How the Canadian Space Agency punches above its weight – advice for other small space-faring nations

Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

In comparison to NASA’s (approximately) $18 billion budget, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) budget of $300 million looks like small change. Despite this, Canada has a presence in all of the major space disciplines and is a highly regarded international player. In a world where “No bucks, means no Buck Rogers” (so said Gus Grissom), […]

The Chinese Space Programme

Posted by on February 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

2012 is the Chinese year of the Dragon, which is surely a good sign for SpaceX who will be launching their combined COTS 2/3 mission in March. All being well, this will see the first private spacecraft visit and supply the International Space Station. But what of China and their space programme? Whilst they might not […]

Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission

Posted by on January 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Richard Garriott

I was lucky enough to hear Richard Garriott, gaming impresario and private astronaut, recount his personal tale of his mission to space at Yuri’s night at Ames in 2010 – and what a story it is. Yuri’s night at NASA Ames was quite an experience in itself. A two-day celebration of all things space, at […]

Dear Science Museum… don't hide the star exhibit

Posted by on April 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I love the Science Museum in London. I always have, whether it was because it had lots of buttons to press as a child, because I learned they house Watson and Crick’s original model of the DNA double helix when I was thinking of studying genetics, or because they have adults-only evenings with interesting talks. I love it. […]