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Dutch cops to ditch helicopters for airships in green bid: agency

by Staff Writers
The Hague (AFP) Dec 20, 2007
Dutch police Thursday said they would do their bit to fight climate change by using airships instead of helicopters to monitor protests and port security in Rotterdam.

"We want to do our little bit," the Police Chief for Rotterdam, Aad Meijboom, told the ANP news agency.

The German-made airships will be equipped with cameras and will be deployed from next year, he said. They will also be used for surveillance of the city's port, which is Europe's largest.

Rotterdam aims to halve gas emissions by 2025 through a variety of measures including the use of low-energy bulbs, tramcars and underground trains.

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Announcement Of Opportunity For Sounding Rocket And Balloon Flights
Kiruna, Sweden (SPX) Nov 27, 2007
The ESA Education Office has today issued an announcement of opportunity for student experiments to be flown on two sounding rockets and one stratospheric balloon, to be launched from Kiruna in Northern Sweden. Selected student teams will have the chance to design and build an experiment suitable for flight on the BEXUS 7 balloon that will be launched in September 2008, or the REXUS 5 and 6 sounding rockets, to be launched in March 2009.

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