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Space Boffins Blast Off!

9 Aug 2018, 23:00 UTC
Space Boffins Blast Off!
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It's a rocket special on this month's Space Boffins with Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham. As the UK's plans for a Spaceport forge ahead, two microlauncher companies are at the forefront of a commercial space race for launching small satellites from the UK. Sue hears from Orbex's Chris Larmour and Skyrora's Daniel Smith to find out what they have planned. Richard reports from the European spaceport Vega C launch pad in French Guiana with engineer Marco Calcabrini and inside the Ariane 5 and Vega control room with Jean-Marc Durand from Arianespace. Astronomer and science writer Stuart Clark joins the Space Boffins to discuss rockets, UK space and Aeolus, the world's first wind monitoring satellite, and agrees to play their 1969 board game Blast Off - something they all come to regret.

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