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« Reply #4050 on: May 21st, 2011, 07:32am »

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Exclusive: Syria’s ‘Video Soldiers’ Bear Stark Witness to Political Violence
By Dwight Holly
May 20, 2011 | 7:35 pm
Categories: Info War, Miscellaneous

WARNING: The videos in this report include violently graphic scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

Editor’s note: Some dissident Syrian soldiers ordered to violently suppress pro-democracy protests have been risking their lives to secretly shoot and upload video of the deadly clashes. The author of this article recently met with several soldiers in a Damascus suburb.

The real identities of all of the people in this story, including the author, have been withheld to prevent reprisals. Similarly, the videos included with this report, some of which the author says were recorded by Syrian soldiers, have been altered by Wired.com to conceal the identities of the people in them.

Wired.com acknowledges the assistance of Meedan, a community for Arabic-English dialogue and translated current affairs, in reporting this story.

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Osama is 22 years old, green-eyed and short-haired, and loves wearing casual jeans and colored graffiti T-shirts. He is a soldier serving the Syrian army, but sometimes he leaves his uniform at the military base and bribes his chief officer, to take a day off.

He recently traveled here to go hunting for a brand-new video-equipped smartphone in Bahtha, the tech district of the Syrian capital where you can find every sort of electronics at a bargain price.

“They told me that Israel had occupied Daraa, and some people there were siding with Zionism against our president, so we had to go and liberate the city,” he says. But “there was no Israeli occupation there. We were actually occupying the city, there was nobody else”.

Like Osama, Ahmed, Rami and Mansour are soldiers in their 20s. They are here on their day off after a recent military action in [warning: links to graphic video] Izraa to meet with a tech-savvy friend and hand over graphic footage they shot inside a hospital immediately after a bloody clash with protesters.

The friend, who coordinates teams of so-called video soldiers with a satellite link from a suburban flat, takes their full flash cards and gives them back empty ones. In the past weeks, he has been uploading and circulating the mobile camera shots from Ahmed, Rami, Mansour and others on a number of video-sharing web platforms and on major TV channels.

“I decided to start filming and documenting the truth when I realized the amount of lies we are forced to believe at the army,” says Rami, echoing other soldiers interviews by Wired.com here who say they are determined to bear witness to the violence, despite the personal cost.

After more than two months of unrest and 850 confirmed deaths, the Syrian uprising has reached a new crisis point. On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama made his first public address dedicated to the Middle East uprisings that started last December in Tunis, then spread to Egypt and many other Arab countries.

it was the first time Syria was mentioned publicly by Obama, who made it clear that the U.S. will stand with the people’s legitimate demands for freedom. He has called upon the Syrian President Bashar al Asad to adopt a serious program of reforms, or leave.

But, as has already been the case in Tunisia and Egypt, the most important factor in determining the final outcome will be the position of the national army.

So far the Syrian military has not sided with the protesters, but some people — such as the soldiers drawn to the secret suburban flat here to bear witness to the violence — believe it is just a matter of time.

Slogans like “Syrian people and the army are one” are being heard at the demonstrations all over Syria. Protesters have been singing the national anthem, which highly praises the military.

People serving in the army are just ordinary Syrians, and for the first time many of them have been confronted with the dilemma of shooting at other fellow Syrians for reasons that are still unclear.

Military service is compulsory in Syria, and lasts almost two years. When called on duty, young Syrians have to go, unless they are the only male child in a family or unless they have had the privilege of living abroad for more than 5 years, in which case they can pay and clear their obligations towards the Syrian state. In 2010, army regulars were estimated at 220,000 troops, with an additional 300,000 in reserve.

Osama, Ahmed, Rami and Mansour are united in their criticism of the government, but they have very different personal stories, family backgrounds, social classes and religious beliefs.

Before joining the army, Rami was a journalist, Ahmed had a shop, and Mansour was trying to study at the university — without much success. Osama answers with a silent smile when asked about it: He was probably doing something illegal, and that’s how he has learned the “casual bribe” in order to obtain favors, even in the army.

“There are many people inside the army who think that what’s going on it’s wrong,” says Mansour. “They are still silent, but who knows in the future how they will react.”

Business day is over in Damascus, and Osama is done with his shopping. He is ready to go back to the military base, with a brand new smartphone in his hands.

“This will be my weapon,” he says and, smiling again, adds: “Maybe one day, when this is over, I will throw my gun away and become a video reporter. Inshallah.”

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Family finds Ł28,000 in new home – then returns it

A man in Utah discovered $45,000 (Ł28,000) stuffed into tins and boxes in the attic of the new home he had just bought – and gave the money back to the previous owner's six children.

5:22PM BST 20 May 2011

Josh Ferrin was exploring the house he had just bought when he made the discovery.

"I freaked out, locked it my car, and called my wife to tell her she wouldn't believe what I had found," said Mr Ferrin, who works as an artist for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.

Along with his wife and children, they spread out thousands of notes on a table, separating the bundles one by one. They stopped counting at $40,000.

Despite being tempted to keep the money to help him pay for mounting bills and broken down car, Mr Ferrin sought out the children of the home's previous owner, who had died, and gave them the money.

"I'm not perfect, and I wish I could say there was never any doubt in my mind. We knew we had to give it back, but it doesn't mean I didn't think about our car in need of repairs, how we would love to adopt a child and aren't able to do that right now, or fix up our outdated house that we just bought," he said. "But the money wasn't ours to keep and I don't believe you get a chance very often to do something radically honest, to do something ridiculously awesome for someone else and that is a lesson I hope to teach to my children."

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Michael Ovitz Sued for $203K in Legal Fees Related to Pellicano Wire-Tapping Case

A law firm also alleges it was never paid for a dispute with Ovitz's former business partner Peter Levin.

5:12 PM 5/20/2011
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The Los Angeles law firm that included attorney Eric George has filed suit against former talent agent and executive Michael Ovitz and a related corporation for failing to pay $203,881.77 in legal services for work they did on several cases.

The law firm of Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George LLP (DSKBWG) says it is owed money for legal work done for Ovitz and CKE Associates on its own and on behalf of the bankruptcy estate of attorney Marc Dreier. That work started in 2005 and ended when Ovitz stopped using the firm in 2009.

The suit filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court describes CKE as a shell company through which Ovitz sometimes conducts business.

Among cases the suits says the firm worked on and which Eric George oversaw are a dispute with Ovitz’s former business partner Peter Levin and a suit brought against Ovitz by entertainment journalist Anita Busch in connection with the Anthony Pellicano wire-tapping scandal.

Busch’s suit charges that Ovitz and others made threats against her, including threats against her life. The case had been on hold while other matters related to Pellicano went on, but that civil suit is now going forward.

The suit brought against Ovitz on behalf of DSKBWG was filed by attorneys Bryan Freedman and Jesse Kaplan. It opens by quoting Ovitz as saying, “If you’re not being sued by someone, then you must be doing something wrong.” It goes on to say Ovitz “would apparently rather fight for a ‘litigation discount’ than pay what is rightfully owed.”

The suit also asks that Ovtiz pay interest on what is owed and the plaintiff’s legal costs.

George is a well-known attorney now with Brown Wood George LLP. He has been in the news in recent months representing Oksana Grigorieva, for whom he reportedly negotiated a $15 million settlement with actor Mel Gibson. George is separately said to be taking legal action against Grigorieva for not paying his fee for that case.

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National Geographic channel has a series on tomorrow (Sunday) about aliens:

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What if an extra-terrestrial force attacked Earth? What might that look like and how will the people of Earth respond? Consulting a cast of world-renowned scientists, survival experts and defense experts, this two-hour special, Alien Invasion explores this frightening scenario. Experts reveal what could motivate alien invaders to attack Earth, and speculate on how the attack might play out -- the strategy alien invaders might use and the most effective ways for humans to respond. We'll turn to science and history to figure out what works. We'll show how humanity can survive this ultimate test.


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Afghan insurgents storm police outpost, kill 3 officers

The four attackers also die. The assault in the city of Khost continues a pattern of strikes targeting symbols of government authority.

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1:34 AM PDT, May 22, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan

In what has become a near-daily drumbeat of insurgent attacks on Afghan government and security installations, a team of gunmen and bombers on Sunday stormed a police outpost in an eastern city, killing three police officers. The four assailants died as well, officials said.

The early-morning onslaught in the city of Khost typified a pattern of insurgent strikes that has taken hold as this spring "fighting season" gathers force -- a coordinated assault on a site that symbolizes government authority.

In Sunday's attack, the target was a relatively humble one: a compound belonging to the traffic police. A day earlier, a suicide bomber hit the country's largest military hospital in the capital, Kabul, killing six medical trainees.

Khost, which lies not far from the Pakistan border, is a frequent attack site despite the presence of a large NATO base on its outskirts. Several insurgent groups are active in the area, including the Taliban and the Haqqani network, which is based in Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Sunday's strike.

The Khost provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Hakim Hisaqzai, said the attack, which set off a firefight lasting several hours, was apparently intended to be even larger in scale. Police recovered a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and an explosives-laden vehicle that apparently failed to detonate, he said.

At one point, the attackers used the police building's upper floors to fire on arriving government reinforcements, officials said. Hisaqzai said authorities were investigating how the attackers managed to breach the compound's defenses so quickly.

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Barack Obama warns that he is ready for future Pakistan raids.

President Barack Obama says he would order another covert military raid like that which killed Osama bin Laden if it was necessary to stop terrorist attacks.

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10:06AM BST 22 May 2011

Pakistan is furious that that United States sent Navy Seals to raid bin Laden's Pakistan hideaway earlier this month without informing Pakistani authorities.

"We are very respectful of the sovereignty of Pakistan," President Obama. "But we cannot allow someone who is actively planning to kill our people or our - our allies' people - we can't allow those kind of active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action."

He said he could not allow "active plans to come to fruition without us taking some action," and would send troops again if a senior Taliban leader was found in Pakistan.

Mr Obama said that he had always made clear that he would take a clear shot at Bin Laden if one came clear.

Pakistan authorities were investigating how Bin Laden was able to stay in Pakistan without being detected for many years. President Obama said the al qaeda leader must have had an external support network outside the compound but that he did not have a definitive answer on the extent of official involvement in providing a safe haven in Pakistan.

He said that Afghanistan was beginning to progress now that the Nato allies were not distracted by the war in Iraq.

Obama begins a six-day trip to Europe on Monday, visiting Ireland, Britain, France and Poland.

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Syria's defiant women risk all to protest against President Bashar al-Assad.

Women on the frontline of demonstrations against Syria's brutal regime are now being targeted by security forces.

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Saturday 21 May 2011 18.45 BST

They came for the men first, as the security forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad killed, beat and arrested people protesting against his regime.

Next, they came for the women of Syria's revolution. Despite the threats, however, they refuse to be silenced.

As the violence has become worse, women activists have organised a Friday protest of Free Women showing solidarity with those seized or killed. Women-only protests in towns across the country have led the effort to let the outside world know what is happening in Syria. But they are now being targeted as well, with the same lethal brutality.

Two weeks ago three women were shot dead at an all-women march near the besieged city of Banias. A week later human rights activist Catherine al-Talli, 32, was detained in the Barzeh district of Damascus after being forced off a minibus when it was stopped at a checkpoint by the secret police.

Others, such as Razan Zeitouneh, whose husband has been arrested, have been forced into hiding as evidence emerges that the regime is targeting relatives of those it is seeking to arrest.

Yesterday it was Zeitouneh who reported that the final death toll for the latest crackdown on Friday protests by the regime had been 30. Twelve were reported dead in Ma'aret al-Nu'man, south of the city of Aleppo, after tanks entered the town earlier in the day to disperse protesters; 11 in the central city of Homs and seven in Deraa, Latakia, the Damascus suburbs and Hama.

"Reem" – we have changed her name to protect her family – spoke to the Observer from Syria last week. Aged 22, she is expecting her first child in the next few weeks. Her husband, an anti-regime activist, has been arrested twice and is now in detention. Her father was invited to a meeting with a senior member of the regime and detained afterwards.

Reem has been arrested once. In common with activist friends, she expects a knock on her door from the security forces at any moment. She is still ready to risk prison by talking about the murderous repression in her country.

"I have women friends who have been arrested like me," she said. "But then they just go out again to protest. One of my friends was arrested for collecting medical supplies for the people in Deraa. She was beaten at the security branch and they forced her to take off her headscarf. She was held for two weeks and released two days ago.

"She is very enthusiastic and active. She is getting ready to protest again. The only thing that is keeping me at home right now is that I'm expecting a baby in two weeks."

For now, Reem has to content herself with reporting what she has seen and what she knows, which is dangerous enough in a country where the international media are largely banned. "If you tell the truth," she said, "there is a big chance of arrest. You risk being beaten and being treated with no dignity."

That treatment was described last week by Dorothy Parvaz, an al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested by the Syrians in Damascus and encountered a number of terrified young women in the security barracks where she was held. Upon her release, Parvaz described how two of the young women she met had simply been plucked off the street for no apparent reason. "One had been there for eight days when I met her," wrote Parvaz last week. "And she looked ill. The food we were given three times a day – fetid, random and at times rotting – mostly had the effect of making her vomit, but she was too hungry to stop eating."

Reem has an explanation for the detention of these young women. "They have been arresting anyone with a phone they see in the streets," she said. "They do not want anyone to take pictures, to tell the world what is happening."

Reem describes seeing one young woman being dragged by security forces into a shop at a demonstration. "We saw a young girl and some security men in civilian clothes. They grabbed her by the head and dragged her off, calling her a traitor. She said: 'I'm not a traitor!' They pulled her into a shop and we tried to reach her, but they shut the door on us and then took her somewhere else.

"Women have played a really important role since the first protests in March – non-violent activists like myself and the mothers and sisters of prisoners of conscience."

And the part women are playing has become ever more important. "In some areas," says Ameera, a human rights lawyer, "so many of the men have been killed, arrested or injured it is the women who have been left to protest. The biggest problem is trying to find the people who have disappeared. The security forces won't say where they are, and the families are afraid to speak out."

For some – like Ameera – the threat has succeeded in persuading them to stay at home. She now feels unable to protest. "It feels like you are waiting for your turn to be arrested. I am expecting to be arrested at any moment. I am not scared for myself, but I am afraid for my family."

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Milky Way Galaxy Has Mirror-Like Symmetry
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Science News May 21, 2011 | 7:00 am
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A newly discovered star-forming arm at the fringes of the Milky Way may be a vast, outer extension of the arm Scutum-Centaurus.
The finding suggests that the Milky Way has a rare symmetry, with one half of the galaxy the mirror image of the other half.
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A new study suggests the Milky Way doesn’t need a makeover: It’s already just about perfect.

Astronomers base that assertion on their discovery of a vast section of a spiral, star-forming arm at the Milky Way’s outskirts. The finding suggests that the galaxy is a rare beauty with an uncommon symmetry — one half of the Milky Way is essentially the mirror image of the other half.

Thomas Dame and Patrick Thaddeus of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., say the structure they’ve discovered is most likely the outer extension of the Scutum-Centaurus arm from the inner galaxy. The finding suggests that Scutum-Centaurus wraps all the way around the Milky Way, making it a symmetric counterpart to the galaxy’s other major star-forming arm, Perseus.

The two arms appear to extend from opposite ends of the galaxy’s central, bar-shaped cluster of stars, each winding around the galaxy, the researchers note in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Dame found evidence for the new structure while reviewing galactic data on atomic hydrogen gas, which radiates at a radio wavelength of 21 centimeters. After tracing the extension of the arm in the 21-centimeter radio emission, “I was in the unique position of being able to walk up two flights of stairs to the roof of my building [at Harvard] and search for carbon monoxide emissions from molecular clouds using the CfA 1.2-meter radio telescope,” says Dame. Molecular gas clouds contain the raw material for making stars.

“This is a major new discovery,” comments Robert Benjamin of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “Dame and Thaddeus have found evidence for a large-scale coherent structure, spanning 60 degrees in the sky … which contains giant molecular gas clouds very far from the galactic center.” The newfound structure lies about 49,000 light-years from the galaxy’s center, and one of the arm’s many large molecular clouds contains an amount of molecular hydrogen equivalent to that of 50,000 suns.

Virtually every spiral arm in the Milky Way has been found in sections, Dame notes. When astronomers realized that the Sagittarius arm, found in the northern sky, and the Carina Arm, in the south, were part of a single, larger structure, they became known as the Sagittarius-Carina Arm. Similarly, since Dame and Thaddeus believe the new arm is an extension of Scutum-Centaurus, “we suggested ‘Outer Scutum-Centaurus’ as a more logical name,” Dame says. The structure is longer than the known parts of the Scutum-Centaurus arm, he adds.

The new feature was previously overlooked because it tilts out of the plane of the galaxy, following the outer galaxy’s warp. Most studies examining spiral arms focus on the galaxy’s plane, says Dame.

The team’s “identification of the feature as a discrete structure is new, and the discovery that it contains molecular gas makes a very strong case for this being a spiral arm,” Benjamin notes.

Mapping all the carbon monoxide in the newfound feature will take several years, says Dame. Nonetheless, the galactic symmetry revealed by the new observations, along with previous evidence, suggests that the Milky Way’s spiral structure is both simpler and easier to study than had long been assumed, he and Thaddeus note. “We’ve not proven that, but it’s evidence in that direction,” says Dame.

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Iceland closes main airport as powerful Iceland volcano eruption sends ash 12 miles into air

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Iceland closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights Sunday as a powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles (20 kilometers) into the air.

The eruption was far larger than one a year ago that caused international travel chaos — but scientists said it was unlikely to have the same widespread effect.

University of Iceland geophysicist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson said the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano was “much bigger and more intensive than Eyjafjallajokull,” the volcano whose April 2010 eruption shut Europe’s airspace for five days.

“There is a very large area in southeast Iceland where there is almost total darkness and heavy fall of ash,” he said. “But it is not spreading nearly as much. The winds are not as strong as they were in Eyjafjallajokull.”

He said the ash is coarser than in last year’s eruption, falling to the ground more quickly.

The ash plunged areas near the volcano into darkness and covered buildings, cars and fields in a thick layer of gray soot Sunday. Civil protection workers urged residents to wear masks and stay indoors.

Airport and air traffic control operator ISAVIA said Keflavik airport, the country’s main hub, was closed at 0830 GMT (4:30 a.m. EDT), and would stay shut for the rest of the day.

Spokeswoman Hjordis Gudmundsdottir said the ash plume was covering Iceland, but “the good news is that it is not heading to Europe.”

She said the ash was blowing northwest toward Greenland instead.

Trans-Atlantic flights were being diverted away from Iceland, and there was no indication the eruption would cause the widespread travel disruption triggered last year by ash from Eyjafjallajokull.

In April 2010, officials closed the continent’s air space for five days, fearing the ash could harm jet engines. Some 10 million travelers were stranded.

The Grimsvotn volcano, which lies under the uninhabited Vatnajokull glacier about 120 miles (200 kilometers) east of the capital, Reykjavik, began erupting Saturday for the first time since 2004.

Gudmundsson said the new eruption was 10 times as powerful as that one, which lasted for several days and briefly disrupted international flights. He said the eruption was Grimsvotn’s largest for 100 years.

Grimsvotn also erupted in 1998, 1996 and 1993. The eruptions have lasted between a day and several weeks.

Sparsely populated Iceland is one of the world’s most volcanically active countries and eruptions are frequent. Grimsvotn and Iceland’s other major volcanoes lie on the Atlantic Rift, the meeting of the Euro and American continental plates.

Eruptions often cause local flooding from melting glacier ice, but rarely cause deaths.

Gudmundsson said it was hard to predict how long the eruption would last, but there were signs it might be slowing.

“There are some signs the eruption plume is getting lower now,” he said. “We may be seeing the first sign that it is starting to decline.

“In 2 or 3 days the worst should be over.”

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SETI Institute Workshop on Enceladus


Category: Astrobiology and Life Sciences

Event Format: Conference

Date: 23-24 May 2011

Location: SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA US

At the moment, the bulk of the evidence collected by various instruments on Cassini points with high probability to salty liquid water as the source of the moon's towering south polar jets, making this subterranean extraterrestrial habitable zone the most accessible in our solar system.

Because of the significance and implications of these findings, we deem the examination and promotion of Enceladus urgent. However, because it has been a late-comer to the astrobiology scene, what Enceladus offers as the most promising place in our solar system to search for signs of life, or even pre-biotic chemistry, based on liquid water is often overlooked.

We are trying to rectify this situation by bringing together astrobiologists, planetary scientists actively studying Enceladus, mission designers, and members of the press for a two-day conversation focused on this moon.

And we'd like you to join us.

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Hey Crystal! I see you got left behind at the Rapture too!

Williams WASP X-Jet

The Williams X-Jet, created by Williams International, was a small, light-weight Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) system powered by a modified Williams F107 turbofan aircraft engine. This vehicle was nicknamed "The Flying Pulpit". It was designed to be operated by and carry one person and controlled by leaning in the direction of desired travel and adjusting the power. It could move in any direction, accelerate rapidly, hover, and rotate on its axis, staying aloft for up to 45 minutes and traveling at speeds up to 60 miles per hour (100 km/h). It was evaluated by the U.S. Army in the 1980s, and was deemed inferior to the capabilities of helicopters and small unmanned aircraft.

Other VTOL systems developed by Williams International included a jet-powered flying belt developed in 1969, which was powered by a Williams WR19 turbofan, and the WASP (Williams Aerial Systems Platform) developed in the 1970s, which was powered by the more powerful WR19-9.

Specifications (X-Jet)

General characteristics
• Crew: One pilot
• Height: 4 ft 0 in (1.22 m)
• Footprint: 4 ft˛ (0.4 m˛)
• Empty weight: 401 lb (182 kg)
• Loaded weight: 550 lb (250 kg)
• Powerplant: 1 × modified Williams F107 turbofan, 600 lbf (2.7 kN)

Performance
• Maximum speed: 60 mph (96 km/h)
• Range: endurance of 30-45 minutes ()
• Service ceiling: 10,000 ft (3,049 m)
• Thrust/weight: 1.11

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