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Never mind the moon, a more important space race is off and running hard

Never mind the moon, a more important space race is off and running hard

At a populist level there may be much pain and anger in America over President Obama’s budget proposal to abandon the Constellation project to return US astronauts to the moon by 2020. The political dimension was discussed in the Crikey subscriber bulletin today. But this is about much more than the symbolism and science of […]

Is tin back in for jets?

Is tin back in for jets?

News that China is looking hard at using aluminium rather than composites for much of its proposed Comac C919 airliner raises the question as to whether ‘plastic fantastics’ like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 are mistakes. Both high composite projects make ambitious claims for the use of non-metallic materials. And the first, the […]

Not just ‘another’ A320 takes off in Tianjin

Not just ‘another’ A320 takes off in Tianjin

The flight of the first Airbus A320 assembled in China yesterday slots another section of Beijing’s aerospace strategy into place. Some commentary has labelled the event ‘ceremonial’ in that it was the final assembly of components largely imported from Europe. But China has around 700 Airbuses on order, most of them single aisle jets from […]