short summary about horse racing?

(A furlong is 1/8 mile.) The horse that crosses the finish line first wins. The very best horses race in graded stakes races. Jockeys are a little heavier. In flat racing, the horses break from a starting gate and run aound a track.

It’s difficult to summarize an entire sport in a few paragraphs, but I’ll try. There is no starting gate. The longer the odds, the higher the payout. Distances of races vary from about 4-1/2 furlongs (shorter for some Quarter Horse races) to almost 2 miles.

Betting on horse races is legal. Most are “claiming races” in which the horse is for sale at vvarious prices. Horses are generally young. Standardbreds do not gallop; instead, they either trot or pace. There is racing on every continent except Antarctica. Famous harness races include the Little Brown Jug and the Hambletonian. The horses must jump over hedges and other obstacles. . There are different levels of racing based on the horses’ talents. In the U.S., wagering is parimutuel. flat races include the Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont) and the Breeders’ Cup races. There are intermediate levels. racing. Jockeys tend to be rather small people. Horses are ridden by jockeys, who are professional athletes. Each horse carries an assigned weight that depends on its age, gender, level of accomplishment, and other factors. They may start at age 2, and most are retired well before age 10.

Horses that race on the flat are mostly Thoroughbreds, but races for Quarter Horses are popular as well. For simplicity’s sake I will stick with U.S. Tracks are dirt. Standardbreds are the breed used in harness racing. They may be grass, dirt, or synthetic. One also finds races for Arabians, Appaloosas, Paints, and even mules.

There are three types of horse racing: flat, jump/steeplechase, and harness. Understand that horse racing is much, much more complicated. Flat racing is the most popular in the U.S and is what most people think of when they hear “horse racing.”

A few famous American racehorses: Man O’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Ruffian, John Henry, Curlin, Zenyatta.

Some important people in racing:

*Jockey–rides the horse (or driver–drives the sulky)

*Trainer–the “coach” who trains the horse and directs its care

*Owner(s)–pay the bills

*Groom, exercise rider, hot walker, farrier, assistant trainers–barn personnel who help care for the horse

*Starters–man the starting gate

*Stewards–act as referees/reviewers

*Race caller/track announcer: verbally describes the race as it occurs

Famous U.S.

Both male and female horses race. A driver sits in the sulky. Note, however, that horse racing is an international sport. That is, bettors are betting against each other, not a “house.” Winnings are determined by the odds on the horse. tracks are oval-shaped. The first horse across the finish line wins.

Jump racing is popular mostly in the Eastern U.S. There are many others.

In harness racing, the horses pull a light cart called a sulky. Most U.S

Crude Carriers Bets Big on Oil Tankers, and It May Be Right on Time

A modern VLCC has the capacity to transport about 2 million barrels of oil and is mainly used on the longest (long haul) routes from the Arabian Gulf to North America, Europe, and Asia, and from West Africa to the U.S. This is to be followed by the acquisition of two new-built, very-large crude carriers (VLCCs) for $96.5 million each, with expected delivery dates in late March and June 2010.

Notwithstanding a year-on-year increase in shipping activity in the fourth-quarter 2009, visibility for growth opportunities in the crude oil tanker shipping market remains cloudy in first-half 2010. The last official year of single hull tanker phase-out, the slowdown in exodus of older vessel retirements combined with — as still — unsteady turnaround in economic activity and related energy consumption, higher net-fleet additions by long-haul operators and the release of floating storage — all are hampering sustainable demand for new VLCC tonnage.

Beginning of a recovery? Overseas Shipping Group (OSG), the second-largest publicly traded tanker company in the world, said on its year-ending 2009 earnings call that both spot rates for VLCC and Suezmax carriers reversed in the fourth quarter, up 3.9 percent and 116.2 percent to $23,876 and $26,274 per day.. Looking forward, funding for fleet expansion will depend on liquidity — as determined by internally generated cash flow from operations and secondary (dilutive) stock offerings, supplanted by a signed commitment with Nordea Bank Finland for a $100 million revolving credit line.

Suezmax is a large crude oil tanker of approximately 120,000 to 200,000 deadweight tons and can hold up to one million barrels of crude oil. The company is attempting to “time” its approach to chartering with a strategy of optimizing the selection of best available commercial opportunities — locked-in longer-term time-charter contracts versus volatility of daily spot contract pricing.

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Nonetheless, the International Energy Agency (IEA) believes the combined effects of renewed oil-demand growth led by China — forecasts are for daily demand worldwide to stabilize at 2008 levels of 86.3 million barrels per day — and stable oil prices of between $70 and $80 will lead to a more profitable shifting in the seaborne transportation landscape.

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Cycles often play out long enough that missing stage one of a recovery will not preclude capturing the bulk of demand tonnage.

Management believes it can operate profitably with VLCC spot rates of approximately $36,455 a day in 2010 — and with almost no spare capacity (assumed 98 percent utilization rate). With charter-hire rates at an eight-year low, but showing signs of firming, now may be a great time for a new oil tanker venture to set sail.

Crude Carriers is using all of its approximately $254 million in proceeds to immediately purchase one 2006-built Suezmax vessel, the Miltiadis M II, at a price of $71.25 million. Spot prices in transoceanic voyages are already starting to climb back above that price.

Crude Carriers (CRU) intends to use the proceeds from its recent initial public offering (IPO) to acquire oil tankers. Surprisingly, one doesn’t need faith that licorice sunsets and gumdrop showers truly exist to think that such an earnings performance is possible. With charter rates at decade-lows, and cogency that new-build orders typically take 14 to 36 months to fulfill, any construction delays could leave the company grounded when market rates sprint higher.

Crude Carriers Investment, the investment vehicle of its management team, will help with initial tanker purchases, too, by kicking in $40 million in exchange for Class B Stock (10 votes per share of common stock). However, management readily admitted in its IPO prospectus filing that activity for new-build deliveries in secondary markets was at depressed levels in 2009, likely due to lingering credit problems. All Rights Reserved

Gambling in Manila at Solaire Resort & Casino

Manila’s newest and most luxurious casino has opened its doors, upping the ante in the Philippines’ drive to compete with Asian gambling hot spots Singapore and Macau.

Guests have access to a 24-hour butler service, private chef, in-suite spa facilities, a home theater and private pool and Jacuzzi. 

As for the resort, Solaire has 500 guest rooms, suites and villas as well as 15 dining options. Villas range in size from 600 to 1,000 square-meters and overlook Manila Bay. 

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“Industry analysts suggest that Solaire is likely to attract 30 percent of the business from Resorts World, particularly at the upper end,” says the report. 

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Gambling in the Philippines is regulated by government-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), which was established in 1976. 

Solaire was developed by Bloomberry, a publicly traded company listed on the Philippines Stock Exchange owned by billionaire Enrique Razon, Jr.

Other Las Vegas-style attractions include an entertainment lounge offering live music.

The US$1.2-billion Solaire Resort Casino, an integrated resort on Manila Bay, is the first of four casino venues being built on prime, reclaimed land as part of a gaming and entertainment complex dubbed Entertainment City.

Though the Philippines has over a dozen casinos, the Solaire Resort Casino is the first that puts Manila in a position to compete with the current leading Asian casino cities, Singapore and Macau. 

According to a report in the Macau Daily Times, Solaire is placed well above Manila’s Resorts World, which opened in 2010 just across from the international airport and  quickly became the casino of choice among the country’s high rollers.

Solaire’s 18,000-square-meter casino includes nearly 300 gaming tables for baccarat, blackjack, craps, money wheel, pontoon and roulette, as well as 1,200 slot machines and a 6,000-square-meter VIP gaming salon.

A reminder of African Americans’ love for baseball – National African-American Sports

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Los Alamos To Auditors: Stay Out

And the X Division is the source of the physics behind U.S. Still, they concluded the system might not “capture items that may pose a potential safety problem” and lapses in training and qualifications put “the effectiveness of the nuclear weapons program … “Any potential issues are thoroughly investigated.”

He says it’s “absolutely not” proper for the group being audited to hold authority over the auditor.

A spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration who asked to be unnamed insisted the nation’s nuclear stockpile, which includes the W76 and W88 warheads, remains “safe and reliable.”

If the X Division sounds familiar, it might be from past scandals.

“The Secretaries of Energy and Defense provide the President an annual assessment of the safety, security, and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile,” the spokesman said. It’s where the government claims China obtained secrets to the United States’ most sophisticated nuclear warhead, the W-88. It’s also where two computer hard drives with sensitive nuclear weapons data disappeared.

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Today, U.S nukes are no longer tested in full-scale explosions, making it all the more critical, Brown argues, that the X Division’s work gets proper scrutiny.

Without it, Brown says, “You can’t say with confidence that those weapons will perform their designed function.”

But one government official tells CBS News that hundreds of problems, including some in the X Division, were addressed during the lab’s lengthy shutdown over separate security concerns.

Auditors were only allowed to review paperwork offsite.

Brown says that makes the X Division audit that didn’t happen an issue of national security.

As CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports, it’s not just what he saw that disturbed him, it’s what he didn’t see: the top secret X Division, arguably the most important and powerful division at the lab.

Brown was stunned to find no evidence the X Division had ever been audited properly. When his team got the assignment, they didn’t even get a foot in the door when an X Division manager blocked them.. All rights reserved.

Brown laid out his concerns in reports sent to lab and Department of Energy officials. nuclear weapons, where some of the best scientists in the world do their most important work.

Don Brown was hired by Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2003 to attack quality problems at the lab. at risk.”

Brown recalls being told, “You can’t come in, we don’t recognize your authority.”

In the end, lab managers backed the X Division

Quality of warhead triggers questioned

It meant the warheads, after testing that makes the original trigger unsuitable for reuse, could be reassembled with a new trigger and put back into service.

The Project on Government Oversight says it was told by some Los Alamos scientists that the trigger certified last July and known as the W88 pit needed 72 waivers from the specifications used for the original triggers, including 53 engineering-related changes.

Since last summer’s announcement, the Los Alamos lab has made 10 additional W88 triggers. This process is viewed by metallurgists as producing a stronger product.

The government acknowledges differences between the old triggers and their replacements.

“With this large number of waivers, how is it possible to objectively tell whether the pit will even work?” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the group that monitors nuclear weapons-related activities. These means included small-scale plutonium tests, technical data from past underground tests, and computer codes and models.

In a warhead’s detonation, a conventional explosive packaged around the pit compresses the plutonium inward, creating enough pressure for an atomic chain reaction. halted in 1992, and through a different process than the replacements. So far, nine have earned the “diamond stamp” from the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the lab’s programs.

Resting atop the Trident II missile, the W88 warhead is among the mainstays of the country’s submarine-based nuclear arsenal. The scientist spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.

Last summer, the first replacement plutonium trigger in 18 years received “diamond stamp” approval signaling it was ready for use in a warhead. The result is a a massive hydrogen blast.

At least one other replacement pit required 71 specification waivers, a Los Alamos scientist indirectly involved in the production process told The Associated Press. She posed that question in a letter last Friday to Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman.

A watchdog group now is raising questions about whether the replacement triggers, also known as pits, can be guaranteed to be as reliable as those already in some 400 W88 warheads. The original triggers were made with the benefit of underground nuclear testing, which the U.S. Such approval means they are ready to use.

Precise manufacture of the trigger is essential.. That, in turn, creates the high temperatures and pressure to ignite a “secondary” nuclear component. For years, however, testing the warhead’s components to ensure the weapon produces the intended blast instead of a fizzle has been complicated by a lack of replacement plutonium triggers.

The new ones were made by using a mold to cast the grapefruit-size plutonium sphere. The last of the original triggers were manufactured in the late 1980s.

Any variation or flaw in the pit could cause a warhead not to detonate properly or to detonate with less explosive power than expected.

Because the United States no longer conducts underground nuclear tests, the Los Alamos scientists had to rely on other sources to replicate the original triggers and guarantee that the replacements would be as reliable as the old. To scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, that was a milestone to celebrate. The original triggers, all made at the now-closed Rocky Flats facility in Colorado, were hammered into precise form

Are ‘Mini-Nukes’ The New Big Thing?

conducted its last nuclear test in 1992, and while the White House opposes the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty — which the U.S. Last year, the U.S. Nelson.’s Jarrett Murphy takes a look at the prospects for the U.S. ET Sunday.

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The ban — named after sponsors Elizabeth Furse, D-Ore., retired, and John Spratt, D-S.C. wants to stop proliferation.

But the administration says smaller nuclear arms may eventually be needed to deal with the emerging threat of rogue states hoarding weapons of mass destruction.

Copyright 2003 CBS. arsenal, the submarine-launched Mk-5 holds eight W88 warheads of 475 kilotons each.

A kiloton is equal to the explosive force of one thousand tons of TNT. policy on nuclear weapons, which has included:

Bunker busters — For the second year in a row, the Energy Department is requesting $15 million to study the need for a Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP).

Supporters say these weapons might be necessary to deal with so-called “hard and deeply buried targets” in rogue states and terrorist camps, of which there might be 10,000 in the world.

Defense officials said in 2002 that at present, the U.S could go from the decision to test to a trial run in two to three years. development of low-yield nuclear weapons.

The Bush administration may get permission to create kinder, gentler or at least smaller nuclear weapons if Congress overturns a ban on doing so.

The defense appropriations bill now winding its way through the Hill contains a clause revoking the 1993 Spratt-Furse amendment, which prohibits the development of so-called “low-yield” nuclear weapons – bombs that pack a punch of less than five kilotons.. All rights reserved.

The Foster Panel, which studied the testing issue last year, recommended improvements that would allow a test within three months to a year of deciding to do so. “Unless we do a lot more research and development and we find some quantum breakthrough in conventional systems, to go deep is going to require a nuclear capability.”

A memo obtained by a British newspaper indicates that at a conference this summer, Defense and Energy department officials will consider questions like: “What is the uncertainty in confidence and potential risk threshold for a test recommendation–what would demand a test?”

The Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima delivered around 15 kilotons. In the modern U.S. has signed but not ratified — the administration says it has no plans to conduct a test. Edward Kennedy, the administration has budgeted $700 million for studying how testing might resume.

“One way you ensure that there are no safe havens is to be able to go deep,” said Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. arsenal. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, asked recently.

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“Nuclear weapons have a unique ability to destroy both agent containers and (Chemical and Biological Weapons),” reads a 2001 Pentagon study.

Announcing its approval of the bill Friday, the Senate Armed Services committee stressed that nothing in the repeal means it has authorized “the testing, acquisition, or deployment of a low-yield nuclear weapon.”

The move to clear the legal hurdles on manufacturing mini-nukes is part of a broad review of U.S. Two had been recovered and three were still missing as of 5 p.m. — did not prohibit designing a testing device with a yield below five kilotons, modifying an existing weapon for safety reasons or conducting research and development necessary “to address proliferation concerns.”

“How can we effectively seek to dissuade others from developing nuclear weapons while we are going forward with the development of new nuclear weapons ourselves?” Sen. According to Sen. Others contend that making more bombs is a bad idea if the U.S. D. Last May, he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to slash their active arsenals by nearly two-thirds, to 1700 to 2200 warheads each, within 10 years. “nuclear strike capabilities” must be geared towards, according to a leaked copy of the report.

The 1993 low-yield ban that the current defense bill would delete stated that “it shall be the policy of the United States not to conduct research and development which could lead to the production by the United States of a new low-yield nuclear weapon, including a precision low-yield warhead.”

But some members of Congress believe conventional weapons could do the same job, and worry that mini-nukes would blur the line between conventional and nuclear weapons. Five people watching the surf from Hurricane Bill were swept out to sea at Acadia National Park in Maine.

At the same time, however, last month the United States produced a plutonium pit — the core of a fission bomb — for the first time in 14 years. Crouch, the assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, said in a briefing last year.

But some experts contend that no bomb of any size could go very deep, because the heavier the bomb, the harder the impact — and the harder the impact, the more likely the bomb would explode before it reached sufficient depth.

Testing — The U.S. Duncan Hunter, R.-Calif., last May. Other efforts include developing lasers and computers to simulate aspects of nuclear tests.

Nuclear Stockpiles: President Bush has agreed to dramatic reductions in the number of nuclear weapons in the U.S. spent more in real terms on atomic defense activities than since 1962.

Strategy — In its Nuclear Posture Review last year, the administration identified Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea as countries where “contingencies” could arise that U.S. A bomb of just one kiloton, detonated 30 meters below the earth, can open a crater wider than a football field, according to Princeton physicist Robert W.

However, the administration is paying increasing attention to the possibility that it might at some point have to resume testing if there were a question about the reliability of the nation’s stockpile. According to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the move “restores the nation’s ability to make nuclear weapons,” and was needed so the Energy Department could replace pits found unsafe or destroyed through regular check-ups.

CAROUSEL – People watch as water breaches a rock wall at Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Canada, Sunday, August 23, 2009. “If you were to have a problem with a weapon system that you needed to rectify using a test, you would want to be able to do that faster,” J

CNN – Report: Stolen data gives China advanced nuclear know-how

“The world is a lot less safer today as a consequence of these thefts.”

“In many cases, a little piece of information might seem innocuous, but if you collect enough of them through the so-called matrix technique … EDT (0242 GMT)

“What the PRC (People’s Republic of China) has stolen has enabled them to jump over decades of incremental development that were necessary, for example, for the United States,” said Cox.

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“It does make one wonder how it is, how others who possessed this information could so readily have dismissed it, or not acted upon it,” Cox said.

The report also reveals allegations that China stole design information about U.S. nuclear labs, stealing secrets about the U.S. intelligence has determined the technology espionage by the Chinese, dating back to the late 1970s and continuing through the 1980s and ’90s, “has leaped, in a handful of years, from 1950s-era strategic nuclear capabilities to the more modern thermonuclear weapon design.”

Also among the purloined blueprints for weapons of mass destruction: the W-88 warhead, described as “the most sophisticated nuclear weapon the United States has ever built.”

The report credits Energy Secretary Bill Richardson for making long-needed security improvements to the nation’s vulnerable nuclear labs, run by the Department of Energy.

“It means that in addition to paying for our own defense, we are actually paying to arm a potential adversary,” Cox said.

“Some of the most significant thefts have occurred during the last four years,” Cox said.

“… insatiable’

Details of the Cox report have been trickling out for weeks amid a growing criticism of the Clinton administration’s response to fix the security lapse after it was exposed in 1995.

The CIA later determined that the person who turned over the document worked for Chinese intelligence.


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In March, Richardson fired a longtime scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, Wen Ho Lee, because of security violations as well as suspicions of espionage.

The report concludes: Chinese “penetration of our national weapons laboratories spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today.”

But following the failures of some of those launches, U.S. “Ballistic and space launch programs have long been intertwined.”

‘China’s appetite … satellite manufacturers Loral Corp. design information during the next decade, according to a congressional report on Chinese nuclear espionage that will be released officially Tuesday.

All of the weapons could target the United States.

“It’s not good news,” he said.

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The report by his committee said “China’s appetite for information and technology appears to be insatiable and the energy devoted to the task enormous.”

Those weapons “may be tested in 1999 and could be deployed as soon as 2002,” the report states.

“There are a number of reasons that intelligence services direct information this way,” Cox said. companies seeking waivers to launch satellites on Chinese rockets.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — China could begin production of advanced thermonuclear weapons based on stolen U.S. submarine radar technology and illegally obtained secrets about U.S. you can learn a great deal about military matters in the United States,” Cox said.


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According to the Cox report, China penetrated U.S. and Hughes Electronics allegedly gave China unauthorized design information. nuclear secrets is directed toward the Clinton administration and how slowly it reacted when word of the espionage surfaced.

‘It’s not good news’

Bob Franken and Pierre Thomas contributed to this report.

According to investigators, the CIA first learned of the extent of the Chinese espionage in 1995 when a Chinese national approached the agency and turned over a secret Chinese government document.

“It means that we’re going to be preparing ourselves to defend against American technology used against us,” said Rep. Such information would likely find its way into the PRC’s ballistic missile program,” the congressional report said. Christopher Cox (R-California), chairman of the House select committee that conducted the year-long investigation.

Cox also has accused China of obtaining information through the use of “front companies” in the United States — a method he said is “far broader than previously realized.”

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W88 warhead program performs successful tests

Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. — The first flight and drop tests for the latest variant of the W88 nuclear warhead are providing data for Sandia National Laboratories to validate designs, improve computer modeling and update component specifications.

Sandia will use vibration and shock measurements from the test to update specifications for components in the weapon, he said. (Sandia National Laboratories) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image

The two successful tests, which were conducted this summer, provide data for the program, the W88 ALT 370 (alteration), to move forward, said Tim Edwards, manager for the program’s technical basis and qualification activities.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S.

The June CRAFT test was the first of several planned flight tests to demonstrate the upgraded system’s performance. CRAFT demonstrated how the radar performed during re-entry through plasma generated by the hypersonic speeds at which the warhead travels.

“The weapon is not required to function after that, just to stay safe,” Edwards said.

The new radar functioned as expected after launch on a Trident II missile from a Navy submarine, Edwards said. It also represented a milestone: the first flight test unit Sandia and its partners, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Kansas City Plant (KCP) and Pantex, delivered to the Navy for full-scale testing under the program.

Sandia National Laboratories performed a drop test for the W88 ALT 370 program, designed to replicate a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major RD responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. An abnormal environment is one that is unexpected, such as an accident.

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The Critical Radar Arming and Fuzing Test (CRAFT) was the first flight test of a prototype radar for the W88 ALT 370. The test was conducted at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon. Using an unarmed re-entry body, Sandia conducted the test in partnership with LANL, KCP and Pantex at Sandia’s 185-foot Drop Tower Facility, using the same handling gear a crane would use to move the weapon, making the test as realistic as possible.. Sandia and its partners are analyzing results to validate requirements and radar design.

A month later, the first drop test of the W88 ALT 370 program mimicked a crane accidentally dropping the re-entry body onto a concrete surface to develop evidence that it would remain safe during an accident. It also will use the information to validate computer models designed to apply the results to other drop scenarios, since it’s not possible to replicate every possible accident in tests.

It was the W88 program’s first abnormal drop test since the system’s original qualification test in 1987

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