SpaceX’s successful test, the return of the Boeing 787… The five images of the week

SpaceX successfully completes ground tests of spacecraft and launcher

On August 9, Elon Musk’s company successfully completed ground tests of its Starship spacecraft and, for the first time, its Super Heavy Booster launch vehicle. The two reusable devices, designed to fly together, were tested separately and partially. This test comes less than a month after the failure, in mid-July, of the complete ignition of the same prototype of the Super Heavy (the seventh), which had ended in a fireball. Without causing, apparently, irreversible damage. Although successful, the latest shots do not guarantee that the gigantic rocket will be in orbit before the end of the year, as planned by Elon Musk.

Boeing reassures itself with new delivery of its 787 Dreamliner


Two days after the FAA gave the green light, the American aircraft maker resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner on Aug. American Airlines took delivery of a 787-8 from Charleston (South Carolina), now the aircraft’s only production site. The company has not received any aircraft of this type since April 2021. This is the 47th 787 in its fleet. Boeing can breathe a sigh of relief: production of the device has been extremely slow since first pausing deliveries in late 2020, then in May 2021 after a brief recovery. Boeing had to resolve several technical issues related to the production of the 787 Dreamliner.

The worst fire in the history of Cuba


On Tuesday, August 9, firefighters finally brought under control what authorities described as the worst fire in Cuba’s history that, in five days, destroyed 40% of the Caribbean island’s main fuel depot and caused massive power cuts. Matanzas is Cuba’s largest port for receiving crude oil and fuel imports. Cuban heavy oil, as well as fuel oil and diesel stored in Matanzas in 10 huge tanks, are mainly used to generate electricity on the island. Lightning struck a fuel storage tank Friday night. The fire spread into a second Sunday and engulfed all four tanks on Monday, accompanied by large explosions and despite the efforts of local firefighters. (AFP Photo – Yamil Mago)

Two major 2024 Olympics venues linked by a footbridge


The Stade de France and the future Olympic aquatic center in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) are now connected by a footbridge that crosses the A1 motorway. This spectacular development takes place from the 8th to the 11th of August near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The main section of the structure, 70 meters long and weighing 900 tons, was rotated 90° and then precisely maneuvered over 150 meters for 10 hours to reach its final destination. The Saint-Denis Aquatic Center, which will host the diving, synchronized swimming and water polo events, is one of the rare new structures built for the 2024 Olympic Games that will largely rely on existing infrastructure.

Samsung presents its new range of smartphones


This is the traditional meeting point for smartphone enthusiasts of the South Korean brand: the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked. The company’s summer conference, held online this year, showcased its new foldable phone models, which set themselves apart from their older versions. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is stronger, lighter, waterproof and benefits from a faster charging system, ranging from 15W to 25W. The Galaxy Z Fold 4, closer to the tablet than the phone, it is also lighter and more resistant but is above all equipped with a new much more efficient processor. Finally, the South Korean company presented the Galaxy Watch 5 and 5 Pro, whose solidity and autonomy have been improved.

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