India’s Nirbhay cruise missile test fails

NEW DELHI — The flight test of India’s homemade 1000-kilometer-range cruise missile failed Monday following technical problems.

Nirbhay — an intermediate-range subsonic land-attack cruise missile with terrain hugging — is an Indian version of the American Tomahawk and the Russian Club SS-N-27 cruise missiles.

Defense scientists in India said the test failed within 8 minutes of the launch due to technical issues in the engine. They gave no further details.

The Nirbhay missile is currently powered by the Russian Saturn 50MT turbofan engine. Its local development began in 2007 with the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

A senior DRDO scientist said Nirbhay is a stealthy missile capable of delivering different warheads and is capable of loitering and attacking multiple targets.

“The cruise missiles like Tomahawk and Nirbhay (when successful) do not follow a ballistic parabola but are terrain-hugging in their path. Therefore, they are more difficult to detect by conventional

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Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Stocks Are Sinking This Week

This has been a rough week for cruise stock investors. Shares of Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK), Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) have declined 10%, 8%, and 10%, respectively, through Thursday’s close. 

Carnival announced it would be selling two more of its ships. It’s also laying off 100 — or 10% — of its ship officers. A panel led by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line also issued its recommendations for setting sail again safely, and let’s just say that the cruising experience will be more than a little different when passenger voyages get going again. Throw in iffy economic news, a pandemic that isn’t showing any signs of going away anytime soon, and a slow-footed approach to injecting another round of financial stimulus into taxpayer pockets, and you have a gloomy outlook for the cruising industry.

Someone zip-lining in Labadee with a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the water.

Image source: Royal Caribbean Cruises.

That sinking feeling

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Tom Cruise gets his blast off date for space movie

Tom Cruise (Credit: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Tom Cruise (Credit: AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Tom Cruise will be heading to the heavens to make the first action movie to be shot in space in October, 2021.

An under-the-radar tweet from the Space Shuttle Almanac, which emerged last weekend, appears to confirm that Cruise will be travelling with director Doug Liman on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

They will head to the International Space Station with the veteran NASA pilot Michael Lopez-Alegria at the helm.

According to the tweet, which lists the passenger manifest on the flight, there is still a spare seat on the mission.

NASA confirmed in May this year that Cruise would be heading to space to make a movie with Bourne Identity filmmaker Liman.

“We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridestine.

Little is known about the

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