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  • ILA: DLR working at dawn of new technological era

    News | 19 May 2014 11:04 | Dan Thisdell

    To describe 2014 as a high-profile year for Germany’s aeronautics and space research agency is to risk understatement. Next week, German astronaut Alexander Gerst will strap himself into a Soyuz rocket and begin a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station. And, as Gerst is preparing to come back home in November, engineers at the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) will be making final preparations for one of the most audacious events in the history of space exploration – to land on a comet (see box).http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ILA-DLR-working-at-dawn-of-new-technological-era-398935/
  • Russia hits back at Ukraine sanctions with blow to US space programme

    News | 15 May 2014 03:39 | Dan Thisdell

    N/Ahttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Russia-hits-back-at-Ukraine-sanctions-with-blow-to-US-space-programme-399295/
  • Vega flies straight but ESA keeps watch on Ukraine

    News | 02 May 2014 16:44 | Dan Thisdell

    ​As European Space Agency personnel celebrated three successes in three flights of its new light launcher, Vega, the unrest in Ukraine would have been about as far from their minds as Kourou is from Kiev – but with the VV03 mission complete (see below), programme officials are continueing their watch on the tense situation in a country that supplies a critical component of what is otherwise a Western Europe-built vehicle.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Vega-flies-straight-but-ESA-keeps-watch-on-Ukraine-398847/
  • ​Russia tests reusable spaceplane design

    News | 30 Apr 2014 15:39 | Howard Gethin

    Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamics Institute (TsAGI) has completed the first stage of feasibility research into a conceptual hypersonic-capable reusable winged rocket-carrier space plane.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Russia-tests-reusable-spaceplane-design-398753/
  • ESA keeps eye on Ukraine crisis as Vega launch nears

    News | 24 Apr 2014 15:53 | Dan Thisdell

    As the European Space Agency makes final preparations for the third flight of its new Vega light launcher, unrest in Ukraine will be about as far from its operators’ minds as Kourou is from Kiev – but once VV03 is complete on Monday 28 April, programme officials will continue their watch on the tense situation in a country that supplies a critical component of what is otherwise a Western Europe-built vehicle.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ESA-keeps-eye-on-Ukraine-crisis-as-Vega-launch-nears-398550/
  • SpaceX hits milestone in bid for reusable rockets

    News | 24 Apr 2014 11:34 | Dan Thisdell

    ​SpaceX passed a milestone in its bid to develop reusable rockets with an apparently successful soft splashdown and recovery of the main stage of the Falcon 9 vehicle that went on to deliver a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceX-hits-milestone-in-bid-for-reusable-rockets-398531/
  • NASA renames Dryden research centre after Neil Armstrong

    News | 06 Mar 2014 13:06 | Dan Thisdell

    NASA has renamed its Dryden Flight Research Center (pictured) at Edwards AFB after Neil Armstrong, who served as a test pilot at the centre from 1955 to 1962, amassing more than 2,400 flight hours in 48 types, including the X-15.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/NASA-renames-Dryden-research-centre-after-Neil-Armstrong-396700/
  • NASA threatens SOFIA with grounding

    News | 05 Mar 2014 01:11

    NASA has threatened to ground a vintage Boeing 747SP equipped with an astronomical observatory unless more funding is raised by partner Germany or new sources.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/NASA-threatens-SOFIA-with-grounding-396609/
  • Europe presses on with Ariane 6 feasibility study

    News | 12 Feb 2014 18:20 | Dan Thisdell

    The European Space Agency is pressing ahead with its bid to develop a successor to its Ariane 5 heavy launcher by ordering continued feasibility studies, in preparation for a system requirements review in November 2014.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Europe-presses-on-with-Ariane-6-feasibility-study-395889/
  • Galileo services 'available from year-end' – Brussels

    News | 29 Jan 2014 10:24 | Dan Thisdell

    Europe’s much-delayed Galileo satellite navigation system is set to offer its first services around year-end, with 10 spacecraft in orbit to make a functional constellation.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Galileo-services-available-from-year-end-Brussels-395327/
  • China confirms test of “hypersonic missile delivery vehicle”

    News | 16 Jan 2014 07:31 | Greg Waldron

    China has confirmed the successful test flight of a “hypersonic missile delivery vehicle,” but stresses that the system is not designed specifically to penetrate US missile defences.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/China-confirms-test-of-hypersonic-missile-delivery-vehicle-394903/
  • Virgin Galactic promises to reach space in 2014

    News | 13 Jan 2014 11:20 | Dan Thisdell

    Virgin Galactic has promised to make it to space in 2014, following a successful third supersonic flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocketplane.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Virgin-Galactic-promises-to-reach-space-in-2014-394771/
  • Europe chases dream of spaceplane operations

    News | 10 Jan 2014 03:12 | Dan Thisdell

    A US-European agreement to develop spaceplane technology may extend the remit of Sierra Nevada’s in-development Dream Chaser beyond its planned use by NASA to shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Europe-chases-dream-of-spaceplane-operations-394705/
  • Arianespace eyes record 12 flights in 2014

    News | 08 Jan 2014 03:20 | Dan Thisdell

    ​European launch operator Arianespace has set itself the challenge of making 2014 a record year, with 12 launches from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana – eclipsing the eight flights of 2013 and its all-time high of 10, in 2011.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Arianespace-eyes-record-12-flights-in-2014-394612/
  • Finmeccanica heads for power business exit

    News | 06 Jan 2014 16:51 | Dan Thisdell

    Alenia Aermacchi, AgustaWestland, Selex and DRS parent Finmeccanica has closed the sale of a nearly 40% stake in its troubled Ansaldo Energia power generation business, for €277 million ($378 million) to Italian investment fund Fondo Strategico Italiano.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Finmeccanica-heads-for-power-business-exit-394574/
  • EADS's Astrium unit may be eclipsed by costs

    News | 27 Dec 2013 10:23 | Dan Thisdell

    EADS’s Astrium space division ended 2013 on a note of triumph, with the Gaia star-mapping satellite it built for the European Space Agency enjoying a perfect Soyuz launch from the agency’s spaceport in French Guiana.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/EADSs-Astrium-unit-may-be-eclipsed-by-costs-394377/
  • Astrium wraps up 2014 on high note but faces months of uncertainty

    News | 19 Dec 2013 12:52 | Dan Thisdell

    EADS’s Astrium space division ended 2013 on a note of triumph, with the Gaia star-mapping satellite it built for the European Space Agency enjoying a perfect Soyuz launch from the agency’s spaceport in French Guiana.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Astrium-wraps-up-2014-on-high-note-but-faces-months-of-uncertainty-394313/
  • When seeking innovation, don't discount organisation

    News | 16 Dec 2013 11:25 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Tom Enders closed 2013 with some inspiring words on innovation. Giving the annual Wilbur and Orville Wright lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, the EADS chief executive urged a packed house to support the aggressive pursuit of new technical horizons – because the alternative is stagnation in aviation and spaceflight and loss of the spillover benefits that for a century have supported other industries and a vibrant economy.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/When-seeking-innovation-dont-discount-organisation-394135/
  • India's GSLV rocket to return to flight in early 2014

    News | 16 Dec 2013 11:02 | Radhakrishna Rao

    The Indian Space Research Organisation hopes to have its troubled Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme back on track in early 2014, making a flight scrubbed in August 2013, when engineers discovered a fuel leak in the second stage of the three-stage vehicle.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Indias-GSLV-rocket-to-return-to-flight-in-early-2014-394127/
  • India's Mars mission makes first key course correction

    News | 12 Dec 2013 17:07

    ​India’s bid to put a spacecraft into orbit on Mars continues on track, following successful completion of the planned first major trajectory correction manoeuvre following the Mangalyaan mission’s boost away from Earth orbit.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Indias-Mars-mission-makes-first-key-course-correction-394075/
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