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2011-08-18 05:50:00

In an attempt to observe their nation from outer space, recently Nigeria launched two satellites with the help of a Russian Dnepr rocket. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan praised the launch, calling the event, "Another milestone in our nation's effort to solve national problems through space technology," according to the BBC. The satellites, named NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, were built in the UK at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), with the aid of 26 Nigerian engineers who...

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2011-05-24 09:25:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has concluded its review of the U.K. spaceplane concept and found nothing keeping it from continuing on, reports BBC News. The Skylon vehicle would be a rocket that operates like an airliner, taking off and landing at a conventional runway. ESA plans the next stage of development to be a ground demonstration of its Sabre engine. The engine is designed to breathe oxygen from the air in the early phases of flight before switching to full rocket mode as the...

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2011-05-13 09:55:00

MPs said that deep-funding cuts put the U.K.'s prominence in astronomy and particle physics at risk. The Science and Technology Committee said astronomy funding will drop 20 percent over a four year period. MPs said some of the resulting cuts are likely to deter scientists from working in the U.K. The government said it has protected the science budget but is not able to make individual funding decisions. Committee chairman Labor MP Andrew Miller told BBC:  "If you don't invest in big...

2011-03-30 15:22:00

FT. MITCHELL, Ky., March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TECT Power, Inc., a worldwide supplier of rotating components and assemblies for turbine engines for aviation and industrial applications, announced today that Anthony Smith has been named vice president sales and marketing for TECT Power. Prior to joining TECT Power, Smith worked for BAE Systems in business development. He has experience with a number of other major aerospace companies including Gulfstream, Rolls-Royce, General Electric...

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2011-03-01 06:10:00

Virgin Galactic said on Monday that its commercial space flight program will not include just sending space tourists into space, but also scientists who will conduct research experiments. Virgin Galactic signed a contract with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) that was the first agreement to fly scientists into space. SwRI made deposits for two researchers to fly on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft at $200,000 per person. Virgin Galactic said that SwRI plans to make similar arrangements for...

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2011-01-24 09:25:00

Engineers in the UK are planning to send a smartphone into orbit in order to determine whether or not the device's components can survive space travel and perhaps even be used to operate satellites. The project, which has been dubbed 'STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator)', is being headed up by researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and is scheduled to be launched into the Earth's orbit later this year. The goal is...

2010-11-27 00:00:51

""¦.blast off!" That's right - The event for Forest Travel and Virgin Galactic held on Nov.18, 2010 at the Four Seasons was a huge success. Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 25, 2010 ""¦.blast off!" That's right - The event for Forest Travel and Virgin Galactic held on Thursday, Nov.18, 2010, at the Four Seasons was a huge success. When entering the Miami Ball Room, guests were registered as future astronauts. From then on, the experience became astonishing and very genuine! Guests...

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2010-10-24 07:45:00

Billionaire Richard Branson said on Friday that Virgin Galactic is planning to compete in the upcoming race to develop orbital space vehicles. NASA plans to issue a solicitation as early as Monday for a follow-up to its $50 million Commercial Crew Development program, which is part of President Barack Obama's plan to revamp the U.S. space program. The program is funding work by five companies as part of Obama's bid to bolster support to private space companies. "There's about four...

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2010-10-04 06:35:00

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne satellite launching rocket has suffered a setback. The future of LauncherOne, which had once attracted 110 million dollars in investment from Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investment, is now in doubt after its manager departed the program. LauncherOne was to be air-lifted and launched from Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The rocket would take satellites weighing up to 440 pounds into low-Earth orbit for 1 to 2 million dollars. Aabar Investment offered...

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2010-09-28 12:30:00

A $158 million project to launch three new British spacecraft to take pictures of the surface of the Earth has been announced. The satellites will be able to see details down to just a few feet at their best resolution. The spacecraft manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has joined up with its data processing subsidiary, DMCii, to produce the venture. Nations will be able to buy time on the spacecraft if they need to as well. "This constellation of three satellites will be...


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