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SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

Science
May 11 (UPI) -- On the second launch attempt, SpaceX's Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9, successfully blasted off on Friday. The updated rocket model, upgraded to enhance reusability, carried a Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit. It will be the first Bangladeshi communications satellite put into space. The rocket launched right on time at 4:14 p.m. ET from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Thursday, a last-minute abort alert forced SpaceX to abandon it's launch plans. The brief launch window didn't give engineers enough time to identify and correct the technical glitch. However, statements from SpaceX suggested the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself. After launch, the mission achieved a quick successi...
Lockheed Martin delivers first of 3 radars to Latvian military

Lockheed Martin delivers first of 3 radars to Latvian military

Business
March 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has delivered the first of three radars to Latvia, the company said Monday, calling it "a major step forward in strengthening [the country's] national defense."The TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar, purchased for an undisclosed cost in a 2015 contract, recently completed an on-site acceptance test and will increase the Latvian air force's capacity for low-level flight surveillance and identification, Lockheed Martin said. The company said it has worked with the NATO country on its radar systems for the last 16 years.The radar, which can be easily transported and mounted on a truck, can toggle between multiple missions at once by automatically adjusting during each 360-degree scan.Lockheed Martin added that the TPS-77 MRR uses less power than its predecessors, increa...
Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Business
Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The first delivery of a combat-functional helicopter retrofit for France was announced this week by Airbus Helicopters.The aviation company said the first conversion of a Tiger helicopter from its original HAP version, with combat support capability, to HAD, or multirole combat use, has been delivered to the French military.The French Ministry of Defense has ordered 36 retrofits of its helicopters from HAP to HAD."We are pleased to have achieved this first delivery in accordance with the specifications of our customer," Alexandra Cros, head of governmental affairs France at Airbus Helicopters, said in a press release.The conversion involves more than 100 airframe modifications, and the installation of over 1,500 new parts and 250 electrical cables, the company said.The res...
Black Friday delivers retail sales boost

Black Friday delivers retail sales boost

Business
Black Friday helped retail sales grow by a better-than-expected 1.1% last month, official figures show.Electrical household appliances were a key factor in boosting sales.The figures appeared to allay some of the gloom surrounding the high street as rising inflation eats into household income, shaking consumer confidence.The growth reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) beat the average expectation of economists that sales volumes compared to the previous month would increase by just 0.4%.ONS senior statistician Rhian Murphy said: "Household goods stores had a good November, with a number of businesses saying that Black Friday promotions boosted sales."The 1.1% growth in November was the strongest monthly figure since April. The ONS also revised up October's reading from 0.3%...
Manchester Arena: Peter Kay delivers defiant message at reopening concert

Manchester Arena: Peter Kay delivers defiant message at reopening concert

Entertainment
Comedian Peter Kay has delivered a message of defiance at Manchester Arena's reopening concert, declaring "we can't let terrorists win".Kay appeared at the We Are Manchester show on Saturday alongside other local heroes including Noel Gallagher.More than 14,000 fans were there, four months after a bomb killed 22 people."The victims will never ever be forgotten, but we've got to move forward with love and not hate, and that's how we win," Kay told the crowd.Kay worked as a steward at the venue in the 1990s before going on to perform there more than 40 times."There's been a lot of joy in this room over the years, including the night of 22 May, right up until the terrorist attack," he said - and the crowd booed at the mention of the attack."These last four months have been incredibly painful,...