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  • Satellite experiment proves case for space-based ADS-B

    News | 13 May 2015 16:34 | Dan Thisdell

    ​An experimental European satellite has demonstrated the feasibility of tracking aircraft from orbit.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Satellite-experiment-proves-case-for-space-based-ADS-B-412278/
  • SpaceX declares success in Dragon launch abort trial

    News | 07 May 2015 12:13 | Dan Thisdell

    ​US dreams of regaining self-reliance when it comes to launching astronauts to space from 2017 came a step closer yesterday with the successful test by SpaceX of the launch abort system for its Dragon crew capsule.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceX-declares-success-in-Dragon-launch-abort-trial-412064/
  • All-new Zero-G set to restart science flights

    News | 05 May 2015 14:34 | Dan Thisdell

    One of the world’s most demanding flight programmes is set to resume on Tuesday, 5 May, when Bordeaux Mérignac-based Novespace resumes microgravity flying in its new “Zero-G” Airbus A310.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/All-new-Zero-G-set-to-restart-science-flights-411927/
  • Blue Origin suborbital dream off the ground with maiden flight

    News | 30 Apr 2015 17:58 | Dan Thisdell

    ​US rocket developer Blue Origin yesterday took a major step toward entering the commercial suborbital flight market with the first test flight of its New Shepard capsule and BE-3 launcher.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Blue-Origin-suborbital-dream-off-the-ground-with-maiden-flight-411802/
  • Budget crunch hits Russia's space programme (update)

    News | 30 Apr 2015 16:27 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Russia’s space programme has had a bad recent run, with an unmanned International Space Station (ISS) resupply ship left spinning out of control, the failure of an experimental military launcher and the apparent cancellation of a super-heavy-lift rocket programme owing to swingeing budget cuts.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Budget-crunch-hits-Russias-space-programme-update-411803/
  • No Progress for Space Station as resupply mission fizzles

    News | 30 Apr 2015 13:16 | Dan Thisdell

    ​An ill-fated Russian mission to resupply the International Space Station is set to end in a high atmosphere streak of fire, with an uncontrolled re-entry expected between 5 and 7 May.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/No-Progress-for-Space-Station-as-resupply-mission-fizzles-411782/
  • ​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 08:32 | 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/
  • ANALYSIS: Fast track beckons for Galileo navigation system

    News | 29 Mar 2015 23:00 | Dan Thisdell

    ​After a decade lost to false starts and budget wrangling and a partial launch failure, Europe’s bid to have its own satellite navigation system got a huge boost with what appears to be a perfect mission to orbit the seventh and eighth spacecraft in what will eventually be a 30-unit constellation.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Fast-track-beckons-for-Galileo-navigation-system-410721/
  • 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/
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