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  • 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/
  • ANALYSIS: Space Station maintaining orbit – for now

    News | 23 Jan 2015 11:07 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The International Space Station has been the focal point of human spaceflight activity for so long now that the outpost can seem like a permanent, if remote, feature of our planet.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Space-Station-maintaining-orbit-for-now-407614/
  • Virgin Galactic takes pragmatic approach to fatal spacecraft crash

    News | 15 Jan 2015 14:42 | Beth Stevenson

    ​Virgin Galactic is focusing its efforts on the development of its next sub-orbital tourist spacecraft following the fatal crash of the previous model in October 2014.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Virgin-Galactic-takes-pragmatic-approach-to-fatal-spacecraft-crash-407913/
  • Sierra Nevada loses appeal against NASA Commercial Crew choice

    News | 07 Jan 2015 15:53 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The US Government Accountability Office has put an end to Sierra Nevada Corporation’s dream of providing NASA with a lifting body spaceplane as part of the agency’s plan to replace the Space Shuttle’s astronaut-transport capability with spacecraft provided by the private sector.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Sierra-Nevada-loses-appeal-against-NASA-Commercial-Crew-choice-407684/
  • NASA Ikhana UAV to monitor Orion test module's descent

    News | 05 Dec 2014 13:25 | Beth Stevenson

    ​NASA will deploy its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Ikhana unmanned air vehicle to survey the descent of the Lockheed Martin Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) module after its first planned 4.5h space mission that is expected to take place on 5 December.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/NASA-Ikhana-UAV-to-monitor-Orion-test-modules-descent-406796/
  • Europe spells out bold vision for Ariane 6, ISS

    News | 04 Dec 2014 17:05 | Dan Thisdell

    Europe has spelled out a clear vision of its place in space, giving a further green light to the Ariane 6 launcher and confirming its intention of joining the USA in keeping the International Space Station flying through 2024.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Europe-spells-out-bold-vision-for-Ariane-6-ISS-406760/
  • Airbus touts UAV-based surveillance package for disaster relief

    News | 26 Nov 2014 08:42 | Beth Stevenson

    Airbus Defence & Space is planning to offer a high-altitude unmanned air vehicle-based surveillance capability for disaster relief, using a variety of systems that it is in the process of finalising.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Airbus-touts-UAV-based-surveillance-package-for-disaster-relief-406484/
  • ATK-Orbital merger 'to go ahead despite ISS launch disaster'

    News | 20 Nov 2014 13:20 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The spectacular failure of the 28 October launch of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket has delayed the company’s proposed merger with ATK by about a month, but not derailed the deal.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ATK-Orbital-merger-to-go-ahead-despite-ISS-launch-disaster-406311/
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