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Mars Ingenuity flight delayed after rotor test fails

Mars Ingenuity flight delayed after rotor test fails

Science
April 10 (UPI) -- NASA has delayed the first flight of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter until at least Wednesday. The agency announced the delay in a Saturday news release after a high-speed test of the helicopter's rotors abruptly stopped Friday. Advertisement The drone's watchdog timer expired as it was trying to transition the flight computer from "pre-flight" to "flight" mode, according to NASA. The watchdog timer oversees the command sequences and alerts the system to any potential problems, preventing the system from proceeding when an issue is detected. NASA described the helicopter as "safe and healthy" and said the Ingenuity Mars' team is reviewing telemetry to diagnose and understand the full-speed test. Friday's test was the last major one before the helicopter's first scheduled f...
Rocket motor fails to ignite on Virgin Galactic test flight

Rocket motor fails to ignite on Virgin Galactic test flight

Technology
A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft’s rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New MexicoBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and PAUL DAVENPORT Associated PressDecember 12, 2020, 7:42 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A Virgin Galactic test flight Saturday ended prematurely as the spacecraft's rocket motor failed to ignite and it then glided down safely to its landing site in southern New Mexico.The spacecraft’s engine is supposed to ignite moments after it is released from a special carrier jet, sending the craft in a near-vertical climb towards the edge of space.“The ignition sequence for the rocket motor did not complete. Vehicle and crew are in great shape,"...
Advanced Patriot missile fails in live-fire test

Advanced Patriot missile fails in live-fire test

Business
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army's most advanced Patriot missile misfired during a major test of the Army's Integrated Battle Command System, an Army official confirmed. A hit-to-kill Patriot Advanced Capability-2 Guided Enhanced Missile was used against a cruise missile target last week in alive-fire exercise at the Army's White Sands, N. M., Missile Range, but failed, Col. Phil Rottenborn, IBCS project manager, told Defense News on Wednesday. Advertisement Two interceptors were fired at a target missile, and although "the system did what it was designed to do," he said, the Capability-3 Patriot Missile Segment Enhancement missile misfired. An older variant of the Patriot missile brought down the target, part of the common test practice of firing two missiles at a target in the event the f...
Donald Trump: Tulsa rally fails to draw expected crowds amid virus fears

Donald Trump: Tulsa rally fails to draw expected crowds amid virus fears

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has held his first campaign rally since the US coronavirus lockdown began, in front of a smaller than expected crowd. Mr Trump had boasted earlier this week that almost a million people had requested tickets for the event at Tulsa's Bank of Oklahoma Center.But the 19,000-seat arena was far from full and plans for him to address an outside "overflow" area were abandoned.There had been concerns about holding the rally during the pandemic.Coronavirus was one issue Mr Trump touched on in his wide-ranging, almost two-hour-long speech to cheering supporters in Oklahoma, a Republican heartland.Mr Trump said he told officials to slow down Covid-19 testing because so many cases were...

Virgin Orbit fails on first rocket launch attempt

Technology
Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has failed in its first attempt to launch a test satellite into space aboard a rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the ocean off Southern CaliforniaBy JOHN ANTCZAK Associated PressMay 25, 2020, 9:55 PM4 min read4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit failed Monday in its first test launch of a new rocket carried aloft by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California. The inaugural launch had appeared to be going well until moments after the rocket was dropped from beneath the left wing of the jumbo jet dubbed Cosmic Girl. “We’ve confirmed a clean release from the aircraft. However, the mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmi...