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Ep.87 – Ballistic re-entry and here is the news

It’s a bumper news episode as Gareth, Pieter and Tim discuss the latest headlines in the military, civilian and space sectors.

F-35 on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth – MoD

The boys are back together and sit down for a chat about F-35 (plenty to discuss here!), the Red Arrows heading Stateside, 19 hour flights on Singapore Airlines, drone technology, the Soyuz mishap and much, much more.

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News links


  • Britain’s elite Red Arrows are set to carry out their largest ever tour of North America https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles/red-arrows-to-light-up-north-american-skies-on-landmark-tour/
  • Britain regains carrier strike capability as F-35 stealth jets touch down on HMS Queen Elizabeth https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/28/britain-regains-carrier-strike-capability-f-35-stealth-jets/
  • Aeralis trainer https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/aeralis-launches-funding-effort-for-modular-milita-452629
  • RAF fast jet pilots to train in US https://www.janes.com/article/84027/raf-fast-jet-pilots-to-train-in-us
  • Belgium’s decision to go with F-35 has not gone down well with @AirbusDefence, the company putting out this strong statement. https://twitter.com/rotorfocus/status/1055820973532999682?s=21The

The Red Arrows are heading to North America in 2019 – MoD


  • BVLOS – Out of Sight, Out of Mind https://www.aerosociety.com/news/out-of-sight-not-out-of-mind/
  • I flew on the longest flight in the world http://uk.businessinsider.com/longest-flight-in-the-world-singapore-airlines-business-class-review-2018-10?r=US&IR=T
  • Virgin Atlantic to fly to Perth https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/virgin-atlantic-london-to-australia/

A350-XWB Ultra Long Range Singapore Airlines (Airbus)


Roscosmos to complete Soyuz accident investigation this month https://spacenews.com/roscosmos-to-complete-soyuz-accident-investigation-this-month/
Tweaked SpaceX rocket design? https://www.space.com/41871-elon-musk-spacex-bfr-spaceship-science-fiction-legacy.html

Soyuz launch

Media reviews:

Comet – Graham Simmons

John D Anderton – The Grand Designers

Fist Flights


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 2018-11-02  n/a