Latest British National Space Centre Stories

2010-10-12 11:55:56

In 2000, the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was set up on the initiative of ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (France's Centre national d'©tudes spatiales). Its purpose is to make it easier for emergency services to access satellite data in the event of natural or man-made disasters. On Tuesday October 19, ESA, CNES and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this Charter, which has been joined by a further seven space...

2010-06-17 10:47:26

David Williams, Acting Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, will chair the ESA Council for the next year, effective from July 1. He was unanimously elected as Chairman of the ESA Council at the 215th ESA Council meeting, held in Paris, France, on June 16/17. He will take over from Maurici Lucena of Spain. David Williams leads the UK Space Agency, which manages all UK civil space activities. The UK Space Agency was launched on April 1, replacing the British National Space Centre (BNSC),...

2010-03-23 12:35:00

British officials have announced the formation of the new UK Space Agency (UKSA), a multi-million dollar organization that will oversee all space-related activity in the country starting on April 1. The announcement, which also included the unveiling of the UKSA logo and plans for a new $60 million International Space Innovation Center (ISIC) facility in Harwell, Oxfordshire, was made during a March 23 conference in London. The ISIC will be located within the European Space Agency facility...

2009-02-19 11:10:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday announced a deal with Reaction Engines Ltd that will invest £900,000 ($1,291,000) in the development of core technologies for its Skylon reusable runway space shuttle. The firm said it hopes to see reusable spaceplanes fly within 10 years. "Traditional throw-away rockets costing more than a $100 million per launch are a drag on the growth of this market. The Holy Grail to transform the economics of getting into space is to use a truly...

2008-07-02 09:10:00

The French government is making ambitious plans for European missions to the Moon and Mars.  The nation wants to start a space revolution by letting European Union politicians decide on goals for the European Space Agency (ESA). According to the French, Europe will fall behind Japan, China, and India if it refuses to change its approach to space. France is seeking to drive the agenda to the forefront with the UK's help during the French presidency of the EU. A senior representative...

2005-01-03 17:35:00

ESA -- The Millau viaduct, newly inaugurated by President Jacques Chirac, is now the world's tallest road bridge. It stands high above the Tarn valley in France's Massif Central mountains, as seen in this 11 December satellite image from ESA's Proba. The bridge is made of a four-lane steel-built roadway stretching across 2460 metres. At its highest the roadway is suspended 270 metres above the Tarn River.   It is supported by seven concrete pillars standing 343 metres tall,...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.