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Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas & James Sillars, business reporters Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to build new electric vehicle models at its Castle Bromwich plant, a decision it says safeguards thousands of jobs at the site and in the supply chain.Britain's biggest carmaker said it had forced itself into the decision despite continued Brexit uncertainty but signalled future investment in its home market was not guaranteed as it needed to see the "right deal". The company said the first electric vehicle to be produced at the Birmingham factory would be Jaguar's flagship saloon, the XJ. Image: The Jaguar I-PACE is made in Austria It will be seen as a boost for the British car industry after JLR...
NASA vows to land first female astronaut on the moon by 2024

NASA vows to land first female astronaut on the moon by 2024

Technology
NASA has laid out plans for the first woman to set foot on the moon by 2024 as part of a new programme testing technology that will eventually be used on Mars.  The mission has been named Artemis, the mythological twin sister of Apollo, the first moonshot mission's namesake. Speaking at the Paris Air Show on Monday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the programme would consist of a "very diverse" core team of astronauts.He said: "This time when we go to the moon, we are going sustainably, and we are going to go with this very diverse, highly qualified astronaut core that includes women." Image: Buzz Aldrin was the second man, and one of a dozen men, to land on the moon The announcement came almost 50 years after the first m...
Oshkosh, Broshuis land $13.3M Army contract for new semitrailers

Oshkosh, Broshuis land $13.3M Army contract for new semitrailers

Business
May 30 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense said Thursday that the U.S. Army has awarded it and a partner a $ 13.3 million contract to produce a semitrailer for heavy equipment transporter. The $ 13.3 million contract award will fill an operational need for U.S. Army Europe for a semitrailer capable of carrying a larger payload while abiding by European road rules. The deal calls for 170 semitrailers to be delivered in the next couple fiscal years and has a maximum value of $ 109.8 million. The U.S. Army Tank-automative and Armaments Command awarded the contract to Oshkosh Defense, which has been producing the heavy equipment transporter for the U.S. Army since 1976, and Broshuis B.V., which specializes in producing semitrailers for military transport, according to Oshkosh. Oshkosh initially design...
Bidders seek to land Thomas Cook takeover

Bidders seek to land Thomas Cook takeover

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Thomas Cook, one of the oldest names in the British travel industry, is being circled by potential bidders as lenders ‎to the company prepare for crunch talks over the state of its finances.Sky News has learnt that ‎Thomas Cook has been tentatively approached about a takeover of its tour operating unit, and the entire company, by several parties. The approaches have come as it contends with shifting consumer behaviour, Brexit uncertainty and other factors hurting traditional industry players.The precise status of talks between Thomas Cook and its suitors was unclear on Saturday, although insiders cautioned that any deal was likely to be months away.One described the various talks as ‎preliminary.
Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

Bloodhound: Land speed record car is relaunched

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record.The project went into administration last year, unable to secure the financing needed to go racing - even though the vehicle was all but built.But with the purchase of the car by entrepreneur Ian Warhurst, Bloodhound has been put on a new footing.Engineers are looking to start high-speed trials "as soon as possible".These could take place in the South African desert later this year, although team-members are being cautious about giving hard timelines for the re-booted venture.Mr Warhurst is determined, however, that the new set-up should keep its promises and deliver on its objecti...