Rob Coppinger is a veteran aerospace writer whose work has appeared in Flight International, on the BBC, in The Engineer, Live Science, the Aviation Week Network and other publications. He has covered a wide range of subjects from aviation and aerospace technology to space exploration, information technology and engineering. In September 2021, Rob became the editor of SpaceFlight Magazine, a publication by the British Interplanetary Society. He is based in France. You can follow Rob's latest space project via Twitter.
Although Europe’s Space Rider reusable space plane is three years or so from its debut, the European Space Agency is already making plans to privatize the unmanned orbital vehicle.
Ten atomic clocks have failed onboard the European Union's Galileo navigation satellites, casting doubt on when the unfinished constellation's next batch of spacecraft will be orbited.
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
Swiss Space Systems plans to launch a new private space plane carrying the space junk-cleaning satellite CleanSpace One by 2018, and the launch just might lift off from North America.
Astronaut Tim Peake will be the first British astronaut in space for the United Kingdom in 20 years.
The Swiss Space Systems SOAR space plane will launch from the back of an Airbus A300 jetliner.
The European Space Agency will send its Mars Express spacecraft within 36 miles of the tiny moon.
The European Space Agency has a packed year ahead to work on NASA's new Orion spaceship and its own rockets.
Private spacecraft from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and others are poised for major test in 2013.
The European Space Agency will provide the service module for NASA's Orion capsule.