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Category: european space agency

Category: european space agency

The space industry is starting a green revolution

Martin Coates Contributor Martin Coates is the CEO of U.K.-based spaceflight company Orbex and is an engineering and technology management veteran with more than 30 years’ experience. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Rocket launches are nothing short of spectacular. Whether we grew up in the Apollo era, the space shuttle era or the private space era, most of us can easily bring to mind a rocket launch with the roar of its engines, jets of fire and trails of smoke. That image is burned into the consciousness of

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Trans-Atlantic joint venture aims to build new ‘international’ space station

Enlarge / Artist’s illustration of the planned Starlab space station. (credit: Voyager Space) Voyager Space, one of several US companies formulating concepts for new commercial space stations, has established a joint venture with Airbus to co-develop an Earth-orbiting research outpost called Starlab. The companies announced the joint venture Wednesday, saying they plan to field a successor to the International Space Station. “The US-led joint venture will bring together world-class leaders in the space domain, while further uniting American and European interests in space exploration,” the two companies said in a joint statement. Voyager has been managing the development of a

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ESA still seems shy about sharing news on Ariane 6 rocket testing

Enlarge / A full-size Ariane 6 test version on its launch pad in French Guiana last month. (credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique video du CSG/S Martin) Last month, a full-scale test model of Europe’s Ariane 6 was put to the test on its launch pad in the jungles of French Guiana. For the first time, the launch team at the tropical spaceport loaded cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the Ariane 6 over the course of a marathon 26-hour test campaign. But it took a week for the European Space Agency, which is funding the 3.8 billion euro ($4.1 billion) development of

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Voyager and Airbus will operate Starlab private space station via ‘transatlantic joint venture’

Voyager Space and Airbus Defence and Space are expanding their existing relationship via a new joint venture focused on the design, build and operation of the Starlab commercial space station. The two companies announced they will be partnering on Voyager’s Starlab space station in January, saying that Airbus would provide “technical design support and expertise,” but little else was disclosed at the time. Today’s news marks a considerable uptick in commitment from Airbus, and a signal that both companies are looking to attract European government partnerships. A representative for the firms declined to comment on the percentage of ownership between

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European satellite plunges back to Earth in first-of-its-kind assisted re-entry

Enlarge / Artist’s illustration showing the orbital tracks of the European Space Agency’s Aeolus satellite. (credit: ESA/ATG medialab) The European Space Agency deftly guided one of its satellites toward a fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere Friday, demonstrating a new method of post-mission disposal to ensure the spacecraft would not fall into any populated areas. The Aeolus satellite was relatively modest in size and mass—about 1.1 metric tons with its fuel tank empty—but ESA hailed Friday’s “assisted re-entry” as proof that the space agency takes the stewardship of space seriously. When the Aeolus mission was conceived in the late 1990s, there

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