Comment: Orwell was right on two counts – the Internet of Things threatens our privacy just as politically correct puritanism threatens our freedom

Comment: Orwell was right on two counts – the Internet of Things threatens our privacy just as politically correct puritanism threatens our freedom

Your correspondent writes this as one who has been accused of being dangerously right-wing by some on the left, and accused of being dangerously left-wing by some on the right.  It is always nice to be disliked by everyone!  Nevertheless, whether they come from the...
On a Sadder Note: We say goodbye to Douglas Rain – the voice of HAL 9000…to comic superhero creator Stan Lee…to veteran BBC Newsreader Richard Baker…and to film directors Nick Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci

On a Sadder Note: We say goodbye to Douglas Rain – the voice of HAL 9000…to comic superhero creator Stan Lee…to veteran BBC Newsreader Richard Baker…and to film directors Nick Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci

The Canadian actor Douglas Rain has passed away at the age of 90. While he would have probably wanted to be more remembered for his Shakespearean stage roles in the 1950s, it will be his voice that will be most missed. For he played...
Rispace 2018 London: Asteroid mining gets thumbs down, electrolysed water as propellant gets thumbs up, while GEO debris can be surprisingly hazardous

Rispace 2018 London: Asteroid mining gets thumbs down, electrolysed water as propellant gets thumbs up, while GEO debris can be surprisingly hazardous

This year’s Rispace – Reinventing Space – conference, which was held in London in November, had a blend of keynote speakers and technical presentations covering everything from satellite servicing to space debris. Unlike the overstuffed International...
As thriving Raytheon waits for Space Sensing Layer constellation down-select it looks across the pond for more opportunities

As thriving Raytheon waits for Space Sensing Layer constellation down-select it looks across the pond for more opportunities

While the US firm Raytheon is best known for its missiles’ business – its Sidewinder infra-red “heat-seeking” air-to-air missile being the most famous, its lesser-known space business actually has a 50-year-old history. And it is thriving, as Wallis Laughrey, Vice...