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Analysis: What was behind the SpaceShipTwo crash?

Wreckage of the Virgin Galatic SpaceShipTwo

10 November 2014

Virgin Galactic has been synonymous with space tourism since the start of its partnership with California-based Scaled Composites, the company that won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004 after its SpaceShipOne became the first private spacecraft to reach the edge of space.

Where next for the modern airship?

Aeross Dragon Dream airship

10 November 2014

Airships came to prominence in the First World War when they were used for bombing raids. Today the airship concept is undergoing a revival. But what is the technology like, and what will they be used for?

Antarctic ice truckers: Vivian 'Bunny' Fuchs' 1958 success

Bunny Fuchss Snocat is trapped nosefirst in the far wall of a deep crevasse

10 November 2014

Before manned space flight became a reality in the 1960s, the greatest challenge in exploration was to traverse the continent of Antarctica. A team spearheaded by British explorer Sir Vivian 'Bunny' Fuchs led a mission that was to put the internal combustion engine to its sternest test yet.

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