Archive for February, 2005

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The Space Race Continues (part II )

2005/02/27

ATOE Successfully Returns to Flight with S2 Rocket
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2005, (Gacudai Gannen ??, 7 Ventôse CCXIII)
IBAP

The newest iteration of the Sarutahico rocket, the S2 returned to the skies and space today with the long-pending mission of orbiting a Bethinaut around the Earth, a feat only completed by the TSRC. This critical step in the efforts of Louisianne and Japan marked a great stride forward. While Louisianne has continued launches of satellites, the Japanese have also begun launching their own satellites, rapidly applying aero-stat technologies to space based platforms.

The S2 is not a re-design of the original Sarutahico, but rather a second step that was already planned and in testing but which had not yet been prepared for roll-out.

Soaring into the skies from the Tanegaxima Space Center at 6:31 p.m. local time, or 0931 PMT (3:31 a.m. LST) from the Yoxinobu launch complex after a 76-minute delay prompted by a communications glitch between the rocket and ground systems. After a short ascent of undisclosed time, an as yet unnamed Bethinaut was delivered into Orbit, circling the globe 5 times before returning to Earth, landing in the Carribean Ocean near the Empire of Saint-Domingue where waiting Louisiannan Navy vessels recuperated the module and allowed the Bethinaut to transfer to a containment unit where they will remain for the near future for testing by Kemrese scientists.

“We must be sure of what the ethers of space have done to the Bethinaut’s body. We cannot, at present, conscience the possible contamination of our persons with biological entities of unknown origin.”

Today’s flight was only the second time a human had left the confines of the atmosphere, and the Bethinaut was the first of the ATOE program and third human to go to space. It is expected that this launch program will continue, and that there will be missions to begin work on Cuxima station in a matter of years, preparatory for the Motxi missions.

President Jean-François Young said of today’s launch, “We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own.

“Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if Louisianne and Japan occupy a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new, terrifying theater of competition and war.”

Her Majesty was not available for comment at the time of press. The next scheduled launch of the S2 carrying ATOE personnel is tentatively planned for 3 months hence. The next satellite launch is expected to be the

Japan’s next H-2A launch is planned for this summer when the Satellite Avançé D’Observation De Terre (SOAT) to carry out remote sensing missions, and will launch in mid-April.

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LTT Captured: Terror Ends

2005/02/27

Ouatchita, Dordogne, Nouvelle Cournouaille, Louisianne
8 Ventôse, CCXIII
IBAP

The infamous LTT serial killings are reputedly brought to rest with the arrest of Denis Louis Rader. Normand Williams, Chef-des-Gendarmes in Ouatchita said today, “The bottom line: LTT is arrested.” Following questioning of an involved party, the gendarmes descended on the home of Rader and arrested him.

At this time officials are waiting for the results of tests to prove the DNA connection to the crimes. Calling himself LTT, or “Liez, torturez, et tuez-les,” the pattern of most of his crimes, police are hopeful that a 30 year investigation is at last at an end.

This case has long been suspected of involvement with Tejan government, as the upswings in activity occured mostly under the junta regimes. With the discovery of Rader, it seems less and less likely that there is Tejan affiliation.

The shock of neighbors was strong. “This is as normal a neighborhood as there is! Kids play in the quiet streets, people walk their dogs, no one’s afraid of anything…to realize there was this cold-blooded killer in our midst is shocking.”

Richard Lamunyon, the former Ouatchita police chief who pledged to find the killer when the string of murders began told IBAP that the Police National and the Gendarmes were cooperatively verifying all indicators of Rader to verify that he is, indeed the killer. “When we focus on a single individual we must be very careful and extremely cautious with what we release to the public.”

“You want to make sure — 100 percent — that if you are, in fact, focusing on an individual, he is the individual that you want.”

It is expected that Louisiannan officials will offer their apologies to Tejas for their false accuations over the years. “We are truly embarassed, and will make a formal apology,” a top official said anonymously.

When questioned, Tejan officials said “We understand the blame coming across the border. We are relieved to see that this terror is over.

In an exclusive interview with IBAP Nicolas Beaudelair, he revealed the joy he felt. “At last I will have closure. My heart is leaping from my chest!” Beaudelair’s parents and siblings were the first killed by LTT “Yet the questions remain. Why my mother and siblings? Why my father? What reasons did he have for killing them? I want answers.”

Louisianne, as most countries these days, does not have a death penalty, however with the Tejan penchant for swift justice the Dordogne Sub-Prefect may allow extradition to Tejas to bring sure and swift end to the miscreant.

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Nam Viet a Crouching Tiger?

2005/02/14

BBC NEWS, in association with ASN

In one of the last strongholds of Imperial views, Gwillam Horshlay finds an economic tiger stepping to light. Next year Nam Viet will celebrate the end of the Great Pacific War and freedom from the Chinese. In the years hence the Emperors of Nam Viet have sought to bring the often backward country to the modern world. Many have esteemed Nam Viet to be nothing more than devastation and farmer’s fields.

Proof of the fallacy of this idea is this fact: Nam Viet is one of the fastest-growing economies in the region, having an annual growth rate of 7%, and Saigon and Huê among the brightest gems of South East Asia.

Not only is Nam Viet seeking and receiving new investment by car and electronics manufacturers, but also by exports of traditional mainstays, such as seafood, silk and timber products.

“Fast economic growth always entails a gap between rich and poor, between the haves and have-nots.” Luong Van Ly, of the Saigon city government said. “We would hope that we can help the wealth to be distributed a bit more evenly. This is of course up to the Emperor and the Parliament.”

Preben Hjortlund, the Scandinavian (Danish) leader of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hue, said Nam Viet is racing forward along the same path as Corea and other East Asian “tiger economies”.

He predicts that Nam Viet will acheive the economic miracle even faster than any of the other East Asian countries.

Nam Viet was deeply shaken by the Great Oriental War, and struggled with its neighbors both economically and militarily for years after that. With the end of the wars, Nam Viet could again begin to look outward. A new policy called doi moi, which means renovation. Doi moi is now bringing quite succulent fruit to the world.

Nguyen Quoc Khanh is one of many vietnamese entrepreneurs, employing 1,700 people in a furniture and interior design company, called AA Corporation, which he founded in Saigon nearly 10 years ago. With an increasing middle class, Mr Khanh’s business has almost literally taken off.

Much of past business was done with rich expatriates. These days he designes residential suites and offices with exquisite elegance for clients in Nam Viet. But he doesn’t plan on stopping there. Seeing the vast untapped markets of Europe, India, and North America he’s looking to branch his already lucrative business into the world at large. “Conditions for business are good,” said Mr Khanh.

“The usual wages for our factory workers are FK£30 to 35 per month here. That’s cheaper than China.”

Uncle Ho, as Bao Long is commonly called has strongly encouraged wealth-creating businesses. There has been no remarkable political dissent because doi moi is delivering rising living standards. But if doi moi falters, that could quickly change.

Due to the imperial arrangements the government is unfortunately rife with cronyism and its evil cousin of corruption. The World Bank has issued careful warnings to the world at large as to the major efforts of Nam Viet to privatize heretofore state-owned enterprises. Since Bao Long has been in power a great deal of internal matters have been rectified as many senior officials in several government ministries have been arrested or dismissed.

Luong Van Ly, a senior planning official in the Saigon government, is one of the open-minded technocrats in charge of the doi moi policy. “Under prior emperors it has been forbidden to question anything that was said by the government. The people should know! The people can debate! The people must have the power to act!”

The latest phase of doi moi involves more sweeping steps to liberalise the economy and attract more foreign investment, as has been seen with recent overtures to the TAR, Japan and even Louisianne. It has also initiated trade talks with the Commonwealth of Nations, and Montrei.

While Nam Viet is poor as compared to other nations, and will need to thoroughly improve the infrastructure, the outlook is strong for this country. But through doi moi, the nation which won its freedom from foreign tyranny so long ago also looks to win the economic freedom as well.

ASN & BBC

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The Space Race Continues

2005/02/10

ATOE Prepares for Crucial Rocket Launch
Aico Hayaxi, IBAP
9 February 2005 12:30 PMT (Paris-Mean-Time)

Lùqiu, JAPAN

After more than six-months of redesign, ATOE has unveiled the next step in its space effort. The massive rocket, the Sarutahico-2 or S2 is slated to be the workhorse of the Luiziano-Nippono space program. Domestically built through Miçubixi Aeronautics, the S2 is a high-stakes move for the flagging efforts of the consortium, and many officials hope it will re-open the way for everything from putting satellites in orbit, to the first Japanese and Louisiannan in space, as well as many scientific missions.

The upcoming launch, scheduled on the Gregorian calendar day fo February 24th is a critical move, as it will be carrying a Louisianna-born Japanese to orbit. The name of the cosmonaut has not yet been released to the press.

After many successful launches, the original Sarutahico rocket was not deemed of sufficient strength to carry a human and all the necessary life support mechanisms for a multiple orbit of Earth. The redesign has produced a most-sturdy rocket. The redesign came after a slap-in-the-face as the Tysk-Scandinaviske-Rum-Compagnie launched not one, but two of their half-sized cosmonauts into space, a feat that ATOE has not yet acheived.

“The success of the S2 rocket launch this time will have a huge impact on the ATOE’s future space programs,” said Caçuji Coyama, a space science professor at Quiotò University. “Japan and Louisianne both understand this, and have moved to pursue a manned space mission as well.”

Officials said Tuesday they are in the final stages of preparation for this month’s launch at Tanegashima, a remote island about 700 miles southwest of Honxù, and temporary launch site for ATOE-East. The rocket will be carrying the cosmonaut and other scientific instruments.

“We believe we are now ready,” said Hiroaci Sato, a spokesman for ISA, Japan’s space agency.

ATOE has several more launches planned for the year ahead.

Questions linger over where ATOE’s space program is headed, however.

ATOE launched its first rocket in only recently, and is one of the very select group of nations that have succeeded in sending a probe to the moon and to space at all. It is planning the seemingly largest moon mission this planet has ever known, as well as sending probes to Venus and Mercury.