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  • Zephyr 7 undergoes testing to receive UK military registration

    News | 29 Aug 2014 16:39 | Beth Stevenson

    ​A recent long endurance test of Airbus Defence and Space’s Zephyr 7 high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) has resulted in the system being the first of its type to receive UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) military registration.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Zephyr-7-undergoes-testing-to-receive-UK-military-registration-403169/
  • 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: 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/
  • Rosetta arrival marks "new chapter" in solar system exploration

    News | 07 Aug 2014 16:00 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The European Space Agency this week declared open a “new chapter in Solar System exploration” when its Rosetta spacecraft achieved the first-ever rendezvous with a comet.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Rosetta-arrival-marks-new-chapter-in-solar-system-exploration-402484/
  • UK spaceport plans geared to boost small satellite business

    News | 31 Jul 2014 23:00 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The UK is laying the groundwork for a commercial space transport industry by opening a consultation on a site for a spaceport. And it is looking across the Atlantic for guidance on how to regulate the nascent business of ferrying passengers into space – with operations possible from 2018.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/UK-spaceport-plans-geared-to-boost-small-satellite-business-401719/
  • Eight sites shortlisted for UK spaceport

    News | 21 Jul 2014 13:12 | Dan Thisdell

    In shortlisting possible locations for a spaceport, the UK Space Agency looked for “remote” places where the “uninvolved general public” would be at minimal risk from accidents, where operations within segregated airspace would be feasible, where a 3,000m (10,000ft)-plus runway could be accommodated and which were on the coast, where the weather is most amenable – including those offering take-off into prevailing wind.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Eight-sites-shortlisted-for-UK-spaceport-401721/
  • FARNBOROUGH: UK-FAA axis looks to nail space tourism regulation

    News | 15 Jul 2014 17:45 | Dan Thisdell

    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.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FARNBOROUGH-UK-FAA-axis-looks-to-nail-space-tourism-regulation-401550/
  • FARNBOROUGH: Surrey nanotech specialist claims world record for blackest coating

    News | 15 Jul 2014 07:00 | Dan Thisdell

    How black is black? Blacker than it used to be and very nearly as black as it can get, according to the UK materials scientists behind a carbon nanotube coating they claim absorbs a world record 99.96% of incident radiation.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FARNBOROUGH-Surrey-nanotech-specialist-claims-world-record-for-blackest-coating-401364/
  • FARNBOROUGH: UK spaceport "by 2018"

    News | 13 Jul 2014 14:53 | Dan Thisdell

    Hot on the heels of a triumphant week for home-grown satellite technology, the UK government is set to announce on Tuesday a plan to host the first-ever launches from UK soil – with the establishment of a spaceport by 2018.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FARNBOROUGH-UK-spaceport-by-2018-401351/
  • Angara maiden flight success heralds new era for Russian space launches

    News | 10 Jul 2014 12:52 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Russia’s space programme has taken what its stakeholders will hope is a giant leap to modernity with the successful maiden flight of the new Angara launcher, the eventual replacement of the accident-prone Proton-M.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Angara-maiden-flight-success-heralds-new-era-for-Russian-space-launches-401261/
  • UK puts up £1m prize fund to boost satellite applications development

    News | 08 Jul 2014 16:15 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The UK government’s Technology Strategy Board is set to invest up to £1 million ($1.7 million) to support small UK businesses with R&D support for risky but innovative space projects.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/UK-puts-up-1m-prize-fund-to-boost-satellite-applications-development-401178/
  • FARNBOROUGH: Forget orders - M&A is the measure of a robust industry

    News | 07 Jul 2014 14:59 | Dan Thisdell

    Farnborough watchers love to count ­orders, which is understandable; the event, after all, is an “air show” – a comparatively glamorous category of trade exhibitions at which aircraft (as opposed to, say, machine tools or agricultural equipment) are placed on display in hope of attracting buyers.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FARNBOROUGH-Forget-orders-MA-is-the-measure-of-a-robust-industry-400896/
  • FARNBOROUGH: Comet's tail is big story of ESA's year

    News | 07 Jul 2014 10:01 | Dan Thisdell

    Comets probably aren’t the bad luck omens or even harbingers of doom that many early civilisations assumed – but, just to be sure, a very close eye is being kept on the snappily-named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it hurtles towards the Sun.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FARNBOROUGH-Comets-tail-is-big-story-of-ESAs-year-400684/
  • ANALYSIS: UKSA's bold vision is to be the most modern of space agencies

    News | 30 Jun 2014 23:00 | Dan Thisdell

    With a wider focus than merely launchers and airlocks, the UK Space Agency is keen to cement its position as a progressive force in humanity's exploration of the cosmoshttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-UKSAs-bold-vision-is-to-be-the-most-modern-of-space-agencies-400411/
  • FARNBOROUGH: Global focus for this year's show

    News | 25 Jun 2014 15:45

    ​With this year’s major aerospace event fast approaching, companies will be gearing up to demonstrate their capabilities and showcase their products in the flying displays.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/FARNBOROUGH-Global-focus-for-this-years-show-400635/
  • ANALYSIS: Airbus, Safran set sights on overhaul of Europe's launchers industry

    News | 23 Jun 2014 08:03 | Greg Waldron

    ​Arianespace chairman and chief executive Stéphane Israël likes to talk about change. Ironically, he has spent most of his career in the hallways of European industrial policy, including a stint as the first advisor to Louis Gallois, the former head of EADS, and in leadership roles in space unit Astrium. He also spent some time as the chief of staff to the French minister for industrial renewal, and has published papers about industrial policy.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Airbus-Safran-set-sights-on-overhaul-of-Europes-launchers-industry-400543/
  • Airbus, Safran join forces to beat SpaceX at low-cost rockets game

    News | 19 Jun 2014 09:22 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The two leading industrial players in European rocketry have launched an aggressive bid to tackle a cost crisis brought on by US start-up SpaceX - by consolidating Europe’s space launch industry into a single company spanning concept through design, production and launch.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Airbus-Safran-join-forces-to-beat-SpaceX-at-low-cost-rockets-game-400552/
  • Transatlantic effort progresses Orion crew vehicle

    News | 06 Jun 2014 13:54 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The development of a key component in any future manned mission to deep space has taken a leap forward with European Space Agency approval of the design for the service module it will supply for NASA’s Orion crew capsule.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Transatlantic-effort-progresses-Orion-crew-vehicle-399857/
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