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The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

Technology
Virgin Orbit plans to launch its rockets from a plane. This new approach means no need for a launch site or the need to burn masses of fuel to get the rockets off the ground.The rockets will be used to take satellites into space. A test launch in May failed but now the company is looking to make a further attempt.BBC Click's Marc Cieslak went to find out more about the technology behind the launches.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Astronauts set for landing after 2,600 Earth orbits

Astronauts set for landing after 2,600 Earth orbits

Technology
Three astronauts are preparing for a fiery re-entry through the Earth's atmosphere at more than 500mph, after five months in space and 2,688 orbits of their planet. NASA's Scott Tingle, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), closed the hatch for their journey back from the International Space Station (ISS) at 6.55am UK time.Their Soyuz spacecraft will undock from the ISS around 10.16am and travel away from the space station for a couple of hours, before igniting its engines to take it out of Earth's orbit. Shedding hardware it no longer needs, it will re-enter the atmosphere with a parachute slowing it down to a more manageable 179mph or so, before rocket engines slow it further as it gets closer to the gr...