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Stray plane forces last-minute space launch delay

Stray plane forces last-minute space launch delay

Technology
A space launch has been aborted just moments before lift-off after a small aircraft strayed into the rocket's hazard area.Commercial shipper Orbital ATK was within two minutes of launching its unmanned Antares rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia when the aircraft appeared six miles offshore, flying at around 500ft.It prompted the postponement of the launch, which will now take place on Sunday morning.Orbital ATK's Antares rocket is set to carry a capsule holding 7,400 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), supplying six astronauts with fresh fruit, vegetables, ice cream bars and equipment for experiments.Image:The rocket is raised into position at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in VirginiaThe cargo will help researchers conduct studies on how space's mic...
Further tariff of 80% imposed on import of C-Series plane

Further tariff of 80% imposed on import of C-Series plane

Business
The US Department of Commerce has again ruled against aerospace firm Bombardier in its dispute with rival Boeing. A further tariff of 80% has been imposed on the import of Bombardier's C-Series jet to the US for alleged below-cost selling.This is on top of an earlier tariff of 220% which related to subsidies Bombardier got from Canada and the UK.There have been warnings that the import tariffs could threaten Bombardier jobs in Belfast.About 1,000 jobs are linked to the C-Series, the wings of which are made at a purpose-built £520m factory in the city.A spokesperson for Bombardier said: "We strongly disagree with the commerce department's preliminary decision."The firm said the ruling represented an "egregious overreach and misapplication of U.S. trade laws"."The commerce department's appro
Taliban claims it targeted US defense chief's plane in attack on Kabul airport

Taliban claims it targeted US defense chief's plane in attack on Kabul airport

World
The Taliban and ISIS are both taking credit for a rocket attack on Kabul's airport early Wednesday just hours after U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis landed in Afghanistan for a surprise visit. A barrage of up to 40 rounds of munitions hit the airport, including 29 rocket-propelled grenades, according to a U.S. military official. In response to the attack, the U.S. conducted an airstrike to support an Afghan crisis unit on the ground, but "one of the missiles malfunctioned," causing injuries to Afghan civilians, the U.S.-lead coalition said in a statement. Mattis had left the airport hours before the attack took place. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who was in Afghanistan with the U.S. defense chief, was similarly out of harm's way when the rockets hit. A separate U.S. ...
China: Intercept of U.S. surveillance plane was 'legal, necessary'

China: Intercept of U.S. surveillance plane was 'legal, necessary'

World
July 25 (UPI) -- China on Tuesday said a weekend encounter between two Chinese fighter jets and a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the East China Sea was "legal, necessary and professional."The Chinese ministry of defense issued a statement defending the incident, which the United States said nearly caused a collision.The Pentagon said the two Chinese J-10 aircraft intercepted the U.S. Navy P-3 surveillance plane while it was operating over international waters."The aircrew deemed the intercept unsafe and unprofessional," Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan said.A U.S. official said one of the Chinese planes flew beneath the U.S. plane and maneuvered to reappear 300 feet ahead.The intercept caused the U.S. pilot to "take evasive action to avoid collision," the official said, also n...
6 victims of Wisconsin plane crash identified

6 victims of Wisconsin plane crash identified

World
A small airplane that went down in northern Wisconsin fell apart in the air, killing the six people onboard, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. The Cessna 421 that crashed at 3:21 a.m. Saturday left from Waukegan, Illinois, and was flying to Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said. "The debris field suggested an in-flight break up," Weiss said. Lt. Gabe Lind at the Price County Sheriff's Office said the debris field from the crash stretched about a quarter mile from a heavily wooded area onto a state highway. The six people killed were identified Monday as 70-year-old Kevin James King, 56-year-old Thomas DeMauro, 21-year-old Kyle DeMauro, 63-year-old James Francis, 69-year-old Charles Tomlitz, and 45-year-old George ...