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  • ​Flightglobal reshapes Flight International leadership team

    News | 24 Apr 2015 15:46 | Flightglobal

    After an amazing 14 years leading Flight International, Murdo Morrison is moving to a new role within Flightglobal to fully exploit his skills and enormous market knowledge across the aerospace sector.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Flightglobal-reshapes-Flight-International-leadership-team-411590/
  • Russian space dreams hit budget crunch

    News | 23 Apr 2015 15:33 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Russia’s space programme has had a bad week, with the 22 April failure of an experimental military launcher and, to add insult to injury, the apparent cancellation of a super-heavy-lift rocket programme owing to swingeing budget cuts.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Russian-space-dreams-hit-budget-crunch-411536/
  • ANALYSIS: Sharp eye and laser blasts promise to clean up space junk

    News | 22 Apr 2015 16:46 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Spacecraft, by nature, are delicate machines; they are certainly not designed cope with being hit by an exploding hand grenadehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Sharp-eye-and-laser-blasts-promise-to-clean-up-space-junk-411449/
  • Virgin Galactic to test new spaceship 'this year'

    News | 22 Apr 2015 16:24 | Dan Thisdell

    Virgin Galactic expects to begin testing a second SpaceShipTwo this year to replace the suborbital rocketplane lost in last year’s fatal test flight crash.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Virgin-Galactic-to-test-new-spaceship-this-year-411492/
  • SpaceX launch triumph falls short of rocket stage recovery

    News | 16 Apr 2015 14:41 | Dan Thisdell

    Private-sector spaceflight company SpaceX chalked up a partial success on 14 April, launching its supplies-laden Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, but failing to recover the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket – which crashed on a barge meant to receive it following a powered descent.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceX-launch-triumph-falls-short-of-rocket-stage-recovery-411299/
  • The Right Stuff: Top ten firsts in human spaceflight

    News | 10 Apr 2015 10:34 | Dan Thisdell

    Got any plans for 12 April? Don't forget International Human Spaceflight Dayhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/The-Right-Stuff-Top-ten-firsts-in-human-spaceflight-410981/
  • Blue Origin 'one step closer' to suborbital space flights

    News | 08 Apr 2015 10:00 | Dan Thisdell

    ​US rocket developer Blue Origin is preparing to start test flights “later this year” of a human-rated suborbital spacecraft following completion of acceptance tests of a reusable engine for vertical launches.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Blue-Origin-one-step-closer-to-suborbital-space-flights-410940/
  • NASA details concrete steps on 'Journey to Mars'

    News | 01 Apr 2015 09:32 | Dan Thisdell

    ​NASA this month has taken two more steps to fleshing out its vision for space exploration through the mid-2030s, outlining its mid-term plan for asteroid study and selecting commercial partners to devise key technologies to enable astronauts to survive for extended periods in deep space – ultimately as far as Mars.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/NASA-details-concrete-steps-on-Journey-to-Mars-410793/
  • Zero-G flying means high stress for an old A310

    News | 23 Mar 2015 15:08 | Dan Thisdell

    Repeatedly pulling 1.8g in fiercely steep climbs and dives is no way for an airline to treat its customers, but for one of the world’s most specialised operators, that’s exactly what they’re paying for.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Zero-G-flying-means-high-stress-for-an-old-A310-410416/
  • ANALYSIS: Airbus enjoys fruits of a maturing space age

    News | 23 Mar 2015 09:57 | Dan Thisdell

    Like the Solar Orbiter it is building for ESA, Airbus Defence & Space is basking in sunshinehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Airbus-enjoys-fruits-of-a-maturing-space-age-410255/
  • ANALYSIS: Solar Orbiter mission heats up for the European Space Agency

    News | 19 Mar 2015 09:55 | Dan Thisdell

    ​To get a sense of the challenge in designing the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter mission, consider that the surface temperature on the planet Mercury gets up to 427°C – nearly twice the melting point of tin.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Solar-Orbiter-mission-heats-up-for-the-European-Space-Agency-410260/
  • NASA deep space ambitions reach milestone with SLS test firing

    News | 12 Mar 2015 17:21 | Dan Thisdell

    NASA’s progress toward a 2018 test flight of its massive Space Launch System rocket took a key step forward on 11 March with a ground rig firing of one of its solid boosters.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/NASA-deep-space-ambitions-reach-milestone-with-SLS-test-firing-410094/
  • UK spaceport plan moves ahead with sites shortlist

    News | 05 Mar 2015 15:39 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The UK Civil Aviation Authority has moved the country a step closer to establishing a space launch industry geared to suborbital tourism and the launch of small satellites by narrowing the shortlist of possible locations for a spaceport originally named at the 2014 Farnborough air show.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/UK-spaceport-plan-moves-ahead-with-sites-shortlist-409820/
  • Eyes on the ground as Sentinel heads for launch

    News | 26 Feb 2015 07:34 | Dan Thisdell

    ​With the imminent shipping of its Sentinel 2-A satellite from Germany to its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, the European Space Agency is readying the next step in an ambitious plan to orbit a highly sophisticated constellation of Earth observation satellites for mapping and to monitor features ranging from vegetation to natural disasters.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Eyes-on-the-ground-as-Sentinel-heads-for-launch-409453/
  • ESA opens 2015 book with triumphant re-entry vehicle test

    News | 11 Feb 2015 16:57 | Dan Thisdell

    ​A European Space Agency plan to master hypersonic re-entry got a boost on 11 February with the successful suborbital flight of a wingless testbed.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ESA-opens-2015-book-with-triumphant-re-entry-vehicle-test-408949/
  • ANALYSIS: On Asteroid Day, take a minute to look skyward

    News | 06 Feb 2015 14:47 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Anybody inclined to look at deep-space exploration mission proposals and their associated budgets and ask “why?” could do worse than consider the problem of so-called Near Earth Objects; that’s jargon for big chunks of rock that orbit the Sun – until they actually hit us. As long as they are out in space, call them asteroids; once they get so near as to be visible streaks of light in the sky, call them meteors – enjoy the spectacle and, for good measure, take cover.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-On-Asteroid-Day-take-a-minute-to-look-skyward-407507/
  • UK spacecraft project completes major review

    News | 28 Jan 2015 11:44 | Stephen Trimble

    Reaction Engines has completed the first development milestone of a hybrid rocket engine to power the single-stage-to-orbit Skylon spacecraft.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/UK-spacecraft-project-completes-major-review-408356/
  • ANALYSIS: In Russia's space programme, the state strikes back

    News | 28 Jan 2015 10:16 | Dan Thisdell

    ​While a number of recent events in spaceflight have underscored the rising significance of private sector competition, 2014 concluded with a maiden flight that serves to remind us all of the enduring presence of big, state-driven programmes.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-In-Russias-space-programme-the-state-strikes-back-407640/
  • Virgin Galactic announces first new pilot since fatal spaceship crash

    News | 27 Jan 2015 21:52 | Dan Parsons

    ​Virgin Galactic has hired a new test pilot for the SpaceShipTwo commercial spacecraft from the company that designed the suborbital ship.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Virgin-Galactic-announces-first-new-pilot-since-fatal-spaceship-crash-408354/
  • ANALYSIS: Where next, Virgin Galactic?

    News | 26 Jan 2015 10:01 | Dan Thisdell

    ​A 2014 that opened with great expectations that the era of privately funded personal spaceflight would finally begin ended with a crash, nowhere near spacehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Where-next-Virgin-Galactic-407537/
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