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Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

Virgin Galactic completes first rocket-powered Unity space craft launch

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April 5 (UPI) -- Virgin Galactic successfully launched and landed its Unity spacecraft by rocket power, completing its first powered flight in almost four years.Richard Branson's space company shared a photo of the SpaceShipTwo model spacecraft as it blasted into the air above the Mojave Air and Space Port before going supersonic and landing safely."VSS Unity completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight this morning in Mojave, California. Another great test flight, another step closer to being," Virgin Galactic wrote on Twitter.Unity took off at about 8:02 a.m. as it was propelled to an altitude of 46,500 feet by the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, VMS Eve.Eve then released Unity from under its wing and the SpaceShipTwo's pilots Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay brought the spacecraft'...
Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie completes return to Feyenoord

Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie completes return to Feyenoord

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Robin van Persie is swapping Fenerbahce for FeyenoordMonday, January 22, 2018Dutch striker Robin van Persie has completed his return to his first club Feyenoord on an 18-month deal after 14 years away.The Rotterdam side confirmed on their website on Monday morning that 34-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester United man had passed a medical and would train with coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst - his former Holland team-mate - and his new colleagues for the first time later in the day.It was announced on Friday that a deal had been reached for Van Persie, with Turkish club Fenerbahce agreeing to release him from his contract.Technical director Martin van Geel told the club's website: "We have always said that Robin is more than welcome at Feyenoord and we are very happy that he now joins the...
British submarine HMS Audacious completes first dive

British submarine HMS Audacious completes first dive

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Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The HMS Audacious, Britain's latest nuclear-powered submarine, has successfully completed its first dive, reports shipbuilder BAE Systems.The Royal Navy's fourth Astute-class attack submarine was completely submerged for the first time at the company's Barrow, England, facility, and many of the 318-feet long vessel's onboard systems were successfully tested.The submarine is capable of carrying Tomahawk missiles and striking targets up to 600 miles away.The Audacious was launched in 2017, and will undergo sea trials later this year.At the time of its launch, BAE Systems Submarines managing director Will Blamey said the ship "enters the water in a more advanced state of build than any previous Astute-class submarine, which puts us in a good position for the next phase of wor...
Liverpool FC: Virgil van Dijk completes Anfield switch and says Reds are 'perfect match'

Liverpool FC: Virgil van Dijk completes Anfield switch and says Reds are 'perfect match'

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Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool is the "perfect match" for him after his world record move from Southampton was officially completed.The 26-year-old's switch from the Saints was agreed last week, but with the January transfer window now open his deal, understood to be worth £75million - the highest fee ever paid for a defender, is now sealed.The Dutchman told Liverpool's official website: "With the history at the club and everything around it - even the training ground and stuff - it is just a perfect, perfect match for me, and for my family as well."Van Dijk, who has signed what Liverpool have said is a "long-term contract" at Anfield, is not concerned about his price tag weighing heavy.The transfer fee eclipses the £54m spent by Manchester City to sign England full-back Kyle Walker from T
New LCS completes U.S. Navy acceptance trials

New LCS completes U.S. Navy acceptance trials

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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The future USS Little Rock, a fifth Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship, has successfully completed U.S. Navy acceptance trials.The trials, conducted over a five-day period while in port and underway, demonstrated the performance of the ship's propulsion plant, auxiliary systems and the ship's handling.The Navy said the vessel completed a full-power run along with all associated steering and maneuvering events and also surface and air self-defense detect-to-engage exercises."Of particular note was completion of a full-power demonstration utilizing 100 percent of available propulsion power," LCS Program Manager Capt. Michael Taylorsaid in a press release. "This mode of operation was previously restricted due to a design issue which is now resolved."Little Rock's performanc...