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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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The Vapour GT is a study of an extreme supercar created by Swedish design studio Gray Design that could be custom built is a limited series.

The Vapour GT is a concept car developed by Swedish studio Gray Design – founded by Eduard Gray – for the recently launched Zeus Twelve brand, that aims at producing luxury cars and yachts in limited series for private customers and collectors.

The design of the Vapour GT is bold and extreme, with razor-sharp lines and an intricate mix of surfaces and details. Among the distinctive elements are the strengthened glass aerofoils located at the front and rear of the car, that are also visible in the side intakes and cockpit.

The sportscar is based on the lightweight carbon fiber structure of the Caterham SP 300 R racing chassis, which would result in a curb weight of under 900kg, and a projected 0-60 mph time of under 3.2 seconds.







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The Pro Light Camera Backpack is the ultimate companion for the professional photographer. The high-capacity yet compact rucksack allows the user to carry a considerable amount of photo gear and personal items, including a Pro DSLR with 600mm Telephoto Lens attached. The Telephoto Lens Backpack also features Interchangeable dividers that allow you to custom fit the inside of your bag around your gear, and a large capacity cap pouch that can be removed when the extra storage is not needed. A rain cover is also included.









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The Pro Light Camera Backpack is the ultimate companion for the professional photographer. The high-capacity yet compact rucksack allows the user to carry a considerable amount of photo gear and personal items, including a Pro DSLR with 600mm Telephoto Lens attached. The Telephoto Lens Backpack also features Interchangeable dividers that allow you to custom fit the inside of your bag around your gear, and a large capacity cap pouch that can be removed when the extra storage is not needed. A rain cover is also included.








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Peru is interested in a supply of Russian T-90S tanks, but plans are currently considered a medium-term project, Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport deputy general director Sergei Goreslavsky has told RIA Novosti during the exhibition, Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014.
"In collaboration with Uralvagonzavod,Rosoboronexport is working hard to promote the T -90S. This project continues to be the focus of Peruvian leaders, but is has earned a medium-term due to a number of political circumstances, such as the upcoming presidential elections," said Goreslavsky.
Peru's Ministry of Defense announced the possibility of buying some 140 T-90S tanks in the future after receiving prototypes of the Russian battle tank for trials in May of 2013 in Lima. Peru currently uses 300 AMX-13 French light tanks in addition to 300 obsolete Soviet-made T-55 tanks.
Though the T-90S trials have proved successful, a contract to supply the tanks to Peru has not yet been signed.
According to Goreslavsky, the Peruvian leadership is focused on the project with aims of establishing production of the Russian Kamaz trucks, including military versions, which can potentially be used for civilian purposes.
The modified T-90S is fitted with an increased power multi-fuel 1,130-h.p. diesel engine, giving the vehicle a top speed of over 60 km/h (37 miles per hour) on roads and up to 45 km/h on rough terrain, according to its manufacturer, Uralvagonzavod .
The 46.5 ton tank's redesigned turret features a modernized 125-mm gun fitted with an autoloader, capable of firing 9M119M missiles, new fire control, navigation and communications systems, and a remotely-controlled mounted 7.62-mm machine gun. It has a crew of three, who are protected by explosive reactive armor and an NBC protection system.
The Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition is being held in the South African capital of Pretoria from September 17 to 21. Rosoboronexport is one of many exhibitors participating in the premier exhibition of air, sea and land technologies. [via]

Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Designer Paul Guerin and wood craftsman Till Breitfuss got together to create Keim, a company that manufactures bikes made from ash wood with unprecedented rigidity and lightness. Their wonderfully streamlined Arvak Bicycle is a true work of art, the minimalist, simple and clean-lined ride, is the result of the designers quest for the "perfect bicycle". Arvak´s lightweight frame is completely hollow, and made from a composite of 24 layers of laminated vacuum bonded with a resin of biological origin. The bike is equipped with high-quality technical components, and is limited to only 20 units.






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The Type 1 stands out from the crowd in a number of ways, including its longitudinally mounted flat-twin engine format and cast aluminum monocoque chassis. The Type 1 has gone through over a year’s worth of testing and fine tuning, logging thousands of miles in the process. It’s all about personalization here, as those who can afford one will get to pick their paint scheme, along with several hardware finishing options. You want leather? Try choosing from 45+ types. Reservations are being taken right now, but the first batch of deliveries won’t come until 2016.




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Leica have just announced at the Photokina show in Germany, the beautiful Leica M Edition 60, a commemorative limited edition on the 60th anniversary of this legendary camera. This unique version takes you back to the basics of photography, it has been stripped to its bare functions and essential camera features required for digital photography – shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity. Strictly limited to 600 examples worldwide, the Leica M Edition 60 will hit Leica Stores and Boutiques starting October 2014




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An ongoing discussion about restarting Rooivalk production includes an option to design a new platform based on technology developed for South Africa’s indigenous attack helicopter, says Denel Group chief executive Riaz Saloojee.

Last March, South African defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula publicly expressed interest in restarting a Rooivalk production line that has gone dormant since 2007 after delivering only 12 aircraft, but offered no details on timing or funding.

Those discussions between the Ministry of Defence and Denel Group are ongoing, Saloojee says. The talks have also broadened to consider additional options, including development of a new aircraft.

Asked if Denel would restart production of the Block 1F standard of the Rooivalk that entered service in 2011, Saloojee instead described the ongoing talks as taking a broader view.

“We’re not sure if it could be a new platform completely based on the same technology,” Saloojee says. “We don’t know. But definitely we are discussing a roadmap going forward.”

Saloojee declined to define a minimum number of orders that would be required to justify relaunching Rooivalk production or starting a new development programme.

“We are in analysis phase at the moment. We are looking at the feasibility not only from a manufacturing perspective but also a market perspective – what is the investment that is going to be required over what period. So all of those decisions need to be considered before a decision is taken,” he says.

The Rooivalk was launched in 1984 by a predecessor company of Denel called Atlas Aircraft Corporation during the apartheid era, when sanctions limited the country’s access to weapons systems. It leaned heavily on the engine and dynamic components designed for South Africa’s Oryx helicopter, which includes elements of the Puma and Super Puma aircraft.
The Rooivalk programme, however, was delayed as South Africa shifted suddenly into the post-apartheid era 10 years later. The aircraft finally entered service in 2011 with weapon system and gearbox upgrades developed to meet the Block 1F standard.

The aircraft was deployed in a combat situation for the first time in 2013. A South African unit assigned to a United Nations peacekeeping force deployed the Rooivalk against artillery positions of the March 23 Movement, a rebel army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that had shelled civilians.

“We’re saying we’ve got this technology, we’ve got this platform, surely,” says Saloojee. “There must be a roadmap going forward in order to secure the technology and the future capabilities that we plan.” [via]

Friday, 19 September 2014

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Tired of watching reruns of The Jetsons, Slovakian Engineer ┼átefan Klein rolled up his sleeves and created the first prototype of the Aeromobil in the 90s, and has been slaving away at the project ever since. At this point, he’s calling it the Aeromobil 2.5, and it features a 19-foot long body, Rotax 912 engine, carbon-coated steel frame, and collapsible wings. With room for two, the vehicle can reach a top speed of 124 mph and take off and land. There’s no word on whether Klein will market his invention, but the deep-pocketed thrill seekers among us eagerly await his decision. 




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