Space balloon company raises funds, will conduct first test flight next year

A company that plans to send passengers to the edge of space in a pressurized vehicle beneath a large balloon said Wednesday it is on track to fly a demonstration mission next year and has raised the funds needed to accomplish this.

Space Perspective, which is based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announced it has raised $7 million in seed funding in a round of funding

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Want to Go On a Free Caribbean Cruise? This One Is Seeking Volunteers to Test Anti-Covid-19 Measures

Currently, due to the coronavirus pandemic, traveling involves a risk of contagion, particularly when it comes to being on a cruise ship surrounded by many people and with little possibility of medical help in the event of a complication. That said, in many places this type of travel has been prohibited and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) qualify the activity as “risky.” For this reason, Royal Caribbean is organizing a pilot test in which it seeks to carry out preventive measures to resume this tourist activity in a safe and effective way.



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What does it take to be able to volunteer?

Taking into account the above, they are looking for volunteers to carry out this activity, who ensure that 100,000 people have already been registered since the call was opened in just a few days ago, the requirements of being of legal age and

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BrahMos cruise missile successfully hits target in test fire



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The anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with a strike range of 300 kilometers successfully hit its target ship in a test fire on Tuesday.

As per sources, the target was set near the Car Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal, and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-developed missile was launched from the Indian Navy’s INS Ranvijay at 9.25 am.

A land-attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was also successfully test-fired from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory earlier this week.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is the world’s fastest operational system in its class. The DRDO recently extended the range of

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Bobsled and skeleton Olympic test event in China called off amid travel concerns

Another test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympics was called off Saturday, when bobsled and skeleton officials canceled plans to have a training week and World Cup race on a newly built track to end this year’s sliding season.

The decision comes just days after luge officials also canceled that sport’s season-ending World Cup and training week on the track built in Yanqing.

The reason, in both cases, was the same: ongoing concerns about international travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China about a year ago.

In a letter sent to national federations Saturday, International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation secretary general Heike Groesswang said several weeks of conversations were held about how to move forward with the training week and World Cup “under the challenging circumstances the COVID-19 pandemic causes to all of us.”

The new schedule calls for a bobsled training week in early October and a

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Olympic test event in China called off amid travel concerns

Another test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympics was called off Saturday, when bobsled and skeleton officials canceled plans to have a training week and World Cup race on a newly built track to end this year’s sliding season.



From left, second placed, Mariama Jamanka, and Kim Kalicki and first placed Laura Nolte, all of Germany celebrate during the award ceremony of the two-woman Bobsled World Cup race in Sigulda, Latvia, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)


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From left, second placed, Mariama Jamanka, and Kim Kalicki and first placed Laura Nolte, all of Germany celebrate during the award ceremony of the two-woman Bobsled World Cup race in Sigulda, Latvia, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

The decision comes just days after luge officials also canceled that sport’s season-ending World Cup and training week on the track built in Yanqing.

The reason, in both cases, was the same: ongoing concerns about international travel during the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China about a year ago.

In a letter sent to national federations Saturday, International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation secretary general Heike Groesswang said

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Cruise lines look for volunteers for CDC-ordered ‘test voyages’ | Articles



Cruise lines look for volunteers for CDC-ordered 'test voyages'

The Diamond Princess cruise ship anchors off the Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, Japan, in February. A COVID-19 outbreak on the ship caused passengers to be quarantined onboard. Now, before cruise ships can begin operating again, they are required to test their protocols on real people.




Tens of thousands of cruise enthusiasts have offered to volunteer for “test voyages” that cruise lines have been ordered to run before they’ll be allowed to resume operations out of United States ports.

And while cruise lines are so far keeping mum about what the actual test cruises will entail, requirements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest they’re not intended to be fun days at sea.

Still, responses so far show many sea-starved cruise fans are desperate to escape dry land.

Kelli Holder Guffey, one of the fans posting on Royal Caribbean’s volunteer Facebook page, Volunteers

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Negative COVID test ‘not a passport’ to travel, officials warn

California residents who think a negative coronavirus test gives them the green light to travel this holiday season should think again, officials say.

Public health officials across the state are warning that using testing to justify hitting the road or gathering in other ways doesn’t work.

As California struggles amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, and Thanksgiving and other holidays are right around the corner, demand for testing in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties has skyrocketed. The same situation is playing out nationwide, straining testing sites that are running short of key supplies.

“We have seen the repeated failure of this type of testing strategy across the country, including in Washington, D.C.,” Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s director of health, said at a briefing this week. “A negative test cannot be an excuse to put yourself or others at risk.”

A person who tests negative can still carry

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Negative COVID-19 test ‘not a passport’ to travel, officials warn, as demand surges

California residents who think a negative coronavirus test gives them the greenlight to travel this holiday season should think again, officials say.



a group of people with luggage at an airport: A flight crew wearing personal protective equipment walks through Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)


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Public health officials across the state are warning that using testing to justify hitting the road or gathering in other ways doesn’t work.

As California struggles amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, and Thanksgiving and other holidays are right around the corner, demand for testing in Los Angeles and San Francisco counties has skyrocketed. The same situation is playing out nationwide, straining testing sites that are running short of key supplies.

“We have seen the repeated failure of this type of testing strategy across the country, including in Washington, D.C.,” Dr. Grant Colfax, San Francisco’s director of health, said

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Royal Caribbean attracts 100,000 volunteers for cruise ship test runs

The president of cruise giant Royal Caribbean announced Sunday that 100,000 people have already volunteered to sail free-of-charge on their government-mandated test voyages.

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“And just like that…100,000 people have volunteered. We can’t wait to start this next phase with you all!” Michael Bayley wrote on Facebook.

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE SUSPENDS ALL US SAILINGS THROUGH JANUARY

Just three days earlier, the company set up a “Volunteers of the Seas” Facebook page to attract those eager enough for a free ride aboard a cruise ship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The test sailings are among the cruise ship industry protocols instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Cruise lines must launch the simulated voyages to test their coronavirus

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The Latest: Cruise lines seeking volunteers for CDC-ordered ‘test’ voyages

Tens of thousands of cruise enthusiasts have offered to volunteer for “test voyages” that the cruise lines have been ordered to run before they’ll be allowed to resume operations out of United States ports.

And while cruise lines are so far keeping mum about what the actual test cruises will entail, requirements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggest they’re not intended to be fun days at sea.

Still, responses so far show many sea-starved cruise fans are desperate to escape dry land.

Kelli Holder Guffey, one of the fans posting on Royal Caribbean’s volunteer Facebook page, Volunteers of the Seas, said she’d be “happy to be a test cruiser and docking there for a few days. Anything anything on a ship will make me happy.”

More than 100,000 people have clicked a sign-up link posted by Royal Caribbean International last week seeking volunteers for “simulated trial sailings” that

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