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  • Space Launch System

    NASA details concrete steps on 'Journey to Mars'


    ​NASA this month has taken two more steps to fleshing out its vision for space exploration through the mid-2030s, outlining its mid-term plan for asteroid study and selecting commercial partners to devise key technologies to enable astronauts to survive for extended periods in deep space – ultimately as far as ...

  • Zero-G A310 c Lufthansa Technik

    Zero-G flying means high stress for an old A310


    Repeatedly pulling 1.8g in fiercely steep climbs and dives is no way for an airline to treat its customers, but for one of the world’s most specialised operators, that’s exactly what they’re paying for.

  • Solar Orbiter thumb c ESA

    ANALYSIS: Solar Orbiter mission heats up for the European Space Agency


    ​To get a sense of the challenge in designing the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter mission, consider that the surface temperature on the planet Mercury gets up to 427°C – nearly twice the melting point of tin.

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    ANALYSIS: On Asteroid Day, take a minute to look skyward


    ​Anybody inclined to look at deep-space exploration mission proposals and their associated budgets and ask “why?” could do worse than consider the problem of so-called Near Earth Objects; that’s jargon for big chunks of rock that orbit the Sun – until they actually hit us. As long as they are ...

  • Reaction Engines Skylon

    UK spacecraft project completes major review


    Reaction Engines has completed the first development milestone of a hybrid rocket engine to power the single-stage-to-orbit Skylon spacecraft.

  • Angara Missiles

    ANALYSIS: In Russia's space programme, the state strikes back


    ​While a number of recent events in spaceflight have underscored the rising significance of private sector competition, 2014 concluded with a maiden flight that serves to remind us all of the enduring presence of big, state-driven programmes.

  • SpaceShipTwo with engine

    Virgin Galactic announces first new pilot since fatal spaceship crash


    ​Virgin Galactic has hired a new test pilot for the SpaceShipTwo commercial spacecraft from the company that designed the suborbital ship.

  • Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Lynx 'set to roar' in 2015


    ​While Virgin Galactic waits for the results of an NTSB investigation into the 31 October 2014 fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo, another Mojave-based suborbital hopeful is making steady progress towards first flight of a very different concept.

  • Virgin Galactic crash

    ANALYSIS: Where next, Virgin Galactic?


    ​A 2014 that opened with great expectations that the era of privately funded personal spaceflight would finally begin ended with a crash, nowhere near space

  • Soyuz

    ANALYSIS: Space Station maintaining orbit – for now


    ​The International Space Station has been the focal point of human spaceflight activity for so long now that the outpost can seem like a permanent, if remote, feature of our planet.

  • Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic takes pragmatic approach to fatal spacecraft crash


    ​Virgin Galactic is focusing its efforts on the development of its next sub-orbital tourist spacecraft following the fatal crash of the previous model in October 2014.

  • Dream Chaser at Dryden c NASA

    Sierra Nevada loses appeal against NASA Commercial Crew choice


    ​The US Government Accountability Office has put an end to Sierra Nevada Corporation’s dream of providing NASA with a lifting body spaceplane as part of the agency’s plan to replace the Space Shuttle’s astronaut-transport capability with spacecraft provided by the private sector.

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    FORECAST: In space, nobody can hear you on Mars


    ​The most exciting thing to watch in spaceflight in 2015 won’t, of course, actually happen – in 2015 or, probably, in anything resembling the foreseeable future. Sorry, space people, but nobody is going to Mars.

  • NASA Ikhana UAV - NASA

    NASA Ikhana UAV to monitor Orion test module's descent


    ​NASA will deploy its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Ikhana unmanned air vehicle to survey the descent of the Lockheed Martin Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) module after its first planned 4.5h space mission that is expected to take place on 5 December.


    Comet update: Philae running on last scraps of battery power


    ​Philae, the washing-machine-sized lander that the European Space Agency has successfully delivered to the surface of a comet, looks destined to complete just a fraction of its scientific agenda as it counts down the final hours before its batteries run out after an landing system malfunction left its solar panels ...

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    Robospace: Star moments in robotic space exploration


    ​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.

  • Rosetta’s lander Philae

    Scientific work on hold as ESA determines comet lander's condition


    ​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 ...

  • first pic from comet 600

    Comet chaser peers deeper into origins of life with successful touchdown


    ​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.

  • Virgin Galactic crash

    SpaceShipTwo survivor unaware tail feathers unlocked


    ​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.

  • Virgin Galactic crash

    OPINION: Virgin Galactic crash shows that big dreams mean big risk


    ​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.