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originally posted by: Bedlam
originally posted by: jellyrev
LOL Barney was an inside job.
Good for helium, idk why but helium is so boring.
Without helium, you can't make Cavorite.
After two weeks Bed-ford accosts the man, who proves to be a reclusive physicist named Mr. Cavor. Bed-ford befriends Cavor when he learns he is developing a new material, cavorite, which can negate the force of gravity.
Researchers announced at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Japan Tuesday that heat from volcanic activity in the African region has helped unleash trapped helium from ancient rocks, according to the Post.
So what's changed since 1937? Back then airships used highly flammable hydrogen, whereas now they rely on helium, which is completely inert and safe.
"It's also about modern materials and fabrics - the old 800ft airships had metal lattice works internal structure," says Hwfa Gwyn, Chief Financial Officer at Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which has created the Airlander 10.
"Our vehicle is much shorter, much lighter with a pressure-stabilised hull of helium air, pressurised by a fan and valve system, but no other internal structure."
At 92m long, Airliner is still bigger than a Boeing 747 and can fly for as much as five days without landing.
To fill Airlander 10 with helium costs about £250,000, with only about 25% of it lost each year.
The problem for the government is that the [helium] discovery has been made in Tanzania’s Rift Valley; an area already beset with land claim issues between indigenous communities and businesses. Tanzania was already admonished by the UN in 2010 regarding the removal of pastoralists without informed consent. Indigenous groups, notably the Maasai, have been repeatedly (and often violently) evicted from ancestral lands to make way for development projects.
Consequently, long-standing grievances exist among local groups, who do not feel represented by the government.
“We [Helium One] are currently on schedule with our work programme,” he revealed. “The airborne gravity survey is just about to occur in the third quarter of this year, drilling will commence in the second quarter of 2017, so we can rank and prioritise our targets and hit the best ones first. We are in a very good position; our intention is to be able to calculate reserves and then make a final investment decision, with the ultimate aim of producing around one billion cubic feet per annum of liquid helium on site and looking at options for exporting our product.”
Two alternative helium supply sources in the chain were highlighted next, with Air Products’ Dr. Vince White and IACX’s Brian Witt talking about helium extraction from carbon dioxide and primary product helium production from non-hydrocarbon sources, respectively.
Both presentations revealed the novel techniques were relatively young in practise compared to traditional production methods, with Air Products’ Doe Canyon project being the first of its kind. White suggested that, “With the price of helium going up, what wasn’t attractive suddenly becomes attractive,” whilst Witt affirmed that, “Other primary products production projects are expected to grow over the next five years.”
The company, Maryland-based X-energy, specializes in high-temperature gas-cooled reactors that operate on so called “pebble” fuel, or pieces of uranium wrapped in graphite and cooled by inert helium gas that company officials describe as more efficient than traditional facilities. Officials say the zero-emission reactors do not have to halt during refueling periods and they do not require water to cool it, eliminating the threat of meltdown.
Winning regulatory approval for the plant, along with designing and building it, could take years. But company officials previously told the Odessa American there would likely be incremental work such as smaller test facilities along the way. The plant itself could contain up to four units on land the size of a football field, each producing about 80 megawatts of electricity and 200 megawatts of thermal energy.
In January, the DOE announced a $40 million award to X-energy to develop the high-temperature gas cooled-reactor, known as the Xe-100…
Although after I did a minimum amount of research just now I found the real reason...
Subpart 8.5 -- Acquisition of Helium
8.500 -- Scope of Subpart.
This subpart implements the requirements of the Helium Act (50 U.S.C. 167, et seq.) concerning the acquisition of liquid or gaseous helium by Federal agencies or by Government contractors or subcontractors for use in the performance of a Government contract (also see 43 CFR Parts 3195).
8.501 -- Definitions.
As used in this subpart-- “Bureau of Land Management” means the --
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Amarillo Field Office Helium Operations
801 South Fillmore Street Suite 500
Amarillo, TX 79101-3545.
“Federal helium supplier” means a private helium vendor that has an in-kind crude helium sales contract with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and that is on the BLM Amarillo Field Office’s Authorized List of Federal Helium Suppliers available via the Internet at blm.gov...
“Major helium requirement” means an estimated refined helium requirement greater than 200,000 standard cubic feet (scf) (measured at 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute pressure and 70 degrees Fahrenheit temperature) of gaseous helium or 7510 liters of liquid helium delivered to a helium use location per year.
8.502 -- Policy. Agencies and their contractors and subcontractors must purchase major helium requirements from Federal helium suppliers, to the extent that supplies are available.
8.503 -- Exception. The requirements of this subpart do not apply to contracts or subcontracts in which the helium was acquired by the contractor prior to award of the contract or subcontract.
8.504 -- Procedures. The contracting officer must forward the following information to the Bureau of Land Management within 45 days of the close of each fiscal quarter:
(a) The name of any company that supplied a major helium requirement.
(b) The amount of helium purchased.
(c) The delivery date(s).
(d) The location where the helium was used.
8.505 -- Contract Clause. Insert the clause at 52.208-8, Required Sources for Helium and Helium Usage Data, in solicitations and contracts if it is anticipated that performance of the contract involves a major helium requirement.
Why should anyone care about the Federal Helium Program? The Federal Helium Program provides about 42% of the nation’s helium. Without this source of helium, a national and global shortage of helium is inevitable with significantly higher prices expected for the limited supply. In addition, the U.S. Treasury averages $430,000/day from crude helium sales, royalties and other related operations.
UK-based Tanzania-focused independent Solo Oil said March 22 it has agreed to acquire a 10% interest in Helium One for £2.55mn ($3.18mn), of which £1.2mn has been arranged from institutional and private investors.
Helium One’s most promising prospect at Rukwa in western Tanzania is independently estimated by Netherland, Sewell and Associates to hold unrisked helium volumes close to 100bn ft³. After exploration in 2017, the company – which has no published accounts – plans to begin drilling in 2018.
Helium One, a start-up crewed by oil and mining industry veterans, is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to work on using the US giants’ new airships to transport helium from its project in Tanzania to port for shipping.
The company hopes that the partnership will eventually result in it supplying helium to Lockheed’s entire fleet of hybrid airships.
Lockheed plans to launch its first helium powered airship for commercial use in 2018, and already has an order pending for 12 craft from an aviation firm in Alaska.
The giant aircraft can carry minimum 21-tonne payloads and are intended for us in the oil, gas and mining sectors, delivering bulky supplies to remote installations where there are few roads or airstrips, as well as for use in tourism.
“We like the thought of shipping our product using our product,” explained… Helium One’s chief executive.
Helium One claims it has one of the largest untapped resources of helium anywhere in the world, totalling 98.9bn cubic feet.
New analysis of a gargantuan helium deposit discovered in Tanzania last year has revealed that there may be much more of the gas than initial surveys revealed.
At the time, the find, called "life-saving," was estimated to contain at least 54 billion cubic feet (1.5 billion cubic metres). To put that in perspective, domestic helium consumption in the US for 2016 was 1.7 billion cubic feet, and the US has total known helium reserves of 153 billion cubic feet.
Now, according to new measurements taken of the helium, there could be a lot more than that - around 98.6 billion cubic feet, according to Thomas Abraham-James, CEO of helium company Helium One.
"It's pretty much doubled in size," he told Live Science.
The new estimates were based on new, real-time measurements taken by University of Oxford geologists Peter Barry and Chris Ballentine in late 2016. The field-sampling methods used in 2015 for the initial estimate allowed air into the sample, so the density of helium showed as much lower than it should have.