What if Apollo 11 had ended in disaster?

Apollo 11 was an unprecedented mission, meaning there was always the possibility that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would not make it back from the moon’s surface. A speech was prepared for then-US president Richard Nixon, penned by White House speechwriter Bill Safire on July 18 1969. Fortunately, the mission was a success, meaning…

Bombardier wins engineering prize for eco-designed wing

A Belfast team have won a prestigious engineering innovation award for developing a component to minimise an aircraft’s environmental impact. The Royal Academy of Engineering said its MacRobert Award recognises engineering teams that demonstrate outstanding innovation, societal benefit and commercial success. The winners, Bombardier, created a resin-infused advanced composite wing that minimises an aircraft’s environmental…