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  • FARNBOROUGH: UK-FAA axis looks to nail space tourism regulation


    The UK is laying the groundwork for a commercial space transportation industry by opening a consultation on a site for a possible spaceport and looking across the Atlantic for guidance on how to regulate the nascent business of ferrying passengers to space.


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  • ANALYSIS: ATV era opens final chapter with 'flawless' space station docking


    The International Space Station marked the end of an era on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 with a “flawless” arrival by the...


  • UK spaceport plans geared to boost small satellite business


    ​The UK is laying the groundwork for a commercial space transport industry by opening a consultation on a site for a...


  • FARNBOROUGH: RAF Typhoons to get Storm Shadow


    RAF Typhoons will from mid-2016 be armed with MBDA’s long-range bunker-busting Storm Shadow cruise missile, following a...


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  • ANALYSIS: Galileo 'on track' despite launch trouble

    News | 01 Sep 2014 13:46 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Europe’s bid to establish its own satellite navigation system suffered a setback with the failure of a Soyuz launcher to put into their assigned orbits the fifth and sixth spacecraft in what is to be a 30-satellite constellation. But both the European Space Agency and European Commission remain confident that the programme remains on track to provide essentially full services from 24 satellites from 2017 and to have the complete, 30-satellite constellation – including six orbiting spares – flying in 2020.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Galileo-on-track-despite-launch-trouble-403019/
  • Astrotech shareholders approve sale to Lockheed Martin

    News | 21 Aug 2014 11:23 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Shareholders in loss-making launch preparation services provider Astrotech have voted in favour of a deal announced on 29 May to sell essentially all of the company to Lockheed Martin, for $61 million. Astrotech, which provides final testing, fueling, encapsulation and day-of launch support from Cape Canaveral and Vandenburg AFB, describes its 18-month backlog as “relatively healthy” but in the nine months to end-March lost $4.8 million before taxes on revenue of $10.8 million. In its full year to 30 June 2013, Astrotech lost $723,000 before taxes on revenue of $24 million.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Astrotech-shareholders-approve-sale-to-Lockheed-Martin-402905/
  • ANALYSIS: Sustainable fuel future is in reach – but ‘only with government support’

    News | 15 Aug 2014 15:51 | Dan Thisdell

    All forecasts point to dramatic growth in aviation over the coming decades – but can more flights and more passengers be accommodated without a significant increase in CO₂ emissions? A grouping of UK industry players including manufacturers, airlines, airports and air navigation service providers believes it is, indeed, possible – but only if the government takes active steps to support the development of biofuels.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Sustainable-fuel-future-is-in-reach-but-only-with-government-support-402740/
  • ANALYSIS: Meteor shower-tracking ISS camera to focus on threats in orbit

    News | 15 Aug 2014 07:58 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The International Space Station is set to be fitted with a camera dedicated to tracking meteor showers, in a bid to better understand these spectacular events – and hopefully improve our data on orbiting debris, man-made and natural, so as to help position spacecraft to avoid collisions.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Meteor-shower-tracking-ISS-camera-to-focus-on-threats-in-orbit-402704/
  • ANALYSIS: ATV era opens final chapter with 'flawless' space station docking

    News | 13 Aug 2014 14:28 | Dan Thisdell

    The International Space Station marked the end of an era on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 with a “flawless” arrival by the fifth and final resupply flight in ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle programmehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-ATV-era-opens-final-chapter-with-flawless-space-station-docking-402656/
  • Steering a rover from orbit? No problem now, says ESA

    News | 08 Aug 2014 16:25 | Dan Thisdell

    ​When astronauts finally one day arrive at an alien world, they might want to send a robot advance party down to check out the surface before committing themselves to landing – but controlling a rover from space is far from straightforward, as the orbiting driver would only have intermittent line of sight contact with a ground vehicle.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Steering-a-rover-from-orbit-No-problem-now-says-ESA-402540/