Latest British space programme Stories

2008-11-24 15:32:33

A proposal was made by the UK's space funding body to send a British spacecraft to the Moon. Proponents say that if the MoonLite project passes the "Phase A" study, the spacecraft would be set to launch by 2014. NASA described the UK's MoonLite proposal plan as "inspirational" and has committed to backing the endeavor. The study will investigate whether the MoonLite mission is technically feasible and whether it will achieve its scientific objectives. A UK-led mission to the Moon would be a...

2008-08-27 00:00:35

MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax-AVN) - The conversion launch vehicle Dnepr with five RapidEye earth probing satellites is to take off from the Baikonur launch pad, Kazakhstan, on Friday. "The launch has been set for 11:15 a.m., Moscow time," Kosmotras International Consortium told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday. The satellites will be launched under a contract with Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to increase a commercial earth observation satellite constellation, to be operated by...

2008-08-19 15:01:04

By Roger Fillion A British company that builds small satellites has opened U.S. operations in Douglas County and plans to employ up to 250 people over the next few years. About three-quarters of those employees would work for Surrey Satellite Technology US in the Denver area, doing engineering and satellite manufacturing work. The company has opened a small office in Douglas County and currently employs four. It plans to build small communications and earth-observation satellites for...

2008-07-27 18:00:16

By MURPHY MURPHY reckons the nation's boffins are breathing a sigh of relief that Minister for Science Jimmy Devins made it to the launch of their annual research funding shindig on Thursday. Only a couple of days earlier, Dr Devins was languishing in French Guyana representing Ireland at the European Space Council. French Guyana is on the North coast of South America, which is apparently the best place for Europe to launch its rockets. Ireland spends EUR13million a year on the...

2008-07-15 18:00:15

By ALAN WESTON TWO cutting-edge science centres are to be created at the Daresbury campus after the Government announced a pounds 65m investment. The funding by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) will see a world-leading computer sciences centre and a research facility to develop detector systems at Daresbury. It is the latest twist in a rollercoaster year for the campus, near Warrington. In January, high-tech science staff at the governmentrun Daresbury...

2008-07-07 14:55:00

Britain could soon face a major setback in their involvement in one of the biggest space missions yet, as funding for UK-led experiments on the ExoMars rover and lander is to be cut by 25% in their key development phase. If researchers cannot find extra funds or reduce costs, some of them are certain to miss the flagship mission. Professor Steve Schwartz, from Imperial College London, is working on a magnetometer instrument for ExoMars. "If this sticks, it means for sure that some instruments...

2008-06-24 09:02:40

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- introNetworks, creators of smart social networks, will soon make history when it builds and launches a social network for Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline. The introNetworks system will be used to connect Virgin Galactic's growing base of future astronauts, who have signed on for a sub-orbital flight aboard the soon-to-be completed SpaceShipTwo. "Since our inception five years ago, we've created smart social networks for...

2008-02-21 14:36:51

With its imminent commercial space launch scheduled for 2010, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announced plans on Thursday to authorize the construction of five more crafts to carry prospective clients into space. So far, about 80,000 hopeful travelers have deposited more than $31 million toward their ultimate goal of obtaining $200,000 tickets for a journey that promises five minutes in space. On Virgin Galactic's Web site, determined travelers are asked to make a minimum deposit of at...

2007-05-08 06:00:00

By STEVE CONNOR Why are we asking this question now? Professor Stephen Hawking has just completed a series of "zero- gravity" dives in an aircraft designed to test weightlessness in space. Professor Hawking, one of the foremost experts on the cosmological theories of gravity and black holes, said he wants to see the Earth from space by going for a ride with Sir Richard Branson's company Virgin Galactic, which is scheduled to offer tourist trips into "space" in two years. Hawking believes...

2007-01-28 17:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- Brian Emmett's childhood fantasy came true when he won a free trip to outer space. He was crushed when he had to cancel his reservation because of Uncle Sam. Emmett won his ticket to the heavens in a 2005 sweepstakes by Oracle Corp. (ORCL), in which he answered a series of online questions on Java computer code. He became an instant celebrity, giving media interviews and appearing on stage at Oracle's trade show. For the self-described space buff who has attended space camp and...

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