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Sunday, 26 May 2013

26 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. High-Power Marine Laser System (SMLK)

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. High-Power Marine Laser System (SMLK). 2013


The concept of the High-Power Marine Laser System (SMLK) received its first presentation at the 41st International Exhibition of Inventions in April 2013. Use of the laser will double the icebreaking ability of ships and reduce loads on marine engineering structures, as well as safely eliminate oil spills, without harm to the environment. The SMLK designers had to address such problems as allowing icebreakers and icebreaking vessels to navigate through heavier ice cover, increasing the width of passage through the ice, eliminating oil spills in the extraction and processing of oil reserves, and reducing ice loads on engineering structures working on the continental shelf, amongst other things. The laser system has a fibre laser, a fibre-optic cable installation, guidance and focusing hardware to aim and focus laser beam, and a power supply. A scale-model SMLK confirmed the fundamental ability of a powerful laser to destroy ice cover to a thickness of 1-2 metres (3.3-6.6 feet) when using a fibre laser with a continuously radiated power of 30 kW. In addition, one could fit more-powerful lasers in the SMLK installed on nuclear and diesel icebreakers and icebreaking ship classes, if their power plants are sufficient to supply a more powerful laser system.

20 May 2013





Tuesday, 21 May 2013

21 May 2013. Ura! It’s Polar Exploration Day!

00 Sergei Yolkin. Ura! It’s Polar Exploration Day! 2013

Ura! It’s Polar Exploration Day!

Sergei Yolkin



RIA put this up on the English side of the site today, and they lazily posted the Russian version, without any edits. On the banner on the Polar explorers ice floe, it said “Polar Station” in Russian, so, I Englished it as “North Pole Station-40″, the current drift station. I used PhotoShop Elements, nothing fancy, so, it’s clear that the RIA staffer could have done the same. Hell, I upped the canvas size and cloned in additional seascape and waves… so, don’t tell me that it was difficult…


Russia marked 21 May as polar Exploration Day for the first time. This day was when the first Polar Drifting Ice Station, North Pole-1, commenced operations in 1937. Sergei Yolkin gives us his take on the affair.

21 May 2013

Sergei Yolkin



Click here for an image gallery, and here for a vid in English


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