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Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, satellites deployed

Virgin Orbit rocket reaches orbit, satellites deployed

Science
Jan. 17 (UPI) -- California-based Virgin Orbit made its first successful flight to orbit Sunday using a rocket launched from a plane over the Pacific Ocean, announcing later that the satellites aboard were released successfully. The rocket soared into space at 2:40 p.m. EST after the company's Cosmic Girl aircraft, a modified Boeing 747-400, released it from beneath a wing. Advertisement "Payloads successfully deployed into our target orbit!," Virgin Orbit tweeted at 5:29 p.m. "We are so, so proud to say that LauncherOne has now completed its first mission to space, carrying 9 CubeSat missions into Low Earth Orbit for our friends @NASA." Forty minutes earlier, the company tweeted, "We can confirm our NewtonFour upper stage engine successfully relit at the right time and for the right dur...
British troops deployed to war-torn Mali for UN’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission

British troops deployed to war-torn Mali for UN’s most dangerous peacekeeping mission

World
British soldiers have arrived in Mali to join the world's most dangerous UN peacekeeping mission in the war-torn west African country.The 300 troops from the Light Dragoons and Royal Anglian Regiment will work alongside 16,000 peacekeepers from 56 different countries. Their role will be to provide specialist long-range reconnaissance for the United Nations mission, gathering intelligence in areas of the country hard to reach. Image: The British troops will work side-by-side with 16,000 peacekeepers from 56 different countries. Pic: Ministry of Defence In recent months, security has deteriorated in Mali.Two-and-a-half thousand civilians were killed over the past year and the effects of climate change - rising temperatures and migrating...
New Zealand volcano: Divers deployed to find last two missing bodies

New Zealand volcano: Divers deployed to find last two missing bodies

World
New Zealand police deployed divers to look for two bodies near White Island volcano, after six bodies were retrieved in a recovery operation. The volcano erupted on Monday with 47 people there. Eight people were missing on the island, presumed dead. Another eight have already been confirmed dead and around 20 remain in intensive care with severe burns. The retrieval on Friday was launched despite the risk of another eruption. The search for the two remaining bodies will continue on Saturday morning, police said. The recovery of the bodies from White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, was delayed over safety concerns for the members of any search operation.Speaking to reporters after the bodies were retrieved, Prime...
Navy’s Boxer ARG deployed from Naval Base San Diego

Navy’s Boxer ARG deployed from Naval Base San Diego

Business
May 2 (UPI) -- Three U.S. Navy ships with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, with 4,500 service members, departed San Diego Wednesday on regular deployment. The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John Murtha, the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer and the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry made up the group taking to the Pacific Ocean. "It has been incredible to see the interoperability of the Boxer ARG/11th MEU as they have come together to form a cohesive team, operating from all ships within the ARG," said Capt. Brad Arthur, commander of Amphibious Squadron 5, said in a press release. "Having completed the arduous unit-level and integrated certification cycles I am confident that we are trained and ready t...
Imported guard dogs deployed as part of US wolf-sheep study

Imported guard dogs deployed as part of US wolf-sheep study

Technology
Federal scientists say a four-year study involving nearly 120 guard dogs imported from Europe and Asia found the animals do well protecting sheep from wolves and better than traditional guard dogs deterring coyotes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture supplied Cao de Gado Transmontanos (COHN day GAH'-doh TRANS'-mahn-tan-ohs), Karakachans (kah-RACK'-a-chans) and Kangals (KAN'-gahls) to guard sheep in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. Scientists say they're still analyzing information from fieldwork that includes remote cameras and GPS collars from the dogs that can weigh up to 140 pounds (64 kilograms). The dogs were gathered as puppies in Portugal, Bulgaria and Turkey and sent to the American West, where they spent four years guarding sheep. Environmentalists say guard dogs c...