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Next generation Electron booster on the pad for Rocket Lab’s tenth mission

Next generation Electron booster on the pad for Rocket Lab’s tenth mission

The window for Rocket Lab’s milestone tenth flight opens on 25 November. The rideshare mission will launch multiple microsatellites from five different countries from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. Electron’s first stage will not be recovered from this mission, however the stage includes new hardware and sensors to inform future […]

By November 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
SSTL announces NovaSAR-1 data deal with the Philippines

SSTL announces NovaSAR-1 data deal with the Philippines

SSTL has signed an agreement with the Republic of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) to provide a share of the tasking and data acquisition services from NovaSAR-1. The agreement gives DOST ASTI tasking priorities over the Philippines and the ability to access the raw data directly from the […]

By November 12, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Big implications of WRC-19 for the satellite industry

Big implications of WRC-19 for the satellite industry

The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) is taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 October to 22 November 2019. The outcomes of WRC-19 are likely to be significant in determining the future direction of the satellite industry. As in previous conferences, one of the key challenges will be defending existing satellite spectrum and […]

By November 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Balloons could be used for satellite launches

Balloons could be used for satellite launches

A novel launching system using balloons to put satellites into space could be operational within 12 months, and the founder believes it might even replace ground-based rockets to give UK industry a doorway into space exploration. Former Parachute Regiment soldier Sean Ardron set up Rotherham-based Arkeik in 2017 to explore how high altitude balloons could […]

By November 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
OneWeb looks to raise and additional $1bn

OneWeb looks to raise and additional $1bn

OneWeb is reported to be looking to raise an additional $1bn from investors as it looks to begin its monthly schedule of satellite launches in early 2020. According to a report in the Telegraph, around half the money will be put up by Japan’s SoftBank – one of OneWeb’s investors – and spread over two […]

£7.35m funding awarded to Virgin Orbit

£7.35m funding awarded to Virgin Orbit

The UK Space Agency is to award £7.35m to Virgin Orbit UK to enable horizontal launch of small satellites at Cornwall Airport, Newquay. The funding will help to develop advanced ground support equipment, including UK-based manufacturing of key equipment, and conduct mission planning. Together with funding from the Cornwall Council for spaceport infrastructure, this grant […]

ARTES projects have resulted in growth in UK space sector

ARTES projects have resulted in growth in UK space sector

The UK will continue to play a leading role in the European Space Agency’s ARTES programme which has led to increased income, growth and partnerships for the UK space sector. The body of evidence on the activities and outcomes of past UK investment in ARTES has demonstrated benefits and value for money, and will inform […]

Will Whitehorn joins UKspace as President

Will Whitehorn joins UKspace as President

Space industry pioneer and entrepreneur, Will Whitehorn, today takes over from Andy Green as President of UKspace, the trade association which represents the UK space industry. Will, who was formerly President of Virgin Galactic, played a central role in the development and concept of commercial spaceflight, and now holds several non-executive roles at companies including […]

By September 24, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Private sector key in driving commercial space exploration

Private sector key in driving commercial space exploration

Despite multiple attempts to foster a cross-fertilisation with commercial activities, outer space exploration and human spaceflight – two domains intrinsically related – remain essentially funded and led by governments through national and international programmes. The substantial cost of space exploration missions and lack of business case (so far) limited the emergence of commercial leadership in […]

By September 16, 2019 0 Comments Read More →