Is it just this blog or is there just not much going on out there at the moment? Maybe it is the Christian festival of Easter that is slowing things down with all that related time off work?
Archive | March, 2010
If links between New Mexico and UK plans for reusable space planes were not evident enough with Spaceport America and Virgin Galactic’s presence there then a new research contract has only made those trans-Atlantic connections more concrete
Lockheed Martin and Alliant Techsystems have announced this partnership for providing from 2012 a new ‘C’ version of the Athena rocket using ATK’s Castor 30 solid rocket motor and new electronics. Its low Earth orbit payload capability is about 1,700kg (3,700lb) making it similar to Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 1.
Here is a 9min 41s clip from NASA administrator Charles Bolden’s 23 March appearence at the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriatons’ subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies hearing on NASA. Other Youtube clips of this hearing can be found here care of someone called ISSmania6
As the Constellation programme progressed it was always interesting to dig around for the latest multi-program integrated milestone schedule that would occasionally be available officially or unofficially on the web somewhere
A few days before Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo had its first captive carry flight the first US Air Force pilot to fly into space in an aircraft passed away on 17 March
Official Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo captive carry flight video
It looks a bit like the old British Aerospace (now known as BAE Systems) logo to me but here it is and one wonders how many thousands of pounds did it cost to design? The logo is for an agency that will bring under it all the space projects related funding previously held by its predecessor the British National Space Centre “partnership”.
After much fanfare today at the launch of the UK Space Agency’s name and an announcement of £40 million going towards the International Science and Innovation Centre (ISIC) the centre’s future is already in doubt
Speaking to Hyperbola at the launch of the UK Space Agency today European Space Agency director-general Jean-Jacques Dordain said that a decision would be made in April about when the first Samara Space Center Soyuz 2-1a rocket flight from Sinnamary in French Guiana will take place
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