UNOOSA and Airbus pick African team to fly “free” climate monitoring payload on the International Space Station

 

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Vienna, 26 October 2021 – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Airbus Defence and Space have selected the winner of their joint opportunity for a free one year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The climate mission supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will fly on Bartolomeo, the Airbus external payload hosting platform.

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Trick or TREAT!

This half term, celebrate Halloween with your family – Airfix style!

This spooky season, we’re feeling less trick and more treat. Get free pumpkin carving stencils and celebrate Halloween with your kids or grandkids – with a little bit of Airfix! Simply download below, print and away you go!

Don’t forget to show us your pumpkins. Send your photos to marketing@airfix.com!

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More environmentally friendly fuels approved for Cessna piston-powered aircraft

WICHITA, Kan. (Oct. 26, 2021) – Textron Aviation announced today that many Cessna piston-powered aircraft are now approved to utilize a more environmentally friendly aviation gasoline (AvGas).  Owners and operators of Cessna 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane can utilize 91-octane unleaded (91UL), 94UL or 100VLL (very low lead) fuel in their aircraft wherever it is available. The 206 Turbo Stationair HD aircraft is approved for 100VLL. Unleaded and lower-leaded fuels burn cleaner than higher-leaded fuels currently used on most piston aircraft.

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NASA to Host Briefing to Reveal New Findings from Jupiter’s Atmosphere

NASA to Host Briefing to Reveal New Findings from Jupiter’s Atmosphere

This view of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere from NASA's Juno spacecraft includes several of the planet's southern jet streams.
This view of Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere from NASA’s Juno spacecraft includes several of the planet’s southern jet streams. Citizen scientist Tanya Oleksuik created this color-enhanced image using data from the JunoCam camera. The original image was taken on Dec. 30, 2020.
Credits: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS, Image processing by Tanya Oleksuik © CC NC SA
NASA will hold a virtual media briefing at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 28, to discuss the latest results from the agency’s Juno spacecraft. The science team will reveal new findings that provide the first 3D look at how the planet’s roiling atmosphere operates underneath the top layers of clouds, and how these revelations offer insight into the atmospheres of giant planets elsewhere in the universe.

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Successful deployment of giant reflector for forest monitoring satellite Biomass

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12 metre umbrella-like reflector will enable precise measurement of carbon stored in global forests

Stevenage 21 October 2021 – Biomass, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) forest measuring satellite has passed a key milestone with the successful deployment of the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) which will receive P-band data reflected back from the world’s forests.

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Autumn Update

24th October 2021

Autumn Update

Entering into the autumn and winter seasons we wanted to share with you an update. We completed our last airshow at the end of September at RAF Coningsby. A return to meeting you and seeing historic aircraft flying was brilliant, we recorded excellent sales and new members joining the project. Sales of merchandise have also been strong.

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NASA Invites Media to Launch of IXPE Mission to Study X-rays in Space

NASA Invites Media to Launch of IXPE Mission to Study X-rays in Space

Cassiopeia A supernova remnant
Cassiopeia A (Cas A), a supernova remnant, is one object that NASA’s IXPE mission will study.
Credits: NASA/CXC/SAO
Media accreditation is open for the upcoming launch of NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will measure polarized X-rays from exotic cosmic objects, such as black holes and neutron stars, to better understand these types of phenomena and extreme environments.

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