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  • FARNBOROUGH: UK spaceport "by 2018"

    News | 13 Jul 2014 15:53 | 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 13:52 | 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 17:15 | 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 15:59 | 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 11:01 | 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 | 01 Jul 2014 00:00 | 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 16:45

    ​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 09:03 | 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 10:22 | 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 14:54 | 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/
  • For the long haul to Mars, keep your diet close to the Earth

    News | 06 Jun 2014 14:45 | Dan Thisdell

    ​On the Apollo missions, astronauts ventured about 400,000km from Earth and spent between 8 and 12 days away from home. A trip to Mars would involve 56 million km travelling over eight or nine months – and a stay of about two years, to wait for the two planets to be close enough again to make the return journey over that shortest distance.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/For-the-long-haul-to-Mars-keep-your-diet-close-to-the-Earth-399856/
  • ANALYSIS: Roadmap to Mars is paved with ambition, high hopes and money

    News | 06 Jun 2014 14:33 | Dan Thisdell

    A manned mission to Mars is a lofty goal, but with international effort beginning to align behind one cohesive plan, the next stage of human exploration may well become possiblehttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Roadmap-to-Mars-is-paved-with-ambition-high-hopes-and-money-399853/
  • ANALYSIS: India powering ahead with heavy-lift launcher programme

    News | 06 Jun 2014 14:13 | Atul Chandra

    India’s 12th five year plan period (2012-2017) has been generous to the Indian Space Research Organisation: 25 launches, 33 satellites into orbit and an overall budget of $6.4 billion. During 2014-2015, the space agency will spend just over $1 billion on its satellite, launcher and space exploration programmes.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-India-powering-ahead-with-heavy-lift-launcher-programme-399967/
  • Airbus spaceplane concept aces 3,000ft drop test

    News | 05 Jun 2014 16:33 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Airbus Defence and Space last week released pictures and video from a drop test of a runway take-off and landing suborbital spaceplane programme which is now moving into an advanced concept stage.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Airbus-spaceplane-concept-aces-3000ft-drop-test-400127/
  • Mars mission is 'only justification for human spaceflight programmes' – report

    News | 04 Jun 2014 18:27 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The cost and danger of human spaceflight programmes can only be justified if they are part of a collaborative, international pathway plan aimed at putting boots on “other worlds” – ultimately Mars. And, according to a report by the US National Research Council, since progress “beyond low Earth orbit will be measured in decades and hundreds of billions of dollars”, there is no hope sustaining such a pathway without annual, above-inflation rises in NASA’s human spaceflight budget.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Mars-mission-is-only-justification-for-human-spaceflight-programmes-report-400081/
  • PICTURES: Airbus Defence & Space tests SpacePlane vehicle

    News | 04 Jun 2014 10:05 | Greg Waldron

    ​Airbus Defence & Space has tested a SpacePlane demonstrator vehicle dropped from a helicopter 100km off the coast of Singapore.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/PICTURES-Airbus-Defence-Space-tests-SpacePlane-vehicle-400050/
  • SOFIA telescope declared operational, but funding threat looms

    News | 03 Jun 2014 21:19

    ​Three months after announcing plans to ground the aircraft, NASA has declared the stratospheric observatory of infrared astronomy (SOFIA) operational after 18 years in development.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SOFIA-telescope-declared-operational-but-funding-threat-looms-400036/
  • ​Malaysia releases MH370 satellite data

    News | 27 May 2014 08:11 | Greg Waldron

    Malaysia has publicly released the raw data of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370’s ‘handshakes’ with an Inmarsat satellite on 8 March.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Malaysia-releases-MH370-satellite-data-399697/
  • ILA: ESA makes great step for Orion

    News | 22 May 2014 10:56 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The development of a key component in transatlantic spaceflight co-operation took a leap forward yesterday, 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/ILA-ESA-makes-great-step-for-Orion-399458/
  • ILA: Ariane 6 can hit cost target, Dordain says

    News | 22 May 2014 08:37 | Dan Thisdell

    European Space Agency director general Jean-Jacques Dordain has underscored the agency’s confidence that it can meet the ambitious cost and performance targets set for its all-new Ariane 6 heavy launcher.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ILA-Ariane-6-can-hit-cost-target-Dordain-says-399579/
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