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Offline SteveH

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Re: Space and astronomy
« Reply #75 on: March 05, 2021, 10:09:18 am »
PLANS to enable UK spaceflights to “flourish” while remaining “safe” will be published on Friday, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The Government will release its response to a consultation on regulatory changes required to allow the country’s first space launch to take place within the next few years.

Traditional rockets launched vertically into space, high-altitude balloons and spaceplanes could all set off from UK soil once the measures are introduced, according to the DfT.

https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19138058.snowdonia-among-sites-considered-uk-spaceflights/

Offline Ian

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Re: Space and astronomy
« Reply #76 on: March 05, 2021, 07:29:15 pm »
For orbital insertion rockets would normally have to be launched from the East coast. That way they gain speed from planetary rotation and, if anything goes badly wrong, the North Sea is better than the land for dropping bits on.  But I'll be very surprised if anything comes of it. We're too far from the equator for starters.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.  ― Michel de Montaigne

Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes.


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Re: Space and astronomy.....3.30 BST today
« Reply #77 on: July 11, 2021, 12:55:55 pm »
UK businessman Sir Richard Branson is about to realise a lifetime's ambition by flying to the edge of space.

He'll ride his Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Sunday to an altitude where the sky turns black and the Earth's horizon curves away into the distance.

The entrepreneur says he wants to evaluate the experience before allowing paying customers aboard next year.

The vehicle will set off for the 1.5-hour mission above New Mexico at about 08:30 local US time (15:30 BST).

BBC report  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57790040


Virgingalatic link  http://www.virgingalactic.com/

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Re: Space and astronomy
« Reply #78 on: July 30, 2021, 09:47:55 am »
Space flights from Snowdonia move a step closer as new regulations arrive
Flights to space are poised to take place from Llanbedr Airfield in Gwynedd in future

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/space-flights-snowdonia-move-step-21174122

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Re: Space and astronomy
« Reply #79 on: February 26, 2023, 10:19:43 am »
Dark skies: Venus, Jupiter and the Moon pictured across Wales

Stargazers across Wales were able to witness Venus, Jupiter and the Moon aligned in the night sky on Thursday.

The brightest planets in the night sky were visible during a spectacular celestial event known as a conjunction.

According to the UK Space Agency, the two planets reach their apparent closest point at the start of March when they'll appear to form one point.

Take a look at a selection of the best images as people across Wales looked to the skies...........

Photos https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-64756972