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China set to launch probe on round trip to the moon

China is planning to launch an uncrewed spacecraft on a quick jaunt around the moon, in a test of technology designed to return rocks from the lunar surface to Earth. The Chang’e 5-T1 mission is set to blast off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China…

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Rosetta seeks vapour without human help

When the Rosetta spacecraft sends its lander to the surface of a comet on 12 November, the lander will follow pre-arranged orders from Earth to touch down safely and send data home for analysis. But future spacecraft may be able to do it all on their own. Kiri Wagstaff…

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CubeSat proliferation highlights space debris problem

Tiny, cheap CubeSats are becoming an increasing danger in space. The mini-satellites could cause catastrophic collisions with larger craft, threatening to produce orbiting blizzards of space debris like those in the movie Gravity. CubeSats measure just 10 centimetres on a side and weigh a maximum of 1.3 kilograms…

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ESA Galileo satellites launch into wrong orbit

Two European Space Agency navigation satellites launched into the wrong orbit last weekend. The satellites were meant to be the fifth and sixth in Europe’s Galileo global positioning system, a network of 30 satellites expected to be up and running by 2020. They launched from French Guinea on a…

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£1.18m MoD ship order for Gresham

Gresham Power Electronics of Wiltshire has secured a £1.18m order from Korea based Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) to supply un-interruptable power supply (UPS) systems for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Tide class tankers, currently being built by Daewoo. To be delivered to the MoD, each tanker…

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Space: ESA approves plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved plans for the Athena X-ray space telescope, which will be the largest of its kind ever built. Costing about €1 billion, the flagship project will launch in 2028. It will weigh in at 5 tonnes, be about 12 metres long and will…

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Quantum transmission sent through space

The first quantum transmission to go via space paves the way for ultra-secure communications satellites. Secret encryption keys transmitted via quantum links provide the ultimate way to communicate securely. That’s because any attempt to intercept the key will be revealed thanks to the laws of quantum mechanics, which…

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