Today, the Space Innovation and Growth Team (Space IGT), a joint collaboration between industry, Government, and academia, set out a 20 year vision for the UK to grow its share of the quickly expanding global space market from 6% to 10%. The majority of investment required for what will be a six-fold increase in the size of the UKâ€™s space sector will come from industry, but Government must also play a full part in this by doubling its spend on space.
Why is human Mars exploration so surprisingly hard? James Oberg discusses why human Mars missions have proven far more difficult than originally envisioned and how weâ€™ll know that weâ€™re finally ready to go.
Doubts about depots Josh Hopkins argues that proponents of on-orbit propellant depots need to address a number of technical and business issues regarding them.
Ares 1 launch abort: technical analysis and policy implications An Air Force analysis leaked last month concludes that there are phases of flight of the Ares 1 from which the Orion capsule could not safely escape. Kirk Woellert examines both the rationale for leaking the report and its technical merits.
Remembering the lessons of SEI Taylor Dinerman looks back on the late, lamented Space Exploration Initiative for insights on how the President and Congress should not to act when given the Augustine Commission’s report.
Launch failure Dwayne Day reflects on what the passing of LAUNCH Magazine means for space journalism, online and in print.
The crucible of man Andrew Weston makes the case for Britain to be even more ambitious with its long-term space goals.
Review: Heavenly Ambitions Jeff Foust reviews a new book that examines changes in space policy and explains why military space dominance is problematic, at best.
The British space program got a major boost this week when European space ministers approved the establishment of the agency’s first research center in the UK.Â The facility on the Harwell innovation campus in Oxfordshire will focus on climate change and space robotics research.
“It’s important. It shows renewed interest for Britain to be part of ESA, to be involved in space activity; and we welcome that,” Senior ESA executive Daniel Sacotte told BBC News. “It’s a new development in our relationship with this very important member state.”
Meanwhile, British scientists will be going interplanetary with missions to the moon and Mars.