Boeing reveals hypersonic plane that could travel globe in three hours

Boeing reveals hypersonic plane that could travel globe in three hours. (Screenshot from Youtube)
Updated 07 February 2018
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Boeing reveals hypersonic plane that could travel globe in three hours

LONDON: Boeing has surprised the aviation world when it announced that it developed a hypersonic military plane that could travel faster than a speeding bullet.
It could circle the globe “in three hours” and will fly at five times the speed of sound.
Boeing first unveiled plans for the Valkyrie II last month, which they aim to build in the next 10 to 20 years.
The high-speed strike and reconnaissance vehicle has been billed as a potential successor to the legendary Blackbird R-71 spy plane, and is being nicknamed by aviation fans as the “Song of Blackbird.”
There has been no official statement of when the jet will be launched or details of any plans for the plane.
The design of the aircraft is very similar to the SR72 plane, operated by Lockheed Martin for the US government, and both aircraft use joint turboprops rotation.


Microsoft’s Bing search engine goes offline in China

Updated 24 January 2019
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Microsoft’s Bing search engine goes offline in China

  • Attempts to open cn.bing.com has resulted in an error message for users since Wednesday
  • China’s Communist authorities operate an online censorship apparatus known as the “Great Firewall”
BEIJING: Microsoft was investigating a disruption in its Bing search engine in China on Thursday, with social media users fearing it could be the latest foreign website to be blocked by censors.
Attempts to open cn.bing.com has resulted in an error message for users since Wednesday.
“We’re aware of reports that Bing may be inaccessible to some customers in China and are investigating,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement.
China’s Communist authorities operate an online censorship apparatus known as the “Great Firewall,” which blocks a slew of websites including Facebook, Twitter and several foreign media outlets.
But it was not clear whether or not Bing joined the long list of prohibited websites, or if its China service was experiencing technical difficulties.
China’s cyberspace administration could not immediately be reached for comment.
China’s Great Firewall can be circumvented by using a virtual private network (VPN), which can hide a user’s IP address.
While its rival Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010 after rows over censorship and hacking, Bing has continued to operate in the country along with Microsoft-owned Skype.
On Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media site, people complained about the lack of access, with some speculating that Bing too had been “walled off.”
Others aired their dissatisfaction about having to use Baidu, China’s largest domestic search service.
“I can’t open Bing, but I don’t want to use Baidu — what to do?” wrote one user.
“Bing is actually dead — is this to force me to use Baidu??” said another, cursing.
China has tightened policing of the Internet in recent years, shuttering 26,000 “illegal” websites in 2018 alone and deleting six million online posts containing vulgar content, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier this month.
Bing’s disruption comes as the United States and China are locked in a bruising trade war, with US accusations that China steals technological know-how among the core disagreements.
The two sides are scheduled for new trade negotiations next week.