|A= RECRUITING CooP #3 IP: doi3.clan-fa.com:27034 ENEMY TERRITORY DATE: SATURDAY APRIL 11th TIME: STARTS AT 12 GMT +0 SERVER: =F|A= NOQ #1 XPSAVE IP: nq1.clan-fa.com:27960 INSURGENCY DATE: SUNDAY APRIL 12th TIME: STARTS AT 12 GMT +0 SERVER: =F|A= #4 Bot Carnage |MEDIC|ENG|COOP|CUSTOM| IP: ins4.clan-fa.com:27022 Don't forget to join us on Discord https://link.fearless-assassins.com/discord HAPPY EASTER!!!
  11. Welcome to our new RUST Server Rust server IP What is Rust ? Rust is a multiplayer survival game released in 2013 and published in February 2018. Spawn with nothing, get resources, survive(eat, drink, hunt, plant), learn (blueprints) and build incredible things ! More of the main game, on Rust, there is many possibilities to mod the game as zombie mod for example !
  12. Sonic the Hedgehog stars Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz and James Marsden. Paramount Picture's Sonic the Hedgehog movie tells the tale of the beloved Sega video game character Sonic (Ben Schwartz) as he navigates life on Earth with his new human best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) in tow. Sonic and Tom join forces to try to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Robotnik wants to capture Sonic, harness the speedy hedgehog's immense powers and use them for world domination. The flick's first trailer sparked criticism from fans who were unsettled by Sonic's redesign for the live-action film. The outcry was such that the movie's release date has been pushed back to 2020. Here's what we know about the film so far. Who made it? The upcoming movie is directed by Jeff Fowler and marks his feature debut. Fowler won an Oscar in 2005 for his animated short Gopher Broke. Sonic the Hedgehog was produced by Deadpool director Tim Miller. The plot When Sonic speeds past lawman Wachowski at 760 mph, the hedgehog ends up creating an energy surge that knocks out power in the Pacific Northwest. This prompts unamused government officials to call in help from Robotnik. Robotnik becomes obsessed with tracking Sonic down and using his speedy powers for world domination. Jim Carrey plays villain Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Fan reactions When Paramount Pictures revealed a motion poster for the new film in Dec. 2018, fans were upset that the classic Sega video game character Sonic the Hedgehog didn't look exactly like they remembered him. In the poster, instead of his usual cartoony design, Sonic's arms and muscular legs appear almost human. He's also covered in blue fur and wears realistic-looking sneakers. Miller explained that the changes were made to help the character feel like he belongs in a live-action setting. "He's not going to feel like a Pixar character would because I don't think that's the right aesthetic to make it feel like part of our world," Miller said in December 2018. When the movie's first trailer dropped on May 1, fans were even more shocked by Sonic's realistic features, which included humanlike teeth. Fowler responded to the fan outrage about the new design with a tweet on May 2, 2019. "Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount and Sega are fully committed to making this character the best he can be." On May 30, fan and animator Artur Baranov released his own trailer with a different version of Sonic. He replaced the human-legged movie design with a version inspired by the cartoon television show Sonic from the '90s. This is closer to how the fictional hedgehog appears in the Sega video games. When does it come out? Fowler announced on May 24 that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie release date would be pushed from November to Feb. 14, 2020, to give the filmmakers more time to rework Sonic. Meet the (possible) cast Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog (voice) Elfina Luk as Secretary of Homeland Security Frank C. Turner as Crazy Carl James Marsden as Tom Wachowski Jim Carrey as Dr. Ivo Robotnik Lee Majdoub as Agent Stone Melody Niemann as JoJo (as Melody Niemann) Neal McDonough as Maj. Bennington Source https://www.cnet.com/news/sonic-the-hedgehog-movie-cast-plot-release-date/
  13. To all members, regulars, donors and homie's, happy b'day! This is the day when we started the community! It's a long run from that day and I hope we can continue to provide the same! All I have to say is thank you, thank you and thank you for your love, constructive suggestions, helping other players no matter what race, age or language and fair play! Love you all!
  14. I'd like to take a moment to wish all of our U.S. gamers a happy fourth of July. I hope that you and your family enjoy whatever activities that you have planned for the day and that you enjoy some of the firework displays in your city tonight.
  15. Ah yes, Summer is upon us, at last! The silky smooth sands, the breeze of the wind, and the heat of the sun. What can be better than this trifecta? =F|A= SUMMER GAMEDAY 2019!! Join us for a weekend on the sands, battling it out in the scorching blaze of the ball of fire! Who's ready?! Set your dates and mark your calendars for the 22nd & 23rd of June. You are welcome to enjoy all of this on our servers! We'll be hosting the following games: Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Time: 11AM to Midnight GMT+0 Date: Saturday, 22nd June Server Name: =F|A= Beginners #2 Server IP: b2.clan-fa.com:27960 Discord server IP: https://link.fearless-assassins.com/discord Insurgency Time: 11AM to Midnight GMT+0 Date: Saturday, 22nd June Server Name: =F|A= #4 COOP 35 ANGRY BOTS (MEDICS) Server IP: ins4.clan-fa.com:27022 Discord server IP: https://link.fearless-assassins.com/discord Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Time: 11AM to Midnight GMT+0 Date: Saturday, 22nd June Server Name: =F|A= Beginners 24/7 Server IP: Discord server IP: https://link.fearless-assassins.com/discord Day Of Infamy Time: 11AM to Midnight GMT+0 Date: Sunday, 23rd June Server Name: =F|A= Recruiting COOP #3 Server IP: doi3.clan-fa.com:27034 Discord server IP: https://link.fearless-assassins.com/discord PS. BIG shoutout to all the event organisers who helped organise this gameday. Special thanks to @chaos the golden dragon who has made a valiant effort to get this gameday kick started and his buddy KimoForce for dedicating his time to creating our INS, DOI and COD4 posters!
  16. A vast underwater theme park spanning 100,000 square meters off a Bahraini island city and featuring a sunken Boeing 747 is to open in August, the Persian Gulf country has announced. Bahrain is hoping to attract divers from across the globe with the expansive site off Diyar Al Muharraq, a city which sits across seven artificial islands. Billed as the world's largest underwater park, its centerpiece is the decommissioned, specially prepared aircraft. Such a feature might be of dubious taste -- but that hasn't deterred the project managers. The 70-meter-long plane is "the largest ever to be submerged," according to Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, Bahrain's minister of industry, commerce and tourism. The subaquatic project is the product of a partnership between the Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and the private sector. The diving site will also feature a replica Bahraini pearl merchant's house, artificial coral reefs and art sculptures. Residents and tourists will be able to book trips through licensed diving centers by August 2019, Al Zayani said on Monday. "We are proud to launch this unique eco-friendly project," the minister announced. Officials say the new Bahrain attraction adheres to strict environmental standards, and will promote marine life growth and revive the local ecosystem. But marine specialist Adriana Humanes, who has a PhD in Marine Ecology from James Cook University, Australia and is currently based at Newcastle University in the UK, says that artificial coral reefs are not always ecologically sound. "As corals reefs in good health state become less abundant and divers become more skilled and experienced, artificial reefs have become popular alternatives used by governments and the tourism industry to attract visitors to certain areas of interest," says Humanes. "Wreck diving is one of the oldest methods used to construct artificial reefs by providing a structure to marine sessile organisms and fishes." Humanes says that wreck diving provides "unique, diverse and intriguing diving experiences" -- but clarifies that there may be downsides. "Their materials -- copper, copper alloys, aluminum, lead and steel, petroleum hydrocarbons and other potential pollutant -- can be subject to corrosion, [passing] heavy metals into the seawater and affecting the surrounding marine organisms. "Corrosion will also lead to the subsequent loss of structural integrity, potentially affecting marine life living in the area or becoming a safety threat to visitor divers." The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Agency said the aircraft will be specially prepared before it is lowered into the water. "All aircraft surfaces will be subjected to a high-pressure wash with bio-friendly detergents to ensure all post-production coatings, oil and grime are removed," a spokesperson told CNN Travel. "Furthermore, a vast amount of time has been spent removing contaminants from the aircraft. This has included removing all wiring, all hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel systems, and all adhesives, insulation, plastics, rubbers, chemicals or other potential toxic Bahrain's proposition is not the first time an airplane's been deliberately sunk to create a diving attraction. In the United States, a Boeing 727 jet was sunk off the coast of Miami in 1993. It was damaged during Hurricane Gordon in summer 1995. Meanwhile at Mermet Springs in Illinois, a Boeing 727 that featured in the 1990s movie "U.S. Marshals" now lies below water and forms part of a popular diving site. Source https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/boeing-jet-underwater-park-bahrain/index.html
  17. Solar power from moon to Earth — An almost unlimited supply of electricity could be generated on the moon’s surface by huge arrays of solar cells and beamed to Earth by laser. Sunlight falling on a crater … could produce from 10,000 to 100,000 megawatts of power. By comparison, a large hydroelectric dam on Earth produces about 100 megawatts. Solar cells would be more efficient on the moon than on Earth … because of the lack of dimming clouds. There are no solar panels on the moon yet, but scientists are still looking at ways to harness the sun’s energy in space to use as electricity on Earth. A 2012 NASA report proposed a bell-shaped satellite of solar cells that could supply solar energy to Earth, costing roughly $20 billion to launch. China and Japan are further along. China plans to launch small solar power stations into the stratosphere by 2025; Japan has its sights set on a similar one-gigawatt solar plant, generating as much energy as a typical nuclear power plant on Earth, by the 2030s. Source https://www.sciencenews.org/article/50-years-ago-scientists-wanted-build-solar-panels-moon?tgt=nr
  18. Destiny 2's next major expansion is called Shadowkeep, confirmed during the cinematic trailer debut during today's Google Stadia stream. But Bungie's own followup stream has plenty more to say about Shadowkeep, and the future of Destiny as a whole. Things are looking good after the breakup with Activision. Shadowkeep is out this fall and will send players back to the Moon to explore an horror-flavored alien citadel. Apparently the new zone will be twice as big as the Destiny 1 version. The expansion also marks Destiny's move off Battlenet and onto Steam (sayonara, Activision!) and will introduce a free-to-play model that sees Bungie charging for standalone expansions, but giving all the year one content away gratis. The move will also introduce cross-saves for Xbox, Stadia, and yes, PS4 players as well. The base game will be rebranded as Destiny 2: New Light. The free version includes all of the year one missions, activities, and rewards. That will include Strikes (three-player co-op dungeons), player vs. player Crucible modes, and even the original Leviathan raids. Shadowkeep is a standalone expansion. You won't need previous expansions to access Shadowkeep, which reinforces Bungie's plan to sell future updates as standalone releases that players can pick and choose from. The expansion will reconnect players with Eris Morn, which suggests the Hive will be heavily involved. They love the Moon. The new raid will take place in the Black Garden. If you played Destiny 1, you know how important this very vex-y location is. Armour 2.0 is going to double-down on the stats. It appears as though players' gear will now incorporate more mod slots and you'll be able to slot in multiple types to create much more bespoke build. Bungie talked about how in the past it had shied away from the MMORPG label, but was now doubling down on depth and detail. [Updated] Cross-save is coming to Google Stadia, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Bungie noted that cross-save was always planned for Destiny 2, but "reasons" (presumably Activision's exclusivity deal with Sony) prevented implementation. Now you'll be able to hop between platforms with one account to play with different friend groups. There will be a renewed focus on PvP. Crucible players have been complaining about a lack of updates for some time, and though Bungie didn't go to many specifics, it did talk about beloved game types from the past returning. Exclusives are no more, according to Bungie. All weapons, armor, maps, and activities will be available across all platforms. The jump to Steam is happening when Shadowkeep releases, and should expose Destiny to a much larger audience. It sounds like it won't be difficult for Battle.net players to make the transition, either. Bungie says "current PC players will be able to bring all of their progress and purchases with them, including their Guardians, their vaults, and all of their progress—at no cost. We will have full details on how this migration will work later this summer on Bungie.net" You can watch the vidoc going into these details and more below. Source https://www.pcgamer.com/destiny-2-is-going-free-to-play-on-steam-shadowkeep-expansion-detailed/
  19. YouTube has updated its hate speech policies and will now ban videos “with supremacist content,” as well clips promoting certain conspiracy theories. The company, a subsidiary of Google, announced the clampdown on “hateful content” in a blog post on Wednesday. The company had already restricted commenting and sharing features on similar videos in 2017, but the new ban goes one step further. “Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion, YouTube’s insistence that it will ban all forms of “supremacist” videos stands in contrast to a similar policy change at Facebook, which decided to exclusively ban “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” content, seemingly ignoring similar content from, for example, Black separatist or radical Zionism movements. Nevertheless, YouTube presented “videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology” as an example that would break its new rules. In addition to these changes, YouTube said it will reduce the spread of content that does not outright violate its policies, but “comes right up to the line.” The company said that this “borderline” content, including flat-earth conspiracy videos and phony science videos, will be dropped from viewers’ recommendations and replaced with videos “from authoritative sources,” a move that will surely rankle free-speech advocates and those who already accuse the site of bias. Source https://www.rt.com/news/461155-youtube-bans-hate-videos/
  20. One of the perks of AMD's recently announced third-generation Ryzen 3000 CPU lineup is support for PCI Express 4.0, a faster bus protocol that paves the way for speedier graphics cards and quicker NVMe solid state drives. Support for PCIe 4.0 is baked into AMD's new X570 chipset. Up until now, motherboard makers had the option of releasing BIOS updates for older models to also support the feature, with AMD's blessing. However, AMD has decided to pivot on that idea. While it's technically possible to enable PCIe 4.0 support on some previous generation motherboards (primarily higher end X470 and X370 models), the stringent signaling requirements mean that not all of them have that capability. As such, AMD says "the potential for confusion is too high," and so it's working with its hardware partners to remove PCIe 4.0 support from finalized BIOS updates on older boards. AMD's senior technical marketing manager, Robert Hallock, explained the decision in a post on Reddit. "This is an error we are correcting. Pre-X570 boards will not support PCIe Gen 4. There's no guarantee that older motherboards can reliably run the more stringent signaling requirements of Gen 4, and we simply cannot have a mix of 'yes, no, maybe' in the market for all the older motherboards. The potential for confusion is too high," Hallock explained. "When final BIOSes are released for 3rd Gen Ryzen (AGESA 1000+), Gen 4 will not be an option anymore. We wish we could've enabled this backwards, but the risk is too great," Hallock added. Previously, AMD left the decision in the hands of motherboard makers, and some chose to validate certain models for the faster spec. Gigabyte, for example, enabled PCIe 4.0 support on its X470 Aorus Gaming Wi-Fi 7 motherboard. Based on what Hallock posted, support will be reversed in a later BIOS update. AMD provided a slightly expanded statement to our friends at TomsHardware. "Users today may find a PCIe 4.0 option available in their pre-X570 motherboards. However, users should expect this option to be disabled when final retail BIOSes are released to implement full performance and stability for new 3rd Gen Ryzen processors," AMD said. "As pre-X570 motherboards were not designed with PCIe 4.0 in mind, their designs may be incapable of running PCIe 4.0 signaling with the requisite stability and performance. To ensure a reliable and consistent experience in the field, PCIe 4.0 will not be an option ultimately available to pre-X570 motherboards. Users may continue with a beta BIOS if they desire, but performance and stability cannot be guaranteed," AMD added. The requirements for PCIe 4.0 are indeed more stringent than they are for PCIe 3.0—wider motherboard traces and placement of traces on multiple layers of the PCB are necessary, according to what some motherboard makers told TomsHardware at Computex. Newer X570 models are built with this in mind. Nevertheless, this is a bummer for anyone who might have opted to spend a premium on a top-shelf X470 or X370 motherboard, with the goal of future-proofing their setup. On the bright side, those boards will still support AMD's latest Ryzen processors, just not PCIe 4.0. For the average user, that is not going to matter much. PCIe 4.0 doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, enabling faster and more flexible communication between the CPU and chipset, and certain devices. However, the PCIe bus is not much of a bottleneck for graphics cards right now, at least as it pertains to gaming performance. In the here and now, PCIe 4.0 is a potentially bigger boon for storage, and we've already seen a few companies announce new NVMe SSDs that push sequential read speeds of around 5,000MB/s. That is incredibly fast for sure. At the same time, the effect on gaming is negligible. A SATA-based SSD is still good enough. If you happen to have an older motherboard with a beta BIOS that adds support for PCIe 4.0, nobody's going to come knocking on your door to force another update. However, don't be surprised if PCIe 4.0 devices act wonky. Source https://www.pcgamer.com/amd-has-decided-to-block-pcie-40-support-on-all-pre-x570-motherboards/
  21. HELSINKI — China remains on schedule to ready its first independent mission to Mars in time for a short launch window in mid-2020, according to a leading space official. "Mars 2020 mission spacecraft is undergoing integration," Wang Chi, director of the National Space Science Center (NSSC) in Beijing, told SpaceNews in a rare update on the mission. Ambitiously, the mission consists of both an orbiter and a rover, with a total of 13 science payloads. The NSSC will be involved in integration of the instruments with the spacecraft. The orbiter will be equipped with a high-resolution camera comparable to HiRise on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, a medium-resolution camera, subsurface radar, minearology spectrometer, neutral and energetic particle analyzers and a magnetometer. The 240-kilogram solar-powered rover, nearly twice the mass of China's Yutu lunar rovers, will carry a ground-penetrating radar, multispectral camera, a Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy instrument and payloads for detecting the climate and magnetic environment. Meanwhile, the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology, an institute under main space contractor the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), this month completed testing of a variable thrust engine, capable of 7,500 Newtons of thrust, which will provide the majority of deceleration for the landing. Two preliminary landing areas have been selected. The first is Chryse Planitia, close to the landing sites of NASA's Viking 1 and Pathfinder, with the second covering Isidis Planitia and stretches to the western edge of the Elysium Mons region, between the landing sites of Curiosity and Viking 2. Site selection has been driven by a range of factors including flight system engineering constraints and the challenges of entry, descent and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet, and the science goals of the mission. China has landed two spacecraft, Chang'e-3 and Chang'e-4, on the moon, but the challenges for Mars are greater and more varied. The presence of a thin atmosphere poses dangers to the spacecraft through aerothermal heating but does not provide great assistance for slowing or descending via parachute, while the remoteness of Mars means EDL process will be automated. The spacecraft will employ blunt body aerodynamics, a supersonic parachute and powered descent for its landing attempt. Only NASA has succeeded in successfully landing and operating spacecraft on Mars, while Russia and European Space Agency have failed will multiple attempts. A Long March 5, China's most powerful launch vehicle, is required to launch the mission, though the heavy-lift rocket has not flown since a failure in 2017. A return to flight scheduled for mid-July appears to have slipped, as the rocket components have yet to be slipped to the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. A successful launch of the Long March 5 will be required for China to be ready for the Mars Hohmann transfer window in 2020, and missing this low-energy launch period would bring a wait of 26 months until the next mission launch opportunity. Also launching missions to Mars during the launch window in July-August 2020 will be NASA, sending a 1,050-kilogram rover to Jezero crater, the ESA-Russia ExoMars 2020 lander and rover, and an orbiter from the United Arab Emirates. India became the first Asian country to succeed with a mission to the Red Planet with the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft which entered orbit in 2014. China's own first attempt, the Yinghuo-1 spacecraft which piggybacked on the Russian Phobos-Grunt sample return mission, was lost when its Zenit-2SB rocket failed to leave Earth orbit. China's Chang'e-4 spacecraft on the far side of the moon began a sixth lunar day of activities earlier this week, with the Yutu-2 rover awakening at 2:16 p.m. Eastern May 27, and the lander following at 6 a.m. May 28. The Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration made the announcement May 28, stating that all eight science payloads would continue operation. Despite a decrease in drive distances across lunar days, Wang Chi states that Yutu-2, "keeps roving and making observations as scheduled." Yutu-2 drove just 11.76 meters across day five, having covered 120 meters across the first two lunar days of operations. A Chinese language space popularization blog stated following the end of lunar day five that sunlight reflected from the rover body onto the surface was causing issues with the obstacle detection systems, preventing roving. Early results from the Visible and Near Infrared Spectrometer aboard Yutu-2 reported in Nature this month suggest the in-situ detection of materials originating from the lunar mantle in the regolith of Von Kármán crater. Source https://www.space.com/chinas-first-mars-spacecraft-for-2020-launch.html
  22. Now we've got a glimpse of what it's looking like, thanks to the trailer above. Yep, those are certainly some old school ghouls. Plenty of locations familiar from Fallout 3 are visible behind the exploding ghouls, like the Metro Tunnels and Megaton, and fondly remembered outfits like the Vault armor and various bits of raider and merc fashion are visible too. he Capital Wasteland mod had to be delayed for legal reasons, with the team learning they'd have to re-record all of the original game's audio rather than being able to import it directly across. According to the mod team, "Well after finding some incredibly talented people we have decided to attempt re-voicing the game, Other audio such as music will have to wait till such a time as we have people capable of dealing with it." Fingers crossed they don't hit any more significant hurdles. Source https://www.pcgamer.com/watch-a-new-trailer-for-fallout-capital-wasteland/
  23. A search is underway for seven climbers -- four Britons, two Americans and an Australian -- and their Indian liaison officer, who went missing a week ago during an expedition in the Indian Himalayas, local authorities say. The group was attempting to scale Nanda Devi East, one of the highest and most difficult to climb peaks in India at just over 24,000 feet (7,400 meters) tall, local Uttarakhand District Magistrate, Vijay Kumar Jogdande, told CNN. The missing eight were part of a larger team of 12 who set off from the village of Munsiyari on May 13. But 12 days later, on May 25, only four of the group returned to base camp, said Uttarakhand's Senior District Official, R.D. Paliwal. The entire group was supposed to reach its base camp on May 26, according to Jogdande. The base camp is located at 19,685 feet (6,000 meters) above sea level. The company which arranged the expedition, Himalayan Run & Trek, waited a few days after the remaining members of the team failed to arrive before alerting authorities of their disappearance on May 31, Jogdande said. The Indian liaison officer who is among the missing is from the Indian Mountaineering foundation, based in New Delhi. The UK Foreign Office said in a statement it was in contact with Indian authorities following reports that the climbers were missing. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also said it was "providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian that may be among a group of trekkers missing in the Nanda Devi area of India." Three search teams have now reached the first base camp, which is 25 kilometers below the peak. Another team, equipped with medical and civil supplies, is also on its way. A military aircraft is expected to be sent tomorrow to help with the rescue effort. It is unclear whether the climbers went missing during their ascent or descent, or the cause of their disappearance. It follows the deaths of 11 climbers on Mount Everest this year, amid extraordinary images of queues of people waiting to get to the summit, prompting fresh concerns over the increased commercialization of mountaineering expeditions. CNN's Swati Gupta reported from New Delhi, Sheena McKenzie wrote in London. Duarte Mendonca and Sandi Sidhu contributed to this report Source https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/01/asia/8-climbers-missing-indian-himalayas-intl/index.html
  24. WASHINGTON — The governments of the United States and Japan have agreed to further cooperation in space which could include flying Japanese astronauts to the moon. At a joint press conference in Tokyo May 27 with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Donald Trump mentioned cooperation in space exploration as one outcome of their meetings during the president’s visit to the country. "I am pleased to confirm that Prime Minister Abe and I have agreed to dramatically expand our nations’ cooperation in human space exploration," Trump said. "Japan will join our mission to send U.S. astronauts to space. We'll be going to the moon. We'll be going to Mars very soon. It's very exciting." Neither Trump nor Abe elaborated on the nature of that agreement, which was not released. A fact sheet released by the State Department May 27 noted that the two "agreed on the importance of a sustained human presence on and around the moon." "Building on its International Space Station (ISS) experience, Japanese astronauts will strive to join American astronauts on the moon and destinations beyond," the State Department fact sheet noted. A cooperative agreement of some kind between the United States and Japan was expected to be signed during Trump's visit. Japan, a major partner on the ISS, had shown an interest in participating in aspects of NASA's renewed push to return to the moon, including contributing modules to the Gateway facility NASA plans to develop in lunar orbit to support human lunar landings. "It's a great pleasure to collaborate with NASA in that endeavor," Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of the Japanese space agency JAXA, said in a video released by NASA May 28 about international cooperation on the development of the Gateway and its overall lunar plans. In a May 28 tweet, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he was “very excited” about the agreement announced by Trump and Abe. “Japan and [JAXA] are critical partners in our efforts to go forward to the Moon and on to Mars!” With NASA accelerating its plans to return humans to the lunar surface by 2024, versus the 2028 date in its previous plans, major roles for international partners will mostly be deferred to the second phase, which will focus on establishing a sustainable human presence on and around the moon after the 2024 landing. That would include contributions such as Gateway modules, which could give contributing countries slots on later lander missions in much the same way ISS partners get crew slots on space station missions. "Accelerating the landing date to 2024 makes it harder for us to incorporate our international partners early," acknowledged Ken Bowersox, deputy associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA, during a May 28 meeting of a NASA Advisory Council committee. "We're still looking at working with our international partners. A lot of their elements were going to come after 2024 anyway." However, he added that if international partners can accelerate their contributions, "they're welcome to participate in the early phases." It's unclear if this agreement with have any effect on other aspects of U.S.-Japan space activities, government or commercial, but companies welcome the agreement in any event. An example is Japanese company ispace, which is developing commercial lunar landers and is part of a team led by American company Draper that won one of nine Commercial Lunar Payload Services agreements from NASA last November to transport research payloads to the lunar surface. "We are thrilled to learn that the U.S. and Japan will deepen its strong relationship in space exploration through a focused effort on lunar exploration," Takeshi Hakamada, founder and chief executive of ispace, said in a statement to SpaceNews. "Alongside our American partner, Draper, ispace is well prepared and eager to support this new endeavor between the U.S. and Japan." Source https://www.space.com/us-japan-cooperation-moon-return.html
  25. Uber has long deactivated drivers who get low ratings. Now the ride-hailing company is turning the tables. Uber announced Wednesday that those passengers who receive bad marks from drivers will be booted from the platform. But, Uber said, they'll have to "develop a significantly below average rating." If a passenger's rating starts to slip, the company will send tips on how to get it back up, such as being polite, not asking drivers to speed and not leaving trash in the car. Uber will give riders several opportunities to improve their ratings before kicking them off the app. "Respect is a two-way street, and so is accountability. Drivers have long been expected to meet a minimum rating threshold," Kate Parker, Uber's head of safety brand and initiatives, wrote in a blog post. "While we expect only a small number of riders to ultimately be impacted by ratings-based deactivations, it's the right thing to do." Uber drivers have horror stories of door slammers, rude passengers and ride cancelers. And it can get even worse from there, with messy eaters, vomiters, beer drinkers and people having sex. Uber and Lyft driver forums are full of such tales. Deactivating riders is part of Uber's emphasis to get everyone who uses its app to treat each other respectfully. The company also said Wednesday that it's updating its community guidelines and boiling them down to three topics: treat everyone with respect, help keep on another safe and follow the law. What's up with Uber and Lyft's passenger ratings? Uber plans to launch a campaign to educate all riders and drivers about these refreshed ground rules. And, before being able to use Uber, everyone must agree to the new guidelines. If someone is accused of violating them -- depending on the offense -- Uber said it could result in deactivation. "Any behavior involving violence, sexual misconduct, harassment, discrimination, or illegal activity while using the Uber apps can result in the immediate loss of access," Uber wrote in its community guidelines. "Additionally, when law enforcement is involved, we will cooperate with their investigation." Source https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-is-deactivating-passengers-with-low-ratings-now/
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