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    Rosetta arrival marks "new chapter" in solar system exploration

    2014-08-07T17:00:36Z

    ​The European Space Agency this week declared open a “new chapter in Solar System exploration” when its Rosetta spacecraft achieved the first-ever rendezvous with a comet.

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    Eight sites shortlisted for UK spaceport

    2014-07-21T14:12:20Z

    In shortlisting possible locations for a spaceport, the UK Space Agency looked for “remote” places where the “uninvolved general public” would be at minimal risk from accidents, where operations within segregated airspace would be feasible, where a 3,000m (10,000ft)-plus runway could be accommodated and which were on the coast, where ...

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    FARNBOROUGH: UK-FAA axis looks to nail space tourism regulation

    2014-07-15T18:45:00Z

    The UK is laying the groundwork for a commercial space transportation industry by opening a consultation on a site for a possible spaceport and looking across the Atlantic for guidance on how to regulate the nascent business of ferrying passengers to space.

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    FARNBOROUGH: Surrey nanotech specialist claims world record for blackest coating

    2014-07-15T08:00:00Z

    How black is black? Blacker than it used to be and very nearly as black as it can get, according to the UK materials scientists behind a carbon nanotube coating they claim absorbs a world record 99.96% of incident radiation.

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    FARNBOROUGH: UK spaceport "by 2018"

    2014-07-13T15:53:00Z

    Hot on the heels of a triumphant week for home-grown satellite technology, the UK government is set to announce on Tuesday a plan to host the first-ever launches from UK soil – with the establishment of a spaceport by 2018.

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    FARNBOROUGH: Forget orders - M&A is the measure of a robust industry

    2014-07-07T15:59:00Z

    Farnborough watchers love to count ­orders, which is understandable; the event, after all, is an “air show” – a comparatively glamorous category of trade exhibitions at which aircraft (as opposed to, say, machine tools or agricultural equipment) are placed on display in hope of attracting buyers.

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    FARNBOROUGH: Comet's tail is big story of ESA's year

    2014-07-07T11:01:00Z

    Comets probably aren’t the bad luck omens or even harbingers of doom that many early civilisations assumed – but, just to be sure, a very close eye is being kept on the snappily-named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it hurtles towards the Sun.

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    ANALYSIS: UKSA's bold vision is to be the most modern of space agencies

    2014-07-01T00:00:00Z

    With a wider focus than merely launchers and airlocks, the UK Space Agency is keen to cement its position as a progressive force in humanity's exploration of the cosmos

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    FARNBOROUGH: Global focus for this year's show

    2014-06-25T16:45:00Z

    ​With this year’s major aerospace event fast approaching, companies will be gearing up to demonstrate their capabilities and showcase their products in the flying displays.

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    ANALYSIS: Airbus, Safran set sights on overhaul of Europe's launchers industry

    2014-06-23T09:03:00Z

    ​Arianespace chairman and chief executive Stéphane Israël likes to talk about change. Ironically, he has spent most of his career in the hallways of European industrial policy, including a stint as the first advisor to Louis Gallois, the former head of EADS, and in leadership roles in space unit ...

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    Transatlantic effort progresses Orion crew vehicle

    2014-06-06T14:54:00Z

    ​The development of a key component in any future manned mission to deep space has taken a leap forward with European Space Agency approval of the design for the service module it will supply for NASA’s Orion crew capsule.

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    For the long haul to Mars, keep your diet close to the Earth

    2014-06-06T14:45:00Z

    ​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 ...

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    ANALYSIS: Roadmap to Mars is paved with ambition, high hopes and money

    2014-06-06T14:33:00Z

    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 possible

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    ANALYSIS: India powering ahead with heavy-lift launcher programme

    2014-06-06T14:13:00Z

    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.

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    Airbus spaceplane concept aces 3,000ft drop test

    2014-06-05T16:33:46Z

    ​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.

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    Mars mission is 'only justification for human spaceflight programmes' – report

    2014-06-04T18:27:01Z

    ​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 ...

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    SOFIA telescope declared operational, but funding threat looms

    2014-06-03T21:19:22Z

    ​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.

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    ILA: ESA makes great step for Orion

    2014-05-22T10:56:55Z

    ​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.

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    ILA: DLR looks to the future with LamAiR concept

    2014-05-20T12:27:00Z

    ​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.

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    ILA: DLR working at dawn of new technological era

    2014-05-19T12:04:00Z

    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 ...