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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Industry team supporting UK advanced fighter technology programme gets new members

21st July 2020 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems announced on Monday that seven additional British-based companies had joined Britain’s Team Tempest future air combat advanced technologies development programme. Team Tempest was a joint initiative between the British Ministry of... 

Arab world’s first interplanetary probe launched

20th July 2020 The Hope (in Arabic, Al Amal) space probe of the United Arab Emirates Space (UAE) Agency was successfully launched on Sunday from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre (located on an island in Kagoshima prefecture, in the far south of the country) by a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket. The... 

Denel Group CEO suddenly resigns

20th July 2020 State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Monday that its Group CEO, Danie du Toit, had resigned. Although the group is the country’s largest defence company, it is severe financial difficulties. Denel stated that Du Toit would leave the organisation on August 15. It gave no reason... 

Three more South African airports to reopen

17th July 2020 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has assured that East London, George and Kimberley airports are fully ready to resume operations. On Thursday Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that the three regional airports located in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces... 

World’s biggest remaining operator of Boeing 747s to immediately retire the type 

17th July 2020 UK private-sector national flag carrier British Airways (BA), the world’s largest current operator of the renowned Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo jet’, has announced that it was going to immediately retire its entire fleet of the famous type. BA has a fleet of 31 of the Jumbo jets, all being 747-400 models.... 

Covid-19 air travel restrictions have reduced accuracy of global weather forecasts

17th July 2020 The severe disruption to commercial air traffic caused by travel bans and national lockdowns imposed by countries to counter the Covid-19 pandemic has had an unexpected side-effect: a decline in the accuracy of weather forecasts. It is not generally realised that airliners collect and relay data... 

Airline association calls on African governments to abandon quarantining

17th July 2020 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has called on African and Middle Eastern (AME) governments to abandon quarantine measures for arriving air passengers. These policies were doing grave damage to those countries’ aviation... 

PPP steps in to salvage insolvent internet satellite communications firm

17th July 2020 UK-domiciled but US-based global internet satellite communications company OneWeb, which became insolvent because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been bought by an international public private partnership (PPP). OneWeb’s aim was to establish a constellation of, at first, 650... 

Court ruling goes against insurers on Covid-19 claims, but they remain stubborn

17th July 2020 The Western Cape High Court recently ordered insurance company Guardrisk to pay the business interruption claims of Cape restaurant Cafe Chameleon. The ruling was welcomed by specialist public loss adjustment firm Insurance Claims Africa (ICA). “This is a significant win for the tourism and... 

Discovery of metals on the Moon aids development of lunar formation theories

17th July 2020 Scientists using data from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have discovered evidence that the Moon might, underneath its surface, be richer in metals (such as iron and titanium) than had previously been believed. Nasa is... 

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