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Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Jaguar Land Rover unveils plans to build electric cars in UK

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas & James Sillars, business reporters Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to build new electric vehicle models at its Castle Bromwich plant, a decision it says safeguards thousands of jobs at the site and in the supply chain.Britain's biggest carmaker said it had forced itself into the decision despite continued Brexit uncertainty but signalled future investment in its home market was not guaranteed as it needed to see the "right deal". The company said the first electric vehicle to be produced at the Birmingham factory would be Jaguar's flagship saloon, the XJ. Image: The Jaguar I-PACE is made in Austria It will be seen as a boost for the British car industry after JLR...
Chandrayaan-2: India unveils spacecraft for second Moon mission

Chandrayaan-2: India unveils spacecraft for second Moon mission

Science
India's space agency has unveiled its spacecraft that it plans to launch next month and hopes to land on the Moon in early September. If successful, India will be the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, following the US, the former Soviet Union and China.Chandrayaan-2 will be the country's second lunar mission.India's first mission, Chandrayaan-1 which launched in 2008, was an orbiter and did not land on the Moon's surface. This mission will focus on the lunar's surface and gather data on water, minerals and rock formations. The new spacecraft will have a lander, an orbiter and rover. These are photos of the craft in the Indian Space and Research Organisation's (ISRO) lab, where scientists have been bus...
China unveils prototype of high-speed floating train

China unveils prototype of high-speed floating train

World
May 24 (UPI) -- A leading Chinese train builder has unveiled a working prototype of a magnetic-levitation, of maglev, train it says can carry passengers at speeds up to 373 mph. The train, with five passenger cars, left its production facility in Qingdao Thursday. Certifications for use and potential sales are expected within two years. The train uses maglev technology, by which magnets keep the train hovering less than two inches above the rails. Instead of wheels in constant contact with the track, the train rides on a cushion of air. The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation, the world's largest supplier of rail equipment, said its train will offer a smooth ride at near-airline speeds. Ding Sansan, deputy chief engineer of CRRC, said a trip from Beijing to Shanghai will take three a...
Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Business
The Labour Party is unveiling plans to take the National Grid into public ownership.It wants to create a National Energy Agency to own and maintain transmission infrastructure.Labour said its nationalisation pledge would "usher in a Green Industrial Revolution" and tackle climate change.But National Grid - the largest transmitter of electricity and gas in Britain - said the proposal was the "last thing" that was needed.The firm, which does not operate in Northern Ireland, said the Labour plan would hinder the shift to green energy.Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes.Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, ...
Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Jeff Bezos unveils Moon lander concept

Technology
Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024.The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry scientific instruments, satellites and rovers.It will feature a new rocket engine called BE-7 that can blast 10,000lb (4,535kg) of thrust."It's time to go back to the Moon, this time to stay," said Mr Bezos.Mr Bezos presented the Moon goals of his space exploration company Blue Origin at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, to an audience consisting of potential customers and officials from Nasa. The Blue Moon lunar lander comes loaded with enough fuel to get from Earth to the Moon.It can deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four se...