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Lunar exploration has always been exclusively a matter for nation states, but it is now within the reach of private enterprise and a growing number of companies are looking to explore the Moon in the next few years.
Falcon flies at last from Florida with TV satellite
Chinese pictures from the Moon to be shared with international observatory
Athena and eLISA observatories chosen to study the Universe
Moon Express tests flight software on prototype robotic lander
Goodbye Cygnus as astronauts put out the trash
Government-funded radio telescopes fall silent in United States
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Cygnus berths and Falcon 9 flies on busy day for commercial space
Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo freighter finally berthed with the International Space Station yesterday and SpaceX launched the first of a new breed of Falcon 9 in a busy day for commercial space activities.
Japan aims to beam solar energy down from orbit
The Japanese space agency JAXA is developing a revolutionary concept to put “power stations” in orbit to capture sunlight and beam it to Earth.
Space companies make progress in testing landers
Two commercial rocket companies have demonstrated how they can control reusable landing craft by diverting them in flight.
Ariane 5 delivers Europe's biggest ever satellite into orbit
The latest Ariane 5 rocket thundered into space through patchy cloud on Thursday night to deliver Europe’s biggest and most sophisticated telecommunications satellite ever built into orbit.
UK to invest £60 million in air-breathing rocket engine
The UK Government is to invest £60 million in the development of the world's first prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE.
Wanted - new owner for one of world's major telescopes
New owners are being sought for one of the world's major observatories, the James Maxwell Clerk Telescope, after UK funding ends next year.
Your chance to share in a space telescope
Space enthusiasts are being offered the chance to share in funding the construction, launch and operation of a mini version of the Hubble telescope in orbit.
Europe's new Earth monitoring probe takes first image
ESA's Earth watching satellite, Proba-V, is in good health following its launch last week and has taken its first image of Earth.
Deep Space Industries plans robotic fleet to mine asteroids
Deep Space Industries have outlined their ambitious plan to mine asteroids for fuel and materials.
New company to join the asteroid gold rush
Deep Space Industries intends to build a fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft that can harvest and process these chunks of space rock
Commercial spaceflight showed its ambitions in 2012
Sen looks back at the spaceflight highlights of 2012 including Skylon's SABRE engine development and Dragon becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the ISS.
A different perspective of Earth
Six astronauts orbit Earth aboard the space station this Christmas.
Golden Spike plans manned Moon missions
NASA space scientists and engineers have set up Golden Spike, a commercial company that aims to return humans to the Moon.
Europe unveils plans for future in space
European ministers have agreed to invest 10 billion euros in future space projects following two days of budget talks in the Italian city of Naples.
Europe considers future space programmes
November 20-21, Ministers representing the 20 Member States that comprise ESA will meet in Naples for The Ministerial Council 2012, to set the future course of Europe’s space programmes.
China's next manned spaceflight is set for June
China's next manned flight to its testbed space station is set to launch in early June, 2013, a leading official from its space programme has revealed.
Launch escape system successfully tested by Blue Origin
Private spaceflight company Bue Origin has taken another big step towards orbit with the successful test of a launch escape system for astronauts.
Mars One plans human settlement on the Red Planet by 2023
Mars One, a private initiative, is aiming to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet.
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