Further News And Information From The British Interplanetary Society
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Be part of the biggest free Space Event in the Midlands! ASTRONOMERS, SPACE AUTHORS, ROCKET SCIENTISTS – MEET THEM ALL […]

    Space Day 2018

    Be part of the biggest free Space Event in the Midlands! ASTRONOMERS, SPACE AUTHORS, ROCKET SCIENTISTS – MEET THEM ALL […]

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  • To celebrate a recent increase in activity, Westcott (The former Rocket Propulsion Establishment) is running an open Source conference covering some current topics in near term rocket propulsion.

    Current Topics in Rocket Propulsion – An Open Source Conference

    To celebrate a recent increase in activity, Westcott (The former Rocket Propulsion Establishment) is running an open Source conference covering some current topics in near term rocket propulsion.

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  • 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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  • BIS Scotland Branch Meeting 30th January 2018, 7-9pm; Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow We are delighted to announce […]

    Colin McInnes: “Emerging Space Technologies: Opportunities for the Future” (30th January 2018 at BIS Scotland)

    BIS Scotland Branch Meeting 30th January 2018, 7-9pm; Riverside Campus, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow We are delighted to announce […]

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  • Standing on the edge of a precipice is something which most of us find quite unnerving, especially if we cannot be certain what lies on the other side.  No matter whether that precipice is physical or conceptual, we may experience a fear of the unknown – or even the unknowable – beyond the edge.

    The Edge of Knowledge

    Standing on the edge of a precipice is something which most of us find quite unnerving, especially if we cannot be certain what lies on the other side.  No matter whether that precipice is physical or conceptual, we may experience a fear of the unknown – or even the unknowable – beyond the edge.

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  • Good news, Earthlings! The latest episode of the Interplanetary Podcast is out! This week the incredible Matt & Jamie have […]

    The Interplanetary Podcast #60

    Good news, Earthlings! The latest episode of the Interplanetary Podcast is out! This week the incredible Matt & Jamie have […]

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  • First contact with an alien race will most likely pose problems.  As Princess Irulan said in a different context at the start of David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune, “A beginning is a very delicate time”, and a great deal could go seriously wrong if a first encounter goes astray.

    First Impressions Count

    First contact with an alien race will most likely pose problems. As Princess Irulan said in a different context at the start of David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune, “A beginning is a very delicate time”, and a great deal could go seriously wrong if a first encounter goes astray.

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  • The ninth Electronic Materials and Processes for Space workshop will be held in Switzerland, at Y-Parc in Yverdon-les-Bains. The workshop is hosted by the Swiss Welding Institute (SWI). Registration is now open.

    Electronics Materials & Processes for Space Workshop (25-26 April 2018)

    The ninth Electronic Materials and Processes for Space workshop will be held in Switzerland, at Y-Parc in Yverdon-les-Bains. The workshop is hosted by the Swiss Welding Institute (SWI). Registration is now open.

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