World Bulletin/News Desk
A Russian-made Soyuz rocket blasted off from French Guiana on Friday and placed in orbit two satellites for Europe's Galileo global position system, space officials said.
It was the third time that Soyuz, which first flew in 1966 and traces its roots back even further to the earliest Cold War intercontinental ballistic missiles, had been launched from outside its former Soviet bases.
The rocket lifted off at 3.15 p.m. (1815 GMT) from a launch pad at Europe's space base near Kourou, French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America.
After a nearly four-hour flight the satellites separated from the rocket, bringing to four the number of Galileo satellites now in orbit. Two other satellites for the project were launched from Guiana last year, also aboard a Soyuz rocket.
Galileo, once fully operational later this decade, aims to give Europeans autonomy from the U.S. government-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS) and other systems created by Russia and China.
Positioning satellites provide accurate navigation to ships, aircraft, trucks and private cars. They are also used extensively by the military, notably to target guided missiles.
Galileo, named after the visionary 17th-century Italian scientist Galileo Galilei, is billed by European Space Agency (ESA) as the means "to free Europe of dependence on America's Global Positioning System".
Latest estimates put the price tag for Galileo at over 20 billion euros for what is planned to be a 30-satellite constellation, to be fully operational by 2020.
European aerospace giant EADS is the prime contractor with major subcontracting by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture company 67 percent held by France's Thales and Italy's Finmeccanica with a 33 percent share.
Included are the costs of the satellites, launches by Soyuz or Ariane-5 rockets in Guiana and annual operating costs of 800 million euros.
With many ESA member states in economic difficulties, questions have grown over the necessity of a system whose services are already assured by the U.S. GPS constellation.
Tech giant Apple reported Tuesday a 6 percent increase to $37.4 billion in quarterly revenue after selling 35.2 million iPhones.
The total number of online access devices projected to rise to 50 billion in 2020 and 100 billion in 2030.
Tasmania is currently the only Australian state that bans genetically modified food crops and animal feed.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein said Friday he had authorized a warrant to be served on Google Inc for the emails of an unnamed individual who is the target of a money laundering investigation.
The freighter was loaded with more than 3,660 pounds (1,660 kg) of food, science equipment and supplies for the space station, a $100 billion research laboratory
The remains include two Tyrannosaurus bataar skeletons, a fossilized egg and a well-preserved 'nest' of several Oviraptor skeletons.
The MindRDR software monitors high levels of concentration, allowing users to take photographs and post it online without even having to move.
Angara rockets are a key to President Vladimir Putin's effort to reform a once-pioneering space industry hobbled after years of budget cuts and a brain drain in the 1990s.
It is hoped that by 2040 drones will be able to use 3D printers to print out mini-drones and repair themselves.
Russian Presidnt Vladimir Putin denied he was restricting web freedoms, saying his main concern was protecting children from indecent content.
Producing stem cells has become fast, easy, and inexpensive.
It's believed that a collision of two asteroids out in space caused a shower of meteors to rain down on Earth during the Ordovician Period some 470 million years ago.
Scientists discovered that wild chimps communicate 19 specific messages to one another with a “lexicon” of 66 gestures.
The ‘Smartcane’ is a new device that uses ultrasound to guide the visually impaired through the busy streets of India by building upon the widely used white cane.
Earthquake activity in Oklahoma has skyrocketed in recent years, and the U.S. Geological Survey recently warned that the state faces increasing risk of more potentially damaging earth-shaking activity
Scientists have developed a new technique to regrow human corneas.