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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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Science and Technology Committee launch new inquiry on Satellites and space - News from Parliament

Science and Technology Committee launch new inquiry on Satellites and space - News from Parliament | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
The Science and Technology Committee is launching an inquiry into Satellites and space, to inform the Government’s promised UK Civil Space Strategy in 2016.
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UK space industry to live long and prosper

UK space industry to live long and prosper | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
Today marks an historic day for British science, innovation and space investment.
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Nano-sats, cube-sats - and 3 new funds send small firms into orbit

Nano-sats, cube-sats - and 3 new funds send small firms into orbit | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
Britain's satellite firms are counting down to a launch that they expect will mark a key milestone in the industry’s astonishing expansion.
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Nine UK companies get set for Space Mission to the United States - News stories - GOV.UK

Nine UK companies get set for Space Mission to the United States - News stories - GOV.UK | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
Innovate UK and UKTI set up opportunities for Britain’s brightest space technology businesses to learn from global players in California.
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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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The Commercial Space Blog: UK Space Policy Follows US Down the "NewSpace" Path

The Commercial Space Blog: UK Space Policy Follows US Down the "NewSpace" Path | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
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Getting Universities & the Space Industry Working Together for Horizon 2020

Getting Universities & the Space Industry Working Together for Horizon 2020 | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
As the UK National Contact Point for Space in Horizon 2020, I am working towards improving the links between academia and industry for collaboration in Horizon 2020 proposals. UK academia has traditionally been a very strong player in EU research funding, and the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the proposal process and coordination administration is a key and valuable asset. However, Horizon 2020 offers a new challenge, and with the focus on providing a business case for the research and demonstrating the potential commercialisation of results, strong industrial partners are an
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Seraphim Space venture capital to nurture ESA space applications | ESA's ARTES Applications

Seraphim Space venture capital to nurture ESA space applications | ESA's ARTES Applications | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
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SpacePortNewquay

SpacePortNewquay | Spaceport UK | Scoop.it
Support the Newquiay Cornwall Spaceport
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