SKYLON – the answer to UK space dreams?

Posted by on January 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm

It’s like this: I would LOVE the UK to have a human spaceflight programme. I would LOVE the UK to lead the way in space exploration. I would LOVE for people around the world to look at our country and see that we are investing in science, technology and inspiring a new generation of engineers. […]

Tim Peake – the politics and the possibilities

Posted by on June 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

It was just a few months ago that I wrote about Maj Timothy Peake after he spoke at the British Interplanetary Society. I had asked him at the time whether there had been any push-back from his colleagues at ESA on the basis that the UK hadn’t ever funded human spaceflight at the point he […]

Letter to a Commander

Posted by on May 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

In just less than 30 minutes time Colonel Chris Hadfield will handover the reins of the ISS to Russian Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. In honour of his time as the first Canadian ISS Commander, I wrote a few lines. In about 24 hours time Chris will be leaving the space station and heading home in a trusty […]

Tim Peake Speaks! (At the British Interplanetary Society)

Posted by on February 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

It was a wet February evening as I set out to hear British astronaut Maj Timothy Peake address a packed house at the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). Introduced as the first truly British non-commercial astronaut, a subtle smile creeps onto his face when it is mentioned that the UK government is paying for him though […]