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  • India triumphs with Mars arrival in busy week at red planet

    News | 24 Sep 2014 16:14 | Atul Chandra

    India has joined a very exclusive club of spacefaring nations, with the successful arrival of its Mars Orbiter Mission. Named Mangalyaan – “Mars craft” in Sanskrit – India’s orbiter spent 300 days enroute and will now be readied for its scientific mission, to study the planet’s atmosphere and geology with five sensors with a combined mass of just 15kg.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/India-triumphs-with-Mars-arrival-in-busy-week-at-red-planet-404102/
  • ANALYSIS: USAF push to oust Russian rockets turning into high-stakes contest

    News | 24 Sep 2014 15:32 | Dan Thisdell

    ​A US Air Force drive to end its reliance on Russian rocket motors is turning into a high-stakes competition between rival technologies, with propulsion specialist ATK throwing its hat into the ring just a week after United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin agreed to jointly fund development of a new, all-American engine.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-USAF-push-to-oust-Russian-rockets-turning-into-high-stakes-contest-404097/
  • ANALYSIS: Virgin Galactic 'close to reaching space'

    News | 18 Sep 2014 14:59 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Virgin Galactic has formally backed away from its pledge to put its first fare-paying passengers into suborbital space by the close of 2014 – but has made a very public declaration that suborbital operations from its purpose-built spaceport in New Mexico will begin in early 2015.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Virgin-Galactic-close-to-reaching-space-403853/
  • Boeing, SpaceX win NASA contracts for ISS space taxi

    News | 17 Sep 2014 02:47 | Greg Waldron

    NASA has tapped Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Falcon9/Crew Dragon spacecraft for transporting crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2017.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Boeing-SpaceX-win-NASA-contracts-for-ISS-space-taxi-403775/
  • ANALYSIS: Galileo 'on track' despite launch trouble

    News | 01 Sep 2014 14:46 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Europe’s bid to establish its own satellite navigation system suffered a setback with the failure of a Soyuz launcher to put into their assigned orbits the fifth and sixth spacecraft in what is to be a 30-satellite constellation. But both the European Space Agency and European Commission remain confident that the programme remains on track to provide essentially full services from 24 satellites from 2017 and to have the complete, 30-satellite constellation – including six orbiting spares – flying in 2020.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Galileo-on-track-despite-launch-trouble-403019/
  • Zephyr 7 undergoes testing to receive UK military registration

    News | 29 Aug 2014 17:39 | 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 12:23 | 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 08:58 | 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 15:28 | 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 17:25 | 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 17:00 | 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 | 01 Aug 2014 00:00 | 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 14:12 | 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 18:45 | 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 08:00 | 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 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/
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