China’s revolutionary deep-space navigation system for future spacecraft

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  This article was originally published in the Bristol Post and written by Ashley Dove-Jay.   Later this month, China is to launch XPNAV-1, the X-ray Pulsar Navigation satellite. This pioneering spacecraft will be used to build and map out a revolutionary deep-space navigation system, pulsar navigation. Think of what they’re building as GPS, but […]

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Why is Elon Musk so hell-bent on Mars?

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  This article was originally published in the Bristol Post and written by Ashley Dove-Jay.   Last week, Elon Musk walked onto the stage of the world’s most prestigious annual space conference, the International Astronautical Congress, and delivered the keynote lecture. Over a period of an hour, he laid out the mission architecture, roadmap, spacecraft, […]

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The Red Dragon has risen……

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  This article was originally published in the Bristol Post and written by Ashley Dove-Jay.   This month, China is launching the Quantum Science Satellite (QSS). This spacecraft will be marked as a cornerstone in the ushering of a new era of communications technology; quantum communications. The key distinguisher with quantum communications is that the […]

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Why is SpaceX so far ahead?

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  This article was originally published in the Bristol Post and written by Ashley Dove-Jay.   Rocket engineering is hard. Typically, one in twenty rockets fail. Why? Because roughly 95% of a rocket at take-off, in terms of its weight, is fuel. The other 5% is the rocket itself and whatever it is launching into […]

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A flourishing new space age.. and a big laser gun!

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  This article was originally published in the Bristol Post and written by Ashley Dove-Jay.   For space exploration, a lot of fascinating things have happened in the last few weeks. After delivering its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, for the first time SpaceX retro-boost landed, on a ship out at sea, the […]

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How hard can it be? Overcoming start-up obstacles

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  This is the transcript of a talk that Mike Lawton and Matthew Dreaper gave at Venturefest Oxford in July 2015. We see some common obstacles facing start-up companies:   The Founder Yes – it is your idea!  Yes – you’re going to commit 200%!  But your view of yourself may actually be a limiting factor to […]

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