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Air Force approves fix for malfunctioning KC-46 cargo lock

Air Force approves fix for malfunctioning KC-46 cargo lock

Business
Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has approved a retrofit to prevent cargo locks on an aerial refueling tanker from coming undone midflight, officials said Tuesday. Will Roper, the Air Force's top acquisition official, told Defense News he's confident the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tanker's malfunctioning cargo locks will be fixed within months. In September, after a flight where cargo locks on the bottom of the aircraft's floor became unlocked midflight, the tanker was restricted from carrying either cargo or people in the back of the aircraft. "The Boeing/Air Force team have successfully tested a cargo lock retrofit that prevents the lock from beginning to disengage," Boeing spokesperson Lawrence Chambers told National Defense Magazine on Tuesday. "The retrofit has already flown...
Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Astronauts escape malfunctioning Soyuz rocket

Science
A capsule carrying the two crew members of a Russian Soyuz rocket that malfunctioned on lift-off has landed safely in Kazakhstan.Russian Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague are reported to be "in good condition", both Nasa and Russian media said.Search and rescue teams are now en route to the landing site.The rocket had taken off for the International Space Station (ISS) when it suffered a problem with its booster.The crew had to return in "ballistic descent mode", Nasa tweeted, which it explained was "a sharper angle of landing compared to normal".The Soyuz rocket had taken off at 04:40 Eastern time for a four-orbit, six-hour journey to the ISS.Mr Hague and Mr Ovchinin were due to spend six months on the statio...