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Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter makes aviation history on Mars

7th May 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Ingenuity drone helicopter successfully made its first flight on Mars on April 19. The flight took place at about noon, South African time. The flight lasted a total of 39.1 seconds and the machine reached a preprogrammed maximum... 

Iata predicts lower losses but continued pain for aviation sector this year

7th May 2021 The world’s airlines will this year continue to make tens of billions of dollars of losses, and burn through an even greater amount of cash, as a result of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported. However, things will be much less bad than... 

Airbus wins French and Egyptian defence contracts

30th April 2021 The French Ministry of Defence has ordered eight more H225M helicopters and a second VSR700 uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) from Airbus Helicopters. The order is part of the French government’s national aeronautical industry stimulus plan, announced last year, to help the sector weather the adverse... 

Iata supports AU on reopening continent’s civil aviation sector

16th April 2021 The representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has affirmed its support for the African Union’s (AU’s) campaign to safely restart commercial aviation across the continent. The campaign is called ‘Saving Lives, Economies and... 

Stellenbosch researchers make major advance in imaging biochemical processes in cells

16th April 2021 Scientists and engineers at Stellenbosch University have developed a ‘visualisation tool’ that can, in three-dimensional (3D) images in space, as well as in time, automatically localise and quantify specific processes inside biological cells, such as those that make up the human body. The main... 

Core stage of Nasa’s biggest-ever rocket has passed final major test

9th April 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has successfully conducted a second ‘hot fire’ test of the core stage of its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The SLS core stage, the prime contractor for which is Boeing, is powered by four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 rocket engines.... 

Embraer’s commercial jet business takes Covid strain

9th April 2021 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s leading companies in the sector, has released its results for last year. (Embraer’s financial year is identical to the calendar year.) The financial results were released on a consolidated basis and according to International Financial... 

New patrol vessel for Navy launched in Cape Town

9th April 2021 Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Damen International Shipyards Group, recently launched the first (of three) Multimission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN). These new vessels will replace the SAN’s now elderly offshore patrol... 

For South African agriculture, 2020 was a very good year

2nd April 2021 South African agriculture had a “remarkable year” last year, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Production (BFAP) has reported. This was despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused all other sectors of the South African economy (except government services) to contract. While the national... 

German physicist determines that starships are indeed possible – at least in theory

2nd April 2021 New calculations by a physicist at Germany’s Georg-August University, in Göttingen (more generally known as the University of Göttingen) has indicated that superluminal (faster-then-light) space travel may indeed one day be possible. Theoretical considerations of superluminal travel are based on... 

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