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Hughes Europe expands into defence and government sectors

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Hughes Europe expands into defence and government sectors

12 June 2024

Hughes Europe has announced its strategic expansion into the military, defence and government sectors across pan-European nations, with launch of Konnect VHTS Services in collaboration with Telespazio.

Cognizant acquires Belcan

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Cognizant acquires Belcan

11 June 2024

Digital engineering and data specialist Cognizant, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Belcan, LLC, supplier of Engineering Research & Development (ER&D) services, for approximately $1.3 billion in cash and stock, subject to customary adjustments.

Airbus awarded Yahsat

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Airbus awarded Yahsat's Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites contract

10 June 2024

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat) announced today that it has contracted Airbus Defence and Space, to provide its new geostationary telecommunications satellites, Al Yah 4 (AY4) and Al Yah 5 (AY5).

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NASA awards advance technologies for Habitable Worlds mission

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NASA awards advance technologies for Habitable Worlds mission

3 June 2024

NASA has announced that it has selected three industry proposals to help develop technologies for future large space telescopes and plan for the agency's Habitable Worlds Observatory mission concept, which could be the first space telescope designed to search for life outside our solar system.

BAE Systems selected to build OCX for NOAA’s GeoXO

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BAE Systems selected to build OCX for NOAA’s GeoXO

3 June 2024

BAE Systems has been selected to build the Ocean Color Instrument (OCX) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite constellation.

Airbus delivers first Sentinel-5 instrument for satellite integration

Space

Airbus delivers first Sentinel-5 instrument for satellite integration

31 May 2024

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first Sentinel-5 instrument for the European Space Agency (ESA) that will be integrated on MetOp Second Generation Satellite A.

SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland formally opened

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SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland formally opened

29 May 2024

Western Europe’s first fully licenced vertical launch spaceport - the SaxaVord Spaceport at Unst in Shetland - was declared open today by the next generation of spaceflight workers.

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ESA-JAXA EarthCARE satellite launched

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ESA-JAXA EarthCARE satellite launched

29 May 2024

The Airbus-built EarthCARE climate monitoring satellite has been successfully launched from Vandenberg military base, California.

Viasat and Honeywell prove fastest L-band business aviation connectivity service

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Viasat and Honeywell prove fastest L-band business aviation connectivity service

28 May 2024

Honeywell and Viasat today announced the success of recent over-the-air and flight testing for SwiftJet, Viasat’s fastest ever L-band connectivity service for the business aviation industry, enabled through a simple Honeywell terminal upgrade.

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Scottish space start up secures investment

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Scottish space start up secures investment

28 May 2024

Aurora Avionics has landed more than £320,000 to help it become a key player in one of the UK’s fastest growing industry sectors.

Lift off for UK’s NSTF

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Lift off for UK’s NSTF

24 May 2024

The UK’s first 'one-stop shop' for large satellite testing - the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) - operated by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) RAL Space, has officially opened its doors and is set to welcome its first customers and ensure spacecraft up to seven tonnes will survive launch and the harsh conditions of space.

Farnborough International partners with The Future Business

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Farnborough International partners with The Future Business

23 May 2024

Farnborough International has partnered with The Future Business to offer a series of career events across its portfolio to inspire the next generation of aerospace, defence and space pioneers.

UK secures leading role in Vigil mission

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UK secures leading role in Vigil mission

23 May 2024

UK Space Minister Andrew Griffith was in Brussels yesterday, where he witnessed the signing of a major industrial contract that will see Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage building Europe’s flagship space weather mission, Vigil.

NSpOC and UK space sector regulation roadmap launched

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NSpOC and UK space sector regulation roadmap launched

17 May 2024

A new regulatory review for space sector has been published, as UK Science and Defence Ministers launch the UK's National Space Operations Centre (NSpOC).

UK team to start work on world’s largest telescope

Space

UK team to start work on world’s largest telescope

16 May 2024

Engineers at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) are to begin manufacturing the first instrument for the world-renowned Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

Un-jammable quantum tech takes flight

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Un-jammable quantum tech takes flight

14 May 2024

In a commercial world-first, quantum navigation technology developed in the UK, supported through UKRI funding, has been successfully tested in flight.

UKSA funds satellite instruments to monitor climate

Space

UKSA funds satellite instruments to monitor climate

14 May 2024

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has announced its largest investment into an early-stage technology programme to enhance the UK’s Earth observation technologies, to improve how space is used to understand and protect the planet.

New Space for All projects to inspire young people

Space

New Space for All projects to inspire young people

10 May 2024

The UK Space Agency will fund 15 projects across the UK designed to engage and inspire the next generation into STEM careers.

Teledyne Space provides EarthCARE imaging instrumentation

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Teledyne Space provides EarthCARE imaging instrumentation

9 May 2024

UK imaging sensor manufacturer, Teledyne Space Imaging has provided the key imaging and sensor instrumentation for the EarthCARE satellite, an advanced Earth climate monitoring project scheduled to be launched into space in May 2024 and jointly implemented by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Space sustainability conference advances £1.8m for tech innovation

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Space sustainability conference advances £1.8m for tech innovation

8 May 2024

New funding from the UK Space Agency is backing technologies to help satellites measure our changing shorelines, estimate levels of biomass, predict weather forecasting and manufacture medicines in space.

British businesses celebrated in The King’s Awards for Enterprise

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British businesses celebrated in The King’s Awards for Enterprise

6 May 2024

The 252 recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced today, celebrating the achievements of UK businesses.

ODU to demo battery applications at Battery Cells & Systems Expo

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ODU to demo battery applications at Battery Cells & Systems Expo

2 May 2024

ODU Connectors will be demonstrating products specifically designed for battery applications, such as its ODU-MAC Power Connector for high-current and high-voltage, at the Battery Cells & Systems Expo, taking place at the NEC, 15th-16th May.

Earth-i awarded UK EO DataHub contract

Space

Earth-i awarded UK EO DataHub contract

2 May 2024

Earth-i has announced that it has secured a UK EO DataHub contract award.

BAE Systems to build ACX for NOAA’s GeoXO constellation

Space

BAE Systems to build ACX for NOAA’s GeoXO constellation

2 May 2024

BAE Systems has been selected by NASA to develop the Atmospheric Composition instrument (ACX) - to monitor air quality and provide information about the impact of air pollutants on Earth - that will fly on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) satellite constellation.

UK connector orders up 10% in Q1

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UK connector orders up 10% in Q1

2 May 2024

The Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA) has released its first quarter report for 2024, which reveals ITSA members have seen overall growth of 10% in connector orders, with some segments outperforming expectations, such as military and commercial which are up by 30%.

Advanced Engineering UK to return to NEC in October

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Advanced Engineering UK to return to NEC in October

1 May 2024

Advanced Engineering UK will be returning to the NEC, Birmingham on 30th and 31st October, showcasing more innovation from the manufacturing and engineering industry.

Airbus launches Pléiades Neo Next programme

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Airbus launches Pléiades Neo Next programme

29 April 2024

Airbus has launched the Pléiades Neo Next programme to expand its very high resolution Earth observation constellation.

Rolls-Royce awarded NASA Power Conversion Development Contract

Space

Rolls-Royce awarded NASA Power Conversion Development Contract

26 April 2024

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a $1 million contract to develop an Advanced Closed Brayton Cycle converter for NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

ClearSpace-1 mission reviews debris target

Space

ClearSpace-1 mission reviews debris target

25 April 2024

The ClearSpace-1 mission is reviewing its debris removal target after detecting untraceable debris near its last client object.

Bright Ascension and Nominal Systems sign partnership MoU

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Bright Ascension and Nominal Systems sign partnership MoU

25 April 2024

Dundee based Bright Ascension Ltd has formed a partnership with Nominal Systems, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU.

NPL and ESA collaborate on next gen PNT tech

Space

NPL and ESA collaborate on next gen PNT tech

25 April 2024

The Teddington based National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working in collaboration with the European Space Agency's (ESA) Navigation Innovation Support Programme (NAVISP) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to develop the next generation of Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies.

PA Consulting launches Secure Futures report

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PA Consulting launches Secure Futures report

24 April 2024

PA Consulting has announced the launch of its Secure Futures report, part of its Secure Futures series providing insights and events emphasising the importance of collaboration in delivering a secure future.

Rocket Lab launches NanoAvionics satellite bus carrying NASA’s solar sail system

Space

Rocket Lab launches NanoAvionics satellite bus carrying NASA’s solar sail system

24 April 2024

Kongsberg NanoAvionics has announced that the 12U nanosatellite bus it built for the in-orbit demonstration of NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System mission was successfully launched by Rocket Lab.

IceMOS honoured in Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards

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IceMOS honoured in Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards

23 April 2024

Semiconductor technology firm, IceMOS Technology Corporation is among the 2024 winners of the UK Government’s Department for Business and Trade’s (DBT) Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards announced today.

UK astronaut Rosemary Coogan aims for the stars after graduation

Space

UK astronaut Rosemary Coogan aims for the stars after graduation

22 April 2024

UK astronaut Rosemary Coogan is a step closer to space after a graduation ceremony today following her European Space Agency (ESA) training.

Orbex secures £16.7m investment

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Orbex secures £16.7m investment

19 April 2024

UK spaceflight company Orbex has received £16.7 million from six backers in an update to its Series C funding round.

CLEAR Mission reaches PDR maturity

Space

CLEAR Mission reaches PDR maturity

19 April 2024

ClearSpace today announced that its CLEAR Mission – funded as part of the UK Space Agency’s national debris removal programme – has achieved Preliminary Design Review (PDR) maturity, marking a significant advance in the collective aim of making space operations more sustainable.

Serco renews two key contracts with CERN

Space

Serco renews two key contracts with CERN

18 April 2024

Serco has signed the renewal of two contracts with the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), marking a 30-year-long partnership.

Hypervine launches unlimited satellite survey service for mining industry

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Hypervine launches unlimited satellite survey service for mining industry

18 April 2024

Hypervine, a cleantech business specialising in satellite imagery and data analytics, has launched its new unlimited satellite surveys service.

ODU Connectors introduces MINI-SNAP Super Shorty

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ODU Connectors introduces MINI-SNAP Super Shorty

16 April 2024

ODU Connectors has introduced its MINI-SNAP Super Shorty, designed to provide a compact solution for large electrical engineering challenges.

RAeS highlights ATM issues facing UK aviation

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RAeS highlights ATM issues facing UK aviation

12 April 2024

The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) has published three Air Traffic Management (ATM) papers to support the future development of aviation.

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BAE Systems' WSF-M satellite launched

12 April 2024

BAE Systems’ Weather System Follow-on – Microwave (WSF-M) satellite was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California yesterday as part of the US Space Force environmental monitoring programme, set to bridge critical gaps in current space-based environmental monitoring capabilities to advance military operations.

Serco to contribute to EarthCARE project

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Serco to contribute to EarthCARE project

12 April 2024

Serco in Italy and the Czech Republic has won a project called EarthCARE, as part of consortium led by Exprivia.

Viasat opens International Business HQ in London

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Viasat opens International Business HQ in London

11 April 2024

Viasat today officially opened its highly advanced International Business Headquarters in London.

Frank Stephenson Design unveils The Aurora

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Frank Stephenson Design unveils The Aurora

11 April 2024

High Wycombe based design house, Frank Stephenson Design, has revealed the interior design for HALO Spaceflight's space capsule, 'The Aurora'.

UK and Canada enhance cooperation in space

Space

UK and Canada enhance cooperation in space

10 April 2024

The UK Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency have signed an enhanced MoU to further areas of cooperation and information sharing on space.

UK funding boosts international space projects

Space

UK funding boosts international space projects

8 April 2024

Eleven projects that showcase the best of UK space expertise on the international stage have secured a funding boost from the UK Space Agency.

Space Solar adds to advisory board

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Space Solar adds to advisory board

5 April 2024

Harwell headquartered Space Solar, which is dedicated to advancing Space-Based Solar Power (SBSP) solutions, has announced the addition of three key experts to its advisory board.

UK Space Agency opening new office in Wales

Space

UK Space Agency opening new office in Wales

3 April 2024

The UK Space Agency is opening an office in Wales for the first time as it works to support the space sector across the UK.

BAE Systems completes integration of NASA’s Carruthers Observatory

Space

BAE Systems completes integration of NASA’s Carruthers Observatory

3 April 2024

BAE Systems has successfully completed the integration of the Carruthers Geocorona Observatory’s ultraviolet (UV) spectrometer onto the satellite bus, the next major step in completing the NASA Earth-monitoring satellite.

C-LEO programme opens with £60m for satellite constellation ideas

Space

C-LEO programme opens with £60m for satellite constellation ideas

2 April 2024

Up to £60 million is available for innovations that will help boost the UK’s satellite communications sector, following the record number of global satellite launches in 2023.

Spire to scale constellation for Hancom InSpace

Space

Spire to scale constellation for Hancom InSpace

2 April 2024

Spire Global has announced an agreement with Hancom InSpace - initially a spin-off by Korea Aerospace Research Institute and now a part of HANCOM Group - for two additional satellites (Sejong-2 and Sejong-3) with Spire Space Services.

UK Space Agency to open new HQ and regional offices

Space

UK Space Agency to open new HQ and regional offices

27 March 2024

The UK Space Agency is opening new headquarters at the Harwell Science Campus’ Space Cluster in Oxfordshire and offices in Scotland, Wales and the Midlands.

Airbus continues climate change monitoring with NASA

Space

Airbus continues climate change monitoring with NASA

22 March 2024

Airbus has been awarded a contract to design and build the GRACE-C twin spacecraft by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL (Pasadena, California).

UK tech firms selected for Government support in Japan

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UK tech firms selected for Government support in Japan

21 March 2024

Four innovative UK tech companies have been selected to receive Government support from the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme to accelerate their plans for expansion in Japan.

Viasat expanding in-flight connectivity of Korean Air fleet

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Viasat expanding in-flight connectivity of Korean Air fleet

20 March 2024

Viasat has been selected to power in-flight connectivity onboard 40 additional aircraft by Korean Air, South Korea’s flag carrier.

Serco welcomes Sarah AlHabbas as first Space Graduate

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Serco welcomes Sarah AlHabbas as first Space Graduate

20 March 2024

Serco has welcomed its first Space Graduate, Sarah AlHabbas, helping to advance Saudi talent in the space sector.

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Viasat's IFC selected by Royal Jordanian Airlines

18 March 2024

Royal Jordanian Airlines and Viasat have announced that the airline will officially make high-speed Wi-Fi a priority to enhance its future passenger experience by selecting Viasat's in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution across multiple fleets.

Serco launches Urban Twin Solution

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Serco launches Urban Twin Solution

11 March 2024

Serco has launched an Urban Twin Solution to help governments and organisations to address critical environmental challenges using the latest space-enabled environmental data.

HyImpulse receives first flight license from CAA

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HyImpulse receives first flight license from CAA

8 March 2024

HyImpulse has received its first flight license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its sounding rocket, which is now ready to launch from the Shetland Islands thanks to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

UK Space Agency funding observation of HABs

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UK Space Agency funding observation of HABs

8 March 2024

The UK Space Agency has committed to funding six projects to improve infrastructure and encourage collaboration across the UK’s growing space sector, one of which is aimed at monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

UK Government invests £10m into SaxaVord Spaceport

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UK Government invests £10m into SaxaVord Spaceport

6 March 2024

During today’s Spring Budget, the UK Government announced its plans to invest £10 million into SaxaVord Spaceport, Europe’s first and only licensed vertical launch spaceport.

UK youngsters gain STEM career insights at Space Camp

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UK youngsters gain STEM career insights at Space Camp

6 March 2024

Lockheed Martin has joined forces with the National Space Academy and Viasat to host dozens of young people at a week-long Space Camp at the University of Sunderland.

BAE Systems launches MethaneSAT

Space

BAE Systems launches MethaneSAT

5 March 2024

BAE Systems is celebrating alongside its customers at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) following the successful launch of the MethaneSAT satellite from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California yesterday.

Viasat to provide inflight connectivity on Icelandair’s new Airbus fleet

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Viasat to provide inflight connectivity on Icelandair’s new Airbus fleet

5 March 2024

Viasat today announced that Icelandair has selected its inflight Wi-Fi solution for the airline’s new fleet of Airbus aircraft.

Resonate Testing raises awareness of battery safety in space

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Resonate Testing raises awareness of battery safety in space

5 March 2024

Tom Mallon, Managing Director of Resonate Testing, the Newry based commercial test house, has stressed the need for effective and comprehensive testing on batteries with the increase of modern technology dependent on advanced battery technology.

Ubotica

Space

Ubotica's CogniSAT-6 mission launched on SpaceX Transporter 10

4 March 2024

Ubotica today successfully launched its CogniSAT-6 mission onboard SpaceX's Transporter 10.

Dr Paul Bate to give keynote speech at Space-Comm Expo

Space

Dr Paul Bate to give keynote speech at Space-Comm Expo

4 March 2024

UK Space Agency CEO Dr Paul Bate will be giving a keynote speech at Space-Comm Expo this week at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre (6th-7th March).

Rivada secures UK market access license

Space

Rivada secures UK market access license

4 March 2024

The UK's independent communications regulator Ofcom, has granted Rivada a license that enables it to provide satellite communications services in Britain.

Viasat wins Northrop Grumman contract for US AFRL

Defence Space

Viasat wins Northrop Grumman contract for US AFRL's Global Lightning

4 March 2024

Viasat has been awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman to support the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) initiative, called the Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) Call 003 programme – better known by its nickname 'Global Lightning'.

Bright Ascension partners with Third Planet Orbital

Space

Bright Ascension partners with Third Planet Orbital

29 February 2024

Dundee based Bright Ascension has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Loughborough based Third Planet Orbital Ltd, a supplier of off-the-shelf functionally standardised small satellite buses.

Zygo to showcase optical solutions at Space-Comm 2024

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Zygo to showcase optical solutions at Space-Comm 2024

29 February 2024

Zygo Corporation has announced that it will be showcasing its extensive range of products and services at this year’s Space-Comm Expo, 6th-7th March, being held next week at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, including 3D optical metrology instruments, optical parts and components.

BAE Systems to develop prototype US Space Force missile detection ground system

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BAE Systems to develop prototype US Space Force missile detection ground system

29 February 2024

BAE Systems has been selected by the US Space Systems Command (SSC) Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) to provide a prototype ground system for the US Space Force’s SSC Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution Command and Control (FORGE C2) project.

Viasat’s Velaris completes powerline inspection demo

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Viasat’s Velaris completes powerline inspection demo

29 February 2024

Viasat has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of its Velaris connectivity solution for Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), following a recent power utilities assessment using a small, lightweight terminal developed by its partner, UAV connectivity platform provider, Gotonomi.

FIL launches Farnborough International Space Show

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FIL launches Farnborough International Space Show

27 February 2024

Farnborough International Ltd (FIL) today announced the official launch of Farnborough International Space Show, a new annual UK space industry event taking place from next year (19th-20th March 2025) at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, which will connect the global space community across industry, defence, ...

UKSA funding to boost UK telecoms

Space

UKSA funding to boost UK telecoms

27 February 2024

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has announced a £10 million funding competition that will help UK companies put their technologies at the forefront of a new generation of global telecommunications services, products and applications.

Space Enterprise Lab opens in Wrexham University’s OpTIC Technology Centre

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Space Enterprise Lab opens in Wrexham University’s OpTIC Technology Centre

26 February 2024

A Space Enterprise Lab which will support the growth of the space sector across the UK has officially opened at the OpTIC Technology Centre, located at Prifysgol Wrecsam/Wrexham University’s St Asaph campus.

Seraphim Space publishes ecosystem map

Space

Seraphim Space publishes ecosystem map

26 February 2024

Seraphim Space has today published its global ecosystem map – detailing the most well-funded space companies across the globe.

ClearSpace secures UKSA satellite refuelling contract

Space

ClearSpace secures UKSA satellite refuelling contract

21 February 2024

ClearSpace has secured a contract with the UK Space Agency to investigate the feasibility of an in-orbit satellite refuelling mission, an exciting new market for in-orbit services.

Thales Alenia Space launches MARSBalloon

Space

Thales Alenia Space launches MARSBalloon

20 February 2024

Thales Alenia Space has launched MARSBalloon, which gives primary and secondary students the chance to fly experiments and test technologies that could one day be destined for Mars.

Science and tech projects sought for UK mission with Axiom Space

Space

Science and tech projects sought for UK mission with Axiom Space

20 February 2024

Up to £15 million commercial funding could be made available for British science and technology to fly to space, should the proposed mission with Axiom Space proceed, the UK Space Agency announced today.

Wayland Additive to showcase Calibur3 capabilities at AMADS

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Wayland Additive to showcase Calibur3 capabilities at AMADS

15 February 2024

Wayland Additive, an OEM of next generation eBeam metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, will showcase its Calibur3 capabilities at AMADS (AM for Aerospace, Defence & Space), being held in Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, 27th and 28th February.

BAE Systems to complete acquisition of Ball Aerospace

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BAE Systems to complete acquisition of Ball Aerospace

15 February 2024

Further to the announcement of 17th August 2023, BAE Systems has now received the necessary regulatory approvals and will be executing steps in the coming days to complete the acquisition of Ball Aerospace from Ball Corporation.

In-Space Missions awarded UKSA funding for Faraday Dragon

Space

In-Space Missions awarded UKSA funding for Faraday Dragon

15 February 2024

In-Space Missions Ltd has been awarded further funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to progress its Faraday Dragon rideshare satellite programme.

DE&S awards satellite control contracts to Lockheed Martin and Rhea

Defence Space

DE&S awards satellite control contracts to Lockheed Martin and Rhea

14 February 2024

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) has placed contracts with Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems UK in Oxfordshire and Rhea in Bath, to develop innovative software that will provide a robust, secure and automated satellite control system for future UK MoD satellites.

UKSA funding ensures UK role in global missions to Moon, Mars and Venus

Space

UKSA funding ensures UK role in global missions to Moon, Mars and Venus

14 February 2024

UK scientists and engineers will play a role in major global missions to the Moon, Mars and Venus, thanks to new funding from the UK Space Agency for work towards international space science and exploration projects.

Collins Aerospace completes next-gen spacesuit milestone

Space

Collins Aerospace completes next-gen spacesuit milestone

13 February 2024

A major NASA design milestone has been reached by Collins Aerospace as it completed the Crew Capability Assessment, as a key step in the design process on its next-generation spacesuit for the International Space Station (ISS), under NASA's Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (xEVAS) contract.

Starlab Space announces leadership team

Space

Starlab Space announces leadership team

13 February 2024

Starlab Space LLC (Starlab Space) - the transatlantic joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus - has appointed retired NASA astronaut and Voyager executive, Tim Kopra, as Starlab's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Mohit Sharma as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Orbex secures international patent for coaxial rocket fuel tanks

Space

Orbex secures international patent for coaxial rocket fuel tanks

13 February 2024

UK-based spaceflight company, Orbex, has been granted an international patent across more than a dozen countries to protect its innovative coaxial tanking technology, which nests the main rocket fuel tank within the main oxidiser tank.

ADS appoints David Lockwood as President

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ADS appoints David Lockwood as President

12 February 2024

ADS, the UK trade association for the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, has today announced the appointment of David Lockwood, CEO of Babcock, as their new President.

Pulsar Fusion tests new plasma spaceship engine

Space

Pulsar Fusion tests new plasma spaceship engine

7 February 2024

UK aerospace company Pulsar Fusion has successfully tested a new high-tech space engine at the University of Southampton, which is designed to launch a new generation of super satellites.

MicroCarb CO2 monitoring satellite ready for launch

Space

MicroCarb CO2 monitoring satellite ready for launch

5 February 2024

The first European space mission designed to monitor carbon fluxes on Earth by precisely measuring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has completed assembly and qualification in the UK.

UK’s first ever degree apprenticeship in Space Systems Engineering launched

Space

UK’s first ever degree apprenticeship in Space Systems Engineering launched

5 February 2024

BAE Systems and the University of Portsmouth have launched the UK’s first ever degree apprenticeship in Space Systems Engineering.

Space reflectors could enhance solar farms

Space

Space reflectors could enhance solar farms

5 February 2024

Reflectors placed in orbit around the Earth which reflect sunlight towards future solar power farms at dawn and dusk could help accelerate the transition to net-zero, according to University of Glasgow researchers.

UKSA joins EISCAT

Space

UKSA joins EISCAT

2 February 2024

The UK Science Minister Andrew Griffith is in Norway today, as the UK Space Agency (UKSA) signs an agreement to join EISCAT - the international space observatory - and the UK announces £5.5 million backing for Arctic research.

BAE Systems’ advanced GPS tech clears CDR

Defence Space

BAE Systems’ advanced GPS tech clears CDR

1 February 2024

BAE Systems’ programme to design and manufacture an advanced military GPS receiver and next-generation semiconductor has completed Critical Design Review (CDR).

ADS launches its 2024 Manifesto

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ADS launches its 2024 Manifesto

1 February 2024

ADS - the association representing the UK's aerospace, defence, security and space sectors - this week launched its manifesto for 2024, setting out its recommendations for the next government to secure UK advantage.

World’s first metal 3D printer for space heads to ISS

Space

World’s first metal 3D printer for space heads to ISS

31 January 2024

The first metal 3D printer for space, developed by Airbus for the European Space Agency (ESA), will soon be tested aboard the Columbus module of the International Space Station (ISS).

New Farnborough International Space Show launched

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New Farnborough International Space Show launched

30 January 2024

Farnborough International has today announced the launch of Farnborough International Space Show, a new, annual UK space industry event, to pioneer the commercial space age.

Airbus becomes sole owner of AOS

Space

Airbus becomes sole owner of AOS

29 January 2024

Airbus US Space & Defense, Inc. has announced completion of a deal with Eutelsat OneWeb to purchase its 50% share of the Airbus OneWeb Satellites (AOS) joint venture, making Airbus the sole owner of AOS and the satellite manufacturing facility in Merritt Island, Florida.

EasyJet takes to the skies with Iris

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EasyJet takes to the skies with Iris

29 January 2024

EasyJet has taken to the skies as the first airline partner of the ground-breaking Iris programme, an initiative led by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Viasat, which is using the latest generation of satellite technology to help modernise air traffic management (ATM) by optimising airspace to ease congestion and reduce delays and emissions for ...

DE&S seeks industry support for Space Delivery Team

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DE&S seeks industry support for Space Delivery Team

25 January 2024

Defence Equipment & Support’s Space Delivery Team is inviting industry partners to demonstrate how they can support efforts to deliver Assured Alternative Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT) technologies to enable UK forces to effectively operate in GNSS denied or degraded environments across the world.

ClearSpace and Orbit Fab  to create in-space refueling service

Space

ClearSpace and Orbit Fab to create in-space refueling service

25 January 2024

ClearSpace and Orbit Fab have announced a multifaceted strategic partnership to advance in-space refueling and servicing capabilities that will revolutionise space operations and serve as a foundation for a vibrant and sustainable space economy.

Telespazio UK awarded EO DataHub Platform Software Development and Operations contract

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Telespazio UK awarded EO DataHub Platform Software Development and Operations contract

24 January 2024

Telespazio UK has been awarded the Earth Observation (EO) DataHub Platform Software Development and Operations contract.

Viasat proves UK SBAS accuracy

Aerospace Space

Viasat proves UK SBAS accuracy

18 January 2024

Viasat has proven the precision of its UK Satellite Based Augmentation System (UK SBAS) aboard a Cranfield University National Flying Laboratory Centre (NFLC) aircraft, as part of an ongoing trial funded by the Department for Transport through the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Aerospace

Manchester Airport link bridge lifted into place

4 June 2024

A timelapse video shows the moment that a colossal 216-ton, two-storey link bridge is delicately manoeuvred into place at Manchester Airport’s Terminal Two, as work continues apace on a £1.3 billion programme to transform and modernise the terminal.

Defence

DIO helps underpin NATO’s largest exercise in decades

5 April 2024

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has been enabling and supporting Exercise Steadfast Defender 2024, NATO’s largest military exercise since the Cold War.

Defence Events

MoD Sanctuary Awards celebrate sustainability and conservation

21 March 2024

The 33rd annual Ministry of Defence (MoD) Sanctuary Awards held earlier this week, have recognised the outstanding sustainability and conservation efforts across the MoD in the past year.

Defence

NATO DIANA expands network

18 March 2024

NATO Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) is significantly expanding its transatlantic network of accelerator sites and test centres - doubling in size to more than 200 affiliated sites - which includes five additional UK test centres.

Defence

MoD releases unseen DragonFire LDEW footage

11 March 2024

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) - along with its defence industry partners MBDA, Leonardo and Qinetiq - is publishing ‘never seen before’ declassified footage of the DragonFire Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) system, in action over the skies of the Hebrides.

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