Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., in an unconventional move, is installing User Configurable Open Systems (UCOS), supplied by Control Systems International, as the primary SCADA master station and data historian. The system is expected to monitor operations, including the pipeline's leak detection system, and enable operators to control oil movement via object-oriented interfaces and real-time displays. For more information, visit www.csiks.com/pipelines/homepl.htm.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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