Space Exploration

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Apollo 50th: first crew launches on Apollo 7

On 11th October 1968, just 15 months from President Kennedy’s deadline for a moon landing, NASA launched its first Apollo crew into space.
15th October 2018

How do we prepare a spacecraft for launch?

Revisit the 18th April 2018, launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
27th September 2018

AI helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts

AI helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts
Artificial intelligence is invading many fields, most recently astronomy and the search for intelligent life in the universe, or SETI. Researchers at Breakthrough Listen, a SETI project led by the University of California, Berkeley, have now used machine learning to discover 72 new fast radio bursts from a mysterious source some 3 billion light years from Earth. Fast radio bursts are bright pulses of radio emission mere milliseconds in duration, thought to originate from distant galaxies.
11th September 2018


Power fuses successfully recertified for space applications

Power fuses successfully recertified for space applications
  SCHURTER and the European Space Agency (ESA) have a long and intensive cooperation in research and development. SCHURTER has been the exclusive supplier of fuses for a decade. The biennial recertification also took place in 2018 without any complaints.
5th September 2018

Optical Surfaces deliver aspheric lenses for nuclear research

Optical Surfaces deliver aspheric lenses for nuclear research
  Optical Surfaces has announced that it has received an order from the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) for twelve ultra-fast focusing 370mm diameter aspheric lenses for its Orion petawatt laser research facility.
30th August 2018

Multi-million pound work on UK alternative to Galileo

Multi-million pound work on UK alternative to Galileo
UK industry will benefit from a £92m injection to design a national alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite system, ensuring UK security post Brexit. The money has been allocated from the £3bn Brexit readiness fund announced at last year’s Budget and will be rolled out over the coming months. Satellite navigation systems like GPS are increasingly important for commercial, military and other critical applications, from guiding aircraft, ships and emergency services to helping millions of people find their way on car journeys.
29th August 2018

Parker Solar Probe will fly into The Sun’s atmosphere

Parker Solar Probe will fly into The Sun’s atmosphere
NASA has launched a bold mission to fly directly into the sun’s atmosphere, with a spacecraft named the Parker Solar Probe, after solar astrophysicist Eugene Parker. The incredibly resilient vessel, vaguely shaped like a lightbulb the size of a small car, was launched early in yesterday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Its trajectory will aim straight for the sun, where the probe will come closer to the solar surface than any other spacecraft in history.
13th August 2018

Horizons mission - preparing for a spacewalk

Known to the crew as an EVA (extravehicular activity), each spacewalk provides a valuable opportunity to carry out repairs, test new equipment and even perform science experiments beyond the confines of a spacecraft.
7th August 2018

Exoplanet detectives create catalogue of ‘light-fingerprints’

Exoplanet detectives create catalogue of ‘light-fingerprints’
Earthbound detectives rely on fingerprints to solve their cases; now astronomers can do the same, using 'light-fingerprints' to uncover the mysteries of exoplanets. Cornell researchers have created a reference catalogue using calibrated spectra and geometric albedos of 19 of the most diverse bodies in our solar system: all eight planets, from rocky to gaseous; nine moons, from frozen to lava spewing; and two dwarf planets, one in the asteroid belt (Ceres) and one in the Kuiper belt (Pluto).
6th August 2018

DDC’s single board computer chosen for robotic mission

DDC’s single board computer chosen for robotic mission
It has been announced by Data Device Corporation (DDC) that the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), developer of the robotic servicing payload for RSGS, has chosen DDC’s SCS750 Single Board Computer (SBC) for use on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). 
3rd August 2018


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28th November 2018
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