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  • Tales of great daring, and achieving victory when the chips are down and all the odds stacked against a hero, will always stir the imagination.  No matter whether they are fact or fiction, they give a sense that bravery and courage will win out in the end, and a just cause will be triumphant.

    Winning Against the Odds

    Tales of great daring, and achieving victory when the chips are down and all the odds stacked against a hero, will always stir the imagination.  No matter whether they are fact or fiction, they give a sense that bravery and courage will win out in the end, and a just cause will be triumphant.

  • Being trapped in a prison is very destructive to the human spirit.  No matter how extensive the boundaries of the prison might be, the very idea that one cannot go beyond those barriers presents an obstacle to a person’s endeavours – and hopes. 

    Prisons in the Mind

    Being trapped in a prison is very destructive to the human spirit.  No matter how extensive the boundaries of the prison might be, the very idea that one cannot go beyond those barriers presents an obstacle to a person’s endeavours – and hopes. 

  • If there is one area of modern science which requires a huge leap of imagination to understand it, it must surely be quantum physics. 

    Quantum Imagination

    If there is one area of modern science which requires a huge leap of imagination to understand it, it must surely be quantum physics. 

  • IAC 2018 call for papers accepting submissions from BIS members and the general public!

    IAC 2018 Call for Papers

    IAC 2018 call for papers accepting submissions from BIS members and the general public!

  • A ground-breaking way to fund international space projects, making space exploration available to everyone, was launched on the 24th January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    Spacebit Launches New Funding Platform for Democratised Space Exploration

    A ground-breaking way to fund international space projects, making space exploration available to everyone, was launched on the 24th January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  • Oumuamua caused a bit of a stir when it was first detected last October – the first object moving through our Solar System that has been shown to be of interstellar origin.

    Just Passing Through

    Oumuamua caused a bit of a stir when it was first detected last October – the first object moving through our Solar System that has been shown to be of interstellar origin.

  • The UK Space Agency and CNES signed a joint statement to step up co-operation in space, at the UK-France Summit in Sandhurst on Thursday 18 January. 

The statement focuses on projects for climate action, Mars exploration, space applications and Europe’s space programme.
Since the signature of the Brize Norton framework arrangement on 31 January 2014, French-UK space co-operation has achieved many things, notably in the fields of Earth observation and climate action. For example, the UK Space Agency is working with CNES to develop the IASI-NG (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer New Generation) instrument for Eumetsat’s programme to improve weather forecasts.

    UK-France Space Cooperation

    The UK Space Agency and CNES signed a joint statement to step up co-operation in space, at the UK-France Summit in Sandhurst on Thursday 18 January.

    The statement focuses on projects for climate action, Mars exploration, space applications and Europe’s space programme.
    Since the signature of the Brize Norton framework arrangement on 31 January 2014, French-UK space co-operation has achieved many things, notably in the fields of Earth observation and climate action. For example, the UK Space Agency is working with CNES to develop the IASI-NG (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer New Generation) instrument for Eumetsat’s programme to improve weather forecasts.

  • Political power comes from the skies. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong once observed that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, but in order to be effective that gun must somehow be transported, as quickly and efficiently as current technology permits, to the scene of the action where it can be used. A weapon is only useful if you can point it at the people you want to control.

    Order in the Heavens

    Political power comes from the skies. The Chinese leader Mao Zedong once observed that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, but in order to be effective that gun must somehow be transported, as quickly and efficiently as current technology permits, to the scene of the action where it can be used. A weapon is only useful if you can point it at the people you want to control.

  • It is all too easy to forget the essentially human element of all space exploration.  Even if we focus on the technology and mechanics of space travel, and recognise that much of the work will be done by proxy through robot spacecraft, it will be human beings who are at the heart of the project, and it is all being done for their ultimate benefit.  One way or the other, we hope to gain from it.

    We’re Only Human

    It is all too easy to forget the essentially human element of all space exploration. Even if we focus on the technology and mechanics of space travel, and recognise that much of the work will be done by proxy through robot spacecraft, it will be human beings who are at the heart of the project, and it is all being done for their ultimate benefit. One way or the other, we hope to gain from it.

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