All Space articles – Page 5

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    ​All Nippon Airways brings Virgin Orbit to Asia


    The parent company of All Nippon Airways will partner with air launch company Virgin Orbit by granting it access to the fleets of Japan's largest airline to send small satellites into Earth orbit with its wing-carried LauncherOne rockets.

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    Stratolaunch hopes to avoid Spruce Goose's fate


    Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose – more formally known as the H-4 Hercules – was until 13 April this year the largest aircraft ever to have flown. Conceived as a WWII transatlantic troop carrier, the fighting had, mercifully, ended before the flying boat finally flew, for just a few seconds, in 1947. Retirement followed.

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    Stratolaunch makes first step to space


    A notable aviation record fell earlier this month, with the maiden flight of what is now the world’s largest aircraft – the Scaled Composites-built twin-fuselage Stratolaunch, whose 117m (385ft) wingspan outstrips even the 97.5m (321ft) of the Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat, better known as the Spruce Goose. As a more useful comparison, Stratolaunch also outstrips the 80m wingspan of an Airbus A380.

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    Stratolaunch becomes world’s largest aircraft to fly


    The world’s largest aircraft, the Stratolaunch air-launcher vehicle built by Scaled Composites, has undertaken its first flight today from Mojave in California.

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    ​PICTURES: SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule completes ISS docking


    The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) earlier today, achieving another key objective of the Demo-1 test flight.

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    ​PICTURES: SpaceX Crew Dragon heads to ISS


    The first commercially-built and operated US crew spacecraft design is due to dock with the International Space Station on 3 March, following its successful launch from the Nasa Kennedy Space Center earlier today.

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    INTERVIEW: Demonstrating the value of communication


    ​Adam Konowe is vice-president of client strategy for US advertising and commuications agency TMP Worldwide. Konowe also teaches communications at American University in Washington DC, which he says "keeps me on my toes".

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    PICTURES: Virgin Galactic VSS Unity reaches edge of space again


    ​Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo launched for the second time in ten weeks with three passengers on board, reaching the edge of space above Mojave, California.

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    ANALYSIS: Cosmic Girl ready for a new 747 era


    Boeing 747-400s may be in the twilight of their service lives, but one pristine example is being readied for what promises to be a distinguished second career. Seen here in late January at Long Beach airport, this ex-Virgin Atlantic example will soon be carrying LauncherOne rockets built just up the ...

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    ANALYSIS: Ten aerospace trends in the decade since Flight hit 100


    Starting with magnificently moustachioed aviation adventurers and ending with an industry that continues to shrink the planet, a lot happened in Flight International’s first 100 years. However, what have been the biggest developments since we celebrated our centenary in 2009? From the promise of electric propulsion to the rise of ...

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    PICTURES: The far side of the Moon and a new space race?


    For those who wonder at the cosmos, this has been a week for awe. NASA opened the year with a close fly-by of the most distant object yet visited by a spacecraft. China followed suit with an audacious, and successful, soft landing on the far side of the Moon.

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    THE YEAR AHEAD: 2019 aerospace outlook


    All we ever know for sure about the future is that it will look a lot like the past, only different – or maybe very different, depending on the timescale and interim events. That makes forecasting a black art best left to fortune tellers, charlatans and consultants. But in the ...

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    ​RETROSPECTIVE: 50 years since Apollo 8’s historic lunar mission


    Fifty years ago this month, a manned spacecraft blasted off on what Flight International called "the greatest technical experiment ever made – in terms of effort and money", when three US astronauts became the first human beings to slip the surly bonds of Earth.

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    FARNBOROUGH: On Mars, exploration is a job for robots - and humans


    Farnborough air show visitors to the Space Zone in Hall 1 were treated to a good show – an Airbus Defence & Space-developed six-wheeled Mars rover named “Brian”, trundling back and forth over a big square of orange indoor-outdoor carpet and few hand-placed rocks.

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    ANA Holdings tips Y200m into spacecraft company


    ​All Nippon Airways’ parent company ANA Holdings has made a Y200 million ($1.8 million) investment in commercial space flight company PD Aerospace.

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    AIX: SPACElite set for first delivery


    ​ST Aerospace Aircraft Seats is displaying its new SPACElite seat, happy in the knowledge that deliveries to the first customer will take place in just a few months’ time. The initial shipset of the medium-haul seat will be handed over in the third quarter of the year to an Asian ...

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    ​OBITUARY: John Young - the astronaut’s astronaut


    Commander of Gemini, Apollo and early Shuttle missions, John Young earned a reputation for masterly understatement and the deepest respect from his peers during a stellar career

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    JAL in alliance with Japanese private space company


    ​Japan Airlines has committed to invest into Japanese space transport business Ispace, which is attempting to launch two missions to the moon by 2020.

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    FESTIVE QUIZ: Can you outsmart Uncle Roger?


    ​The festive season, yet again, inspires a little verse. The skies are dark, the snow is deep, it couldn’t be much worse! But no, fear not! ‘Tis end of year, not really end of days – and through the gloom a beacon shines, to guide us through the haze. Red ...

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    Singapore air show highlights new exhibitors, conference line-up


    Singapore air show organizer Experia has announced a number of new exhibitors for the show’s sixth edition, which will run from 6 to 11 February 2018.