Report to Congress on Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles

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The following is the July 28, 2020 Congressional Research Service Report, Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress.

From the report

The Navy in FY2021 and beyond wants to develop and procure three types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs). These large UVs are called Large Unmanned Surface Vehicles (LUSVs), Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicles (MUSVs), and Extra-Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs). The Navy is requesting $579.9 million in FY2021 research and development funding for these large UVs and their enabling technologies.

The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet architecture. Compared to the current fleet architecture, this more distributed architecture is to include proportionately fewer large surface combatants (i.e., cruisers and destroyers), proportionately more small surface combatants (i.e., frigates and Littoral Combat Ships), and the addition of significant numbers of large UVs.

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The Indy 500 Might Have a Full 33-Car Field After All

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The Indianapolis 500 traditionally runs a 33-car field with its eleven rows of three cars. The health of sport can often be intuited by the number of cars over the 33 car limit that have entered—but with the coronavirus pandemic not only rescheduling the race but also taking a financial toll on smaller teams, 33 cars actually sounded too ambitious for 2020.



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Thankfully, the Ben Hanley and the No. 81 DragonSpeed Chevy has joined the field at the last minute, rounding out the grid with a solid 33.

Racer reported on August 4 that several teams were aiming to negotiate deals to get their cars on the grid but were cutting it close to the start of practice, which begins on August 12. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any more cars added now that the we have a full 33; it was already pretty

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Massa takes aim at “inconsistent” FE stewards after Di Grassi Berlin spin – Formula E

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An angry Felipe Massa says he ‘doesn’t understand the inconsistent’ Formula E stewards and has criticised his Venturi Racing team for mixing up its Berlin E-Prix strategy.

The 11-time Formula 1 race winner was handed a drivethrough penalty in the third FE race in the German capital after he was apportioned blame for spinning Lucas di Grassi at Turn 1.

Although di Grassi was ahead, he was on the outside line and appeared to turn across the nose of Massa’s car, at which point the two collided in their battle for 10th.

This followed a similar incident between di Grassi and Jean-Eric Vergne in the final laps of the Wednesday race, when the Audi driver turned around the reigning champion but escaped without sanction.

Massa, who had been running in sixth before his drivethrough, said: “I’m fighting, I am inside and [di Grassi] was trying to pass me – I

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Vergne: Broken regen paddle and software issue cost Berlin E-Prix victory – Formula E

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Jean-Eric Vergne has explained how a software glitch and a malfunctioning regen paddle while using attack mode cost him a probable victory in the third Formula E race in Berlin.

The defending champion dominated qualifying to secure pole position over BMW Andretti driver Maximilian Guenther by 0.495s and led comfortably in the opening phase of the race.

But, mimicking his form in the first E-Prix at the Tempelhof Airport venue, in the closing stages he began to lose pace which allowed Guenther to close.

Vergne briefly lost the lead into Turn 1 on lap 30 of 35 but fought back to reclaim the position until Guenther finally made it stick as the DS Techeetah driver defended heavily into Turn 7.

He said: “We need to find something in the data because the start of the race was great.

“But then I hit a cliff. The performance was not here anymore.

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The British rising F1 star lost too soon

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Autosport 70: The British rising F1 star lost too soon

This week in 1973 Roger Williamson was killed amid terrible scenes during the Dutch Grand Prix. At the end of the previous season, in which he had won two F3 titles, Williamson spoke to IAN PHILLIPS for the 14 December 1972 issue of Autosport magazine.

At the age of 24, following two very successful Formula 3 seasons, Roger Williamson is currently one of the hottest properties in British motor racing.

In two seasons the little figure crouched over the steering wheel of Tom Wheatcroft’s F3 March and GRD has won all three F3 championships in Britain, scoring 32 wins altogether. He has raced F2 and F5000 cars on occasions and just recently put in impressive times testing an F1 car.

Williamson’s introduction to competition came at the age of 11 in cycle speedway “but I was never

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Hulkenberg’s F1 results expectations different as a “temporary guest” – F1

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Nico Hulkenberg says his expectations regarding results in his Formula 1 cameo outings in place of Sergio Perez at Racing Point are “a bit different” as a “temporary guest”.

Hulkenberg produced a sensational performance to take third on the grid for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – the second event in two weeks where he is racing Perez’s RP20 car as the Mexican recovers from a positive COVID-19 test.

The former Williams, Sauber, Force India and Renault driver was knocked out in Q2 for last weekend’s British GP at the same Silverstone venue, but he equalled Racing Point’s best qualifying result so far in 2020 as he beat Max Verstappen to third behind the dominant Mercedes drivers on Saturday.

“I’m obviously just here as a temporary guest, so naturally expectations are a bit different, and I’m just going with the flow,” Hulkenberg told the post-qualifying press conference when asked to

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Berlin E-Prix III: Guenther holds off Frijns to secure FE victory by 0.1s – Formula E

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Maximilian Guenther won an incredibly tight Formula E race for BMW Andretti at home in Berlin by just 0.1s over Robin Frijns as polesitter Jean-Eric Vergne slipped to third.

The 22-year-old managed his energy expertly to mount a late surge and pass Vergne but was forced to defend from Frijns in the final corners to score his second series win.

A strong getaway for Jerome d’Ambrosio in third meant he passed Guenther into Turn 1, which allowed DS Techeetah driver Vergne to escape by an early 2s advantage.

Guenther returned the favour on d’Ambrosio on lap two, sending his car up the inside of Turn 6 in an opening phase that became processional until a multi-car crash on lap 11.

A huge lunge from Alexander Sims as he fought for 15th place forced Sergio Sette Camara to brake very late into the Turn 9 hairpin. But the Dragon driver ran

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Ricciardo targeting fight with Hulkenberg in 70th Anniversary GP – F1

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Renault Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is targeting Racing Point’s Nico Hulkenberg in the 70th Anniversary GP after logging his best grid position of the 2020 season thus far.

Ricciardo qualified fifth at Silverstone on Saturday, behind only Mercedes duo Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, Hulkenberg, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

The Australian acknowledged that Verstappen may have better race pace, but he believes he can beat Hulkenberg, with the German’s inevitable lack of race fitness playing a role.

Having been third fastest on Friday Ricciardo looked strong throughout qualifying, and he was as high as third after the first runs in Q3, before dropping to fifth, having been on the medium tyre in both runs.

“Typically, I look at the guys around me,” said Ricciardo of his prospects for Sunday.

“Max you’d think will have a bit more race pace, but he’s starting on the hard, which looks quite

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Electrification beyond powertrain: Changes that vehicles need to adapt to electric mobility

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The advent of electric vehicles means there needs to be a rehaul of the entire ecosystem and architecture of a vehicle and its surrounding environment.

Author: Alexander Klotz, Head of Technical Center India, Continental Automotive India

Carbon emission across the world has increased exponentially in the past decades. In the year 2019, the global energy-related CO2 emission was 33 Gigatons, which includes the power sector, transportation, and industrial emissions. While it might take some time to develop vehicles with zero carbon emissions, electric vehicles are certainly one of the greener alternatives with fewer lifecycle emissions.

Electric Vehicles have been a key discussion point in the automotive industry and governments across the world over the last few years. India launched schemes like FAME I, FAME II, and various tax sops to promote electric vehicles in India. However, when we talk about EVs, we usually think of batteries and powertrain only. EVs

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MotoGP identifies first COVID-19 case in Czech GP paddock

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The MotoGP paddock has detected its first positive COVID-19 case in a member of Dorna Sports’ TV crew, but the Czech Grand Prix weekend is not expected to be affected.

MotoGP has deployed strict protocols amidst the coronavirus pandemic in order to get its delayed 2020 season under way last month with a Jerez double-header.

Amongst the virus prevention measures in MotoGP is a reduced paddock size permitted at each event and races held without fans in attendance.

Those entering the paddock must produce a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to each race, with regular temperature checks carried out.

The paddock deploys its own track and trace app, with social bubbles in operation to avoid any interaction to cut down on possible virus spread.

Autosport learned earlier on Saturday that a member of MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports’ TV team had a presumptive positive test for the virus.

Dorna has now

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