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BBC Science Correspondent
Jan 25, 2022 24 tweets 15 min read
.@ThierryBreton, European Commissioner for Internal Market (incl Space!), is promising to outline in the next few weeks the architecture details for the proposed EU satellite megaconstellation. Speaking at 14th #BBESpaceConf 1/n He mentions five points of importance. (1) The constellation will use all orbits, not just LEO; (2) Its governance will avoid dependencies on third countries (eg, nations like the UK would not be involved)... 14th #BBESpaceConf 2/n
Sep 8, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
It's up! The driveway in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, that was hit by a carbonaceous chondrite meteorite in February has had its mini crater removed to go on public display at @NHM_Meteorites / @NHM_London.… A beautiful day in the #Cotswolds. If this was the last day of summer (it's going to rain tomorrow), what a way to spend it! And super success. The #Winchcombe tarmac - with its "Splat!" mark - was lifted with no damage. Expert work by the Grimshaw contractors.
Nov 27, 2019 79 tweets 51 min read
No they won't, yes they will. The UK was heading for a car crash at the @esa ministerial, with doubts in the last few days that it would turn up with the expected uplift in its subscription. Normal service looks to have been resumed. #Space19Plus… Attention now turns to where the cash from Britain and the other big member states goes. A major battleground will be the €1.4bn #Copernicus package. How hard will the UK commit? EO really important to Germany here; it'll be going in very hard, as you would expect. #Space19Plus
Oct 17, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
The headline budget proposal for the @esa #Space19+ Ministerial Council will be €12.8bn. The hope is to see the science budget lift by close to 10% after three years. Member states will have to agree this of course. 2 days of discussion/commitment in Seville, 27/28 Nov. @esa Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine has written to Esa DG Jan Wörner to ask for more service modules to stick on the back of the future Artemis Orion capsules that have been ordered from Lockheed. The letter talks about a European astronaut walking on the Moon at some point.
Aug 27, 2019 13 tweets 7 min read
Behold! The finished #RosalindFranklin rover. A nine-month assembly but more than a decade of development by teams across Europe @esa, Russia @roscosmos and the USA @NASA as part of the @ESA_ExoMars project.… Great photo @MaxA_Photo! Image #RosalindFranklin is being bagged and boxed for shipment from Stevenage, UK, to Toulouse, France. Acoustic and thermal vacuum testing awaits. The rover has three outstanding items: its radioisotope heaters. Insertion will be just prior to launch next year. Photo by @MaxA_Photo Image
Dec 10, 2018 6 tweets 1 min read
Exciting news from the legend that is Ed Stone from JPL. Voyager 2 has reached the heliopause - and stepped outside the solar system (if you use this definition). It crossed over on 5 Nov #AGU18 The position of the heliopause is currently moving outwards so it's possible it could catch up with Voyager 2 again, but for the moment the probe is exploring near interstellar space.
May 1, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
Downing Street has put out a #Galileo note this evening saying the "Prime Minister will task engineering and aerospace experts in the UK to develop options for a British Global Navigation Satellite System". I'm told it "formalises" what we learnt last week 1/n And on first reading, the statement doesn't take us much further forward than the @FT @peggyhollinger scoop. The statement says the UK still "seeks full participation in the EU’s #Galileo programme as part of its future security partnership." However... 2/n