SpaceX successfully completes ground tests of spacecraft and launcher
On August 9, Elon Musk’s company successfully conducted ground tests of its Starship spacecraft and, for the first time, its Super Heavy Booster launch vehicle. The two reusable devices, designed to fly together, were tested separately and partially. This test comes less than a month after the failure, in mid-July, of the complete ignition of the same prototype of Super Heavy (the seventh), which had ended in a ball of fire. Without causing, apparently, irreversible damage. Although successful, the latest firings do not guarantee that the gigantic rocket will be in orbit before the end of the year, as planned by Elon Musk.
Boeing reassures itself with a new delivery of its 787 Dreamliner
Two days after the green light issued by the FAA, the American aircraft manufacturer resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner on August 10. American Airlines received a 787-8 from Charleston (South Carolina), now the only production site for the aircraft. The company had not received any aircraft of this type since April 2021. This is the 47th 787 in its fleet. Boeing can breathe a sigh of relief: the production of the device was extremely slow since the pause of deliveries first at the end of 2020, then in May 2021 after a brief recovery. Boeing had to resolve several technical issues related to the production of the 787 Dreamliner.
The worst fire in the history of Cuba
On Tuesday, August 9, firefighters finally brought under control what authorities described as the worst fire in Cuba’s history which, in five days, destroyed 40% of the Caribbean island’s main fuel storage facility and caused massive power outages. Matanzas is Cuba’s largest port for receiving crude oil and fuel imports. Cuban heavy crude, as well as fuel oil and diesel stored in Matanzas in 10 huge tanks, are mainly used to generate electricity on the island. Lightning struck a fuel storage tank Friday night. The fire spread to a second Sunday and engulfed all four tanks on Monday, accompanied by huge explosions and despite the efforts of local firefighters. (Photo AFP – Yamil Mage)
Two major sites of the 2024 Olympic Games linked by a footbridge
The Stade de France and the future Olympic aquatic center in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) are now linked by a footbridge spanning the A1 motorway. This spectacular enterprise is carried out from August 8 to 11 near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The main section of the structure, 70 meters long and weighing 900 tonnes, was rotated 90° then maneuvered with precision over 150 meters for 10 hours to reach its final destination. The Saint-Denis aquatic center, which will host the diving, synchronized swimming and waterpolo events, is one of the rare new structures built for the 2024 Olympic Games, which will rely for the most part on existing infrastructure.
Samsung presents its new range of smartphones
This is the traditional meeting place for smartphone enthusiasts from the South Korean brand: the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked. The company’s summer conference, held online this year, showcased its new foldable phone models, which step up from their older versions. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is more resistant, lighter, waterproof and benefits from a faster charging system, which goes from 15 W to 25 W. The Galaxy Z Fold 4, closer to the tablet than to the phone, is also lighter and more resistant but is above all equipped with a new, much more efficient processor. Finally, the South Korean firm presented the Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro, whose solidity and autonomy have been enhanced.
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