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Brexit sending UK space firms out of orbit

Brexit sending UK space firms out of orbit

Technology
UK companies are already starting to lose out on European space contracts as a result of Brexit, MPs have heard.Simon Henley, president-elect of the Royal Aeronautical Society - which represents professionals in the industry - said firms were missing out on bids on the Galileo satellite programme because it is funded by the European Union.Separately, the UK head of aviation giant Airbus - which builds wings for its aeroplanes in north Wales - told the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) committee that other countries were now "knocking at the door" for that business.MPs were taking evidence as part of an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on aerospace.It came as elsewhere, the Institute of Directors (IoD) added to voices from business warning that a transitional arrangem...
Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

Science
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A used Falcon 9 rocket landed on a droneship in the Atlantic ocean Wednesday after launching a communications satellite into orbit.It was the third time SpaceX depended on a used Falcon 9 rocket to carry out a launch mission.The rocket blasted off at 6:53 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The Falcon 9 rocket previously was used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in February. This time, the rocket carried a high-powered, hybrid communications satellite shared by SES and EchoStar. The satellite is expected support the delivery of high-definition television broadcasts to viewers across North America.After carrying SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the edge of space last winter, the rocket's first stage detached and fell back to Earth before executing a contr...