Virgin Galactic Announces Date for World’s First Virtual Reveal of Spaceship Cabin Design

Public Live-Streaming of Major Milestone Celebration Set for July 28th 2020
LAS CRUCES, N.M. [July 2, 2020] – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or “the Company”), a vertically integrated aerospace company, today announced that SpaceShipTwo’s cabin interior design reveal will take place on July 28, 2020. The virtual event will be streamed live on YouTube. In celebration of this milestone, the Company will also be announcing plans to bring immersive versions of Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight and cabin interior experience, to aspiring astronauts around the world.

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Serco wins UK MOD contract to support Royal Navy helicopters at RNAS Yeovilton and Culdrose

Pictured is an Army Air Corps (AAC) Wildcat Mk1 Helicopter and it’s Door Gunner.
A .50Cal Browning M3M Machine Gun is fitted in the door gunner position.
An entirely new platform, the Army Wildcat Mk1 helicopter will perform a range of tasks on the battlefield including reconnaissance, command and control, transportation of troops and material, and the provision of force protection.
It is fitted with new Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800-4N engines, which are significantly more powerful than those in the previous Lynx helicopter, enabling it to operate in extreme conditions and at high altitudes. It is also fitted with a nose mounted optical device.
The aircraft has a degree of commonality with its maritime sister and with increased versatility can be fitted for different roles quickly and easily. The Wildcat’s capability will be a significant advance on that provided by the previous Lynx fleet.
The procurement of the LHTEC CTS800-4N engine was also extended to a number of Lynx Mk9 aircraft resulting in the Lynx Mk9a.
This is providing better performance and a much improved light multi role capability in the extreme environmental conditions in Afghanistan.

A Royal Navy Merin helicopter flys over the south coast of England.
Merlin Mk1 – the world’s most potent submarine hunting helicopter. The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000.
Their job is to find – and if necessary destroy – enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar buoys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, tthey carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers.
There are more than 40 Merlins in service with the Fleet Air Arm in training and front-line squadrons. Most of these are in the middle of a £750m upgrade to turn the Merlin Mk1 into the Merlin Mk2 which has more powerful computer systems and is easier for aircrew to operate.

Serco, the international services company and defence specialist has been awarded a £20 million contract to provide Aircraft Engineering Support and Airfield Services (AESAS) at Royal Naval Air Stations (RNAS) Yeovilton and Culdrose.

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The space exploration gender gap: all-female crew set for mission to Mars research station in US

An all-female crew will visit the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah aiming to fill the data gap on women’s performance in space exploration. Six engineers, geologists and scientists, all under 28-years-old, will be going to the Mars simulation centre for a two-week mission in February 2021.

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Boeing Dreamlifter Transports 500,000 Protective Face Masks for Utah Students and Teachers

Representatives from the Utah Governor’s office, Boeing, Atlas Air, Cotopaxi, Flexport, H.M. Cole and UPS gather at Salt Lake City International Airport to accept 500,000 protective face masks bound for Utah students and teachers. (Boeing photo)

– Partnered with the state of Utah, Atlas Air, H.M. Cole, Cotopaxi, Flexport and UPS to deliver face masks to school districts with the greatest need

CHICAGO, July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today completed its 12th COVID-19 transport mission, using a Boeing Dreamlifter to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) to the United States. Working in partnership with the state of Utah, Atlas Air Worldwide, H.M. Cole, Cotopaxi, Flexport and UPS, the company transported 500,000 protective face masks bound for students and teachers across Utah returning to classrooms this fall. The state of Utah will distribute the face masks free of charge to school districts across the state with the greatest need.

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Airbus signs contract with Optus for OneSat

Sydney / Toulouse, 2nd July 2020 – Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract for a fully reconfigurable telecomunications satellite from Australia’s second largest telecommunications company and leading satellite operator Optus. The satellite will be based on Airbus’ new standard OneSat product line and is Airbus’ first contract from the Australian operator.

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North Korea Waring with the World

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The author’s forty year experience of Asia provides absorbing insights into the realities of North Korea and its ruling family. North Korea continues to present a serious threat to world peace and the Korean War has still not been fully terminated in a Peace Treaty. An understanding of the threat and the aims of its leaders is of vital importance. – Most Highly Recommended.

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Images of War, MacArthur’s Papua New Guinea Offensive 1942-1943, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

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The ‘Images of War’ series has become very popular because it provides rare selections of photographs, concise text and low pricing of military history. This new addition to the series also covers a seriously neglected key campaign of WWII. – Most Highly Recommended.

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