Having previously noted the relative success of the under-supported UK space industry which is now worth some £9.1 billion per annum, the UK government has sought to make amends by announcing that a further £60 million of spending per annum will be made available to the UK Space Agency.
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It has been announced that the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, David Williams, will be leaving in November to become Group Executive of Australia’s national science agency the Information Sciences at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
The European Space Agency got its new small launcher VEGA off the pad on schedule this morning at 1000GMT, or 0600 local time in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch couldn’t have been pushed back much further – it had been scheduled for 26 January – because ESA needs to launch Ariane 5 on 9 March […]
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.
The UK government is to set up a leadership council for the spaceflight industry as it nears a decision on what to name its new space agency.
The European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle 2 undergoing asembly at an EADS Astrium facility
While Space News talks of Germany’s OHB Systems winning eight of 22 spacecraft to be ordered Hyperbola can understand why Astrium, with all the built in costs such a large company has to address, might not be too happy at any outcome starting with the recuction in spacecraft from 28 to 22
Can the heads of programme and heads of agency meetings shown above and described as TBC for their December and June 2010 dates really come about or will president Barack Obama end it all?
In the USA there was much mirth at the result of a poll that saw US television comedian Stephen Colbert apparently chosen to be the name of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Node 3. Named Tranquility instead, in honour of the Apollo 11 Moon landing forty years ago this year, Colbert is to have an ISS treadmill named after him as a runner up prize
Due to an anomaly discovered during tests on a subassembly identical to one on the Ariane 5 launcher, Arianespace has decided to carry out additional checks, which will take several days. A new launch date will be announced shortly.
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