Tech news tagged ‘Space’

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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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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Fastest space PowerPC processor claim from e2v

e2v has introduced its highest ever performance space grade microprocessor. It is a space-qualified PC7448 radiation tolerant microprocessor based on a Power Architecture e600 core which runs up to 1267MHz.

It embeds an AltiVec SIMD engine, which allows the processor to deliver close to 10Gflop performance at full speed…

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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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