Space – Page 10

  • Modi at ISRO
    News

    India triumphs with Mars arrival in busy week at red planet

    2014-09-24T16:14:40Z

    India has joined a very exclusive club of spacefaring nations, with the successful arrival of its Mars Orbiter Mission. Named Mangalyaan – “Mars craft” in Sanskrit – India’s orbiter spent 300 days enroute and will now be readied for its scientific mission, to study the planet’s atmosphere and geology with ...

  • Virgin Galactic
    Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Virgin Galactic 'close to reaching space'

    2014-09-18T14:59:00Z

    ​Virgin Galactic has formally backed away from its pledge to put its first fare-paying passengers into suborbital space by the close of 2014 – but has made a very public declaration that suborbital operations from its purpose-built spaceport in New Mexico will begin in early 2015.

  • CST 100 bag testing
    News

    Boeing, SpaceX win NASA contracts for ISS space taxi

    2014-09-17T02:47:44Z

    NASA has tapped Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Falcon9/Crew Dragon spacecraft for transporting crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2017.

  • Galileo article
    Analysis

    ANALYSIS: Galileo 'on track' despite launch trouble

    2014-09-01T14:46:00Z

    ​Europe’s bid to establish its own satellite navigation system suffered a setback with the failure of a Soyuz launcher to put into their assigned orbits the fifth and sixth spacecraft in what is to be a 30-satellite constellation. But both the European Space Agency and European Commission remain confident that ...

  • Zephyr
    News

    Zephyr 7 undergoes testing to receive UK military registration

    2014-08-29T17:39:17Z

    ​A recent long endurance test of Airbus Defence and Space’s Zephyr 7 high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) has resulted in the system being the first of its type to receive UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) military registration.

  • ATV-5 payload - ESA - FS
    Analysis

    ANALYSIS: ATV era opens final chapter with 'flawless' space station docking

    2014-08-13T15:28:42Z

    The International Space Station marked the end of an era on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 with a “flawless” arrival by the fifth and final resupply flight in ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle programme

  • News

    Steering a rover from orbit? No problem now, says ESA

    2014-08-08T17:25:52Z

    ​When astronauts finally one day arrive at an alien world, they might want to send a robot advance party down to check out the surface before committing themselves to landing – but controlling a rover from space is far from straightforward, as the orbiting driver would only have intermittent line ...

  • News

    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.

  • News

    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 ...

  • Virgin Galactic
    News

    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.

  • News

    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.

  • Virgin Galactic
    News

    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.

  • 777 production
    News

    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.

  • Rosetta ESA
    News

    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.

  • Analysis

    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

  • Farnborough chalets
    News

    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.

  • Ariane
    Analysis

    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 ...

  • Orion crew capsule
    News

    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.

  • exercise bike
    News

    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 ...

  • Echus Chasma
    Analysis

    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