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Water discovery means ‘super-Earth’ could support life

Water discovery means ‘super-Earth’ could support life

Technology
Water vapour has been discovered in the atmosphere of an enormous Earth-like planet already known to have habitable temperatures, which scientists say means it could support life.The unprecedented detection was made on K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of our home world. It is known as an exoplanet because it orbits a star outside the solar system, and is the first of its kind that is known to feature both water and temperatures suitable for life to exist.Those hoping to jump ship will be disappointed to hear that K2-18b is a whopping 110 light years from Earth, and may also have been exposed to dangerous radiation due to its highly active red dwarf star. Image: The exoplanet is the first of its kind that is known to feature both water and t...
MD Helicopters gets $50.4M logistics support contract for Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters gets $50.4M logistics support contract for Afghan Air Force

Business
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- MD Helicopters Inc. was awarded a $ 50.4 million contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force helicopters, the U.S. Defense Department announced. The contract is a modification of a prior agreement, and work will be done in Kabul and Mesa, with a completion date of May 2020. The nature of the logistics work was unspecified in Friday's Defense Department announcement. The Afghanistan Air Force has 28 of the Mesa, Ariz., company's MD-530F aircraft, with 154 more on order as the Afghan military transitions from Russian and former Soviet bloc-made aircraft. The Afghan Air Force currently has 100 helicopters from the Russian Mil Mi-17 and Mi-24 series, and 43 U.S.-made Bell, HAL and Sikorsky helicopters, in addition to the MD fleet. The Afghan Air Force consisted o...
Navy taps Raytheon for Tomahawk missile support on $7.2M contract

Navy taps Raytheon for Tomahawk missile support on $7.2M contract

Business
Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy's Tomahawk missiles will receive upgrades under a $ 7.2 million contract with Raytheon, the Defense Department announced. The deal, announced Thursday, is a cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement, and will provide an updated technical data package of the guidance test set and upgrade of existing units, including hardware and software. Earlier this year, the Navy placed orders for 90 Tomahawks in 2020 and another 90 in 2021, confirming that the new Block V designation for the next variant of Raytheon's Tomahawk cruise missile will go into production. The issue of improvements to the missiles, first put in service in 1983, comes as Navy ships and submarines find themselves in more combat situations and less as ...
Raytheon wins $13.2 million contract for SM-2, SM-6 missile support

Raytheon wins $13.2 million contract for SM-2, SM-6 missile support

Business
Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Raytheon Missile Systems won a $ 13.2 million contract for engineering and technical services on standard guided missiles for the U.S. Navy and six foreign countries, the Pentagon announced. Raytheon was awarded the modification to a prior contract, the Defense Department said on Tuesday, referring to the support of Standard Missile-2/6. The designation refers to the SM-2, or RIM-166 missile, and its new and upgraded version, designated SM-6 or RIM-174. Each is a surface-to-air missile designed to intercept both hostile aircraft and high-performance anti-ship missiles. The SM-6 variant can be used against fixed and rotary wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, land attack cruise missiles and anti-ship cruise missiles. Each is vertically launched and compatible with the...
Ministers agree £300m British Steel support package

Ministers agree £300m British Steel support package

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor The government has agreed to provide financial support to British Steel potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds, paving the way for Turkey's military pension fund to secure the company's immediate future.Sky News has learnt that ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have signed off on the package, which will encompass grants, possible indemnities, loans on commercial terms and other items. The move will, if finalised, smooth the path towards a takeover of British Steel that would salvage many thousands of jobs.City sources said on Friday that the government's agreement to provide the funding would enable the Official Receiver (OR) to grant Ataer Holding a formal period of ...