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  • Robospace: Star moments in robotic space exploration

    News | 14 Nov 2014 17:06 | Dan Thisdell

    ​At the end of a week that saw the European Space Agency turn heads the world over by achieving the first-ever soft landing on a comet, we look at the most dazzling achievements in five decades of robotic space exploration.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Robospace-Star-moments-in-robotic-space-exploration-406098/
  • Scientific work on hold as ESA determines comet lander's condition

    News | 13 Nov 2014 16:08 | Dan Thisdell

    ​European Space Agency scientists have determined that their robotic lander Philae is on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, but it is not anchored as it should be and it is not sitting level. Philae, the washing machine-sized lander, may have come to rest on the steep rim of a crater after rebounding twice off the surface, following an initial touchdown near the centre of its planned landing site.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Scientific-work-on-hold-as-ESA-determines-comet-landers-condition-406026/
  • Comet chaser peers deeper into origins of life with successful touchdown

    News | 13 Nov 2014 11:25 | Dan Thisdell

    ​European Space Agency scientists are attempting to determine exactly where their robotic lander Philae has come to rest on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, but have confirmed that the first-ever soft landing on a comet was a success.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Comet-chaser-peers-deeper-into-origins-of-life-with-successful-touchdown-406013/
  • SpaceShipTwo survivor unaware tail feathers unlocked

    News | 12 Nov 2014 16:51 | Stephen Trimble

    ​The surviving pilot of the SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October has told investigators that he was unaware the co-pilot had unlocked a system that rotates the tail feathers of the vehicle moments before an in-flight break-up, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-survivor-unaware-tail-feathers-unlocked-405977/
  • OPINION: Virgin Galactic crash shows that big dreams mean big risk

    News | 07 Nov 2014 15:08

    ​Tragedy has struck space tourism a most cruel blow. First, the 31 October crash of SpaceShipTwo took the life of test pilot Mike Alsbury. Then, images of the in-flight break-up cast a calamitous cloud over the ­industry’s biggest and most important player – the ­Virgin Galactic/Scaled Composites team.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/OPINION-Virgin-Galactic-crash-shows-that-big-dreams-mean-big-risk-405797/
  • ANALYSIS: NTSB will have no quick answers after Virgin Galactic crash

    News | 06 Nov 2014 12:52 | Stephen Trimble

    Structural failure – not a faulty rocket motor – has quickly emerged as a key focus of the investigation into the 31 October crash of the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo that killed a test pilot and launched a new crisis for Virgin Galactic and the nascent suborbital space tourism industry.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-NTSB-will-have-no-quick-answers-after-Virgin-Galactic-crash-405675/
  • Ex-SpaceShipOne test pilot critical of hybrid motor in new video

    News | 03 Nov 2014 16:03 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Count the Ansari X-Prize-winning test pilot of SpaceShipOne, Brian Binnie, among the critics of SpaceShipTwo.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Ex-SpaceShipOne-test-pilot-critical-of-hybrid-motor-in-new-video-405557/
  • SpaceShipTwo broke up after tail feathers moved

    News | 03 Nov 2014 05:16 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo telemetry data has offered a vital clue to investigators searching for the cause of the fatal 31 October crash while the wreckage appears to rule out an engine or fuel tank malfunction.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-broke-up-after-tail-feathers-moved-405526/
  • Branson hedges on SpaceShipTwo future

    News | 01 Nov 2014 17:53 | Stephen Trimble

    ​In his first live remarks since the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo crash on 31 October, Richard Branson linked the future of the Virgin Galactic space tourism venture to the results of the investigation.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Branson-hedges-on-SpaceShipTwo-future-405518/
  • Few clues on cause of fatal SpaceShipTwo crash

    News | 31 Oct 2014 21:55 | Stephen Trimble

    ​One Scaled Composites test pilot died and another was injured severely after a powered flight of SpaceShipTwo ended in disaster near Mojave, California, for the commercial space tourism venture led by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic on 31 October.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Few-clues-on-cause-of-fatal-SpaceShipTwo-crash-405517/
  • SpaceShipTwo crashes during powered test flight

    News | 31 Oct 2014 19:49 | Stephen Trimble

    ​Virgin Galactic confirms the Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket crashed on 31 October during the first powered test flight in nearly 10 months.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/SpaceShipTwo-crashes-during-powered-test-flight-405514/
  • Unforgiving void: Spaceflight tragedies remembered

    News | 31 Oct 2014 16:17 | Dan Thisdell

    A sobering week in spaceflight saw the first in-flight fatality in a commercial space programme, as Virgin Galactic lost a test pilot with the breakup of its SpaceShipTwo over the Nevada desert, along with a spectacular but non-fatal launch failure of an uncrewed International Space Station resupply mission. After that ISS mission failure, no less an authority than NASA human spaceflight director William Gerstenmaier took pains to remind everybody that launching rockets is a “tough business” – and warned against complacency as NASA and its private contractors prepare to return to the business of launching American astronauts to orbit.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Unforgiving-void-Spaceflight-tragedies-remembered-405505/
  • 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 | 21 Oct 2014 23:00

    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 09:53 | 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 11:14 | 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 10:59 | 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 11:32 | 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 16:19

    ​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 15:24 | 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/
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