|22 February 2010|
Space shuttle Endeavour safely back on Earth
With commander George Zamka at the controls, space shuttle Endeavour and her crew of six safely landed back at Kennedy Space Centre.
Britain delivers a ’space strategy’
A panel of government experts, industry chiefs and scientists delivered a 20-year-vision for the United Kingdom’s space industry.
It said that by 2030, 100,000 new jobs could be created by a £40 billion-a-year UK space industry. All that was needed from government was a doubling of the current funding over the next decade to £550 million. If the numbers hold up, then Britain would catapult from 21st in space investment to 10th place in terms of Gross Domestic Product.
Eutelsat Shifts W3B from Chinese to European Rocket
Eutelsat switched this year’s planned launch of its W3B telecommunications satellite from a Chinese Long March vehicle to a European Ariane 5 rocket amid concerns about an insufficient supply of the non-U.S. components that would permit the satellite’s export to China, Eutelsat and W3B prime contractor.
IXV prepares the European Low Earth Orbit return ambition
On 4 February in Turin, Italy, Thales Alenia Space Italy and its main
industrial partners presented to ESA the new Intermediate eXperimental
Vehicle (IXV) design baseline, a key milestone in the start of the full
development phase of the IXV, due to make its first flight three years from