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Blue Abyss announce RAF Henlow space and sea centre - BBC News

Blue Abyss announce RAF Henlow space and sea centre - BBC News | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

The £120m site will include the world's deepest pool and astronaut training facilities.

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SpaceTech Incubation Programme; Accelerating space in the South West

SpaceTech Incubation Programme; Accelerating space in the South West | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
Are you an innovator, an entrepreneur, a developer or a data scientist? Are you interested in space and technology and have a passion to explore and make a difference? If so, we’d like to hear from you. An increasing amount of industries are now looking […]
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Second Life Maps | Star Beach Island

Second Life Maps | Star Beach Island | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

Visit Spaceport UK in Second Life and see the BAE Mustard Space-plane proposal. Each stage piloted and reusable, 1968, seems we were way ahead of the game at that point.



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Tim Peake excited to return to space | BBC Sky at Night Magazine

- The world’s best practical astronomy website, Sky at Night has telescope reviews, advice for observing the night sky, beginners astronomy, and how-to guides to getting the most out of looking up at the heavens
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Reaction Engines begins construction of UK rocket engine test facility | Reaction Engines

Reaction Engines begins construction of UK rocket engine test facility | Reaction Engines | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
Reaction Engines Ltd. today began construction of a new engine test facility where it plans to undertake the first ground based demonstration of its revolutionary SABRE™ air-breathing rocket engine.

The test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, UK will enable Reaction Engines to test critical subsystems along with the testing of a SABRE engine core, which will commence in 2020.
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SpaceTech Is Going Global – Galina Dеgtyareva – Medium

SpaceTech Is Going Global – Galina Dеgtyareva – Medium | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

Space startups are a big thing now. Reusable rockets, satellites, observing the Earth in real-time and asteroid mining technologies — it’s very easy to get fascinated with space. And many of top-tier…

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Scottish space industry soaring high - BBC News

Scottish space industry soaring high - BBC News | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

In the last two years Glasgow has built more satellites than any other city in Europe. So why is the Scottish space industry such a success?

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Getting ready for take-off

Getting ready for take-off | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

Stuart McIntyre, chief executive at Orbital Access, is creating a space services company that will launch equipment and people into orbit from a global network of spaceports, as BQ Scotland editor Peter Ranscombe finds out.

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"Britain in Space" - Born to Engineer talk to Photographer James Ball about documenting Britain’s thriving space industry - Born to Engineer

"Britain in Space" - Born to Engineer talk to Photographer James Ball about documenting Britain’s thriving space industry - Born to Engineer | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
There has never been a more exciting time for the British space industry
This is the opinion of British photographer James Ball (aka Docubyte) who has spent the last six years documenting Britain’s thriving space industry.
This week Born to Engineer caught up with Ball to discuss the project and how the industry has changed over the last few years.
“The story of Britain’s space industry has been a very sorry tale of great innovation, great engineering, great expertise and terrible marketing and generally very little support from the government”. But, explains Ball, that began to change in the late 1980s and '90s when some small innovative companies started making use of readily available components to create cheap access to space, and in doing so made a lot of money.
The Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE. A new type of rocket engine that would allow a plane to reach orbit in around 15 minutes. Image © Docubyte
While that could have been the end of the concept, its co-creator Alan Bond created Reaction Engines Limited (REL) which has been working on the Skylon vehicle ever since.
Skylon is designed to solve the problems that HOTOL was never able to overcome. It is a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane and uses SABRE (the combined-cycle, air-breathing rocket propulsion system). This new technology should allow it to be reusable for up to 200 flights.
Now, 30 years after HOTOL, it is fair to say that the project is well on track to being a British success story. Engine tests observed by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2012 were declared a success and led to the government stepping up to support the project with a £60-million investment.
James documents a brief moment shared with Tim at the UK Space Conference 2013. Image © Docubyte
But it isn’t just the industry that has changed during the last six years.
Ball's 'Britain in Space' project has always been non-commercial, designed to offer an insight into an industry. He admits that his style has “changed a quite a bit” over the years. More recent images are more like product shots than a traditional documentary style.
The SABRE Engine - a new type of rocket engine that would allow a plane to reach orbit, release a payload, return to Earth and land on an airstrip. Image © Docubyte
So what of the future of the project and the industry? When it comes to what Brexit might mean for the British space industry James is optimistic.
“Obviously it's a concern, but these are very long-term projects we're talking about. It will take years for the impact of the separation from Europe to be felt on the British space industry, and while it is easy to see the worst now it might open up new possibilities with other markets in Asia and America.”
The success of the British space industry is an example of the engineering expertise Britain has to offer. It is noticeable that there are engineers who have been in the industry for decades, and are still thriving, and this is because their work has been crucial to the evolution of rocketry.
"While development of Skylon might take decades, there is a real sense of optimism that the technology first developed in the '80s for HOTOL could be fully realised in the lifetime of the original designer. There is investment flowing in now to support it, not just from Europe, but from America too.”
You can discover more of James work on his website Docubyte.
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Britain endorses ESA, promises increased export-credit support for industry - SpaceNews.com

Britain endorses ESA, promises increased export-credit support for industry - SpaceNews.com | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
The British government has emphatically endorsed its investment in the 22-nation European Space Agency and rejected a parliamentary proposal that its space budget be more evenly divided between ESA and a national program.
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University of Portsmouth acquires European Space Agency School

University of Portsmouth acquires European Space Agency School | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

The UK’s only training school accredited by the European Space Agency (ESA) has been bought by the University of Portsmouth. ASTA Technology Ltd, which has been based at the University since 2008, trains space operators to assemble, maintain, and repair critical […]

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Funded Research Opportunities

Current Research opportunities in the faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing at Kingston University London.

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Orbex | Orbex reveals 1200m2 space rocket factory

Orbex | Orbex reveals 1200m2 space rocket factory | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
London, 21 June 2017 - Welcoming the UK’s focus on low-cost, reliable commercial spaceflight activities in today’s Queens’s Speech, a UK company has revealed details of a 1200m2 space rocket factory currently building vertical launch vehicles that will be launched into orbit from th
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Second Life Maps | Star Beach Island

Second Life Maps | Star Beach Island | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
New Teleport link to the virtual telescope learning space, come along a have a try
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Missions to Mars | Science Podcasts | Naked Scientists

The Space Boffins return to Mars to hear about progress on the plus-sized US and petite European rovers. Recorded in the Mars Yard in Stevenage, Richard and Sue are joined by guests Abbie Hutty from Airbus and science journalist Stuart Clark. Richard also talks to the Project Scientist for NASA’s 2020 Mars rover, Ken Farley, and British astronaut, Tim Peake, discusses his ‘dynamic’ return to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft.
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Space scientist to Chair influential space exploration committee — University of Leicester

UK Space Agency appointment for Professor Richard Ambrosi
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The stakes are high and the competition tough – but the UK just took a giant leap into the space industry

The stakes are high and the competition tough – but the UK just took a giant leap into the space industry | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

The UK is aiming to control 10% of the space industry by 2030.

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An Introduction to Rocket Science

An Introduction to Rocket Science | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

"It's not rocket science, you know" is such a cliche. The British Interplanetary Society is offering a one-day 'course' aimed at the general public which assume

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Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow - GOV.UK

Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow - GOV.UK | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

Young people have the chance to win £10,000 in a competition to come up with ideas on how to use satellite data to improve life on Earth.

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Spaceships at Manston? Campaigners to pitch airport site to UK Space Agency as potential launchpad today

Spaceships at Manston? Campaigners to pitch airport site to UK Space Agency as potential launchpad today | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

A presentation will be made to bosses at the Royal Aeronautical Society

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Catapult welcomes launch of £50m Seraphim Space Fund

Catapult welcomes launch of £50m Seraphim Space Fund | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it

The Catapult has welcomed the launch of the £50m Seraphim Space Fund, describing it as a “game-changing boost to the UK space industry”.

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