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World's largest aircraft ready for take-off

The Airlander 10 is ready for her flight! Credit: ITV News Anglia

The world's largest airship, being built in a hangar in Bedfordshire, has been unveiled for the first time.

The Airlander 10 in Cardington is now completed and ready for her maiden flight.

The Airlander 10 can carry up to 10 tonnes of freight Credit: ITV News Anglia
The Airlander 10 is 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

It's known to the engineers as Mary - and she's a very big girl.

At 92 metres long - she's about the same size as a football pitch and 25% bigger than a Boeing 747 aeroplane.

The cockpit, flight simulator and the payload module where cargo or passengers will travel, will also be opened up for people to see.


Raspberry Pi marks birthday as UK's All time best selling computer

Cambridge's Raspberry Pi marks it's fourth birthday today.

Since the launch of the pocket size computer in 2012, the company has produced 8 million of the devices. It's now the UK's most all-time biggest selling machine - outstripping the likes of the Sinclair Spectrum and Amstrad.

Cambridge engineers created the Raspberry Pi - their aim was to make a very cheap computer that youngsters could programme - and learn how it works.

Just last year the company - founded by Epen Upton - launched a computer that cost lest than a cup of coffee

To mark the event they've launched a new model of the micro-computer - which now boasts wifi.

Raspberry Pi 3 Credit: Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi fan Matt Timmons-Brown put together a short video of some of the projects the device has been used for.

Hybrid airship nears completion

A crane lifts the fin from the hangar floor Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

A giant hybrid airship which is being built in Bedfordshire has taken a step closer to completion.

A fin has been lifted into place and attached to the hull of the Airlander which is being built in a hangar at Cardington.

Engineers attach a fin to the Airlander Credit: Hybrid Air Vehicles

Other fins and the engines will be fitted in the coming weeks.

The Airlander is said to be the largest aircraft in the world and is designed to remain in the air for weeks at a time.


Work begins on huge new wind turbine

Work is due to start on a new wind turbine at the RSPB's headquarters at Sandy in Bedfordshire.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The turbine is 100 meters tall so needs to be transported to the RSPB on eight lorries. It could take about two weeks to put up, depending on the weather.

The turbine is expected to generate about two million units of green energy each year, which the charity says is equivalent to half the electricity it uses across all of its 27 locations in the UK.

"In the UK we have the potential to generate a significant portion, if not all of our electricity from sustainable sources. This will take time and it will take investment.

"So I am proud to say the RSPB continues to back words with actions to show we are serious about tackling the threat of climate change with our biggest single renewable energy project yet."

– Martin Harper - Director of Conservation, RSPB

Landmark of a past industrial age is torn down

It's goodbye to a little bit of history in Bury St Edmunds as work continued to demolish the town's last gas holder.

The gas holder or gasometer in Bury St Edmunds is being demolished. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People might not be getting sentimental over the old metal structure on Tayfen Road but there's a good chance it supplied their home with gas for more than half a century.

Others in Norwich and Colchester are being taken down too. The site at Tayfen Road became a gas works in 1834. Gas was initially produced by heating coal in a container before being transferred to gas holders.

Appliances powered by gas became more and more popular over the years and in 1952 a gas holder was built on site to meet increasing demand.

Click below to watch a report on the demolition by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

Free wi-fi rolled out across Norwich city centre

Norwich city centre. Credit: PA

People in Norwich city centre will have access to free wi-fi from today.

It's part of a £100,000 project by Norwich Business Improvement District which will allow free internet connection to anyone out and about in Norwich.

Anyone within range from Chapelfield Gardens to Norwich Castle will be able to pick it up on devices.

"Our free city centre wi-fi scheme puts Norwich at the forefront of technology and provides real value for social media users and the business community. With the technology lifestyles that we all lead, it is now an expectation that a city has wi-fi.

With Norwich’s reputation as a Tech Nation City it’s vital that we invest in the infrastructure which embraces growth of digital technology for the benefit of visitors and businesses. The city centre free wi-fi will further help put Norwich on the map as a technology leading city, and a more connected place to visit, work and live.

Connectivity is an important element of everyday life for many people and the free wi-fi will enable people to download and access the ‘Discover Norwich’ app, helping people navigate their way and find the latest events going on in the city”.

– Stefan Gurney, Executive Director of Norwich BID
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