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Rebecca Campbell

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UK electric aircraft speed record attempt aircraft has flown for the first time

16th September 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that its all-electric aircraft, ‘Spirit of Innovation’, made its maiden flight on Wednesday, at 14h56 British Summer Time. The aircraft has been specifically developed by a Rolls-Royce-led consortium, under the... 

SA’s quantum technology initiative, led by Wits University, to side-step competitors

15th September 2021 The South African Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI), headed by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), does not intend to directly take on the major international quantum technologies competitor countries. “South Africa cannot compete with the billions of euros invested in quantum... 

Science and Innovation Department grants funds to Wits University for quantum research

15th September 2021 The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has awarded R8-million in seed funding to the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to implement Phase 1 of the South African Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI). Wits had already set up its own WitsQ quantum research initiative and is the... 

Ethiopian Airlines setting up plane conversion centre

10th September 2021 The Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to set up a world class centre in the African country, which will convert Boeing 767-300ER airliners into freighter aircraft (designated 767 P2F). The airline group can already... 

Armscor gets unqualified audit from Auditor-General

9th September 2021 The Armaments Corporation of South Africa, much better known as Armscor, reported on Thursday that it had been awarded an unqualified audit by the Auditor-General of South Africa. Armscor is the acquisition agency for the country’s Department of Defence. The audit was for the year ending March... 

World nuclear energy use to grow over next 20 years, requiring increased uranium mining

9th September 2021 The World Nuclear Association (WNA) has forecast that worldwide nuclear energy generation capacity will grow by 2.6% a year over the next 20 years. The prediction is contained in the WNA publication The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability 2021-2040, which was... 

Ukrainian, US companies enter agreement to build new nuclear reactor

8th September 2021 Ukrainian nuclear energy company Energoatom has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with US nuclear manufacturing company Westinghouse, for the completion of the former’s Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant (NPP) unit 4, using the latter’s AP1000 reactor technology, World Nuclear News has reported.... 

Southern African airlines body’s CEO resigns

8th September 2021 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) announced on Wednesday that its CEO, Wrenelle Stander, had resigned. She has accepted another post outside the aviation industry (but with strong associations with it). She will leave AASA once she has handed the post over to her successor. The... 

Logistics company cites advantages of its facility at OR Tambo International Airport

8th September 2021 Rhenus Logistics South Africa has highlighted the value of its secure airside facility at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA). In addition to security, the facility also provides, the company assured, quick turnaround times. “[T]he safety of cargo in transit is one of the... 

UK group wins leading-edge aerospace technology development contract from US

8th September 2021 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to further develop and demonstrate aircraft active flow control technologies. The contract covers the design of a full-scale demonstrator concept... 

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