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An assault on the senses: What attending a rocket launch is like

An assault on the senses: What attending a rocket launch is like

Technology
By Michelle Clifford, Europe correspondent In the heat of a Kazakhstan night, we stood 900m (2,952ft) from the launchpad where a Soyuz rocket readied for take-off. I couldn't help thinking what the men inside the capsule at the top were going through - I know my heart was beating a little faster. What if something went wrong in front of the families, in front of the world's press?And then came the roar, a huge glow before us as the spacecraft ascended. And then another roar, from the families next to us. Image: The crew were said to be feeling good before the launch It was a sound not just of pride, but of sheer relief that the launch was going well. ...
Israel continues hitting Gaza targets after rocket attack

Israel continues hitting Gaza targets after rocket attack

World
Israeli forces have continued to hit targets across the Gaza Strip, just hours after a ceasefire was reported to have taken effect.The ceasefire was brokered by Egypt on Monday but shortly afterwards there were air raid sirens heard in southern Israel and rocket fire reported from Gaza. At least 30 rockets were fired into Israel on Monday, according to Israel, but nearly all of them were intercepted or landed in uninhabited areas.But six Israelis were injured when a rocket landed on a home in a farming community.The Iron Dome rocket defence system had not been activated because the attack was unexpected. Advertisement In retaliation, Israel hit back with 15 airstrikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, including...
UK's air-breathing rocket engine set for key tests

UK's air-breathing rocket engine set for key tests

Science
The UK project to develop a hypersonic engine that could take a plane from London to Sydney in about four hours is set for a key demonstration. The Sabre engine is part jet, part rocket, and relies on a novel pre-cooler heat-exchanger technology. This pre-cooler system will begin a new phase of testing in the next month or so in Colorado, US.Meanwhile, the core part of the engine has just gone through its preliminary design review.Signed off by experts at the European Space Agency, the review sets the stage for this central section of Sabre to begin its own demonstration campaign at Wescott Space Cluster in Buckinghamshire next year. The company behind the project, React...