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Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

Berlin - German prosecutors said Wednesday they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

NASA counts down to landing of Martian quake-sensor, InSight

Tampa - NASA is counting down to a nail-biting touchdown Monday of the $993 million Mars InSight, the first spacecraft to listen for quakes and study the inner workings of another rocky planet.

Silent plane with no moving parts makes 'historic' flight

Paris - The blue glowing jets of science fiction spacecraft came a step closer to reality on Wednesday as US physicists unveiled the world's first solid-state aeroplane powered in flight by supercharged air molecules.

Cygnus cargo ship launches to ISS

An unmanned Cygnus cargo ship blasted off Saturday toward the International Space Station, marking the second supply mission in 24 hours destined to carry food and supplies to the astronauts living in space.

Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Saturday

Washington - Windy weather pushed back until Saturday the planned launch of a US cargo ship loaded with supplies for astronauts living at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station as ISS days numbered

Zhuhai - China unveiled on Tuesday a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth.

US indicts 10 Chinese over scheme to steal aerospace tech

Washington - The United States indicted 10 Chinese, including two intelligence officers, over a five-year scheme to steal technology from US and French aerospace firms by hacking into their computers.

Belgian purchase of US jets 'against European interests': Macron

Bratislava - French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday criticised Belgium's decision to buy US-made F-35 fighter jets instead of European planes, saying that "strategically it goes against European interests".

China says US made spy case 'out of thin air'

Bejing - Beijing on Thursday dismissed US espionage accusations against an alleged Chinese intelligence agent who was extradited from Belgium as made "out of thin air" -- upping the ante in a case likely to exacerbate tensions between the global powers.

Yusaku Maezawa: Japanese spaceman with a taste for art

Apo - Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, confirmed as SpaceX's first Moon tourist, is a former wannabe rock star now worth $3 billion with a penchant for pricey modern art as well as space travel.

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

Los Angeles - SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

Tampa - NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Tampa - NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries.

Space, not Brexit, is final frontier for Scottish outpost

Farnborough - Never mind Brexit: For a remote peninsula in the Scottish highlands, the buzz is all about hi-tech rocket launchers firing satellites into space.

Blockchain for aerospace supply chains to be showcased

Farnborough - Accenture is set to unveil a blockchain prototype designed for the aerospace industry supply chains at the international Farnborough Airshow, which takes place in the U.K.

Rolls-Royce unveils hybrid flying taxi at Farnborough

Farnborough - British engine maker Rolls-Royce revealed plans this week to develop a hybrid electric vehicle, dubbed the "flying taxi", which takes off and lands vertically and could be airborne within five years.

UK seeks to allay Brexit fears at Farnborough air show

Farnborough - Britain sought to project an image of aerospace prowess long after it leaves the European Union, at the Farnborough airshow on Monday, as Airbus and Boeing announced a raft of deals and issued optimistic outlooks for the global industry.

Brazil plane-maker Embraer sees shares soar amid talk of deal with Boeing

Bras - Shares in the Brazil aircraft manufacturer Embraer soared Wednesday on the back of speculation that a deal to create a new company with US plane-maker Boeing was in the offing. Embraer stock was up 4.

US will block F-35 sale if Turkey buys Russian missile

Washington - The United States could still block the delivery of F-35 stealth jets to Turkey if Ankara buys Russia's S-400 air defense system, a senior official said Wednesday.

Facebook halts production of drones for internet delivery

Washington - Facebook is ending a program launched in 2014 to build a fleet of drones that could deliver internet to underserved areas of the world.

Turkey gets first F-35 delivery from US

Washington - The United States delivered Thursday its first shipment of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey, despite tensions with the country and US lawmakers' opposition.

Twin sportscar-sized satellites to chase water changes on Earth

Tampa - A pair of identical, sportscar-sized satellites are poised to zoom around the Earth and track changes in water and ice, offering new insights into global warming and sea level rise, NASA said Monday.

Cement, extreme cold experiments to launch on Orbital cargo ship

Tampa - Food for astronauts, new space gardening gear and an experiment to test how cement forms in weightlessness are poised to launch Monday to the International Space Station aboard Orbital ATK's unmanned Cygnus spacecraft.

NASA plans to send mini-helicopter to Mars

Tampa - The US space agency said Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet.

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Tampa - NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist."Three, two, one and liftoff!

SpaceX postpones launch of NASA's planet-hunter spacecraft

Tampa - SpaceX postponed the launch of NASA's new planet-hunting mission Monday in order to verify the Falcon 9 rocket's navigation systems, the California-based company said.

Airbus to offer sleeping berths down in cargo hold

Paris - Soon when you fly in an Airbus jet and you fancy a bit of shut-eye, all you will need do is make your way down to the cargo hold.

SpaceX carries out 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket

Miami - SpaceX carried out the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, a swift ascent to a milestone which many aerospace giants take far longer to attain.

Space-X lobs Spanish military satellite into orbit

Washington - Elon Musk's Space-X sent a Spanish military satellite into orbit Thursday in a hitch-less liftoff from California, extending the private space company's record of successful launches.
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