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Summer Bash 2019


Written by: L A V A
Art by: Last Friday Knight


Summer Bash 2019


Summer has arrived and we know what that means! It is time to PARTY! Traditionally, here in BWC we call that the Summer Bash, and we also call it an EPIC Operation.

This years Summer Bash will be conducted on the 24th and 31st of August. The first part (and kickoff of the event) will center on Community Games. Community Games are games which are not supported by
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Destiny 2 - Solstice of Heroes


Written by: L A V A
Art by: Byronius Monk


Destiny 2 - Solstice of Heroes


Calling all Guardians! Have you spoken to Eva Levante? Have you meditated at the Statute of Heroes? If not, it's time to get going as the Solstice of Heroes has begun and will be running until 27 August. The event, which honors Guardian Heroes of the past, is designed to allow players to earn new armor sets which they can transfer over to the Shadowkeep expansion due...
 

Division 2 - Expedition: DC Outskirts!


Written by: L A V A
Art by: Byronius Monk


Expedition: DC Outskirts


Listen up Agents! There is a new free game mode coming to the Division 2 called Expeditions! The general release will be July 30th for all players and July 23rd for holders of the Year One Pass. Expeditions will be a new game feature and in Episode 1 it will take us out of the city to the DC Outskirts. Each expedition will contain 3 new main missions; the completion of which opens...
 

PAO Wants You!

Written by: Chephen
Art by: Chephen

PAO WANTS YOU!


YES YOU!

Ever want to move up within the BWC and hold a meaningful billet? Love talking about your favorite games and the going-ons in BWC? Well then have we got the billets for you!

The Public Affairs Office (PAO) is looking for writers to help contribute to our front page articles and other ALCONs that you see throughout the forums and discord. The only requirements...
 

Division 2 Free to Play Weekend 13-16 June


Written by: L A V A
Art by: Chephen


Division 2 Free to Play Weekend
13-16 June

In a surprise offering during their presentation at E3, Massive Entertainment has announced a FREE to PLAY Weekend beginning this Thursday, 13 June through Sunday, 16 June. If you have been on the fence as to whether or not to purchase the Division 2, now is the time to give it a free trial. For those who enjoy the experience and want to continue their progression,
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BWC vs. ORGs Tournament

BWC vs WSC and possibly LAMP and ACESHIGH in Squadron Battle

Format:
2v2 Double elimination
Game Mode:
Arena Commander Squadron Battle
Date:
16 JUN 2018
Time:
1300 OpServ (EST) - until it's over
Eligibility:
Any one can participate
Roster:
BWC teams will be randomly paired for the duration of the tournament
Awards:
BWC Tournament Winner Medal

and
BWC Tournament Participation Ribbon

Rules:
- Reply to the following thread (Link) and/or RSVP "Yes" on OpServ (Link) if you're attending 100%
- Be professional
- Ships selection restricted to 325A and Avenger
- No missiles, Pyrobursts, or EMP
- Best 2 of 3 wins the match
- Upon death, wait for the system to automatically respawn you. Then hold fire and position until next round
- Winners of a round will respawn for the next round
- Single disconnects will be consider as death and the match will be restarted for the next round.
- Matches will be restarted once on multiple disconnects or server crashes.


ONE TEAM ONE FIGHT
Star Citizen is a supported game company and offers all BWC members a great opportunity for quality gaming, team building and event participation. Featuring tactical variety, fun and engaging gameplay mixed with competitive elements, Star Citizen espouses the “One Team, One Fight” ethos that BWC centers itself upon perfectly.


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NASA’s Opportunity Rover Withstands Another Harsh Winter on Mars

When the Opportunity rover landed on Mars on January 25th, 2004, its mission was only meant to last for about 90 Earth days. But the little Mech that could has exceeded all expectations by remaining in operation for over 14 years and traveled a total of about 50 km (28 mi).
Basically, Opportunity has continued to remain mobile and gather scientific data 50 times longer than its designated lifespan.

And according to a recent announcement from NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (MEP), the rover managed to survive yet another winter on Mars. Having endured its eighth Martian winter in a row, and with its solar panels in encouragingly clean condition, the rover will be in good shape for the coming dust-storm season. It also means the rover lived to see its 14th anniversary, which took place on January 25th, 2018.

On Mars, a single year lasts the equivalent of 686.971 Earth days (or 1.88 Earth years). And since Mars’ axis is inclined 25.19° to its orbital plane (compared to Earth’s axial tilt of just over 23°), Mars also experiences seasons. However, these tend to last about twice as long as the seasons on Earth. And of course, the seasons on Mars’ are also much colder, with temperatures averaging about -63 °C (-82°F).


Enhanced-color view of ground sloping downward to the right in “Perseverance Valley”,
taken by the Pancam on the Opportunity rover in October of 2017.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ


At present, both the Opportunity and Spirit rover are in Mars’ southern hemisphere. Here, the Sun appears in the northern sky during the fall and winter, so the rovers need to tilt their solar-arrays northward. Back in 2004, the Spirit rover had lost the use of two of its wheels, and could therefore not maneuver out of a sand trap it had become stuck in. As such, it was unable to tilt itself northward and did not survive its fourth Martian winter (in 2009).

However, Opportunity’s current position – Perseverance Valley, a fluid-carved region on the inner slope at the edge of the Endeavour Crater – meant that it was well-positioned to keep working through late fall and early winter this year. This was ensured by the stops the rover made at energy-favorable locations, where it would inspect local rocks, examine the valley’s shape and image the surrounding area, all the while absorbing ample energy from the Sun.




Image of the floor of Endeavour Crater,
taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on Nov. 11th, 2017,
about a week before Opportunity’s eighth Martian winter solstice.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ


Ten months ago, the rover entered the top of the valley, which runs eastward down the inner slope of the Endurance Crater’s western rim. Since that time, Opportunity has been conducting stops between drives at north-facing sites, which are situated along the southern edge of the channel. The rover team calls the sites “lily pads”, since these places are spots that the rover need to hop across during its mission.
This is necessary, given that Opportunity does not rely on a radioisotope thermoelectric generator like Curiosity does. While winter conditions affect the use of electrical heaters and batteries on both rovers, Opportunity is different in that it’s activities are more subject to seasonal change. Whereas Curiosity will simply allocate less energy to performing tasks in the winter, Opportunity needs to pick its routes to ensure it stays powered up.

During some of its previous winters, the Opportunity rover was not as well-situated as it currently is. During its fifth winter (2011-2012) the rover spent 19 weeks at one spot because no other places that allowed for a northward-facing tilt were available within driving distance. On the other hand, its first winter (2004-2005) was spent in the southern half of the Endurance Crater, where all grounds are favorable since they face north.




A self-portrait of the Opportunity rover shortly after dust cleared its solar panels in March 2014.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.


Another factor which can influence Opportunity‘s power supply is how much dust is in the sky and how much of it gets onto the rover’s solar arrays. This is highly-dependent on prevailing wind conditions, which can both stir up dust storms and clear away dust deposits on the rover – basically, they are a real mixed blessing! During autumn and winter in the southern-hemisphere, the skies are generally clear where Opportunity operates. Spring and summer is when the storms are most common in Mars’ southern hemisphere, though they don’t happen every year. The latest example took place in 2007, which led to a severe reduction in the amount of sunlight (and hence, solar energy) Spirit and Opportunity were able to receive. This required both rovers to enact emergency protocols and reduce the amount of operations and communications they conducted. The amount of dust on the rover’s solar arrays going into autumn can also vary from year to year. This year, the array was dustier than in all but one of the previous Martian autumns it experienced.



Image of the Opportunity rover’s front wheel, taken on June 9th, 2004,inside the Endurance Crater.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell


In the coming months, the Opportunity team hopes to investigate how the Perseverance Valley
was cut into the rim of the Endeavor crater.

With its eighth winter finished and Opportunity
still in good working order, we can expect the tenacious rover to keep turning up interesting finds on Mars. These include clues about Mars’ warmer, wetter past, which likely included a standing body of water in the Endeavor crater. And assuming conditions are favorable in the coming year, we can expect that Opportunity will continue to push the boundaries of both science and its own endurance!

One Team, One Fight



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