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Peering through the pollution - the space probe helping map the problem

The Sentinel 5 Precursor was constructed at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A space satellite built in Hertfordshire has started beaming images of pollution back to Earth.

The Sentinel 5 Precursor was constructed at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage.

The pictures will show us the extent of pollution - both man-made and natural - in our air around the world and hopefully lead to solutions.

The Sentinel 5 was designed to last for seven years but it's gone into orbit so successfully the signs are it could now last twice as long.

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Airlander 10 crashes into field in Bedfordshire

Credit: BCH Policing

The Airlander 10, dubbed the world's longest aircraft, has crashed into a field in Cardington in Bedfordshire.

Pictures have emerged online showing it collapsed on the ground.

Bedfordshire Police were called just before 9.30am today to the Airfield following reports that an airship had become loose from its moorings.

Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit tweeted saying they were attending the collision.

Credit: BCH Policing

The Airlander 10 has cost £100 million pounds to get into the air - but in August 2016 it crash landed on only its second ever UK flight.

On that occasion it crashed because its mooring line got caught on power lines.

Airlander moves outdoors as 2018 shapes up to be a good year for blimp

The world's largest aircraft is in final preparations for its second phase of test flights.

The Airlander 10 has been built in a huge hangar in Bedfordshire - but it's starting to outgrow its home at Cardington Airfield.

Next year, it will move to a new site - Sarah Byrd's been finding out where it might be going.


New Amazon Research & Development centre could help change the way we shop

A new Amazon Research and Development Centre could help change the way we shop and even live our lives.

The internet shopping firm will employ 400 engineers in Cambridge working on cutting edge technology such as drones and artificial intelligence.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Researchers develop bird flu diagnostic device

Bird flu outbreaks cause disruption for farmers Credit: ITV Anglia

Norfolk scientists have been given a grant to help create new technology to help diagnose bird flu.

The disease has caused major problems for the region's poultry farmers, leading to restriction zones and culls. It's hoped researchers at Iceni Diagnostics want to create a hand held diagnostic machine.

The device could be used by a vet on-farm. The device would use a carbohydrate-based chemical, developed in ID's Norwich Research Park laboratories, which latches on to the avian influenza virus, providing an instant diagnosis and speeding up a process that currently requires samples to be sent off for testing. It's hoped this new method might reduce the need for precautionary mass culls of poultry in the future.

The work has been made possible thanks to a £60,000 grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.

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