Questions tagged [uk-space]

Questions regarding the United Kingdom's space program and its missions.

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How did the UK “intentionally self-nuke its space exploration capabilities in the 1970s”?

I have it on good authority that The UK intentionally self-nuked its space exploration capabilities in the 1970s, and has only recently starting to recover from this self-inflicted damage. Question: ...
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Details about Rolls-Royce / UK Space Agency's nuclear propulsion?

The UK Space Agency, on 2021 Jan 12, announced a research contract with Rolls-Royce for nuclear propulsion of spacecraft, based on R-R's experience with nuclear power for submarines. The press ...
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Are the proposed Launch UK facilities in the wrong places?

I live in the UK. I was recently told that the UK Space Agency (UKSA) was doing a project to launch rockets in Newquay. I did some more research and found that, according to the UKSA, Newquay will not ...
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Range safety for air-launch vehicles

One of the main advantages for air-launched orbital systems is their ability to effectively provide a mobile launch site. The Pegasus (XL) is the only operational orbital air-launch system, but others ...
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What orbital inclinations will be launched into from Scotland?

It has recently been announced that the A'Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland, Scotland will be host to the United Kingdom's first vertical launch site (assuming they can get anything done with just £30m ...
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Why put both Orbex and Rocket Labs on adjacent launch pads in Scotland?

update: There's some recent and potentially helpful information in NASA Spacefligh: UK Spaceport at Sutherland enters public consultation phase I've just read Jonathan Amos' article in the BBC News ...
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Transitioning into space software engineering

I have been a Web Developer in London since I graduated in 2012. My skills reside mainly in the Microsoft stack (MSSQL, .NET, C#, MVC and all the front-end stuff). I have always been very interested ...
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How did the USA cooperate with western allies during the Apollo program?

France launched its Diamant rocket to orbit between 1965 and 1975, and the UK its Black Arrow 1969-1972. Did they take advantage of NASA's rocket development experiences? Were any Apollo system ...
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Possible places for a launch complex in UK and continental Europe

Reading "Britain selects U.S., French, British teams to study spaceport feasibility" — I can imagine places in Europe for retrograde or polar launches, but are there places where standard LEO/...
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Any chance of seeing a vertical launch of an orbital launch vehicle in UK in the not-too-distant future?

Recently, news hit the press about a possible new launch facility, a spaceport on the territory of the United Kingdom. The article in Daily Mail that I read is however rather vague, and even though it ...
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Is the UK Space's MoonLITE project still on?

Impacting the Moon with ballistic projectiles to study its surface characteristics through debris plume sounds fantastic to me, especially with the success of previous such missions (or better said ...