Mar 30, 2009
A nonprofit that studies science and international security says a satellite photo shows a North Korean rocket on a launch pad. North Korea has said it plans to send a commercial satellite into space next month that will be strapped to a rocket—but neighboring countries believe the real plan is to test the country's long-range missile technology, the Associated Press reports.
The Washington, D.C.–based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) says a commercial image snapped of the Musudan-ri missile site on Friday shows a shadow cast by a gantry. ISIS couldn’t determine whether another area of the photo was the top of a missile, the group says in a new report.
Oct 23, 2008 | 4
More than a decade after driving their jet-powered Thrust SSC (for super sonic car) an ear-popping 763 miles (1,228 kilometers) per hour, a team of British engineers and pilots has set its sites on a new record: to build a car by 2011 that can travel faster than 1,000 miles (1,610 kilometers) per hour, BBC News reports. The team has already christened its new super sonic vehicle--which will be powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine--the Bloodhound SSC.
The team expects the 42-foot (12.8-meter) long, 6.4-ton Bloodhound SSC to accelerate from zero to 1,050 miles (1,690 kilometers) per hour in just 40 seconds—faster than a bullet shot from a .357 Magnum, which is capable of flying at up to about 962 miles (1,548 kilometers) per hour.) The vehicle's 35.4 inch- (900 millimeter-) diameter wheels will spin so fast that they had to be made from a high-grade titanium to prevent them from splitting apart, the BBC reports.
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