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Vega’s successful maiden launch

ESA’s new launcher, Vega, made a successful maiden flight today from French Guyana. Aerospace manufacturer Avio coordinated work with 12 different European countries and 45 separate companies to produce 65% of the launcher.  Credit: ESA/Avio

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UK could use plutonium in space nuclear power demonstration

On Earth, nuclear power is controversial – but for deep spacemissions it is a necessity. However, the plutonium driving spacecraftpower systems is invaluable not only for its ability to keepelectricity flowing where solar cells cannot; Pu-238 is also in shortsupply. Nuclear power is critical to the 2018 ESA-NASA ExoMars Martian rovers mission and the UK’s […]

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