Space – Page 11

  • DMC-3
    Analysis

    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.

  • News

    Airbus spaceplane concept aces 3,000ft drop test

    2014-06-05T16:33:00Z

    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.

  • News

    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 ...

  • NASA Sofia
    News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • DLR LamAir
    News

    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.

  • DLR Falcon
    News

    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 ...

  • News

    NASA renames Dryden research centre after Neil Armstrong

    2014-03-06T13:06:10Z

    NASA has renamed its Dryden Flight Research Center (pictured) at Edwards AFB after Neil Armstrong, who served as a test pilot at the centre from 1955 to 1962, amassing more than 2,400 flight hours in 48 types, including the X-15.

  • NASA Sofia
    News

    NASA threatens SOFIA with grounding

    2014-03-05T01:11:06Z

    NASA has threatened to ground a vintage Boeing 747SP equipped with an astronomical observatory unless more funding is raised by partner Germany or new sources.

  • News

    Galileo services 'available from year-end' – Brussels

    2014-01-29T10:24:13Z

    Europe’s much-delayed Galileo satellite navigation system is set to offer its first services around year-end, with 10 spacecraft in orbit to make a functional constellation.

  • News

    Finmeccanica heads for power business exit

    2014-01-06T16:51:00Z

    Alenia Aermacchi, AgustaWestland, Selex and DRS parent Finmeccanica has closed the sale of a nearly 40% stake in its troubled Ansaldo Energia power generation business, for €277 million ($378 million) to Italian investment fund Fondo Strategico Italiano.

  • Soyuz
    News

    EADS's Astrium unit may be eclipsed by costs

    2013-12-27T10:23:23Z

    EADS’s Astrium space division ended 2013 on a note of triumph, with the Gaia star-mapping satellite it built for the European Space Agency enjoying a perfect Soyuz launch from the agency’s spaceport in French Guiana.

  • News

    Astrium wraps up 2014 on high note but faces months of uncertainty

    2013-12-19T12:52:05Z

    EADS’s Astrium space division ended 2013 on a note of triumph, with the Gaia star-mapping satellite it built for the European Space Agency enjoying a perfect Soyuz launch from the agency’s spaceport in French Guiana.

  • News

    When seeking innovation, don't discount organisation

    2013-12-16T11:25:44Z

    ​Tom Enders closed 2013 with some inspiring words on innovation. Giving the annual Wilbur and Orville Wright lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, the EADS chief executive urged a packed house to support the aggressive pursuit of new technical horizons – because the alternative is stagnation in aviation ...

  • News

    India's GSLV rocket to return to flight in early 2014

    2013-12-16T11:02:02Z

    The Indian Space Research Organisation hopes to have its troubled Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) programme back on track in early 2014, making a flight scrubbed in August 2013, when engineers discovered a fuel leak in the second stage of the three-stage vehicle.

  • News

    India's Mars mission makes first key course correction

    2013-12-12T17:07:30Z

    ​India’s bid to put a spacecraft into orbit on Mars continues on track, following successful completion of the planned first major trajectory correction manoeuvre following the Mangalyaan mission’s boost away from Earth orbit.

  • Tom Enders,
    News

    EADS to cut 5,800 jobs in defence and space restructuring

    2013-12-09T17:13:10Z

    ​EADS has presented plans to cut 5,800 positions across its defence and spaces businesses by the end of 2016 as part of a restructuring of these units.

  • News

    Swarm launch is triple play success for ESA

    2013-11-22T19:41:00Z

    The European Space Agency (ESA) racked up a triple success today with the launch of its three-satellite Swarm mission, a four-year quest to study the Earth’s magnetic field in unprecedented detail.

  • News

    Galileo back on launch path after technical delay

    2013-11-22T19:35:08Z

    ​The European Space Agency (ESA) expects to get its Galileo satellite navigation system deployment back on track to provide a functional service from early 2015, if final tests of the first two new-generation satellites go to plan.