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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...
North Korea 'preparing rocket launch', images suggest

North Korea 'preparing rocket launch', images suggest

World
Satellite images of a facility near Pyongyang suggest that North Korea may be preparing to launch a missile or a satellite. The increase in activity is around a site known as Sanumdong, where North Korea assembled most of its ballistic missiles and rockets. It comes after reports earlier this week that North Korea's main rocket launch site at Sohae had been rebuilt.Work to dismantle Sohae began last year but stopped as US talks stalled.On Friday US President Donald Trump said he would be disappointed if North Korea was to resume weapons testing."I would be surprised in a negative way if he did anything that was not per our understanding. But we'll see what happens," he said."I would be very disappointed if I saw testing." What to...
Blast off! Musk's SpaceX fires rocket into orbit

Blast off! Musk's SpaceX fires rocket into orbit

Technology
Elon Musk's SpaceX has launched a rocket out of the Earth's atmosphere, in a major step towards reviving America's human spaceflight programme.The unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket was fired from Florida bound for the International Space Station at 7.49am GMT. The key test flight is aiming to prove to NASA that astronauts will be safe on future flights. Before lift off, billionaire Musk tweeted a photo of the inside of the Crew Dragon capsule with a mannequin nicknamed Ripley strapped in it. SpaceX said the spacesuit for Ripley, apparently a reference to the protagonist in the sci-fi movie Alien played by Sigourney Weaver, has been embedded with sensors around its head, neck, and spine to monitor how a flight would feel for a human astronaut. The International ...
Saab contracted to upgrade Australian Army's rocket warning system

Saab contracted to upgrade Australian Army's rocket warning system

Business
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Saab said Thursday it will update equipment for the Australian Army's Wireless Audio Visual Emergency System used to detect incoming rockets, artillery and mortars. The Swedish company received the order for the C-RAM in December, according to a press release. WAVES equipment provides early warning audible and visual alerts when the C-RAM sensors detect and identify an incoming threat from an exclusion zone. The C-RAM, which includes multiple sensors, C2 nodes and warning systems, is built around Saab's Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam radar, which can detect a range of incoming threats, from mortar and artillery rounds and rockets to small drones and fast-moving aircraft. "This contract ensures that the Australian Army can continue to deploy world-leading technology to help pro...