Despite displays by and order annoucements for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the Farnborough International Air Show was stolen yesterday. The perpetrator was that master of showmanship Sir Richard Branson. Surrounded by fans, clients and his close family, Sir Richard announced that Virgin Galactic’s satellite launch vehicle concept dubbed would go ahead. In his press conference presentation Sir Richard noted that there was a “new race to space” going on and that it was the right to take advantage of this business opportunity.
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The United Kingdom’s Institude of Directors (IoD) has commissioned a report into Britain’s Space Industry. The report called Space: Britain’s New Space Infrastructure notes how well the space business is doing in the United Kingdom. While it reports that this is mainly on the back of “downstream” activities like satellite television and space insurance., it also states that Britain has found itself a successful niche role in spacecraft manufacturing via Astrium and Surrey Satelltie Technology Limited (both firms are owned by EADS).
Sometimes, it’s best to let things speak for themselves. Read on, friends (our highlights):The First Vibrator in Space Los Angeles, CA – September 27, 2011 – On October 8, 2011, online sex toy sales leader SexToy.com, will lead a team to launch the first adult sex toy vibrator into space. The space craft will […]
French aerospace company Dassault Aviation’s In the Air 14 newsletter has provided an update on its spaceflight related activities and teased us with the prospect of an imminent report outlining a possible future for the European suborbital vehicle VEHRA, or is that K:1000?
Watch this 22s video of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo (SS2) captive carry flight on 22 March 2010 as the WhiteKnight Twi, SS2 vehicles pass over Mojave
Since the WSJ chose to cherry-pick and miss-quote my comments to Cong
Wolf and since the blogs have taken that to further mischaracterized my
comments, I am forwarding the Wolf memo in its entirety, in the hopes
that some of this gets corrected. Some additional clarification of my thoughts follow:
Meet Alpha the new suborbital vehicle under study for the European Union, or perhaps I should add the forerunner to Alpha that was built by EADS Astrium (then known as Space) and tested in 2004 for the German Aerospace Centre DLR
Ares/Orion is more of a Development program than a Research program, so I am not depressed to see it disappear. I am concerned to see NASA manned spaceflight disappear, since they provided world leadership in the 60s and part of the 70s. The result was America’s universities being the leader in Science/Engineering PhDs.
Following Space Exploration Technologies’ Elon Musk’s salvo the Commercial Space Flight Federation has also responded to the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel comments on commercial launch providers
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo vehicle attached to its carrier aircraft WhiteKnight Two in its hangar at Mojave
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