News story

Nike Zoom 2016 Hyperrev 2016 Zoom Men's Shoes Game Royal/White/Fountain Blue 820224-415 1e048e

The UK-built Solar Orbiter is preparing to leave the Airbus factory in Stevenage to travel to Germany for testing, ahead of its launch in 2020 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.

Published 17 September 2018
Mens NIKE MAGISTAX PROXIMO IC Dark Citron Trainers 718358 301,NIKE AIR FORCE 180 RETRO OG BARKLEY "SPORT ROYAL" SIZE 8.5 NEW (310095-011),Nike Stefan Janoski Max Skate Shoes Men SIZE 9.5 Black- Anthracite Black,Nike iD Air Force 1 High PRM Boot Leather Army Green Sz 10 af1 premium,Nike Lupinek Flyknit Black Hiking Running Boots Shoes Kicks 9 Mens 862505 002,NIKE AIR SAFARI SE ELEPHANT PRINT MONARCH/YELLOW OCHRE-FLAX MEN 9.5,Nike Air Trainer '88 Pimento Red Grey White Mens Size 12 Shoe Sneaker Suede,Nike Shox Deliver Men Athletic Shoe White, Blue & Red Size 10Air Jordan 5 Retro Size 11. Condition 8/10. Original price : $280.00,NIKE KD 8 MENS BASKETBALL SHOES GREY ALLIGATOR GREEN BRIGHT CITRUS 749375 033GENTLY WORN Mens Nike Moon Racer Khaki String Black Sail Volt AQ4121-200,Nike Flyknit Racer Red 2.0 Size 11Nike Air Vapormax Running Shoes Black White AH9046-003 Men's NEW,New Authentic Nike Blazer Mid Neo Turquoise Men Sneaker shoes,Mens Nike CTR360 Maestri III FG New Soccer Cleats 525166-173,NIKE AIR MAX 270 AH8050-005 TRIPLE BLACK,Nike Ohio State Nike Free Trainer V7 Week Zero Sz 10.5 New In Box,Nike AJ KO HIGH OG Size 9.5 Banned Bred,SPME59-00 Sample Nike Air Max Flair 50 Men's Size 10Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Men's 942851-601 Running Shoes Team Red/Oil Grey,Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Mens 631303-302 Sequoia Skateboard Shoes Size 10,2003 Air Jordan XVIII 18 Retro Basketball Shoes 305869-101 Size 10,Nike Air Jordan 1 One Mid Shoes Size 11 Mens Basketball Sneakers Black Red Gray,Nike Dunk CMFT WB Mens Sneaker boots - Size 9.5 Wheat Light Brown ColorNike Air Max 95 Premium SE Mens Vachetta Tan Snake Skin 924478 201 Shoes NIB,NIKE AIR MAX LD-ZERO H (848624 002) Men's Size 11,Men’s Nike Air Max 90 Premium SE “Red” Size-10.5 University Red (858954 600),Nike Mens Kyrie 4 Black/White 943806-002 Sneakers Basketball Shoes SZ 10 10.5 12,Nike Roshe One Black/Anthracite-Sail Rosherun Casual Lifestyle Shoes 511881-010,Nike Air Jordan Horizon Premium Size 10.5 Black Purple Steel Charcoal 822333 022,

The UK is at the heart of this European Space Agency (ESA) mission to uncover the secrets of our planet’s star. Solar Orbiter will provide close-up views of the Sun’s polar regions, tracking features such as solar storms and the solar wind which causes Earth’s atmosphere to light up as the Aurora or Northern Lights. The north and south poles of the Sun ‘flipped’ in 2013 and Solar Orbiter will also explore this phenomenon.

ESA selected Airbus Defence and Space in the UK as the prime contractor on the mission in 2012, to lead a team of companies and universities from all over Europe that supply various parts of the spacecraft.

The UK is a world-leader in solar physics research and its scientists are in high demand on solar missions. UK scientists were instrumental in proposing the Solar Orbiter mission to ESA and the UK Space Agency funded teams from University College London, Imperial College London and the RALSpace to design and build three out of the ten state-of-the-art scientific instruments on board the spacecraft, and to contribute to a fourth.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said:

Published 17 September 2018