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Airbus increases Sentinel-3 altimetry precision

Posted 19 April 2018

A new highly precise MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) built by Airbus is ready to start operations after the launch of the Sentinel-3B satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for this programme.

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Cobham to supply Orion crew module suite to Lockheed Martin

Posted 18 April 2018

Cobham has been awarded contracts by Lockheed Martin Space to supply a suite of space-rated life support and propulsion components for NASA’s Orion deep space exploration spacecraft.

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Earth-i releases first full-colour video of Earth from space

Posted 16 April 2018

Earth-i today released the first video taken by VividX2, the technology prototype for its Vivid-i constellation. Launched on 12 January 2018, VividX2 is the world’s first commercial satellite able to provide full-colour

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University of Cambridge wins Boeing 2017 Supplier of the Year Award for Innovation

Posted 12 April 2018

The University of Cambridge has been recognised by Boeing among the company's 2017 Supplier of the Year Award winners - which honours 13 companies for the high-quality products, services and value

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Airbus ships SES-12 satellite to launch base

Posted 12 April 2018

The SES-12 all-electric communications satellite, built by Airbus for SES, has been shipped from the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Reaction Engines secures £26.5m of fresh funding

Posted 12 April 2018

Reaction Engines Limited today announced that it has raised a further £26.5 million in a strategic fundraising effort, by securing backing from some of the most influential names in aerospace and finance, which will support its

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£4.8m Research England funding provides major boost to UK space industry

Posted 11 April 2018

A consortium of UK universities and agencies has been awarded nearly £5 million from Research England in order to fund major national initiatives to enhance research and innovation in the UK space

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Future UK-EU relationship report provides further clarity

Posted 4 April 2018

In the third report of its overarching inquiry into the Article 50 negotiations, the Exiting the European Union Committee has set out key tests by which any deal agreed by October 2018 must be judged, providing greater clarity for

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Graham Peters becomes Chair of UKspace

Posted 27 March 2018

Graham Peters, Managing Director of Avanti Government Solutions, has taken over as Chair of UKspace, the trade association of the UK space industry, taking over the two-year post from Richard Peckham.

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Glasgow Prestwick Airport ready for lift off

Posted 15 March 2018

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is another step closer to becoming the first commercial spaceport in the UK and Europe.

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Airbus launches OPTIMA

Posted 15 March 2018

Airbus has launched the OPTIMA project, which will deliver a proof of concept demonstrator for the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites.

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Thales Alenia Space announces BBR shipment from UK

Posted 15 March 2018

Thales Alenia Space today shipped the broadband radiometer (BBR) - a scientific instrument for the European Space Agency’s Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer (EarthCARE) satellite mission - to satellite prime contractor

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UKspace welcomes the Space Industry Bill passing into law

Posted 15 March 2018

UKspace welcomes the passing into law of the Space Industry Bill which not only puts in place the enabling legislation to allow space flight from UK soil, it also modernises the existing UK space law keeping pace with technology

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BEIS outlines UK’s future participation in H2020

Posted 7 March 2018

A new statement on the UK’s involvement in Horizon 2020 has just been published by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) which outlines the ongoing participation in the programme.

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Keeping satellites safe

Posted 2 March 2018

Elon Musk’s decision to launch his Tesla sports car on the inaugural flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket captured headlines around the world but the incredible sight also served to highlight the growing number of manmade objects now in space and what is being done to

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Peli contributes to MAFIC research efforts

Posted 28 February 2018

Peli Products has provided support for the Team of Mars Analogue Fumarole Interdisciplinary Collaboration (MAFIC), by providing high-performance protective cases for their next mission.

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Tim Peake visits Airbus Portsmouth to see Eutelsat Quantum satellite

Posted 26 February 2018

Airbus’ Portsmouth site played host to British ESA astronaut Tim Peake today to see the latest revolutionary telecommunications satellite being built at the factory, the Eutelsat Quantum satellite, being

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Innalabs secures €2.6m ESA contract.

Posted 23 February 2018

InnaLabs has announced a €2.6m contract with ESA to design, develop, manufacture and test a highly reliable radiation hardened 3-axis gyroscope, used for measuring angular velocity or maintaining orientation of satellites.

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Goonhilly Earth Station secures £8.4m investment

Posted 22 February 2018

Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, South West England, is being upgraded to communicate with deep space missions to the Moon and Mars thanks to an £8.4 million investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise

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BOXARR and Deloitte formed alliance to map complex business systems

Posted 14 February 2018

Software company BOXARR and business advisory firm Deloitte, have formed an alliance to provide businesses and organisations with solutions to analyse and optimise their complex technical, operational and

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UK space firms tackle global challenges

Posted 12 February 2018

Improved disaster response in Commonwealth states and tropical disease control are among the goals of 10 new projects involving British space organisations, Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced last week.

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ESA and Airbus partner on commercial Bartolomeo payload

Posted 9 February 2018

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus have signed a commercial partnership (PPP) agreement for construction, launch and operations of the commercial 'Bartolomeo' platform.

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SSTL and 21AT announce new Earth Observation Capacity Contract

Posted 2 February 2018

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) signed a £25M contract in Beijing yesterday with Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co., Ltd (21AT) to provide data from a new Earth Observation satellite (SSTL-S1)

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Serco completes acquisition of BTP Systems

Posted 29 January 2018

Further to the announcement of 24 October 2017 regarding the acquisition of BTP Systems LLC, Serco has confirmed that, following receipt of the required approvals, the transaction has now completed.

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Dstl investigates the earth's upper atmosphere

Posted 29 January 2018

In a world first, a new experiment to study the effects of space weather on global communications is being launched by the UK and US governments.

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SSTL joins Viasat’s RTE network

Posted 25 January 2018

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and Viasat today held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the start of operations of the new Viasat antenna system installed at SSTL’s Guildford headquarters, that will form part of the Viasat Real-Time Earth (RTE) network - a

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Bright Ascension provides software for Kepler nanosat

Posted 23 January 2018

Scottish space software company Bright Ascension Ltd have provided the software for a communications satellite which was recently launched by Kepler Communications Inc.

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Space Drone to boost life of ageing satellites

Posted 17 January 2018

UK headquartered Effective Space Solutions Ltd (Effective Space), today announced it's signed a US$100+ million multi-year contract with a major regional satellite operator, which will see two Effective Space Space Drones launched in

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ADS calls for Brexit transition deal

Posted 17 January 2018

Industry needs urgent agreement on a transition deal to ensure a smooth UK exit from the European Union, ADS President Colin Smith said at the ADS Annual Dinner 2018 earlier this week.

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SSTL confirms launch of CARBONITE-2 and Telesat LEO Phase 1 satellite

Posted 12 January 2018

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has confirmed the successful launch of CARBONITE-2, an Earth Observation technology demonstration mission owned and operated by SSTL and of the Telesat LEO Phase 1

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Farnborough International appoints Gareth Rogers CEO

Posted 10 January 2018

Organisers of the Farnborough International Airshow and operator of the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, Farnborough International, has appointed former Southampton FC CEO, Gareth Rogers, as its new

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Astrosat and DroneSAR partner to enhance SAR

Posted 8 January 2018

Astrosat has formed a partnership with Irish start-up DroneSAR- Search & Rescue, to incorporate drone software with Astrosat’s Recovery and Protection in Disaster (RAPID) system.

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Colin Smith appointed President of ADS

Posted 5 January 2018

Colin Smith, Chairman of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and former Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls Royce, has been appointed as the new President of ADS.

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SSTL ships RemoveDEBRIS mission for ISS launch

Posted 18 December 2017

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped the RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) inside a Dragon capsule on board the SpaceX CRS-14 re-supply

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Astronaut Tim Peake opens UTC Portsmouth

Posted 15 December 2017

Two years after blasting off to join the International Space Station, British astronaut Tim Peake formally opened the Roya Navy backed college which will produce the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

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ADS highlights industry need for transition agreement in early 2018

Posted 15 December 2017

ADS said today that although confirmation that talks can start on transition and our future relationship with the EU is welcome progress, industry now needs to see urgent agreement reached on transition

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Serco signs Copernicus data access contract with ESA

Posted 15 December 2017

Serco's business in Italy has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver a ground-breaking project to facilitate open and unlimited access to earth observation data and geospatial information collected as

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SSTL celebrates navigation payload order as four Galileo sats lift-off

Posted 13 December 2017

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) celebrated the twin achievements of a successful lift-off of four Galileo satellites from Kourou in French Guiana today and the start of production of a third batch of

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ADS welcomes progress to second phase of Brexit negotiations

Posted 8 December 2017

This morning's announcement that sufficient progress has been made for the next phase of Brexit negotiations to start will be welcomed by industry.

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Rolls-Royce and ESA to collaborate on shipping space support

Posted 30 November 2017

Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a ground-breaking cooperation agreement aimed at pursuing space activities in support of autonomous, remote controlled shipping and promoting innovation in

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Oxford Economics reveals BAE Systems' significant contribution to UK economy

Posted 30 November 2017

According to an independent report by Oxford Economics, BAE Systems productivity has increased by almost 35% over the past three years and its investment in skills and technology has increased year on year

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SSTL confirms Sarah Parker's appointment as MD

Posted 27 November 2017

The Board of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has today announced that Sarah Parker has been formally appointed as Managing Director, a role she has been performing in an interim capacity since March 2017.

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Cobham Antenna approved for Inmarsat Global Xpress

Posted 23 November 2017

Cobham SATCOM has received Inmarsat Type Approval for operation of its EXPLORER 8100GX one metre antenna system on the Global Xpress satellite network.

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SSTL ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat's LEO-1 for PSLV launch

Posted 23 November 2017

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped two small satellites, CARBONITE-2 and LEO-1, to India in preparation for a late December launch on ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Sriharikota launch

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Space telescope tackles skills shortage

Posted 23 November 2017

The skills gap in the UK has been delivered a fresh blow after a team of engineering students from Sheffield University - with a little help from Harmonic Drive UK - successfully launched a new solar telescope mounted on a high-altitude balloon.

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SSTL and Astroscale team up for Orbital Debris Removal missions

Posted 22 November 2017

Astroscale Pte. Ltd. (Astroscale) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint opportunities in areas of innovative on-orbit technologies and missions

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SSTL to build Earth-i Constellation

Posted 21 November 2017

British 'New Space' pioneer Earth–i today announced that it has ordered the first five satellites from SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation.

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QinetiQ signs ESA contract to build spacecraft docking system

Posted 17 November 2017

QinetiQ has signed a €26.6m contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce a new docking mechanism for the International Space Station (ISS).

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AEB releases UK Brexit conference results

Posted 17 November 2017

AEB has released the results of its UK Brexit conference held last month, providing valuable benchmarks and preparation checks for businesses as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

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BAE Systems awarded DARPA contract to develop space evaluation and analysis testbed

Posted 16 November 2017

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the

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Airbus receives go-ahead for twin GRACE-FO satellites

Posted 10 November 2017

After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California.

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Airbus signs in orbit demo contract with ESA

Posted 10 November 2017

Airbus Defence and Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for an in-orbit demonstrator within the frame of ESA's Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) Pioneer programme.

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Airbus to build Türksat 5A and 5B satellites

Posted 9 November 2017

A contract for two new generation communications satellites was signed today by Türksat with Airbus Defence and Space.

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Peli launches deeper Air Cases

Posted 7 November 2017

Peli Products has launched three new deeper cases in the Peli Air Case line, which are reengineered to be 40% lighter.

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Cobham appoints Gillian Duggan as EVP of HR & Communications

Posted 3 November 2017

Cobham plc has appointed Gillian Duggan as Executive Vice President (EVP) of HR & Communications.

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Ideagen launches rebranded PleaseReview

Posted 1 November 2017

UK-based software firm, Ideagen, today announced it has launched its rebranded collaborative document co-authoring, review and redaction software, Ideagen PleaseReview.

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Mine craft for Mars

Posted 23 October 2017

If there are habitable conditions on Mars they may be underground, so scientists from around the world are now testing how to search for life in extreme environments by venturing a kilometre beneath the surface in a UK mine and have been joined by ESA astronaut Matthias

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Inmarsat joins A-ISAC

Posted 19 October 2017

Inmarsat recently joined the Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC), the trusted international membership association for sharing cybersecurity information targeted at the aviation sector.

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AEB publishes new compliance fact sheet

Posted 16 October 2017

As increasing security threats and political instability across the globe fuel changes in export control regulations and frequent, new restrictive measures, a new fact sheet published by AEB, aims to support businesses engaged in global trade to

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First Derivatives agrees with ESA to support Kx technology

Posted 13 October 2017

Technology specialist First Derivatives, today announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the European Space Agency (ESA) to foster the development of disruptive applications in the commercial space market, based

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EUTELSAT 172B reaches geostationary orbit in record time

Posted 11 October 2017

The EUTELSAT 172B spacecraft, built by Airbus for Eutelsat, has now reached geostationary orbit, breaking the record for the fastest satellite electric orbit raising (EOR).

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Thales Alenia Space systems engineer receives Point of Life award

Posted 11 October 2017

Portia Bowman, a Thales Alenia Space systems engineer from Bristol, has received a Point of Life award from the UK Prime Minister's Office in recognition of her volunteer work to create SpaceCareers.UK, a website that

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Cobham input supports 'Flying Laptop'

Posted 6 October 2017

Cobham's products and services contributed to the successful deployment this summer of the 'Flying Laptop' Satellite developed at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

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SSTL announces NovaSAR-S data deal with Australia's CSIRO

Posted 26 September 2017

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) signed an agreement in Adelaide today at the International Astronautical Congress to provide Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) a

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ADS sees EU customs deal as vital to post-Brexit economy

Posted 21 September 2017

The Government must pursue a more ambitious customs agreement with the European Union (EU) than any yet proposed and work closely with industry to develop concrete proposals, ADS said today.

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Airbus encourages NI SMEs to look to Space

Posted 19 September 2017

Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with Digital Catapult NI, Invest Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Space Office launches a new space challenge to encourage Northern Ireland small and medium-sized enterprises and research

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Nasmyth selected by AD&S for spacecraft transport container contract

Posted 13 September 2017

Coventry based manufacturer Nasmyth Group has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space (AD&S) to provide the Spacecraft Transport Container for its new generation satellites based on Eurostar Neo, a

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Inmarsat-6 satellite to be launched by MHI

Posted 12 September 2017

Inmarsat has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) as the launch provider for the first satellite in the Inmarsat-6 fleet.

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Chess launches Sigma LEO at DSEI

Posted 12 September 2017

Long range coastal and border surveillance is set to be enhanced with the launch today of Sigma LEO by Chess Dynamics at DSEI.

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European Aviation satellite ready for commercial service

Posted 11 September 2017

Inmarsat today confirmed that the European Aviation satellite has successfully completed its in-orbit tests and now stands ready to support inflight internet services when the European Aviation Network (EAN) goes 'live'

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Peli Products and Zero 2 Infinity sign partnership agreement

Posted 7 September 2017

Peli Products and Zero 2 Infinity (which elevates payloads to Space), have reached a Partnership agreement.

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UK Government's Brexit plans for science and innovation welcomed by ADS

Posted 6 September 2017

ADS welcomed the Government's announcement today that it will seek a closer partnership with the EU on science and innovation than any yet agreed with a non-EU country.

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SAS completes first phone calls via nano-sats

Posted 5 September 2017

Sky and Space Global Ltd (SAS) today announced a world first for the aerospace, satellite and telecommunications industries, as the first ever voice call has been successfully conducted using its 3 Diamonds nano-satellite technology, a

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Amphenol Invotec investing to support ESA work

Posted 4 September 2017

Amphenol Invotec is investing in a new A5 NEO flying probe electrical test machine for its Tamworth facility, in support of the work that it undertakes for the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Fine Tubes awarded a fourth Nadcap accreditation

Posted 31 August 2017

UK-based manufacturer of high-quality precision tubing for most-critical applications, Fine Tubes, has been awarded a Nadcap accreditation for Chemical Processing.

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Sentinel-5 Precursor begins final journey to launch site

Posted 30 August 2017

Europe's pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has left Airbus' Stevenage site and is on its way to the launch site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

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BAE Systems launches next-gen computer for space

Posted 23 August 2017

BAE Systems today announced a new generation of its flagship space computer that combines fast performance and extreme resiliency to enable previously impossible missions in the harsh environment of space.

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Solar Orbiter set to launch before next total solar eclipse

Posted 21 August 2017

Today's total Solar Eclipse across the USA will provide a spectacular view of the mysterious Solar Corona - the one million degree 'halo' around the sun which is only seen from Earth when the Moon passes in front of the bright

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ADS supports practical solutions for Irish border

Posted 16 August 2017

The UK trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, ADS, said today that industry will welcome Government plans to make sure goods and people can freely cross the border between Northern Ireland and the Irish

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ADS highlights industry requirement for one-step Brexit transition

Posted 15 August 2017

Government plans to leave the EU customs union during a Brexit transition period will raise concerns of unnecessary disruption to trade between the UK and Europe, trade association ADS said today.

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Airbus completes MetOp-C platform/payload coupling

Posted 10 August 2017

MetOp-C is the third and final satellite of the first generation of MetOp polarorbiting meteorological satellites.

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Small and micro-satellites could soon launch from Snowdonia

Posted 7 August 2017

B2Space and Snowdonia Aerospace Centre could create 93+ new jobs for the area by 2020 and wider opportunities for supply chain if project successful.

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Serco to provide expert support to the European Space Agency

Posted 1 August 2017

Serco has successfully rebid a competitive framework contract to provide a range of specialist scientific and engineering expertise to the European Space Agency (ESA) across nine countries.

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Dstl scientists tackle space junk

Posted 24 July 2017

UK scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are leading an innovative experiment to tackle the growing problem of space junk.

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Innovation Panel holds first meeting at MoD

Posted 24 July 2017

World class innovators including astronaut Tim Peake and McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis, gathered at the MoD today for the first meeting of the new Defence External Innovation Advisory Panel.

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Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch

Posted 21 July 2017

Europe's pollution monitoring satellite, Sentinel-5 Precursor - built by Airbus at its Stevenage site - is ready to leave Stevenage for its launch on a Rokot rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia.

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UK and Ireland SMEs receive SC21 award for operational excellence

Posted 19 July 2017

Fourteen UK and Ireland SMEs have been recognised for their operational excellence from the 'Supply Chains for the 21st Century' (SC21) programme.

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£100m boost for UK space sector

Posted 18 July 2017

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson underlined the government's commitment to the UK space sector last week, as he visited the future site of a new £100 milion state-of-the-art government-funded satellite facility.

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Horizon Space Technologies aims at UK rocket launch capability

Posted 18 July 2017

British based and owned space launch company, Horizon Space Technologies Limited, has announced that it is aiming to start launching rockets from the UK within the next three years.

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Farnborough breaks June record

Posted 17 July 2017

Farnborough International today announced that record bookings were made for next year's Farnborough International Airshow 2018 during the month of June 2017, with participation already tracking way above previous editions of the Airshow, which has been

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Parliamentarians celebrate UK apprentices at House of Commons reception

Posted 12 July 2017

A hundred apprentices from some of Britain's leading aerospace, defence, security and space companies attended the ADS Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

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SSC successfully operates InflateSail satellite

Posted 11 July 2017

The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) at University of Surrey and the Von Karman Institute, have announced that the first ever European deployment of an inflatable sail – designed to prevent the creation of future space junk – has been a success.

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WEC apprentices shoot for the stars

Posted 11 July 2017

WEC Group's engineering apprentices have put their new fabrication and machining skills to the test in order to manufacture major parts for a research space rocket.

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Orbex wins Horizon 2020 grant for space launch vehicle fuel tanks

Posted 11 July 2017

UK-based developer of launch vehicles and services for small satellites, Orbex, has won a prestigious European Commission Horizon 2020 SME Instrument award.

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Harmonic Drive UK to address gear lubrication issue at ESMATS

Posted 10 July 2017

Aerospace gearing specialist Harmonic Drive UK will address the issue of gear lubrication in the space industry during a presentation at this year's European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium (ESMATS) at the

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Chances of hypersonic travel heat up with new materials discovery

Posted 6 July 2017

Researchers at The University of Manchester in collaboration with Central South University (CSU), China, have created a new kind of ceramic coating that could revolutionise hypersonic travel for air, space and

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BepiColombo conducts final flight configuration tests

Posted 6 July 2017

BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury, will set off in October 2018 on a journey to the smallest and least explored rocky planet in our Solar System and the spacecraft is now undergoing final testing in flight configuration.

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VSS Unity loads up for latest flight

Posted 4 July 2017

On 1st June - a day after the first appearance of the huge carrier aircraft from its Mojave neighbours Stratolaunch - Virgin Galactic's own vehicles took to the skies for VSS Unity's ninth test flight, to see how it performed carrying an additional

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Fleet Xpress honoured in Digital Technology Award win

Posted 4 July 2017

Inmarsat's Fleet Xpress service has secured one of the maritime industry's leading honours, the prestigious Seatrade Award 2017 for Digital Technology, which recognises technical innovation.

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Inmarsat's S-band satellite for EAN launched

Posted 29 June 2017

This morning Inmarsat confirmed the successful launch of its S-band satellite (Inmarsat S EAN) for the European Aviation Network (EAN), with British Airways' parent International Airlines Group (IAG) as the launch customer for the new

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BEIS outlines UK’s future participation in H2020

A new statement on the UK’s involvement in Horizon 2020 has just been published by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) which outlines the ongoing participation in the programme.

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