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  • VIDEO: NASA has eye on Congressional critics following ISS launch disaster

    News | 29 Oct 2014 12:57 | Dan Thisdell

    ​NASA got the sternest possible reminder of the hazards of spaceflight when an International Space Station resupply mission ended in spectacular failure last night just metres above the launch pad at Wallops Island, Virginia.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/VIDEO-NASA-has-eye-on-Congressional-critics-following-ISS-launch-disaster-405380/
  • Lufthansa Technik adds SOFIA, zero gravity to special missions roster

    News | 22 Oct 2014 00:00

    Lufthansa Technik has added weightlessness and flying telescopes to the portfolio of special missions of large commercial aircraft now inducted in its overhaul or modification hangars.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Lufthansa-Technik-adds-SOFIA-zero-gravity-to-special-missions-roster-404913/
  • LHT modifies Luftwaffe A310 as zero-gravity aircraft

    News | 21 Oct 2014 10:53 | Michael Gubisch

    Lufthansa Technik is converting a former German air force Airbus A310 into a test and research aircraft for French national space centre CNES.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/LHT-modifies-Luftwaffe-A310-as-zero-gravity-aircraft-405000/
  • 'Stay with the Station', NASA boss urges international partners

    News | 09 Oct 2014 12:14 | Dan Thisdell

    ​NASA administrator Charles Bolden today called on Europe and the UK to stand behind their financial commitments to the International Space Station and work with the USA to keep it flying through 2020 and even 2024 – because the orbiting outpost is humankind’s “springboard” to Mars.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Stay-with-the-Station-NASA-boss-urges-international-partners-404585/
  • Europe readies video eye in the sky

    News | 09 Oct 2014 11:59 | Dan Thisdell

    Europe looks to be on the cusp of taking a dramatic step forward in its ability to oversee military operations from space, as Airbus Defence & Space readies satellite technology capable of streaming real-time video from geostationary orbit.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Europe-readies-video-eye-in-the-sky-404584/
  • Sierra Nevada bids to keep Dream Chaser alive despite NASA non-selection

    News | 02 Oct 2014 12:32 | Dan Thisdell

    Sierra Nevada Corporation last week launched two bids to keep alive its Dream Chaser lifting-body spaceplane project, which suffered a blow in September when NASA cut it from its Commercial Crew programme in favour of seven-person capsules being developed by Boeing and SpaceX.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Sierra-Nevada-bids-to-keep-Dream-Chaser-alive-despite-NASA-non-selection-404379/
  • OPINION: Will US have to look for an all-American alternative to Russian rockets?

    News | 26 Sep 2014 17:19

    ​War, as the saying goes, is the domain of chance. Business is usually more friendly to calculated manoeuvres, but when actual fighting intervenes all bets are off.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/OPINION-Will-US-have-to-look-for-an-all-American-alternative-to-Russian-rockets-404202/
  • ATK joins race to develop next-generation USAF launcher

    News | 24 Sep 2014 16:24 | Dan Thisdell

    ​US propulsion specialist ATK has thrown its hat in the ring to develop the next generation of American rocket engine, to replace the Russian-supplied RD-180 motor for United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ATK-joins-race-to-develop-next-generation-USAF-launcher-404099/
  • 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/
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