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).
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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
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
By delaying entry to programmes and funding in an ad-hoc manner, the UK has lost both the best industrial work and the ability to influence programmes to best meet national needs. Examples include Galileo and the Global Monitoring Environment and Security programmes.
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo vehicle attached to its carrier aircraft WhiteKnight Two in its hangar at Mojave
So the blogosphere is getting all worked up about an article run by Space News and authored by two former senior European Space Agency launcher officials that attacks sub-orbital tourism and hopes for commercial orbital transport
Inflatable domes, laser lights, a sunset and documentary film makers could all be features of Virgin Galactic’s Monday 7 December roll-out of its SpaceShipTwo at Scaled Composites’ Mojave air and spaceport hangars in California
Either way it is a countdown now to the start of the 60th International Astronautical Congress and the space agencies’ plenary session, so expect pictures and pithy comment from this blog as the week unfolds with everything from grand human exploration visions to suborbital tourism
Hyperbola is launching to the Oort cloud for a week’s R&R from today and will be returning via Daejeon, Korea from the 12 October. In Daejeon Hyperbola will be blogging from the International Astronautical Congress, where the world’s space community meets
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