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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has reached space eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failedBy JOHN ANTCZAK Associated PressJanuary 17, 2021, 11:38 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLOS ANGELES -- Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reached space on Sunday, eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed, the company said.A 70-foot-long (21.34-meter-long) LauncherOne rocket was released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 carrier aircraft off the coast of Southern California, ignited moments later and soared toward space.The two-stage rocket carried a cluster of very small satellites known as CubeSats developed and built as part of a NASA educational program involving U.S. ...
Scrap the Minuteman III missile, STRATCOM chief Adm. Charles Richard says

Scrap the Minuteman III missile, STRATCOM chief Adm. Charles Richard says

Business
Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Minuteman III program of 450 missiles, begun in1970, must be replaced and not extended, U.S. Strategic Command chief Adm. Charles Richard said. Richard's comments, made during a virtual briefing on Tuesday, come as President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration considers ways to reduce the cost of a planned 30-year, $ 1.2 trillion modernization of the United States' nuclear defense capabilities. Advertisement "Let me be very clear: you cannot life-extend Minuteman III, alright? It is getting past the point of it's not cost effective to life-extend Minuteman III," Richard told reporters. "That thing is so old, in some cases, the drawings don't exist anymore, or where we have drawings, they're like six generations behind the industry standard. There's not only not a...
‘Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Little Richard dies aged 87

‘Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Little Richard dies aged 87

Entertainment
Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, has died at the age of 87.His son, Danny Penniman, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, and Bill Minson, a close friend and pastor, told the Associated Press news agency that the star died on Saturday morning. The self-proclaimed "architect of rock 'n' roll", Little Richard was famous for hits including Good Golly Miss Molly, Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti in the 1950s, and was one of the first inductees into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 1986 - alongside Chuck Berry, James Brown, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. ...
Richard Jewell: The 1996 Olympic bombing and the hero turned villain

Richard Jewell: The 1996 Olympic bombing and the hero turned villain

Entertainment
In the immediate aftermath of the bomb exploding, security guard Richard Jewell was a hero.When the 33-year-old discovered the khaki green military-style backpack containing the device - a pipe bomb weighing at least 18kg that would turn out to be the biggest of its kind ever seen by the FBI at the time - he did everything he had been trained to do. It was 12.55am, Saturday 27 July 1996. In the early hours of that morning, about 50,000 people were gathered at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, celebrating the previous day's sporting achievements at a concert. With the Olympics in full swing, this might easily have turned out to be one of the worst terror attacks in US history. Image: This image shows the crater caused by the bomb b...
Kathy Bates, Paul Walter Hauser want justice for ‘Richard Jewell’

Kathy Bates, Paul Walter Hauser want justice for ‘Richard Jewell’

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Security guard Richard Jewell discovered a bomb at Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Eric Rudolph finally pleaded guilty, along with three others, in 2005 to the bombing, but the FBI's first suspect was Jewell. The stars of Richard Jewell hope the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Paul Walter Hauser, finally brings justice to the late Jewell, who died in 2007. "This film highlights someone who wasn't given a fair shake and was prejudged by their appearance and by some of their quirks and some of their mistakes," Hauser told UPI. "The hope is that we can all give each other some grace and give each other some opportunities because you don't want to judge a book by its cover." Kathy Bates plays Jewell's mother, Bobi Jewell, who ...