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


    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. 

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    Post-Brexit UK ‘needs global space strategy’


    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

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    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

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    Launch race reaches UK


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

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    For Reaction Engines, cool is the key


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

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


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

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    Can UK fund its space-launch ambitions?


    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.

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


    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. ...

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    Could return to the Moon prove a step too far?


    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 ...

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    America establishes sixth military branch: US Space Force


    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.

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    Virgin Galactic gains its wings


    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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    Virgin Galactic displays fire retardant space suit


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

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    Gallery of the best images from the 2019 Dubai airshow


    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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    UAE's bold vision for space


    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), ...

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    Solar-powered Hawk30 completes 1.5h second flight


    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.

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    UK space sector eyes future outside EU


    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.

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    New Air Force secretary confirmed by US Senate


    ​The US Senate confirmed Barbara Barrett as the 25th Secretary of the Air Force.

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    How Europe may join NASA's Moon effort


    The USA may be leading the charge, but when it comes to humankind’s return to the Moon, NASA is clear - this must be an international effort

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    In space, it's best to eat a good meal as astronaut Luca Parmitano knows first hand


    Never let it be said that Italians do not know about food. But knowing a bit more is firmly on the agenda, too. For European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano, a highlight of his second stint on board the International Space Station is to run an experiment called NutrISS - Nutrition Monitoring for the International Space Station.

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    How Flight covered the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969


    On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic Moon landing, Flight International revisits our original coverage of the great event