The jet is an early unmanned prototype of the company's 18 passenger S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet, and the firm says the tests were a 'huge success'. It hopes to have the S-512 aircraft flying by early 2021, with customer deliveries beginning in 2023. The S-512 will seat up to 22 passengers, with a range of 6200 miles and a cruise speed of Mach 1.6, saving 50% on flight times.
House-sized asteroid that came 'damn close' to Earth this week may not miss our planet on its return visit in 2079
Following yesterday's pass, the asteroid's next 'close-approaches' to Earth will take place in 2019, 2050 and 2079. And while 2012 TC4 is expected to miss our planet in 2019 and 2050, experts say that in 2079 we may not be so lucky. Rudiger Jehn, a mission analyst at the European Space Agency, said: 'We know today that it will also not hit the Earth in the year 2050, but the close flyby in 2050 might deflect the asteroid such that it could hit the Earth in the year 2079.' The odds of an impact 62 years from now are now placed at about one in 750.
Disabled grandmother, 80, finds fame after Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg tells the world she's 'awesome' for travelling the world from her living room using an Oculus Rift headset
Dorothy Howard (main image) spent £400 ($530) on an Oculus Rift kit to use at her home in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire, after she was forced to pull out of her annual coach holiday to a knitting convention. Mrs Howard, who suffers from spinal problems and arthritis, now uses the virtual reality kit to 'visit' exotic destinations across the globe (first-person view pictured bottom left). Zuckerberg, who bought the Oculus for more than $2 billion (£1.52 billion) in 2014, described Mrs Howard adventures at a recent technology conference in Seattle (top left).
The hell of the Pacific War - in color: Remastered photos reveal the brutal conditions faced by US troops against the Japanese in WWII
The harrowing photos show US soldiers attempting to navigate their tanks and 4x4s through difficult jungle terrain in Papua New Guinea and a marine using a flamethrower on a Japanese position in the Philippines. And electrician Royston Leonard, 55, from Cardiff, Wales, who spent time restoring the pictures, believes the pictures give an accurate portrayal of the struggle faced by American troops in the Pacific theatre. The unexpected Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 signalled the start of the Pacific War and the USA's involvement in WWII. Pictured, marines firing on a nest of Japanese snipers in Guam in 1944 (left); marines setting up artillery in the Solomon Islands (top right); a camouflaged Japanese bomber destroyed during a low-level attack in Papua New Guinea in 1942/43 (bottom right).
The 'transformer' robot set to go to war in the Ukraine next year: Phantom can be fitted with everything from machine guns to anti-tank missiles
Ukrainian military officials have unveiled an adaptable war robot that can switch up its mode of travel, and even the type of weapons it carries. The Phantom ground robot can be fitted with tank-like treads, or move about on six wheels – and, it can carry anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers, or machine guns, according to DefenseOne . The robot was demonstrated on Monday at the Association of the US Army show in Washington, D.C., and could hit the battlefield as soon as next year.
Vets' horror at 'freakish' show horse's curved face: Pedigree animal bred to have unnatural face is described as 'horrific' by experts
Pedigree Arabian show horses are bred to have a concave face, arching neck and high tail. Dating back 3,000 years, veterinarians are increasingly worried about the practice of extreme breeding, predominately seen in cats and dogs, that is starting to be seen with this type of horse, pictured. This is the latest subject of an article by the British Equine Veterinary Association, who has condemned the practice, following the birth of a horse in the US named El Rey Magnum.
Were Vikings influenced by ISLAM? Arabic embroidery bearing the name 'Allah' is uncovered on 10th Century Norse burial clothes
Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden working to recreate textile patterns found in Viking woven bands (left) discovered that they contained Kufic characters rather than the assumed Viking patterns (right). Both Allah and Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammed, the prophet of Islam, are mentioned in the text. Researchers believe the find could point to similarities between the Viking and Muslim view of the afterlife.
Elon Musk has shared another look at Tesla’s Model 3 robots in action. In a new video posted to Instagram, the electric car-maker has revealed the firm’s massive stamping machine, which works in tandem with two robotic arms to swap out the body panels. The footage shows how each precisely-timed mechanism fits into the task, with one arm even appearing to just narrowly escape being crushed with each turn.
NASA finishes testing the four engines that will power its SLS 'megarocket' that could one day take man to Mars
NASA has completed flight preparations for the four engines of the massive mega-rocket that could one day carry astronauts to Mars. According to the space agency, the engines are now ready to be integrated into the rocket’s core stage – the largest ever built. The enormous rocket, dubbed the Space Launch System (SLS), will fly with the Orion spacecraft’s Exploration Mission-1 in 2019, in an unmanned test journey ahead of future crewed missions.
Russia reveals the latest version of its real-life 'Stormtrooper' armor complete with exoskeleton, smart helmet and watch that can withstand a nuclear blast
The high-tech suit includes an exo-skeleton, designed to boost strength and stamina, body armour and even a watch capable of surviving a nuclear blast. The all-black kit also has a Stormtrooper-style helmet with a tinted glass visor and a mini task light poking out of the side. The Ratnik kit comprises five integrated systems that include life support, command and communication, engaging, protection and energy saving subsystems.