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MI Technologies installs state-of-the-art planar near-field antenna measurement system at the Navy Surface Warfare Center Crane

MI Technologies has completed installation of a very large planar near-field antenna measurement system at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane), located in Crane, Indiana. NSWC Crane provides comprehensive support for complex military systems spanning development, deployment and sustainment in three mission areas: Electronic Warfare/Information Operations, Special Missions, and Strategic Missions. In addition to installing the planar scanner, MI Technologies provided NSWC Crane with a fully automated microwave measurement system including the MI-3003 Data Acquisition and Analysis Workstation.  Full Story   News Release_ 8/26/08

New RCA home antenna fills gap in over-the-air digital TV signals

Viewers looking for an alternative to soaring subscription TV bills should consider pairing a digital TV with a new RCA Flat Antenna designed to pick up more channels than a traditional "rabbit ears" antenna. In some markets, an over-the-air antenna and digital TV receiver will be the viewer's only option for receiving vital weather, traffic, and news information. Developed by its Indianapolis-based Research &Development team, the RCA ANT1500 Flat Indoor Antenna offers outstanding reception from multiple stations and minimizes the "cliff effect" of digital TV reception with its unique multi-directional capability. Now shipping to mass merchant and electronics retailers throughout the country, the ANT1500 has a suggested retail price of $59.99. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, sales of digital TV sets are expected to top 30 million units in 2008. And more than 20 million more digital TV converter boxes will be sold before full-power analog TV broadcast signals are switched off in less than eight months.  Full Story  News Release/Business Wire_ 7/10/08

Laird Technologies releases new 90-degree dual slant 45 WiMax base station antenna

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performance-critical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, today announced its new 90-Degree Dual Slant 45 WiMax Base Station Antenna. Laird Technologies utilized state-of-the-art design tools to design the 2.5GHz 90-degree dual slant 45 antenna to be fully compliant with ETSI EN 301.525 CS pattern specifications. The antenna is also ideal for Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC) and MIMO applications. This new high-performance antenna operates across the 2.3 – 2.7GHz frequency band and offers a maximum null fill (-25 degree) feature to help eliminate dead spots below the antenna. A high 16dBi gain extends area coverage.  Full Story  Business Wire_ 4/4/08

Beatles song to be beamed into space

On Monday, NASA will beam The Beatles' "Across the Universe" into the heavens, using its Deep Space Network of antennas, which is ordinarily dedicated to functions such as radioastronomy observations, or communicating with distant interplanetary probes. It's the first time NASA has used the network to beam an actual song into space. According to the NASA press release, Paul McCartney said in a message to the space agency. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul." The occasion is a string of anniversaries: NASA's 50th year in space, the founding 45 years ago of NASA's Deep Space Network of antennae, and not least, the 40th anniversary of the recording of "Across the Universe." Feb. 4 has apparently been declared "Across the Universe Day," and the general public is invited to play the song at the same time (7 pm EST) that it is being beamed into space. The antenna will be aimed at the North Star, Polaris, some 431 light years away from Earth.  Full Story  Wired_ 2/1/08

Skycross develops multi-feed antenna technology for MIMO

Antenna component specialist SkyCross has developed a way to null coupling in adjacent antennas, allowing a single antenna with multiple feeds to handle multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) and multifrequency duties in footprints as small as a USB dongle. Based on interest from the handset and access point markets, iMAT antennas could quickly become SkyCross's biggest selling antenna components. Paul Tomatta, vice president of operations at SkyCross, said the antennas could be used in legitimate MIMO arrays to reduce footprints while improving radiation efficiency, while also benefiting single-antenna applications for performance and power dissipation. Development of the technology was counterintuitive, the result of a series of accidental discoveries while trying to place antennas on a very small circuit board. While testing the coupling of adjacent dipole antennas, a SkyCross engineer created a short between antennas that provided high isolation and low correlation coefficients. The fortuitous design was optimized as a single antenna element with two feed points. Each feed accesses the antenna as though it was a multiple-antenna array.  Full Story  EETimes.com_ 1/28/08

NovAtel Inc. acquires antenna developer Antcom Corporation

NovAtel Inc., a precise positioning technology company, has acquired privately-held Antcom Corporation (Antcom), located in Torrance, California. Antcom is a communication company that specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of antenna and microwave products for commercial and military customers in the space, ground and avionics telecommunications markets. Under the terms of the agreement, NovAtel will acquire Antcom for US $5.0 million in cash and an additional US $1.0 million in cash subject to Antcom's achievement of certain financial targets for the calendar year ended December 31, 2007.   Full Story   News Release/Market Wire/Yahoo!_ 9/18/07

Meraki's guerilla wi-fi to put a billion more people online

Meraki Networks, Inc., is a three-year-old company headed by Sanjit Biswas, a polite and bespectacled Massachusetts Institute of Technology student-cum-CEO on permanent hiatus from the pursuit of a doctoral degree in computer science. There are two ways to look at the explosive growth of the Internet: One is to celebrate the fact that in the 15 years since it became commercially available, what began as an obscure military technology morphed into a global phenomenon that is regularly accessed by over a billion people. The other is to ask why the world's other five billion folks aren't online yet. Biswas says his goal, and that of Meraki, is to "connect the next billion people." Biswas and his engineers are almost exclusively programmers, yet Meraki doesn't sell software. Instead it sells Wi-Fi hardware—relatively cheap, commodity hardware built by outside vendors. It's a combination of this hardware and Meraki's software that yields a kind of magic that Biswas believes will go viral the way few things have. His business model depends on it. Biswas's hypothesis is that empowering individuals to create their own networks, and perhaps even profit from them, makes it inevitable that grassroots efforts will spring up to bring wireless Internet access to areas where it is currently unavailable or prohibitively expensive. Like the blooming of a hundred flowers, Meraki networks have sprung up on every continent and more than a few Pacific atolls.  Full Story Scientific American_ 8/6/07

Giant truck will heave antennas in sky-high task

A colossal 28-wheel truck that will help build a major telescope array in the Chilean Andes has successfully passed a series of tests. The giant vehicle will heave antennas - each weighing 115 tonnes - up a mountainside to the site of the array, a plateau 5,000 meters above sea level. The Alma telescope will study the night sky at sub-millimetre wavelengths. Astronomers say Alma will illuminate one half of the Universe that has hitherto been shrouded in darkness. When it is completed in 2012, the £470m ($900 million) array will be able to observe some of the first galaxies to form after the Big Bang, and catch planets in the act of forming around young stars. The telescope project will initially comprise 66 high-precision antennas, installed at the high-altitude Llano de Chajnantor site in Chile's Atacama desert.  Full Story  BBC News_ 7/30/07

Breakthrough fractal antenna patent

Fractus has been granted the world's first technology patent for an IC package including a miniature fractal antenna. The technology, commonly referred to as Antenna in Package (AiP), has been granted a patent in the US. Fractus technology allows the antenna, traditionally a separate component, to be integrated with other RF components such as the radio and RF processor. Using fractal geometry, the company has created a design that is small enough to be incorporated onto the IC and accommodate multiple bands (frequencies) to support numerous short-range wireless standards.  Full Story CIE_ 10/24/06

Stella Doradus introduces tilt antenna for WiMAX base stations; Reduces tower climbs

Stella Doradus Group, a world leader in WiMAX antenna design and manufacturing, today introduced the first solid state remote electrical tilt antenna for WiMAX base stations during the WiMAX World Conference & Expo (Booth #708). The Stella Netamorphic Antenna electronically performs tilting operations from a centrally controlled network operations center, which reduces tilting operation costs to $0, potentially saving top-tier operators hundreds of millions of dollars during their WiMAX network build-out. The Stella Netamorphic Antenna is also the first in the world to produce equal radio frequency (RF) power across the entire cell. This gives consumers equal signal strength no matter how far they are from the cell base station.  Full Story Unstrung_ 10/10/06

Ground-piercing radar on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ready to begin  probe for underground layers
The orbiter's Shallow Subsurface Radar, provided by the Italian Space Agency, will search to depths of about one kilometer (six-tenths of a mile) to find and map layers of ice, rock and, if present, liquid water. The radar instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will complement a similar instrument that went into use last year on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding. The two instruments use different radar frequencies. The one on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter can discriminate between thinner layers, but cannot penetrate as deep underground, compared with the one on Mars Express. Both result from Italian and American partnership in using radar for planetary probes. Alcatel Alenia Spazio-Italia, in Rome, is the Italian Space Agency's prime contractor for the instrument. Astro Aerospace, of Carpineria, Calif., a business unit of Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp., developed the antenna as a subcontractor to Alcatel Alenia. The mission is managed by JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is the prime contractor and built the orbiter.  Full Story Press Release/Spaceflight Now_ 9/23/06

August, 2006

Next Space Shuttle launch set for  Aug. 27 if antenna installation repairs can be made

Shuttle Launch planned for August 27: NASA officials have set Aug. 27 as the date of the next shuttle launch, according to reports from the Space Agency. But a tricky repair will have to be completed or the shuttle launch will be scrapped. Engineers have discovered that the wrong set of bolts attached to an antenna were installed decades ago, raising the possibility that the antenna could shake loose during liftoff and cause serious damage inside the cargo bay. This might cause a delay in the launch date even though Atlantis has flown 26 times with the error.  Full Story   National Ledger_ 8/17/06

July, 2006

'Paint-On' antenna test flight paves way for next-generation of military high-altitude airships
"Paint-on" antennas, designed to establish new high-altitude communications and surveillance platforms, successfully transmitted voice and data links as well as teleconferencing capabilities during test flights in the Nevada desert June 21 on board a SA-60 spherical airship. RTI International and its research partners at Unitech, Applied EM, the International Communications Group, and TechSphere Systems International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyber Defense Systems, successfully tested the antennas from several positions on the airship. The experiment provided the first opportunity to test and evaluate the electrical, electromagnetic and mechanical properties of the "paint-on" antenna technology during an actual flight. High altitude airships can be used for both defense and homeland security purposes including surveillance of battlefields and domestic borders and ports.   Full Story  Physorg.com_ 7/17/06

Swiss mobile phone zeppelin to replace land cell phone antennas - if inventor has his way

Not only would Kamal Alavi's technology, called High Altitude Platform Systems (Haps), make the current 1,000 earth-bound antennas redundant, it would drastically reduce radiation. A Swiss of Iranian extraction, Alavi is a former aerospace engineer turned entrepreneur who heads his own firm, Stratxx. Together with a team of 50 scientists, he is preparing a 2007 test run of the airship, which he has named the "X station". Thanks to a GPS steering system developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the 60-meter long helium-filled balloon will remain stationary at 21 kilometres above the earth.  Full Story swissinfo_ 7/10/06

Australia's Metromatics releases Com'Track, an S-Band Compact Tracking Antenna System

Its applications include surveillance solutions using Aircraft, UAV, Vehicles, Flight Testing, Remote Control, Video/Telemetry/Reception and Transmission. The main benefit of IN-SNEC's COM'TRACK is its transportability, ease of operation, its fully integrated system, ease of installation and the fact that it is a cost effective solution to the customer. Full Story  ferret.com 7/7/06

June, 2006

RCD Technology Corp. gets $2 million funding for antenna technology

The Quakertown, Pennsylvania company says it has breakthrough technology for making the antennae that go in radio frequency identification tags. RCD got the funding from NextStage Capital of Audubon, Pa.; Zon Capital Partners of Princeton; Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania, and some individual investors. RCD's technology enables it to make tags containing copper antennae for about the same price as those containing aluminum antennae, which typically are cheaper than copper but don't perform as well. The market for RFID tags is expected to be huge. In-Stat, an advanced communications market research firm, predicted last year that it would grow from $300 million in 2004 to $2.8 billion in 2009. One RCD tag becomes inactive when it is detached. RCD developed it as a way of certifying the authenticity of high-value memorabilia, but it can also be used to make wristbands that allow people to get into limited-access areas. In that application, the wristband would become inactive when the wearer takes it off, guaranteeing it can't be transferred to an unauthorized individual.  Full Story Philadelphia Business Journal_ 6/2/06

April, 2006

New model simulates Einstein's vision of black hole mergers

The types of black hole mergers predicted by Einstein's general relativity have been accurately simulated in a computer model for the first time. The new three-dimensional model provides a direct test of Einstein's theory and could guide the hunt for gravitational waves, one of the most elusive and sought-after forms of energy in the universe. Black holes are regions of space where matter is packed so tightly that the resulting gravity ensnares matter and even light. Einstein's general relativity predicts that when black holes merge, they will emit gravitational waves that distort the fabric of space-time like ripples spreading across a pond. The new model was developed by scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. "When LIGO and LISA detect gravitational waves from merging black holes, we'll know whether Einstein's theory is right or wrong," said Paul Hertz, head scientist of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, who was not involved in the modeling. LIGO, short for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, is a currently operational ground-based detector designed to detect these subtle waves. The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a planned NASA-ESA mission with similar goals. The new work, led by John Baker of NASA Goddard, is detailed in the March 26 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters and an upcoming issue of Physical Review D.  Full Story  Space.com_ 4/18/06

October, 2005

Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame inducts 11 luminaries

The 11 join 87 members inducted since 2000. The inductees included William Hewlett and David Packard, the fathers of Silicon Valley, who launched what is now the world's largest personal computer company from a California garage in 1939 and John Winegard, an inventor and entrepreneur who developed the rooftop television antenna. Full Story  Press Release_ 10/21/05

September, 2005

Canadian university engineers create an antenna that vastly improves on old rabbit ears

The newly designed antenna resembling a fleur-de-lis could help in everything from finding land mines to discovering rot in trees, its creators say. The antenna, dubbed FDL for fleur-de-lis, has the capacity to handle frequency transmissions from two to almost 30 gigahertz, a much wider range than normal antennas. Its co-creators are Matt Yedlin, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and PhD student Kim Dotto in the electrical and computer engineering department.  Full Story  CP/Brandon Sun_ 9/25/05

General Dynamics awarded $169 million contract to build antennas for world's most sensitive, highest resolution millimeter-wavelength telescope

General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $169 million contract by Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) to design, manufacture and deliver 25, 12-meter antennas for the North American portion of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) project, an international astronomy facility. ALMA’s primary goal is to provide a radio telescope array that will allow scientists to observe and image galaxies out to the edge of the universe, and stars and planets in their formative stages with unprecedented clarity. Millimeter and submillimeter-wave astronomy is the study of the universe in the spectral region between what is traditionally considered radio waves and infrared radiation. In this realm, ALMA will study the structure of the early universe and the evolution of galaxies; gather crucial data on the formation of stars and planets; and provide new insights on our own solar system.  Full Story  Press Release_ 7/11/05

Antenna Software Inc. joins Cingular Data Solution Providers Program

Antenna will deliver fully certified GSM/GPRS/EDGE-powered mobile enterprise data solutions for Cingular Wireless' nationwide wireless data network. With this certification, Cingular customers now have access to Antenna A3 ready-to-deploy mobile solutions that are integrated into leading business systems such as Siebel, SAP, J.D. Edwards, ClarifyCRM and Oracle. Hand-held devices supported by Antenna A3 mobile solutions include those from industry leaders such as RIM, palmOne, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, Intermec, Symbol and others enabled for the Cingular Wireless GPRS/EDGE network.  Full Story Frontline Solutions_ 7/8/05

November, 2004

U.S. Food and Drug Administration encourages radio tags on drug bottles

Viagra, Oxycontin and some AIDS drugs will be among the first to carry radio chip tracking devices under a new initiative to prevent theft and counterfeiting. The FDA said it was lifting restrictions on labeling that may have discouraged companies from testing the little antennas, which can be used to trace drugs from factory to pharmacy.  Full Story  Reuters_ 11/15/04

General Dynamics C4 Systems' Controls and Structures facility receives distinguished James S. Cogswell Industrial Security Achievement Award

Only eight cleared facilities selected from a pool of more than 12,000 contractors received the Defense Security Service's award for outstanding overall security programs. Controls and Structures provides precision antennas, positioning systems and control systems for satellite communications, radio telescope, optical telescope, radar, and other specialized applications. It was acquired by General Dynamics C4 Systems as part of the purchase of TriPoint Global Communications in Sept. 2004. Full Story  Press Release_ 11/12/04

September, 2004

U.S. researchers invent antenna for light

The antenna captures visible light in much the same way that radio antennas capture radio waves. They say the device, using tiny carbon nanotubes, might serve as the basis for an optical television or for converting solar energy into electricity.  Full Story  Reuters_ 9/17/04

June, 2004
Centurion Wireless Technologies introduces internal slim-line phone antenna

Coupled with shrinking mobile batteries, Centurion said the new antenna overcomes the design restrictions of bulkier internal antennas, while maintaining the same high performance. Centurion said the internal antenna facilitates design freedom to build pocket-sized, folder/clam-shell types, and bar type phones and is available for dual-, triple-, or quad-band phones, including GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz bandwidths.  Full Story  RCR Wireless News_ 6/22/04

NASA evolutionary software automatically designs antenna
NASA artificial intelligence (AI) software - working on a network of personal computers - has designed a satellite antenna scheduled to orbit Earth in 2005. The antenna, able to fit into a one-inch space (2.5 by 2.5 centimeters), can receive commands and send data to Earth from the Space Technology 5 (ST5) satellites. The three satellites - each no bigger than an average TV set - will help scientists study magnetic fields in Earth's magnetosphere.  Full Story  SpaceRef.com_ 6/15/04

May, 2004

EMS Technologies awarded multi-antenna contract for Anik F3 communications satellite
EMS will design, integrate and test the C-Band, Ku-Band and Ka-Band antennas for Anik F3. The contract was awarded by EADS Astrium of Europe. Financial details were not released. Anik F3 will be Telesat Canada's 17th satellite. When it launches in 2006, Anik F3 will provide a wide range of telecommunications, broadcasting, business communications, and Internet-based services to users across North America.  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/20/04

REMEC Inc. sells its Fixed Wireless Access Systems and Antenna and Artificial Intelligence Assets
Axxcelera Broadband Wireless, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Moseley Associates, Inc., bought the Fixed Wireless assets and the owner of Optimal RF, a California start-up company, purchased the Antenna and AI assets. Full Story  Press Release_ 5/10/04

Boeing to sponsor global aviation radio frequency identification forums in Atlanta, Hong Kong and Munich
Boeing and Airbus are collaborating on the worldwide series of symposiums to build consensus about standards for utilizing Global Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on commercial airplanes. RFID involves 'smart label' identification tags installed throughout an airplane that store data including part and serial numbers, manufacturer codes, country of origin, date of installation and maintenance and inspection information. The tags contain a microchip and antenna and offer significant advantages over similar technologies, including no line-of-sight requirement for data transmission and a dynamic read/write capability.  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/10/04

TriPoint Global Communications’ VertexRSI business introduces pre-engineered SATCOM terminals
Brad Majeres, Vice President and General Manager, VertexRSI Programs Division Duluth Facility, said, “The new Pre-Engineered SATCOM Terminals provide a cost-effective and simple-to-implement communications solution for a variety of SATCOM applications including voice, data or video supported by Gateway Earth Stations, GSM Network Backbone Stations, Digital Television Uplink Stations, VSAT Hubs, Semi-Permanent Fixed Earth Stations and Disaster Recovery Quick Deploy Stations."  Full Story  Press Release_ 5/6/04

Europe's Mars Express probe radar search for water postponed while antenna checked out
Concern that the light-weight antenna might hit Mar Express when it opened up causes postponement, but scientists say there is no real deployment problem. The new data came from mathematical models carried out by Astro Aerospace, the California-based company that built the antenna. Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (Marsis) will seek evidence of underground water, either frozen or liquid.  Full Story  BBC News_ 4/28/04

MI Technologies appoints Dr. Carlo Rizzo European Operations Manager
In this new position, Dr. Rizzo will be responsible for all of MI
Technologies' sales activities in Europe including the solicitation of
orders, maintaining customer relationships and coordination of sales
representatives and distributors.  Full Story  Press Release 4/12/04

March, 2004

Vatican Library begins using an antenna and computer chips to find misplaced books
With Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, computer chips in books, a library worker can pass a wand-like antenna over the shelves and if one of the 120,000 volumes in the public reading rooms "is missing or in the wrong place, the antenna will sound an alarm to signal there's a problem," said the library's vice prefect, Ambrogio Piazzoni.  Full Story  Catholic News Service 3/29/04


Tectonic Engineering solves cell site selection and construction issues with new program
Tectonic, as program manager, and American Water, the leading water services provider in the United States, have teamed up to make over two thousand facilities (water tanks and towers, raw land, rooftops, etc.) in 19 states nationwide available to the cellular industry. These locations involve some of the most challenging states to obtain zoning approval, including New York, New Jersey, Virginia and California.  Full Story  Press Release 3/27/04

New Japanese antenna has Antarctic base beaming
Capable of sending and receiving massive amounts of data, the 10-meter antenna recently set up at Syowa Station enables videoconferencing and keeps computers continuously connected to the Internet.  Full story  Asahi Shimbun 3/26/04

TriPoint Global Communications introduces 2.5’ QuickFire™ antennas
The new 2.5' (0.8-meter) antenna uses Gabriel’s compact and economical QuickFire™ feed design, which is ideally suited for unlicensed market (5.2-5.85 GHz). The new 2.5’ antenna is available as both standard and high performance, plane polarized and dual polarized.  Full story  Press Release 3/23/04

TriPoint Global introduces new line of antennas for the public safety band (4940-4990 MHz)
The new antennas will be part of the Gabriel Terrestrial Microwave Antenna Product Line and will feature Gabriel’s QuickFire™ feed technology. The public safety spectrum is available for use by both government agencies and private organizations to protect the safety of life, health, or property. This band may be used for broadband mobile communications, fixed “hot spot” usage, and fixed point-to-point operations (backhaul).  Full story  Press Release  3/22/04

Northrop to assist USAF with LOBSTAR
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) will help the US Air Force (USAF) enhance the surveillance capabilities of aerial vehicles by embedding antennas in the primary load-bearing structures of composite aircraft wings. The new approach could lead to antennas as large as the surface area of a wing with enough sensitivity to simultaneously detect ground-moving targets through dense foliage and track air-to-air missile threats.   Full story  UVonline.com 3/12/04

Atmel's GPS chip set now with new Firmware V3.0 featuring SBAS signal reception and increased sensitivity
Atmel® Corporation announced today that its GPS chip set is now equipped with the new ROM version 3.0, which provides improved navigation accuracy and integrity, as well as higher sensitivity. The GPS receiver is able to track signals of up to -150 dBm, allowing navigation even in difficult environments like urban canyons and under dense foliage, and also enables applications with concealed antennas.   Full story

Press Release/PR Newswire 3/8/04

Andrew Corporation broadens range of satellite antenna products
Andrew Corporation now offers a complete line of satellite antennas from 43 cm to 9.4 m for all satellite communication applications for both enterprise and consumer. With the addition of the legacy Channel Master® VSAT and DBS products, Andrew provides a full range of solutions for global communications.  Full story  Press Release 3/2/04

Kathrein announces dual band antennas with integrated combiners devices permit shared use of RF feedlines

Selfcontained combiners allow a carrier to reduce his RF cabling requirements by 50%, saving material and installation costs.  Full story  Press Release 2/11/04


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