CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2007 |
Three workers were killed and three others were badly hurt Thursday afternoon in an explosion on the edge of Kern County's Mojave airport during the test of a propellant system for a pioneering private spaceship. The blast occurred at a private test site run by Scaled Composites, a company founded by high-profile aviation entrepreneur Burt Rutan. In June 2004, the firm became the first business to launch a reusable manned rocket into space, a craft known as SpaceShip One.
March 20, 2013 |
Jeff Bezos: founder and CEO of Amazon.com, and now, bona fide ocean explorer. A year after vowing to send a team into the ocean to find F-1 engines from the historic Apollo 11 moon launch, Bezos announced Wednesday that the team had recovered F-1 engine parts. Because many original serial numbers are missing or partially missing, it was unclear if they actually came from the Apollo 11 mission. Calling it an “incredible adventure,” the billionaire said the team had just finished three weeks at sea, working nearly three miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
January 24, 2009 |
The battered, twisted left engine of the US Airways plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River was recovered Friday, after an eight-day struggle to find the wreckage and pull it from the murky water. Using a large, floating crane, salvage crews gently set the engine on a barge. Shards of metal and wiring hung from the engine, and a large portion of the outer shell appeared to be missing as it was lifted from the river bottom, 65 feet below the surface.
June 10, 1989 |
The Soviet army has used battle tanks for sale. The weekly Argument and Fact magazine said Friday that the Soviet Defense Ministry is hawking hundreds of outmoded 36-ton T-55 tanks to civilian heavy industry rather than scrapping them. Although the exact price was not disclosed, the discount ranges up to 66% off the original price tag. "Converted military hardware can be used as tow tractors, cranes with high cross-country capacity and fire engines, as well as for hammering piles and logging mountainous areas," the magazine said.
February 5, 2013 |
While electric vehicles continue to grab the green-car spotlight, an older technology has quietly emerged as a player in the fuel economy wars: turbocharging. Once the province of performance cars, turbochargers now power economy cars, family sedans and even full-sized trucks. Turbos now account for an estimated 13% of U.S. auto sales, according to Honeywell International Inc., a leading turbo supplier. That's double what it was in 2010. The increase is driven by ever-stricter federal fuel economy standards.
May 30, 2007 |
Toyota Motor Corp. is replacing faulty engines on a "small number" of 2007 Tundra large pickups. The 5.7-liter V-8 engines have been replaced on about 20 of the pickups, a spokesman said. Camshafts used in the engines were improperly processed by a supplier and can snap, causing the engine to fail, the spokesman said.