Week on the web 16 April

The death of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher prompted David Todd to assess on the Hyperbola blog the Iron Lady’s contribution to the country’s spaceflight sector during her time in office in the 1980s. “Thatcher’s record was mixed. As a chemistry graduate she was known to have an interest in science. However, she and her ministers refused to openly support a UK space programme, apart from a small contribution to the European Space Agency,” he concludes. On The Dew Line defence blog, Dave Majumdar has an illustration of the F/A-XX sixth-generation fighter concept Boeing unveiled at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in Washington DC. The tail-less twin-engine stealth fighter design, which the manufacturer is pitching at the US Navy, comes in “manned and unmanned options”.

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