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India aborts moon mission launch citing technical glitch

Technology
India has temporarily deferred its dream of a soft landing on the lunar south pole, aborting the launch of its second moon mission on Monday less than an hour before liftoff. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story launch-vehicle system, said Indian Space Research Organization spokesman B.R. Guruprasad. The countdown abruptly stopped at T-56 minutes, 24 seconds, and Guruprasad said that the agency would announce a revised launch date soon. Chandrayaan, the word for "moon craft" in Sanskrit, is designed for a soft landing on the far side of the moon and to send a rover to explore water deposits confirmed by a previous Indian space mission. With nuclear-armed India poised to become the world's fifth-largest economy, the ardently...
Chandrayaan-2: India space launch delayed by technical problem

Chandrayaan-2: India space launch delayed by technical problem

Science
The launch of India's second lunar mission has been halted, less than an hour before the scheduled blast-off, to due to a technical problem, says the Indian Space Research Organisation.If successful, India will become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the Moon's surface. Only the US, China and the former Soviet Union have been able to do so. The $ 150m mission - Chandrayaan-2 - aims to gather data on water, minerals and rock formations on the Moon. The Indian-made satellite had been scheduled for launch at 02:51 local time on Monday (21:21 GMT Sunday) from Sriharikota space station on India's eastern coast.But the countdown was halted 56 minutes before the launch time. A new launch time will be announced later, Isro sa...
BAE Systems, Rheinmetall launch military vehicle joint venture

BAE Systems, Rheinmetall launch military vehicle joint venture

Business
July 1 (UPI) -- Defense contractors Rheinmetall of Germany and BAE Systems of Britain launched a joint venture on Monday to build combat vehicles. The companies issued a statement announcing the formation of Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, to be headquartered in Telford, England. The new venture is expected to play a major role in the development and construction of the eight-wheeled Boxer 8x8 vehicle for the United Kingdom's Mechanized Infantry Vehicle program, as well as the rest of the British Army's vehicle fleets. The vehicles have also been purchased by several other NATO countries. BAE agreed to sell a 55 percent stake in its Global Combat Systems business, builders of armored vehicles and artillery, to Rheinmetall for $ 36.1 million. The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Aut...
Huawei delays launch of folding smartphone

Huawei delays launch of folding smartphone

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Huawei has delayed the launch of the Mate X folding handset until September, having originally planned to launch it this summer.The firm said it wanted to conduct extra tests following screen problems reported by early reviewers of Samsung's Galaxy Fold.Both firms had unveiled the devices in February but Huawei said it now wanted to be "cautious". Samsung currently has no release date for the Fold.Huawei confirmed to the BBC that the Mate X is expected to launch in September 2019."We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation," it told CNBC."The Mate X was always going to come later than Samsung's Galaxy Fold, but the Korean phone-maker's problems have certainly given Huawei more brea...