Virgin Galactic spaceflight test delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19 in New Mexico

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – The space tourism company on Nov. 5 said that the next spaceflight test was scheduled for a launch window between Nov. 19 and Nov. 23. It is planned to be the first of two test spaceflights before Virgin Galactic flies founder Sir Richard Branson and then begins commercial operations.Shares of Virgin Galactic fell as much as 10% in early trading from its previous close of $22.27. Virgin Galactic’s carrier aircraft releases its spacecraft Unity during a glide flight test.Virgin Galactic – Advertisement – Virgin Galactic’s stock dropped after the company said on Monday that it’s next spaceflight test is now delayed due to new COVID-19 restrictions implemented by New Mexico.“We will be minimizing our New Mexico operations to the greatest degree possible. While these new restrictions cause us to adjust our flight schedule, we take this pause in stride and will be prepared to resume our pre-flight procedures and announce a new test flight window as soon as we can,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement.While the company’s manufacturing and development facilities are in California’s Mojave Desert, its base of operations is at Spaceport America in New Mexico.- Advertisement – Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.last_img read more

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Counties Have Salt Available, Hope For Warmer Weather

first_imgThe last few months have weighed on the salt supply in multiple counties. (File Photo)Local road crews hope this round of bitter temperatures and potential snow through the weekend is the last of the winter. The last few months have weighed on the salt supply in multiple counties.Franklin County Commissioner Tom Linkel said the highway department was down to about 40 tons of salt Tuesday morning.“By the time we mix [with sand], we got enough salt to cover all of our routes about three times,” Linkel explained.Fortunately, additional salt supply arrived at the Franklin County Highway Department later that day, giving the county over 200 tons. The supply should cover the county through spring.There is about 250 tons of salt for Ripley County roads, according to Steve Schonegg at the Ripley County Highway Garage. The goal is to avoid having to purchase anymore.“It’s a premium price for salt and we chose not to cut in to next year’s budget,” Schonegg indicated. “Their asking for around $200 a ton right now and its just way out of the ballpark for us.”The highway department will be conservative by mixing salt at a one-sixth ratio with cinders to cut down on the use of salt.In Decatur County, there is roughly 60 to 70 tons of salt remaining. Mark Mohr, superintendent of the Decatur County Highway Department said crews will monitor the weather the next month.“It all depends if the weather turns good we’re going to have that left for next year. If the weather turns bad, we’ll find some more and get some more,” Mohr said.The extended forecast suggests snow is likely through the weekend with temperatures in the twenties and teens. A chance of rain and snow is possible on Saturday.last_img read more

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Windies captain Taylor stumped by losses

first_imgAFTER three consecutive losses to start the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, Stafanie Taylor, captain of the West Indies Women, is desperately trying to find a way to motivate her players to break out of their horrific slump that threatens to see them ousted from the tournament before the end of the preliminary round of matches.The Windies Women lost their opening match to Australia by seven wickets then lost to India by eight wickets. However, the most humiliating defeat came on Sunday when they were routed for just 48 runs in 25.2 overs by South Africa who then needed only 6.2 overs to race to victory.Dane van Niekerk set a world record becoming the first bowler of any gender in international cricket to take four wickets in a match without conceding a run as she helped commit the West Indies to a 10-wicket loss, the biggest of the tournament to date.Taylor believes she has to find a way to avert the crisis. The question is: how?“I’ve been asking myself that, to be honest. As a captain, you are thinking, you’ve lost all three games, what do you say to these players now? But if you really want to make it to the semi-finals, you’ve just got to find a way to turn it around.“We’ve lost three games now, we have four more games to go; so we just have to bounce back and keep fighting,” said the frustrated captain, who said there was still hope.“There’s still a chance, I do believe there is still a chance. We still have games to go and teams that I know we can beat. As individuals, we really need to look into ourselves and see what we’re doing wrong and just rise above.”Against South Africa, Taylor said the team lacked focus.“I guess when you look back at the game especially for the batters, we just got out softly and a lot of our batters, especially at the top order, we didn’t apply ourselves properly. We’ve been in England for a while, it’s not like we’ve come here yesterday where we don’t know what has been happening. I didn’t think that our mindset was right. I don’t think we were focused.”Meantime, two players have been brought in to address another problem facing the team. Kycia Knight and Subrina Munroe have been selected to replace the injured Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell.West Indies’ next match is against former champions New Zealand on July 6.(Digicel Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Sarah Cooper named ACC Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgSarah Cooper earned the first award of her college career after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.Cooper was a part of strong defensive efforts by Syracuse in its two wins versus ranked opponents last week. Against No. 11 Loyola, Cooper led all defenders with three ground balls and forced one of SU’s nine caused turnovers. Versus No. 5 Virginia on Saturday, Cooper’s three caused turnovers tied for the team-best.The freshman leads Syracuse in both ground balls and caused turnovers this season with 15 each. She’s the lone underclassman starter on SU’s improved defense, but has had success acting as the backline’s “rover,” head coach Gary Gait said.The honor marks the second-straight week that an Orange player has earned a weekly award, as Emily Hawryschuk was named ACC offensive player of the week last week.Cooper and the Syracuse defense will face a ranked opponent for the fourth-straight game on March 9, when it travels to No. 2 Maryland for its first road game of the season. The Terrapins are 10th in the nation in scoring offense this season, averaging 16.2 goals per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 5, 2019 at 4:41 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34last_img read more

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