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  • 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/
  • ILA: Galileo on track, says ESA

    News | 22 May 2014 08:22 | Dan Thisdell

    ​The European Space Agency is on track to orbit four more of its Galileo navigation satellite by year-end, giving it eight in orbit to allow the provision of early services from early 2015.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ILA-Galileo-on-track-says-ESA-399582/
  • ILA: Pressure mounts on Ariane 6 partners

    News | 20 May 2014 17:49 | Dan Thisdell

    ​Indications of intra-European discord over the plan for replacing the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 heavy lift launcher that came to light on the eve of the show look set to be a main point of interest for ESA director general Jean-Jacques Dordain at his press briefing this morning.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ILA-Pressure-mounts-on-Ariane-6-partners-399543/
  • ILA: DLR looks to the future with LamAiR concept

    News | 20 May 2014 12:27 | Dan Thisdell

    ​At German aerospace research agency DLR, modern composite technology is finally catching up with a 1970s fast jet vision of the future – to slash airliner fuel burn by up to 13% by using forward-swept wings.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ILA-DLR-looks-to-the-future-with-LamAiR-concept-399440/
  • ILA: DLR working at dawn of new technological era

    News | 19 May 2014 12:04 | 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 04:39 | Dan Thisdell

  • Vega flies straight but ESA keeps watch on Ukraine

    News | 02 May 2014 17:44 | 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 16:39 | 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 16:53 | 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 12:34 | 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/
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