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Airbus goes big on 3D printing for satellite contract

26th February 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus is now engaged in large volume manufacturing of radio frequency (RF) components for satellites using additive layer manufacturing (ALM). Also known simply as additive manufacturing, ALM is popularly called 3D printing. RF components are of course... 

Two countries place probes in Martian orbit for the first time

26th February 2021 In one week, two countries were able to celebrate the safe insertion into Martian orbit of their space probes. And neither country had ever before launched an interplanetary mission. They are the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose Hope (in Arabic, Amal) spacecraft entered Martian orbit on February... 

Bombardier to make more savings, end production of the Learjet

26th February 2021 Canadian aerospace company Bombardier announced, during the release of its annual results for 2020 earlier this month, its latest steps to return to profitability. The company is now focused entirely on the manufacture and support of business jets, having disposed of its commercial aviation and... 

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to return to service by European aviation regulators

19th February 2021 On the same day late last month the European Union (EU) Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) both authorised the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX commercial aeroplane. Both agencies required modifications to the airliner and the associated maintenance and... 

SKA Observatory officially comes into being

19th February 2021 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory (SKAO) is now active, following the first meeting of the SKAO Council on February 4. The current members of the SKAO are Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa and the UK. The SKA instrument will be co-hosted by South Africa and... 

Forests absorbing more CO2 than previously believed

19th February 2021 Research by biologists at West Virginia University (WVU), in the US state of the same name, has established that trees around the globe are consuming greater amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) than previously believed. This means that forests are even more important as CO2 ‘sinks’ and play a much... 

Astronomical observations boost UJ scientist’s theory

12th February 2021 A model to predict gamma ray burst (GRB) behaviour, developed by a team headed by University of Johannesburg (UJ) Centre for Astro-Particle Physics director Professor Soebur Razzaque, has been strongly supported by observational data. The data came from observations of a GRB detected on April 15... 

Defence industrial group increasing focus on exports

12th February 2021 During the 2019/2020 financial year, exports accounted for 42% of State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s business, with Asia being the single biggest export market, taking 24%. Perhaps surprisingly, Europe and North America came in joint second place, with 5% each. Africa and the Middle... 

Denel finally publishes 2019/20 annual report

12th February 2021 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel released its 2019/20 annual report on February 1. The period covered by the report did not include the very difficult months for the group that followed the commencement of the 2020/21 financial year at the start of last April. From last... 

Scientists probing the depths of Titan’s largest sea

5th February 2021 Astronomers at Cornell University, in Ithaca, in the US state of New York, have used radar data to determine that the biggest sea on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is, near its centre, at least 300 m deep. The sea is named Kraken Mare, and it is estimated to have a surface area of some 400... 

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