Space

  • X-59 manufacturing
    In depth

    NASA and Lockheed to begin X-59 supersonic jet tests in 2021

    2020-06-08T09:01:00Z

    Engineers at NASA and Lockheed Martin have a wealth of experience and historical data – and a lot of public money – to help them build a low-boom supersonic jet. But until the X-59 actually breaks the sound barrier, whether they have opened the door to a Mach-plus renaissance will be an open question

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    News

    For Virgin Orbit, partial success is major milestone

    2020-05-28T14:10:00Z

    First attempt to fly Virgin Group’s satellite launch system ends after 9s with engine shutdown, but wealth of data and smooth run through ground operations routine offers encouragement

  • Virgin Orbit launch
    News

    ‘Anomaly’ scuppers Virgin Orbit maiden rocket launch

    2020-05-26T02:54:00Z

    Virgin Orbit failed in its first attempt at launching a rocket into orbit from the wing of a modified Boeing 747-400 owing to an “anomaly”, but the company says it is pressing ahead with further tests. The California-based company, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, conducted the maiden ...

  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Icons A350-1000
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    Branson to sell shares in Virgin Galactic to help troubled travel businesses

    2020-05-11T16:14:00Z

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is looking to sell some of its stake in Virgin Galactic to help raise proceeds to support its troubled leisure, holiday and travel businesses.

  • Rocket Lab test stage capture 2
    News

    Rocket Lab demonstrates catching piece of falling rocket in mid-air with helicopter

    2020-04-08T23:44:00Z

    As part of the demonstration, Rocket Lab dropped the test stage from a light helicopter over the ocean. The stage’s fall was slowed by a parachute. A second helicopter swooped in and snagged the parachute’s drogue line with a specially designed grappling hook at about 5,000ft. 

  • Boeing MQ-25A
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    Post-Brexit UK ‘needs global space strategy’

    2020-03-16T02:53:00Z

    As Britain loosens its ties with Europe, it will find itself having to protect the space-reliant aspects of its national security and economic interests in a world characterised by an accelerating US-China space race

  • Dror 1
    In depth

    Taking its place with the cosmic elite

    From its early satellite ventures to its latest attempt to land on the Moon, the country has long seen space as a crucial component of its security, industrial strategy and national prestige

  • Electron launch
    In depth

    Launch race reaches UK

    2020-02-17T09:04:00Z

    London is adding the missing link of access to orbit to its plan to turn the country into a world space power

  • HTX test rig
    In depth

    For Reaction Engines, cool is the key

    2020-02-17T09:03:00Z

    Radical rocket concept could propel the next-generation of hypersonic transports

  • Ariane_5_liftoff c John Kraus_ESA
    In depth

    Ariane 6, Vega C fuel Europe's new launch era

    2020-02-17T09:01:00Z

    Light and heavy rocket upgrades make a family built for cost, performance and versatility

  • Black Arrow
    Opinion

    Can UK fund its space-launch ambitions?

    2020-02-14T11:35:00Z

    The year 1962 dawned with two space powers: the USA and the USSR. Come that spring and the UK also joined the club with its Ariel 1 satellite, sadly lost not three months later to a US high-altitude nuclear detonation.

  • Singapore A330 MRTT - Airbus Defence & Space
    News

    Airbus Defence & Space and Singapore to collaborate on automatic aerial refueling

    2020-02-12T08:42:00Z

    Airbus Defence Space and Singapore will collaborate on the development, certification and implementation of an automatic aerial refueling capability for the A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT). A flight-test campaign for the new system is already under way, with certification expected in 2021, says Airbus. ...

  • human_landing_system c NASA
    Opinion

    Could return to the Moon prove a step too far?

    2020-01-24T15:54:00Z

    By the end of this year or early next, we should get a look at the future of deep-space travel. It will not carry a crew, but NASA’s Artemis I around-the-Moon-and-back flight will demonstrate the capsule, life-support system and mighty Space Launch System rocket being designed and tested to carry ...

  • Two reusable rocket boosters land after the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying a communications satellite at Kennedy Space Center, Fla - USSF
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    America establishes sixth military branch: US Space Force

    2019-12-21T04:17:00Z

    The US Space Force (USSF) was established as the sixth military branch of the US armed forces on 20 December 2019 when President Donald Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic outside the NYSE at the company's IPO
    In depth

    Virgin Galactic gains its wings

    2019-12-19T12:09:00Z

    It’s been a busy year for Virgin Galactic, the Richard Branson-led bid to shape the future of human spaceflight. After some 15 years in development marked by delays and two fatal accidents – one on the ground and one in flight – 2019 opened with the hangover of celebrations from ...

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    News

    Virgin Galactic displays fire retardant space suit

    2019-11-18T08:02:00Z

    Virgin Galactic unveiled space suits at the show that it will give to private astronauts travelling aboard its SpaceShipTwo.

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    In depth

    Gallery of the best images from the 2019 Dubai airshow

    2019-11-17T07:25:00Z

    All the best images from the 2019 Dubai Airshow, captured from on the ground in the United Arab Emirates. Catch up on all the latest news, in-depth analysis and opinion from the show here.

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    Analysis

    UAE's bold vision for space

    2019-11-16T08:32:00Z

    No-one could accuse the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of lacking a long-term vision for space. The country has a project to put settlers on Mars by 2117. Its recent achievements and immediate objectives are impressive too. The Gulf nation has just sent an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS), ...

  • HAPSMobile Hawk30 in second test flight
    News

    Solar-powered Hawk30 completes 1.5h second flight

    2019-11-08T18:39:00Z

    HAPSMobile’s Hawk30 solar-powered, high-altitude platform completed its second test flight in the last two months when it touched down after a 1.5h flight at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Southern California.

  • News

    UK space sector eyes future outside EU

    2019-10-31T17:44:00Z

    Echoing ongoing speculation about the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit future as an economic and diplomatic player, the county’s future as a space power remains uncertain.