Space – Page 10

  • 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

  • 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

    2014-06-05T16:33:46Z

    ​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.

  • 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 ...