Archive | April, 2006

When will they learn?

In the halls of space vehicle fame Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation Energia has a special place for its role in that country’s manned spaceflight programmes but perhaps now its time for the company to keep quiet. A reputation for technical excellence is being undermined by ridiculous statements.

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Today’s news today…again

The week after next, a team of us will be descending on Geneva for my favourite industry show, EBACE www.ebace.aero. Launched in 2001, the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition has really grown in stature, more than doubling in size since then and becoming the main stage for manufacturers and service suppliers to talk to the business aviation […]

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More Shuttle memories

Back in the early 1990s I was Washington Correspondent for Flight and lived with my wife and children there for three years. As many people have observed Washington’s an odd sort of city and when we had visitors I was never quite sure what to show them. I know I wasn’t the only ex-pat who in […]

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Shuttle: A lesson in life, and death

Thus far, assuming neither the Soviets or the Chinese have ever had in-orbit accidents, no human has ever died in space. But that one day will surely happen, I only hope its long after I have stopped reporting on manned missions.

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Buzz, Yee Hawing generals and Citizens for Peace

From the Raytheon dinner with the whooping former US Air Force general to the high class salesman that is X Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis you get to know the people that make major decisions about missile defence, spy satellites, space probes, telecommunications constellations and human spaceflight.

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BAE and Airbus: it could help the UK

BAE’s statement that it plans to sell its stake in Airbus had – after all the speculation and hints of recent months – all the surprise value of a Britney Spears divorce announcement. BAE has been spiritually moving home across the Atlantic since the formation of Airbus proper in 2001 changed its status from owner of Airbus’s British factories to […]

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