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SCISYS spells more speed for interplanetary explorers

It’s time for Martian rovers to put the pedal to the metal. A system that lets rovers handle more of their own navigation could spell more speed for interplanetary explorers. It’s badly needed: the Curiosity rover, our best on the Red Planet, only covers about 200 metres per…

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Rosetta images, via Chelmsford

For the first time, a spacecraft is orbiting a comet, and soon its lander will be sitting on this dusty remnant of the early solar system. The pictures of 4km wide 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are amazing. And every single one has been taken through sensors made by Essex firm E2V…

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Dozens of CubeSats lost in Antares rocket failure

Alongside NASA’s Cygnus cargo pod, dozens of CubeSats were destroyed in the Antares rocket launch failure. Among them were 26 Dove earth-observation CubeSats from Planet Labs, known as Flock-1d “Space is hard and our hearts go out to our fellow space innovators on that launch,” said the…

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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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