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Head over heels: UK government infatuation with rockets is not a business plan

FARNBOROUGH, England — This year’s Farnborough International Airshow was a Mardi Gras celebration of Britain’s promised rocket-launch industry. But beyond the conga line of happy government and industry officials were a few people warning of a long Lent. The record of companies making a business...

Interview: Chris Larmour, CEO, British launch-service startup Orbex

FARNBOROUGH, England — Vertical launch-vehicle startup Orbex has been in “No Comment” mode for three years and on July 16 lifted the veil on a fully made-in-UK rocket — no ITAR issues here — using propane fuel and 30 million pounds ($40 million) in investment from UK and European government...

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Interview: Methera Global Communications CEO Chris McIntosh

SINGAPORE — At least a dozen satellite companies are pursuing the difficult-to-tap market of providing broadband access to the 4 billion people who don’t have it. Most are proposing to use hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit, or large geostationary-orbit...