News story


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
Nike SB Zoom Strefan Janoski Cool Grey Squadron Blue White Sz 10 333824-046Man's/Woman's Nike Men's Free Rn Running Shoe Diverse new design Impeccable Outstanding style,Nike Air Max Modern Flyknit Running Shoe 876066 100 Retail $130 Size 11.5 New,RARE!!! Nike Air Max CT LE Black Infrared 375575 002 sz 13,Mr/Ms NIKE Men's Zoom Shift Nylon Basketball Shoes Great variety Price reduction Personalization trend NG2055Mr/Ms nike air max attack Customer first Let our goods go to the world wonderful,Nike Men's Janoski Mid Shoes "Zoom Stefan''--White/BlackNike LeBron XV 15 JAMES Black Crimson Sail Basketball AQ2363-002 Sz7y P5/N3692*Nike Air Tr.V. Cruz Mens Mid Training Shoe 777535 004 (Black) NEW Mens Sz 12,NIKE AIR MAX PRIME RUNNING SHOES 876068 005, SIZE 11.5,Nike Air Jordan 1 KO HIGH OG Mens Basketball Shoes Navy Size 11 *NEW $140New wBox Nike Free RN Mens Premium Running Shoes Sz 13 Purple Dust Black White,Gentlemen/Ladies nike blazers size 4 feature Optimal price Human borderNIKE TRAIN SPEED 4 AMP NFL NEW YORK GIANTS BLUE RED NEW 848587-610 SIZE 10,Lebron James Soldier X111 Basketball Shoes 807219-500 Purple Size 11.5M,NIKE AIR FORCE 180 C BARKLEY RETRO BBALL SHOES BLACK MEN 11 NEW 310095-003,Nike Air Force 1 High Top Size 10 USMen's Nike Arrowz Black/White/Dark Grey 902813-002 (NEW) Size 8,NIKE iD ~Size 18 ~KD Kevin Durant Zoom 2013 RUNNING SHOES Orange 627964-991,NIKE MEN'S RUN SWIFT ATHLETIC COMFORT BREATHABLE WALKING RUNNING SHOE RED WHITE,Gentleman/Lady Nike Fußballschuhe Gr. 37,5 Beautiful color High-quality materials Amoy,MEN'S NIKE JORDAN CP3.VIII MID NAVY WHITE GYM BLUE SIZE 9.5NIKE METCON REPPER DSX SIZE UK6/US7/EUR40/CM25 898048-001,Nike LeBron Soldier 11 XI SFG Olive Camo Gum 897646-200 Size 12.5,Men/Women Nike Flystepper 2k3...mens size 10 Comfortable feeling Attractive fashion Excellent workmanship,New Nike Mens Air Pegasus '89 PRM SE N7 Running Shoes 861346-003 Sz 12Nike Men's Payaa Prem QS Running Athletic Sneaker Shoe White 807738 110 NIB,Gentleman/Lady Nike Air Vapormax GS Wolf Grey Light Carbon Kids Women Running Shoes 917963-006 Modern technology First batch of customers Seasonal hot sale WW609,Nikes Size 6 Read Description For Deals!Nike Prestige IV Men's 488428 099 Black Size US 10,

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