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Watch live: United Launch Alliance to launch spy satellite after 24-hour delay

Watch live: United Launch Alliance to launch spy satellite after 24-hour delay

Science
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- United Launch Alliance is preparing once more to launch its Delta 4-Heavy rocket. The company's most powerful rocket was scheduled to carry a spy satellite into space on Friday, but a communications error forced ULA to delay the liftoff until Saturday evening. During preflight checks, engineers discovered a "redundant communication link between the control center and the launch site," according to a statement released by ULA. Saturday's launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is scheduled for 11:06 p.m. EST, 8:19 p.m. PST. "Weather has improved! We are at 70% chance of favorable launch weather for tonight's #NROL71 launch," ULA announced on Twitter. ULA will stream a live broadcast of Saturday's launch. The payload for Saturday evening's flight belongs to the ...
Protests delay release of 'blasphemous' Christian woman

Protests delay release of 'blasphemous' Christian woman

World
The release of a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted eight years after being sentenced to death for blasphemy has been delayed. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a dispute with her neighbours.The mother-of-three, 47, has always maintained her innocence - but has spent the majority of the past eight years in solitary confinement.Her release was delayed following protests by radical Islamists, who want her publicly hanged, and failed talks between them and the government. Image: Asia Bibi denies the charge but has spent years in solitary confinement A lawyer representing a local cleric who had raised the initial blasphemy charges against Ms Bibi petitione...
More delay, cost for NASA's next-generation space telescope

More delay, cost for NASA's next-generation space telescope

Technology
NASA's next-generation space telescope has been delayed yet again at a staggering cost of $ 1 million a day. For the third time in less than a year, the space agency announced a lengthy postponement Wednesday for the James Webb Space Telescope . The observatory will now fly no earlier than 2021; until last fall, it was on the books for a 2018 launch. The telescope's overall cost is now expected to reach nearly $ 10 billion. Development cost alone will exceed the $ 8 billion cap set by Congress by more than $ 800 million, and require reauthorization. An independent review board cites worker error and embedded hardware problems for much of the escalating costs and delays. In a vibration test of the telescope earlier this year in California by prime contractor Northrop Grumman, dozens of lo...
Half of European flights face delay after glitch

Half of European flights face delay after glitch

World
Half of flights travelling across Europe face delays due to computer failures, the continent's air safety group said.The continent-wide system which determines when and where planes can safely fly, land and take-off failed at about lunchtime on Tuesday, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) said.Half of flights across Europe face being delayed by the failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS).There has been a failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System.  Contingency procedures are being put in place which will have the effect of reducing the capacity of the European network by approximately 10%.  Further information will be provided as soon as possible.— EUROCONTROL (@eurocontrol) April 3, 2018We very much regret
JWST: Hubble 'successor' faces new delay

JWST: Hubble 'successor' faces new delay

Science
The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope has been delayed yet again and will not now launch until "approximately May 2020".The James Webb Space Telescope is also in danger of busting the cost cap put on the project by the US Congress.Back in 2011, politicians on Capitol Hill said the observatory should not take more than $ 8bn to build and $ 800m to operate over five years in orbit.US space agency officials now say the construction bill could exceed the cap."To date, Nasa has invested $ 7.3bn in Webb; Webb's development costs are about $ 8bn total and the maximum allowable level established by law," explained Acting Nasa Administrator Robert Lightfoot. "If we breach the $ 8bn cost laid out in the Congressional appropriations, the project will need to be re-authorised by Congress."JWST i...