US Air Force's unmanned experimental hypersonic jet breaks up in test flight

The X-51A Waverider is shown under the wing of a B-52 bomber for a hypersonic flight demonstration. Photo: EPA

An unmanned experimental aircraft designed to fly at six times the speed of sound broke apart over the Pacific Ocean seconds into a military test flight due to a faulty control fin, the US Air Force said.

Friday, 17 August, 2012, 4:12am

Rocket Man unconvincing at Kranji

Questions being asked about the form of Singapore champion Rocket Man ahead of the US$14 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint were answered only in the negative yesterday after an unconvincing barrier trial win at Kranji.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Sacred Kingdom can join Silent Witness in elite club, Yiu says

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai is confident Sacred Kingdom will join Silent Witness and All Thrills Too as a dual winner of the Group Two Cathay Pacific Jockey Club Sprint at Sha Tin on Sunday, on his way to claiming a third Hong Kong Sprint next month.

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am


It's scary as turmoil comes to Asia

The world is becoming a scary place. Recently Asia was at the centre of some dangerous developments.

North Korea carried out a controversial rocket launch which was criticised by many Asian and western countries. Pyongyang claimed the rocket had sent a communications satellite into orbit as part of a peaceful space programme.

23 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Rocket Win looks a home run for Prebble

Brett Prebble's decision to switch to Rocket Win in preference to Sydney Express looks set to be proved spot on after the in-form gelding came up with gate one in the final leg of tomorrow afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Three, two, one ... we have lift-off

Do not lament if you are too young to visit space with China's first astronaut Yang Liwei - there is lots of fun to be had on Earth.

In the spirit of space adventure, a group of young children from Tuen Mun and Yuen Long entered a 'water rocket competition', organised by The Church of Christ in China Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School recently.

8 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Campers have a blast

A group of students got a taste of what it would be like to be a rocket scientist at a summer camp recently.

With electronic components, cardboard, scissors and glue, 145 Form Six students joined a rocket launch design competition at the five-day Engineering Summer Camp for Honours Students 2002 organised by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

23 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Timely delay

BY delaying deployment of America's planned missile defence system, President Bill Clinton has done the correct if unsurprising thing. His decision to pass the buck to the next president - Al Gore or George W. Bush - for the most part removes the subject from the US election campaign and recognises that many basic scientific problems remain unsolved.

3 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Missile flop dashes hopes for politicians

The image is indeed an impotent one. A special missile failing to leave its booster rocket and scuppering an experimental mission to shoot down a mock warhead before it really got started.

It is a metaphor for the wider failures surrounding the United States' controversial programme to build a National Missile Defence (NMD) system.

11 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Winfoong's net losses rocket

Winfoong International has doubled its net losses for the year to December 31 to HK$241.92 million compared with losses for the previous year of HK$101.02 million.

2 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Rocket a tall order for expo organisers

The first visit of a full-sized Chinese Long March rocket to Hong Kong in December will pose a huge problem - getting it through the streets to its show site.

14 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Launch fault 'likely'

A BOMB on the Long March 2E rocket may have been detonated deliberately yesterday once ground-controllers realised there was a launch fault, a Hong Kong academic and former NASA scientist said.

27 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Lift for China Aerospace

CHINA Aerospace International Holdings has bounced back into black following a change in ownership in May last year.

The company, which is 51 per cent controlled by China's rocket-maker China Aerospace Corp, posted a net profit of $36.67 million for the year ended December, compared with a net loss of $250.41 million in 1992.

2 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

China's rocket man steers science towards profits

SONG Jian, chairman of the State Science and Technology Commission, is in charge of one of the nine ''super ministries'' which make up the State Council.

9 Jan 1994 - 12:00am