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Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tour

Saudi crown prince sets off on maiden foreign tourSaudi Arabia’s crown prince lands in Egypt Sunday on the first leg of his maiden foreign tour as heir to the throne, a diplomatic charm offensive that follows his stunning rise to power. Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s two-day visit to Cairo comes ahead of a scheduled trip to Britain on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May and the United States from March 19-22. The son of Saudi King Salman is already seen as the country’s de facto ruler controlling the major levers of government.



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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket nails its maiden test flight

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket nails its maiden test flightThe gigantic booster, which lifted off on Tuesday afternoon, could one day take astronauts to the moon and Mars.



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Hyperloop pod travels 192mph in maiden journey

Hyperloop pod travels 192mph in maiden journeyThe ultra-fast Hyperloop is one step closer to becoming a reality after its pod travelled 192 miles per hour in its maiden journey.   Hyperloop One said its prototype for the high-speed transport system, which could travel from London to Edinburgh in 50 minutes, reached the speed on a 500-metre-long test track in the Nevada desert.  The test marks the first time Hyperloop One has propelled one of its carriages along the tube, as well as the fastest journey for the technology. Hyperloop test The company completed its first trial in May, which involved a smaller trolley reaching a top speed of 70 miles per hour. It is a significant step in the development of the Hyperloop, a transport system first conceived by Elon Musk in 2015 that involves levitating pods travelling through a vacuum at 750 miles per hour. "This is the beginning, and the dawn of a new era of transportation," said Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Hyperloop One. "We've reached historic speeds of 192 miles per hour and we're excited to finally show the world the XP-1 going into the Hyperloop One tube."  Prototypes for the futuristic mode of transport are being developed by a host of rival companies and research institutions. Hyperloop One is the first to test a working model of its magnetic levitating pods.  The Hyperloop One prototype pod travelled 192 miles per hour in the test Credit: Hyperloop One  Hyperloop One said the first generation of its levitating pod, which was unveiled last month, accelerated for 300 metres, reaching 192 miles per hour before coming to a halt. The XP-1 pod is 8.7 metres long, 2.4 metres wide and 2.7 metres tall.  Although Hyperloop One more than doubled its previous record with the run, it fell short of the 250 miles per hour target it had set. The trip brings the Hyperloop close to the 200 miles per hour of Japan's bullet train, but is still 50 miles per hour slower than the planned HS2.  FAQ | Hyperloop "We're excited about the prospects and the reception we've received from governments around the world to help solve their mass transportation and infrastructure challenges," said Rob Lloyd, chief executive of Hyperloop One. He added the company plans to discuss the technology with partners, customers and governments following the success of the trial. It is now looking to commercialise the transport system, which is still being developed. Proposed UK routes for the Hyperloop  Credit: Hyperloop One Hyperloop One said earlier this year that it will be some time before it becomes a reality because of the complexity of the technology.  Before it can accelerate to 750 miles per hour it will need to extend the 500 metre test track, built this year, as well as fine-tune the system.  The next phase of tests will focus on solving practical problems such as creating an air lock, rather than increasing speed, it said.  The California-based transport innovation firm has proposed nine Hyperloop routes in Europe, including three in the UK: London to Edinburgh, Cardiff to Glasgow, and Glasgow to Liverpool.  The crazy future of transport – in pictures



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With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus

With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, AirbusChina’s home-grown C919 passenger jet completed its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major first step for Beijing as it looks to raise its profile in the global aviation market and boost high-tech manufacturing at home. The jet is a symbol of China’s ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $ 2 trillion over the next two decades, as well as of Beijing’s broader “Made in China 2025″ plan to spur home-made products, from medicines to robots.



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China’s First Civilian Airliner — And Industry Ambitions — Take Maiden Flight

China’s First Civilian Airliner — And Industry Ambitions — Take Maiden FlightChinese aviation, prepare for take-off.



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Made-in-China jet takes maiden flight

Made-in-China jet takes maiden flightThe first large made-in-China passenger plane took off on its maiden test flight Friday, marking a key milestone on the country’s ambitious journey to compete with the world’s leading aircraft makers. The narrow-body C919 jet — white with green and blue stripes — soared over Pudong international airport in the commercial hub Shanghai as a crowd of thousands cheered. Built by state-owned aerospace manufacturer Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), the plane represents nearly a decade of effort in a government-mandated drive to reduce dependence on European consortium Airbus and US aerospace giant Boeing.



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With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, Airbus

With maiden jet flight, China enters dog-fight with Boeing, AirbusBy Jackie Cai and Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet completed its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major first step for Beijing as it looks to raise its profile in the global aviation market and boost high-tech manufacturing at home. The jet is a symbol of China’s ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $ 2 trillion over the next two decades, as well as of Beijing’s broader “Made in China 2025″ plan to spur home-made products, from medicines to robots. This is a moment we have waited to see for a very long time,” Wang Mingfeng, 42, who witnessed the maiden flight at the Shanghai airport, told Reuters.



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C919 jet set for maiden flight, in test of China's aviation ambitions

C919 jet set for maiden flight, in test of China's aviation ambitionsChina’s home-grown C919 passenger jet is set to take to the skies on its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major step for Beijing as it looks to boost its profile in the global aviation market. The narrow-body aircraft, which will compete with Boeing’s 737 and the Airbus A320, is a key symbol of China’s ambitions to muscle into a global jet market estimated to be worth $ 2 trillion over the next 20 years. The jet will take to the skies at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport on China’s affluent east coast, at a ceremony expected to be broadcast live on state TV.



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