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US imposes new tariffs on French, German products in Airbus-Boeing spat

Washington - The United States announced Wednesday that it will impose additional tariffs on French and German products as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.

Will small rockets finally lift off?

Paris - The boom in demand for placing small satellites into orbit has boosted interest in small rockets, but industry players do not think the niche will become a business segment of its own.

Moon richer in water than once thought

Paris - There may be far more water on the Moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalising prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment -- and maybe even fuel -- on the lunar surface.

Boeing 737 MAX could get EU clearance 'by year's end'

New York - Boeing's troubled 737 MAX airliner, grounded for 18 months after two deadly accidents, could receive certification to fly again in Europe "by the end of the year," the EU's air safety chief said Friday.

India hails 'game-changer' French jets as China tensions soar

Connaught Place - India's defence minister hailed the formal commissioning Thursday of the country's first new French Rafale jets as a "strong message" to its adversaries, amid an escalating border row with China.The first five of a $9.

US holds off on extra tariffs in EU Airbus dispute

Washington - Washington said Wednesday it would hold off on its threat to impose higher tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of EU goods in its long-running dispute over subsidies to European aircraft maker Airbus.

Brazil's Embraer reports $315 mln in losses

S - Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer reported second quarter losses of $315 million Wednesday, as sales plunged due to the coronavirus pandemic and a proposed joint venture with Boeing collapsed.

Richard Branson space-bound in early 2021 says Virgin Galactic

Washington - Richard Branson could shoot into space on his Virgin Galactic aircraft as its first passenger early next year, the company said, potentially blazing a path for commercial flights.

First French fighter jets head to India after purchase

Paris - The first five of a batch of French Rafale fighter jets purchased by New Delhi in a controversial multibillion-dollar deal headed to India on Monday for rapid deployment amid rising tensions with China.The deal, estimated to be worth $9.

EU calls on US to lift tariffs in plane dispute

Paris - The EU called Friday on the United States to lift tariffs imposed in a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies after Airbus said it had brought itself into compliance with World Trade Organization rulings.

Myanmar joins band of Asian nations launching satellites

Meiktila - Myanmar is preparing to launch its first-ever satellite, joining an unlikely coalition of nascent space nations aiming to protect millions from environmental disasters.

The quest to find signs of ancient life on Mars

Paris - Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbour once harbour life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings.

A trio of Mars missions in the starting blocks

Paris - "We have lift-off, we have lift-off!"The summer race to land a space probe on Mars is off to a hot start.

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

Washington - NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.

Coronavirus pushes Airbus into Q1 loss

Paris - European aviation giant Airbus plunged into the red in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sparked "the gravest crisis the aerospace industry has ever known", it said Wednesday.

Astronauts land back on Earth transformed by pandemic

Almaty - Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find the planet transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.

SpaceX plans first manned flight to space station in May

Washington - Elon Musk's SpaceX will send astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time in May, NASA said, announcing the first crewed launch from the United States to the platform since 2011.

Iran says counting down to launch new satellite

Tehran - Iran started counting down Sunday to the launch within hours of a scientific observation satellite that is part of a programme the United States has previously described as a "provocation".

Malaysian PM downplays AirAsia probe after CEO steps aside

Kuala Lumpur - Receiving money to "offset" buying planes and equipment did not necessarily constitute bribery, Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday, days after AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes stepped aside temporarily in the wake of a $4 billion Airbus graft scandal.

US astronaut returns to Earth after longest mission by woman

Almaty - NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely on Thursday after shattering the spaceflight record for female astronauts with a stay of almost 11 months aboard the International Space Station.

Record-breaking US astronaut returns to Earth

Almaty - NASA's Christina Koch returned to Earth safely Thursday having shattered the spaceflight record for female astronauts after almost a year aboard the International Space Station.

Boeing says 737 MAX return delayed until mid-2020

New York - Boeing on Tuesday officially pushed back the timeframe for the 737 MAX to return to the skies, sending shares plunging and overshadowing an earlier announcement of a first flight of the delayed 777X plane.

Mars 2020 rover to seek ancient life, prepare human missions

Pasadena - The Mars 2020 rover, which sets off for the Red Planet next year, will not only search for traces of ancient life, but pave the way for future human missions, NASA scientists said Friday as they unveiled the vehicle.

Boeing spacecraft lands in New Mexico after aborted mission

Washington - Boeing's new Starliner unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth on Sunday, landing in the New Mexico desert in the United States six days early after a clock problem scuppered a rendezvous with the International Space Station.

India's IndiGo makes $33bn mega-order of Airbus planes

Paris - Indian airline IndiGo has placed an order for 300 A320neo family aircraft, Airbus said Tuesday, in one of its largest-ever orders from a single firm, worth over $33.2 billion at catalogue prices.

US vows closer cooperation with French space agency

Washington - The United States on Wednesday pledged closer cooperation with France's space agency, saying the two were advancing the commercial development of space.

Indonesia blames 737 MAX design for Lion Air crash: report

New York - Indonesian authorities have cited failures in the Boeing 737 MAX design and oversight as contributing to the 2018 Lion Air plane crash, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

China threatens sanctions on US firms linked to Taiwan warplanes sale

Bejing - China on Wednesday blasted a huge planned US arms shipment to self-ruled Taiwan and threatened to sanction firms involved in the sale of F-16 fighter jets.

Chocks away for round-the-world Spitfire flight

Chichester - A vintage World War II Spitfire plane took off for an unprecedented journey around the world on Monday, which will see the iconic aircraft soar over some 30 countries.

Airbus profits more than double in first half

Paris - European aerospace giant Airbus Wednesday reported profits more than doubled in the first half of the year, a strong result it attributed mainly to increased production of its A320 family of aircraft.It said net profits reached 1.197 billion euros ($1....
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