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  • Innovative British Space Company prepares for launch of next prototype satellite

    Earth-i Orders Satellites from SSTL for World’s First Full-Colour Video Constellation

    Innovative British Space Company prepares for launch of next prototype satellite

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  • 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).

    QinetiQ signs ESA contract to build spacecraft docking system

    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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  • On Monday 13th November 2017, sixty years to the day since 1957 when Skylark sounding rocket SL04 became the first British rocket to reach space, the Science Museum in London celebrated by opening a small exhibition exploring the story behind this remarkable achievement.

    Britain’s First Space Rocket 60th anniversary celebrated

    On Monday 13th November 2017, sixty years to the day since 1957 when Skylark sounding rocket SL04 became the first British rocket to reach space, the Science Museum in London celebrated by opening a small exhibition exploring the story behind this remarkable achievement.

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  • Now more than 21 billion km from Earth, for the first time in 37 years Voyager 1 has fired up its back-up attitude control thrusters to test the possibility of realigning its antenna and extending the time its signals can be picked up on Earth by up to three years.

    Voyager fires thrusters!

    Now more than 21 billion km from Earth, for the first time in 37 years Voyager 1 has fired up its back-up attitude control thrusters to test the possibility of realigning its antenna and extending the time its signals can be picked up on Earth by up to three years.

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  • The future of humanity in space is inevitably linked with the colonization of other planets, in our Solar System or beyond. Unless our descendants are to live permanently in spacecraft, of whatever dimensions may be feasible with their advanced technology, surfaces of other worlds are our only likely homes in the centuries to come. Which raises questions as to what those surfaces may be like.

    Near Horizons

    The future of humanity in space is inevitably linked with the colonization of other planets, in our Solar System or beyond. Unless our descendants are to live permanently in spacecraft, of whatever dimensions may be feasible with their advanced technology, surfaces of other worlds are our only likely homes in the centuries to come. Which raises questions as to what those surfaces may be like.

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  • The centenary of Sir Arthur C Clarke’s birth is an appropriate time to reflect on the enormous impact which his work has had not only on the world of science fiction, but also on the wider scope of space exploration. We devote the latest issue of Odyssey, which has just been issued, to this subject.

    I’m Sorry, Dave. I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That

    The centenary of Sir Arthur C Clarke’s birth is an appropriate time to reflect on the enormous impact which his work has had not only on the world of science fiction, but also on the wider scope of space exploration. We devote the latest issue of Odyssey, which has just been issued, to this subject.

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  • Winner of the Frederick I Ordway III Award, presented at the von Braun lecture at the NASA Marshall Space Fligtht Center in October 2017, Dr. David Baker is recognized for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program.

    Dr. David Baker – Winner of the Frederick I Ordway III Award

    Winner of the Frederick I Ordway III Award, presented at the von Braun lecture at the NASA Marshall Space Fligtht Center in October 2017, Dr. David Baker is recognized for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program.

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  • We see the universe from a human point of view. We could hardly be expected to do otherwise. But that doesn’t help if we’re trying to assess the prospects for life, even intelligent life, to have developed on other worlds. It could be that life elsewhere is not even remotely as we know it, and our human way of looking at the cosmos is a serious obstacle to knowing that it’s there.

    An Alien Earth

    We see the universe from a human point of view. We could hardly be expected to do otherwise. But that doesn’t help if we’re trying to assess the prospects for life, even intelligent life, to have developed on other worlds. It could be that life elsewhere is not even remotely as we know it, and our human way of looking at the cosmos is a serious obstacle to knowing that it’s there.

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  • Destroying the Cassini spacecraft by plunging it into the cloud-covered surface of Saturn in September seemed a rather dramatic way of ending such a productive mission – perhaps a little like the ending of a grand Wagnerian opera – but it made good sense. The risk of a dead or dying probe careering around the Saturnian system and possibly crashing into one of the moons, and maybe contaminating a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life such as Enceladus or Titan, was too high.

    Contaminate! Contaminate!

    Destroying the Cassini spacecraft by plunging it into the cloud-covered surface of Saturn in September seemed a rather dramatic way of ending such a productive mission – perhaps a little like the ending of a grand Wagnerian opera – but it made good sense. The risk of a dead or dying probe careering around the Saturnian system and possibly crashing into one of the moons, and maybe contaminating a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life such as Enceladus or Titan, was too high.

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  • The Centenary Memorial Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Minehead, Mrs Jean Parbrook and Anthony Knight at Minehead Middle School, in memory of Arthur C. Clarke, who was born in Minehead on 16th December 1917. Anthony had been fundraising for a Centenary Memorial Plaque in memory of Arthur C. Clarke, who was born at 13 Blenheim Road, Minehead. He and 11 of his friends put on a cake sale at MMS towards the plaque. He got a Blue Peter Silver Badge for his efforts.

    The Centenary Memorial Plaque unveiling in memory of Arthur C. Clarke

    The Centenary Memorial Plaque unveiling by the Mayor of Minehead, Mrs Jean Parbrook and Anthony Knight at Minehead Middle School, in memory of Arthur C. Clarke, who was born in Minehead on 16th December 1917. Anthony had been fundraising for a Centenary Memorial Plaque in memory of Arthur C. Clarke, who was born at 13 Blenheim Road, Minehead. He and 11 of his friends put on a cake sale at MMS towards the plaque. He got a Blue Peter Silver Badge for his efforts.

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