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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

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South African radio telescope array makes another breakthrough

18th January 2021 South Africa’s world-leading 64-dish radio telescope array MeerKAT, which was inaugurated in July 2018, has registered another significant success and again increased our knowledge of the cosmos. In a study published on Monday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a team of... 

Virgin Orbit successfully puts CubeSats into space on its second launch mission

18th January 2021 US space company Virgin Orbit, part of the UK-based Virgin group (and a sister company to space tourism enterprise Virgin Galactic) successfully launched ten nanosatellites into orbit on Sunday. This was the company’s first successful space launch, achieved on its second launch demonstration... 

Global airline body welcomes US decision on Covid-19 testing

15th January 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has welcomed the decision by US authorities that all those travelling to the US will have to have proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, from a test carried out within three days before their departure for the US. The new requirement was... 

Rolls-Royce inaugurates major new engine testbed

15th January 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has functionally inaugurated its new leading edge engine testbed by successfully completing the first engine run in it (the official opening will take place later). The engine used to inaugurate the testbed was a Trent XWB, which was... 

Covid-19 outbreak causes suspension of flights to Skukuza Airport

15th January 2021 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park has been closed and will remain closed until January 28. This was due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp. “In order to protect our customers, crews and personnel from... 

New theory suggests that dark matter is made up of black holes formed by exotic events

15th January 2021 Scientists at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, in Japan, have proposed a new theory to explain the mysterious phenomenon of dark matter. Dark matter makes up some 27% of the universe, whereas ‘normal’ matter is responsible for less... 

Commercial business delivers 777 freighters after securing separate order for 737 MAXs

15th January 2021 US-based global major aerospace group Boeing marked the advent of the new year with the delivery of three 777 Freighter (777F) aircraft to Qatar Airways Cargo. One of the aircraft concerned was the 200th 777F to be delivered. With this delivery, Qatar’s 777F fleet now numbers 24 aircraft. The... 

UK defence scientists develop robot to autonomously detect and map toxic chemicals

14th January 2021 The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has developed a prototype of a robot that can autonomously detect, report and map dangerous chemicals spread over large areas. Designated the Merlin, the robot was developed in partnership with independent UK... 

Boeing awarded contract to increase space station power supply with new solar arrays

14th January 2021 US aerospace giant Boeing has been contracted by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to construct six new and additional solar arrays for the International Space Station (ISS). These will increase the ISS’ power supply by 20% to 30% and so allow it to undertake greater... 

Airlink has suspended flights to and from Maseru due to Lesotho passenger flight ban

14th January 2021 The Lesotho government has banned passenger flights to and from Maseru’s Moshoeshoe I International Airport with effect from Thursday (January 14). This was announced on Wednesday and, as a consequence, South African airline Airlink has had to suspend its daily service between Johannesburg and... 

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