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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: Virgin Galactic 'close to reaching space'

    News | 18 Sep 2014 13:59 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Virgin Galactic has formally backed away from its pledge to put its first fare-paying passengers into suborbital space by the close of 2014 – but has made a very public declaration that suborbital operations from its purpose-built spaceport in New Mexico will begin in early 2015.
  • Airbus puts defence and security electronics, satcoms units up for sale in latest restructuring move

    News | 16 Sep 2014 15:13 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Airbus Group has put its defence and security electronics and satellite communications services businesses up for sale in the latest stage of its long-running bid to get its ailing defence business onto a sustainable footing.
  • Top 100 industry league table highlights two sides to Airbus-Boeing rivalry

    News | 11 Sep 2014 15:15 | Dan Thisdell

    Flight International’s annual Top 100 analysis of the financial performance of the world’s biggest aerospace companies has thrown up few surprises, but the Airbus-Boeing rivalry that tops the chart is, by one measure, hotter than ever.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.