Tech news tagged ‘Space’

Low cost flexi-satellites to be built by Airbus in the UK

The UK’s latest multi-million pound space facilities, for flexi-satellites, were officially opened last month with the signing of  a first €180m contract.

The new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) is a joint initiative between the UK government and the European Space Agency (ESA).


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NTSB concludes Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash review

Human error, not mechanical fault, caused the crash of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo last October, a review has concluded. But the companies behind the craft and the regulator that approved its flight are not off the hook.

The crash was a result of co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocking the spacecraft…

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Intersil rad-hard multiplexers offer ESD protection

Intersil has introduced rad hard multiplexers that offer ESD protection, signal chain accuracy and timing performance.

The ISL71840SEH 30V 16-channel multiplexer is a drop-in replacement for Intersil’s widely adopted HS9-1840ARH, which has been aboard nearly every satellite and space exploration mission, including NASA’s recent Orion…

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Sir Richard Branson and Airbus back UK micro-satellite builder

UK-based micro-satellite builder OneWeb has raised $500m to fund its development of satellite-based systems for providing broadband communications and driving the roll-out of the IoT.

OneWeb has also acquired 65 rockets including 21 Soyuz launch orders from Arianespace and 39 launches from Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne…

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University sees successful CubeSat satellite launch

Warwick University’s WUSAT-2 satellite, which was launched earlier this month, uses miniature connectors from Harwin.

The student-run project has built and launched a small 10x10x10cm CubeSat satellite into space.

Overseen by the European Space Agency (ESA), the satellite was launched from the Swedish Space Centre. After the…

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Amazon founder launches a secret rocket to space

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos secretly launched an uncrewed rocket to space on Wednesday from his private launch facility in the Texas desert.

Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, has been working on sub-orbital space flight since 2000, with an eye on the space tourism market. Its New Shepard capsule and…

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Space tech fuels economic growth, says forum in Abu Dhabi

Space technology companies meeting in Abu Dhabi next month will highlight the importance of investing in space education and development.

Meeting at the Global Space & Satellite forum which takes place  26 – 27 May will demonstrate how space expenditure in a country fosters science and technology and supports local industries…

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ESA orders space radio prototype from RFEL

Following a research contract, the European Space Agency is to buy a software-defined radio demonstrator RFEL, the Isle of Wight-based specialist in DSP algorithms running on FPGAs.

“The research element of the project was a great success,” said RFEL CEO Alex Kuhrt, “so this second, follow-on, contract…

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Government funds £1m space R&D prize

Government funded defence research agency, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is running a £1m research competition inviting proposals from UK-based companies for technology which will offer affordable space systems for communications and surveillance.

The aim of the government-funded research will be to develop technologies in the…

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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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