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News bites return! 30 March 2010

30 Mar 2010, 16:03 UTC
News bites return! 30 March 2010
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Is it just this blog or is there just not much going on out there at the moment? Maybe it is the Christian festival of Easter that is slowing things down with all that related time off work?
But for those of you that are looking forward to the imminent 2 April Soyuz TMA-18 launch there are pre-flight interviews with the crew at the news webpage of Russia’s Federal Space Agency aka Roscosmos
Russian news website RIA Novosti is reporting that the UK and Russia could become high tech partners – is this because of the creation of the UK Space Agency? One doubts any help will be forthcoming on the scale that Russia provided China with for its manned spaceflight programme - click on the hypertext for a 38-slide presentation about the middle kingdom’s ambitions, happy Easter!
However there is a Russian presence now at the Harwell innovation and science centre which is to get the UKSA’s International Science and Innovation Centre (spot anything similar?) with £40 million from government and industry. More on that Russian presence another day…
Maybe the Russian’s could help the UK with this solar sail anti-space debris thingy that UK newspaper The Guardian (a ...

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