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Virgin Orbit reveals launch window for next mission to space.

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The launch window for Virgin Orbit’s next mission to space will open during the last week of June, and for the first time ever you will be able to watch it live on YouTube.

The upcoming mission comes after a successful flight into orbit earlier this year. Cosmic Girl, Virgin Orbit’s adapted Virgin Atlantic 747, soared to 30,000ft to launch the Virgin LauncherOne rocket, which took off from under its wing, delivering satellites into orbit.

The upcoming mission will be called Tubular Bells, Part One, in homage to Virgin’s musical roots and Mike Oldfield’s classic Virgin Records album.

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LauncherOne has been shipped to Mojave Air and Space Port, where it is now comfortably mated to Cosmic Girl’s left wing.

The team at Virgin Orbit has been hard at work completing final checks ahead of the next mission to space – including a hugely successful cryoload last week. Cryoload is the first time Virgin Orbit loads cryogenic propellants (i.e. liquid oxygen for those of us who aren’t scientists) onto the rocket and fully pressurize the system all the way up to flight-like levels. During this test, Virgin Orbit was able to achieve all of its planned objectives, including 100% LOX and fuel fill and nominal pressurization of all high-pressure gas systems with no tank leakage.

This successful test means that wet dress rehearsal is next – and, like every rocket, wet dress rehearsal is the one big hurdle prior to launch, serving as an opportunity to run through all combined launch operations up until takeoff. If all looks good, Virgin Orbit will be in the clear to push forward and commit to launch.

The team is also making sure the satellites are ready for their journey to orbit. On this flight, there will be a total of seven spacecraft from the Department of Defense Space Test Program, SatRevolution, and the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Why Virgin Orbit is launching satellites

Small satellites have huge potential to change people’s lives for the better. They connect us to each other, help us understand the world around us, keep us safe, grow the world’s economies, and expand the limits of human knowledge.

In recent years, satellites have gotten smaller and cheaper but launching them can still be a challenge, as companies and researchers are often forced to wait many months for a rideshare on larger rockets with primary payloads, meaning they have little control over their schedule or orbital destination.

Like the satellites its customers are flying, its launch system is light, fast, flexible, and affordable. Virgin Orbit uses a 747 airplane and a runway rather than a launch pad – this is a route to space that can be made from any airport in the world.

Source: Virgin Orbit.

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In Pictures: Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu visits the newly opened Ihsaan Villi in Villimalé.

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China raises voice over illegal military intervention against sovereign states.

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China and a number of other countries has raised concern over military intervention under the pretext of human rights. They raised their concerns at the ongoing 47th session of the Human Rights Council.

Jiang Duan, Minister of the Chinese mission to the United Nations in Geneva, delivered a joint statement to the council yesterday. In it he stated that certain countries are conducting military interventions in sovereign states under the pretext of democracy, human rights and the “responsibility to protect”.

He stated that “These acts severely violate the universally recognized norms of international law, undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the relevant countries, and damage world peace and security,”

He pointed out that such interventions have caused massive losses to the socioeconomic development of those countries along with civilian casualties and force displacement. He also stated that such military interventions are the “root cause of refugee and migrant crisis and regional turbulence.”.

He also added that “Certain countries even connive at their soldiers’ unlawful killing and torture of civilians in overseas military operations, which constitutes serious war crimes and crimes against humanity,”.

Jiang Duan urged the UN institutions to follow up  on illegal military interventions, and called out for the countries concerned to immediately cease their illegal military interventions and to make reparations for the victimized countries and their people.

Source: Xinhua News Agency. 

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 is officially on the way.

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Microsoft has officially announced the next version of Window today, which will be Windows 11. After months of teases and leak, Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the last quarter of this year. Microsoft has promised to make it available as a free upgrade to eligible Windows 10 users and to new PC’s from this year’s holiday.

Microsoft redesigns the user interface for Windows 11, with a centred Start menu and Taskbar. Live tiles are replaced with a grid of icon that can be rearranged and pinned to Start. There are also new Widgets feature that houses things like your calendar, weather, sports leaderboard, and latest news. System Tray also was improved with a new split Notification and Quick Action user interface.

Microsoft’s Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer, Windows + Devices wrote on Microsoft blog “We’ve simplified the design and user experience to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautiful. From the new Start button and taskbar to each sound, font and icon, everything was done intentionally to put you in control and bring a sense of calm and ease. We put Start at the center and made it easier to quickly find what you need.”

One of the surprises of the event was Microsoft’s announcement that it will be using Amazon’s Appstore to bring Android apps to Windows 11. Microsoft will be utilizing Intel’s Bridge technology to make Android apps work on Windows 11.

During the closing remarks, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said “Windows recognizes that there is no personal computing without personal agency. Personal computing requires choice, and we need to nurture and grow our own agency over computing itself. We want to remove the barriers that too often exist today and provide real choice and connection.”

He laid out his vision for Windows 11 as a “platform for platform creators,” and in doing so, he issued a subtle but nonetheless stinging critique of Apple.

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