Hi. There's a rumour going around that Britain doesn't "do" space anymore. It does - although given its extraordinary technological heritage, many would expect it to do a lot more. It's amazing to think the UK once had its own rocket that could launch a satellite... and it just gave up on it!
On this blog, you'll get a European focus on space developments. Those who know my writings will have discerned a clear interest in where all the euros are spent in orbit, through its dedicated agency: Esa. I hope this will complement the many excellent blogs already out there that concentrate on matters in the US (although I won't be short of a few comments on those issues, too). You'll also get a smattering of astronomy and planetary science as well. I'm not just interested in the rockets and spacecraft for their own sake; I want to know what they deliver in terms of the science and the engineering. In other words, on this blog, you will get "can" and plenty of "spam".
A word about me generally. I've been a science specialist with the BBC on and off for more than 20 years. I'm one of the few original "explorers" left in the building who started the BBC News website in 1997. I initiated its Health, Science/Environment and Technology sections. If you pass my desk, you can't miss it - it's the one with a monster model of an Ariane 5.