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energyUnited States is now the largest global crude oil producer

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The United States passed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest crude oil producer earlier this year, based on preliminary estimates in EIA’s (Energy Information Administration). EIA expects that U.S. crude oil production will continue to exceed Russian …

energyRussian MBIR sodium cooled fast reactor on track to 2020 completion

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The Russian MBIR is a 150 MWt, sodium-cooled fast reactor and will have a design life of up to 50 years. It will be a multi-loop research reactor capable of testing lead, lead-bismuth and gas coolants, and running on MOX …

futureRussia stopping Proton M rocket project as it cannot compete against SpaceX and China

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Russia has stopped development of the Proton M rocket. Russia had indicated a month ago that they were giving up on commercial space launch. Russia cannot compete with SpaceX or China in launch costs. Angara rocket still going forward Above …

chinaChina and Russia looking at 27 floating nuclear reactors but ThorCon and Indonesia could scale to 100 per year

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Floating nuclear power plants offer several economic advantages. A large percentage of the cost of a nuclear power plant is the construction and installation of the plant itself. This cost can vary and increase if the site has challenging weather …

iranIran getting low enriched uranium back from Russia

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Iran is taking back another batch of the 20% enriched uranium stockpiles that were sent to Russia as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. 11 tons of low enriched uranium was originally sent from Iran to Russia. Iran has already …

airplanesUSA, Russia and China next generation fighters will have Photonic radar for long range detection of stealth planes

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Russia, China and the USA will have ultra-high resolution photonic radar on future planes to spot and target stealth fighters. Russia has started to invest in military applications of photonic radar technology. The Pentagon has a lead with photonic radar …

economic impactUS Tariffs and Sanctions crushing Turkish Lira, Russian Ruble and other currencies

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The Russian Ruble is at its weakest level in nearly two years with ruble touching 66.7099. The US will be applying new sanctions for Russia’s use of a chemical agent, Novichok, to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the …

launchRussia will spend $24 billion to develop a large rocket by 2028

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Russia will spend $24 billion to develop a super-heavy carrier rocket is intended to deliver over 70 tonnes of cargo into low near-Earth orbit. This would be a bit over the payload capacity of the SpaceX Heavy. The construction of …

air forceChina is constantly improving stealth planes, drones and engines

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In 2019, China will start deploy J-20B stealth fighters with a new Xian WS-15 jet engine. This engine could finally bring China to about the engine performance level of the US PW-119 engine that were installed over 20 years ago …

gdpRussia is weak and has a rapidly aging and shrinking population

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Russia has canceled its 5th generation fighter the Su57 (aka T50). They will build in some stealth into older planes. Russia is not able to buy large numbers of its new Armata tanks at $4 million each. They will upgrade …