.@ESA Ariane 6 rocket starts development – an annotated infographic

Airbus Safran Launchers – a joint venture between the aerospace giant Airbus and the aero and rocket manufacturer Safran – has finalised the architecture for its Ariane 6 launch vehicle. Ariane 6 will be a modular rocket that can be tailored to launch one or two large satellites at a time into low-altitude perches and geostationary orbits favoured by commercial telecoms spacecraft. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading .@ESA Ariane 6 rocket starts development – an annotated infographic

Not all @SpaceX #Falcon9 rockets fall over and set fire to themselves – an annotated infographic

In light of Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket falling over and setting fire to itself recently, we thought it was a good time – and only fair – to share this more uplifting infographic about the fledgling space company’s successful launch and upright landing of an unmanned rocket in December 2015. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading Not all @SpaceX #Falcon9 rockets fall over and set fire to themselves – an annotated infographic

New #Haynes manuals show #space tech doesn’t have to be rocket science

Reviewing Haynes’ new ‘Owners’ Workshop Manual’ for the various models of Nasa’s Gemini spacecraft in the current issue of E&T, Mark Williamson welcomes the recognition it gives to the projects that laid the engineering groundwork for the much more celebrated Apollo missions.   Although small (you could pack six or seven Gemini capsules into a Space Shuttle payload bay), it was America’s first ‘real spacecraft’, as this manual clearly shows… As one would expect from a modern-day Haynes guide, it is illustrated with line drawings based on the Nasa originals and an excellent set of nicely printed colour photographs. Gemini … Continue reading New #Haynes manuals show #space tech doesn’t have to be rocket science