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US deploys 'black box' locator in Malaysian jet search

The US military Monday sent a black box locator and a robotic underwater vehicle to the Indian Ocean to help search for the missing Malaysian jet, after a series of debris sightings. The locator system, which relies on acoustic signals to track down flight recorders, and the Bluefin-21, an unmanned device that can scan the ocean's depths, were being flown to Perth, Australia as a "prudent" step, officials said.

You've got mail: Clinton-to-space laptop up for auction

A more than 15-year old laptop doesn't go for much on eBay -- unless it's the one Bill Clinton used to send the first ever US presidential email. The still-functional laptop -- with Clinton's cheerful exchange with Space Shuttle astronaut John Glenn in November 1998 still on the hard drive -- is the featured item in an online sale by Massachusetts-based RR Auction.

Camera used by Apollo astronaut on the moon sells for $827,000

Vienna, Mar 24 (EFE).- Vienna's Westlicht photography gallery auctioned off a Hasselblad camera used by late Apollo astronaut Jim Irwin on the moon for 660,000 euros ($827,000) over the weekend. The camera, the only one to return to Earth from the NASA missions to the moon, was purchased on Saturday by Japanese businessman Terukazu Fujisawa, founder of the Yodobashi Camera stores chain. Irwin (1930-1991) used the camera on the Apollo 15 missionin 1971. The bidding opened at 80,000 euros ($110,000) and quickly moved higher.

MacDonald, Dettwiler signs national defence deal for eight radar systems

RICHMOND, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX:MDA) has signed a $64-million contract with the Department of National Defence to deliver eight radar surveillance systems. The technology will be integrated into Canada's fleet of CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft that's used by the Royal Canadian Air Force. The radar surveillance system uses high-resolution imaging to detect, locate and classify vehicles and ships. It can be used for domestic surveillance, as well as search and rescue missions, MDA said.

Malaysia plane search intensifies on new debris data

Aircraft from several nations swarmed over the southern Indian Ocean Monday as the search for a missing Malaysian passenger plane was energised with mounting evidence of floating objects suspected to be linked to the plane. But the challenge of recovering the still-unidentified flotsam took on added urgency as a tropical cyclone rumbled toward the search zone, threatening to worsen already rough conditions that have thwarted spotters.

US Navy deploys 'black box' locator after Malaysia plane leads

The US Navy said Monday it was sending a black box locator to an area of the southern Indian Ocean being scoured for the missing Malaysian jet, following a cluster of weekend debris sightings. The navy called the move a "precautionary measure" in case those sightings confirm the location of the aircraft which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

China: Chinese plane spots object in southern Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysian plane

BEIJING, China - China's state news agency says a Chinese plane crew has spotted a white, square-shaped object in an area identified by satellite imagery as containing possible debris from the missing Malaysian airliner. Xinhua News agency says the crew aboard the IL-76 plane spotted the object in the southern Indian Ocean search area on Monday. Satellite images from Australia and China have identified possible debris in the area that may be linked to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

Australia 'clutching' at MH370 leads after new data

Australia said Monday that French satellite data indicating floating objects possibly linked to missing Flight MH370 related to an area outside the current search zone, while admitting to "clutching" at every piece of new information. Malaysian authorities on Sunday said the data was related to the area of the southern Indian Ocean being scoured for the missing Malaysian jet, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

Australia 'clutching' at MH370 leads after new data

Australia said on Monday that French satellite data indicating floating objects possibly related to missing Flight MH370 were outside the current search zone, while admitting to "clutching" at every piece of new information. Malaysian authorities on Sunday received details from France indicating floating objects in the area of the southern Indian Ocean being scoured for the missing Malaysian jet which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board.

Hispasat satellite launched into orbit from French Guiana

Kuru, French Guiana, Mar 23 (EFE).- Two satellites, including one belonging to Spain's Hispasat, were carried into orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Space Agency's Kuru complex in French Guiana. The rocket lifted off at 2205 GMT on Saturday after several launch postponements. The launch was originally scheduled for Nov. 6, 2013, but it was cancelled when officials concluded that further tests were needed on the rocket.
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