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Clive Simpson - Journalist and writer

Clive Simpson is Managing Editor of 'ROOM - The Space Journal' and also works as a freelance writer and editor for national and regional magazines, newspapers, news websites and media agencies.

He has written hundreds of news and feature articles, annual reports, websites and blogs, as well as contributing to several books.

Clive works extensively in the space and aerospace industries in both the UK and Europe, and was Editor of Spaceflight magazine for 10 years.

Based near Peterborough, he is happy to travel anywhere in the world to cover news stories, write feature articles or report on conferences.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New mission for Peake

Business Secretary Greg Clark has confirmed today that Tim Peake will make a second mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to continue work on scientific research and broadening our understanding of the space enviro... Read More

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Trump’s space review

The world woke up today with news that Donald Trump will be the next American president. Although it will be too early to tell exactly what this means for the US space industry, science has played only a small part in this ye... Read More

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Musk on Mars

SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk brought high drama and a remarkable vision of the future to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) being held in the Mexican ‘silicon valley’ city of Guadalaraja this week. Musk to... Read More

Friday, 16 September 2016

Brexit will affect space

Britain will stay in the European Space Agency (ESA) if it leaves the EU but will have to renegotiate terms to continue participating in certain projects. Speaking in London this week at ‘Space four Inspiration’, ESA d... Read More

Friday, 29 July 2016

Rosetta inspires Vangelis

Legendary composer and pioneer of electronic music Vangelis has produced a brand new album, ‘Rosetta’, inspired by ESA’s Rosetta mission. The release of the album by Decca Records on 23 September coincides with the c... Read More

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Space defence platform

Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, founder and editor-in-chief of ‘ROOM: The Space Journal’ and chairman of the Moscow-based International Expert Society on Space Threat Defence, has proposed that nations should co-operate to build an... Read More

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

ULA teams up with Bigelow

United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rockets will launch the first of Bigelow Aerospace’s giant expandable B330 modules - each of which will provide one-third as much usable volume as the entire International Space Station ... Read More

Friday, 8 April 2016

Dragon’s flawless launch

Tucked in the trunk of the latest commercial cargo spacecraft to head for the International Space Station (ISS) is an expandable structure that has the potential to revolutionize work and life on the space station. SpaceX'... Read More

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Free media publicity

Journalist, editor and PR consultant Mike Holland of OlsenMetrix Marketing is the keynote speaker at Positive Networking’s first meeting of 2016 at the Dragonfly Hotel, Peterborough, on Thursday (14 January) at 6 pm. In ... Read More

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Injunction hope for solar

Government plans to drastically reduce the Feed in Tariff (FiT) for solar energy generation may be averted, according to the boss of South Lincolnshire-based Horizon Power, a renewables energy planning consultancy. Keith B... Read More

Monday, 2 November 2015

Edging towards flight

The world's largest aircraft passed another milestone in its return-to-flight programme when it was filled with helium and floated for the first time inside its giant hanger at Cardington in Bedfordshire. Four fork li... Read More

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Space engine investment

BAE Systems has paid £20.6 million for a 20 per cent stake in Reaction Engines, the company developing a hybrid rocket/jet engine called Sabre that could propel aircraft into space. Reaction Engines, based at Abingdon in ... Read More

Friday, 9 October 2015

Food sector’s space challenge

The UK’s space, food and agriculture industries met in London this week to assess how space technology can better support future global food and agricultural production. ‘Satellites for Agri-Food’ highlighted how the... Read More

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Fish fly to north Russia

Delicate cargos of two contrasting kinds – newly spawned fish from Arctic waters and hi-tech industrial laser equipment – have been successfully transported to new destinations in northern Russia and Japan by Volga-Dnepr ... Read More

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Instability challenges growth

Turkish Airlines Cargo has had a rough ride so far in 2015. Turkey’s proximity to the conflict in Syria alongside the political and currency problems experienced by some of its neighbours in Eastern Europe have not help... Read More

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

UK space is down to earth

Britain’s space industry has more than doubled its turnover over in the past decade to £11.8 billion a year and is ‘punching above its weight’ in the international marketplace. Companies involved in the manufacturin... Read More

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sea defence campaign

South Lincolnshire farmers whose land adjoins the Wash sea banks brought their case for improved sea defences into the election campaign this week. Sutton Bridge farmer Stafford Proctor, chairman of the Wash Frontagers’ ... Read More

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Russia’s Space Station plan

Vladimir Putin used his appearance on television last week to announce Russian plans to build a national replacement for the International Space Station (ISS) once it reaches the end of its design life. The ISS is due to b... Read More

Monday, 16 March 2015

Philae’s wake up call

Europe’s tiny Philae lander on Comet 67P is now receiving twice as much solar energy as it did last November when it finally came to rest in a shaded spot. A communication unit on the Rosetta orbiter has been switched on... Read More

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

UK spaceport plans

Plans for Britain to be home of Europe’s first spaceport moved a step closer today after the results of a three month consultation with a range of interested parties were published. The government confirmed widespread su... Read More

Monday, 2 March 2015

Business inspiration

City-based multi-millionaire businessman Sukhi Wahiwala has teamed up with networking guru Mike Stokes to launch a new business club venture in Peterborough. The Inspired Business Club launches in the city on 19 March at S... Read More

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Banana discounting

British supermarkets - and in particular the in-vogue Aldi and Lidl discounters - use both bananas and milk as huge loss leaders. And in the process are driving all but the biggest producers of both out of business. “To ... Read More

Thursday, 12 February 2015

New Airlander funding

Bedfordshire-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has been awarded a £3.4 million grant by the government’s regional growth fund that will create 40 new jobs and see its revolutionary Airlander aircraft flying sooner, writes Cl... Read More

Friday, 23 January 2015

Water shortage

Recent storms across California have been helpful in replenishing severe water shortages but aren't nearly enough to end the multi-year drought, scientists say. According to research based on data from a NASA satellite it ... Read More

Friday, 16 January 2015

Beagle 2 found on Mars

The UK-led Beagle 2 Mars Lander, thought lost on Mars since 2003, has been found partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission more than a decade ago. This find shows t... Read More

Thursday, 15 January 2015

ESA prepares test flight

A European Vega rocket is being prepared to launch an unmanned spaceplane to test re-entry technologies for future vehicles. ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle IXV is set to fly on a suborbital trajectory on 11 Febr... Read More

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Spaceplane protest fails

A protest by Sierra Nevada Corp challenging NASA’s selection of competitors Boeing and SpaceX to build commercial human-rated space capsules to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) has been overruled by t... Read More

Friday, 2 January 2015

Climate warning to politicians

Sir David Attenborough has launched an outspoken attack on senior politicians who deny the dangers of climate change, accusing them of taking the “easier” option of deliberately ignoring the evidence. The veteran wildl... Read More

Monday, 22 December 2014

New German boss for ESA

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, the dynamic and colourful head of the German Aerospace Centre, is to take over as director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) this summer. He will succeed Jean-Jacques Dordain, who has held... Read More

Friday, 12 December 2014

Union Jack to fly in orbit

The UK Space Agency is making an extra investment of over £200 million in Europe's space programme, providing the UK with increased leadership in a rapidly growing global sector and building on the UK space industry's £11.3... Read More

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Farmland needs protection

Farmers of land around the Wash marked the first anniversary of last December’s tidal surge with the formation of the Wash Frontagers' Group (WFG) and an urgent call to action. They are concerned that the region’s farm... Read More

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

US relases secret data

High resolution radar data maps of Europe, North America and other key parts of the world captured on a space shuttle mission 14 years ago have been made public for the first time this month. Former Nasa astronaut Kathy Su... Read More

Monday, 17 November 2014

Grants for UK space

The UK Space Agency is investing up to £32 million to open opportunities for the UK space sector to share expertise in real-world satellite technology and services overseas. Grants will be awarded to British companies to ... Read More

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Antares rocket explodes

Hours after a spectacular launch failure that destroyed a Ukranian-American built rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station (ISS), Russia successfully launched a Progress cargo craft from Kazakhstan carryin... Read More

Friday, 24 October 2014

Time for change

New research published just before the end of UK daylight saving shows that proposals to permanently increase the hours of waking daylight could increase children's activity levels. Having later sunsets may lead to an incr... Read More

Thursday, 16 October 2014

World on edge of water crisis

The world is on the edge of a global water crisis as a result of depleting underground supplies caused by a combination of climate change and a rapidly increasing demand for water. The worsening problem was highlighted at ... Read More

Thursday, 9 October 2014

UK space industry growth

The UK space sector continues to soar and is currently worth £11.3 billion to the UK economy, growing at over 7% per year, employing over 34,000 people and supporting a further 65,000 jobs in other sectors. Greg Clark, th... Read More

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Space leaders refused visas

Russian cosmonaut  Sergei Krikalev - a veteran of the Mir space station and three US space shuttle missions - was denied a visa to attend a prestigious annual space conference in Canada this week. He was one of eight Russ... Read More

Friday, 26 September 2014

Expansion for city venue

Peterborough's KingsGate Conference Centre has opened a new state-of-the-art meeting suite to further consolidate its position as one of the most versatile venues in the East Midlands. "The 400-seater Carmichael Suite is a... Read More

Friday, 12 September 2014

Pilot error causes crash

The fatal crash of a cargo flight which killed the two pilots on board last summer was the result of an unstabilised approach into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama. Announcing its findi... Read More

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Disappearing glaciers

The dramatic melting of the world’s mountain glaciers – from the Alps to the Himalayas – is mostly the result of man-made global warming rather than natural variability in the climate, a study has found. An assessmen... Read More

Friday, 8 August 2014

Fraport buys US retail malls

Germany’s Fraport Group has made a significant move into the United States’ airport retail sector after acquiring the Airmall Group which oversees retailing space at Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland and Pittsburgh airports. ... Read More

Thursday, 7 August 2014

India selects Skyflow system

Brazilian system manufacturer Atech is to provide a US$18m air traffic flow management (ATFM) system to the Airports Authority of India (AAI). Atech and German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung are... Read More

Friday, 18 July 2014

UK spaceport shortlist

The UK's bid to become Europe's leading space nation took a giant leap forward this week when the government revealed eight locations under consideration to base Britain's first spaceport. Speaking at the Farnborough Air S... Read More

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Turning up the heat

Last month was the hottest May worldwide since records began in 1880 - and globally we could be heading for the warmest ever year on record. Data from NOAA (the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) show the ... Read More

Monday, 16 June 2014

New view on climate

The climate change debate is becoming too polarised on atmospheric temperature rises which are difficult to measure and quantify – instead we should be looking at global 'total energy' content, writes Clive Simpson. Step... Read More

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Will the lights stay on?

The dream scenario of a place in the World Cup final for Roy Hodgson and his England team could prove a nightmare for National Grid when it comes to ensuring uninterrupted power supplies. Ed Davey, Energy and Climate Chang... Read More

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Flight speculation

Flying across the equator could be more dangerous than we think and might offer an explanation for the disappearance in March of the Malaysian aircraft along with its passengers and crew, according to scientist Carl H. Gibson... Read More

Monday, 19 May 2014

Massive ice melt

Three years of observations from Europe’s CryoSat satellite show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed. The polar ice sheets are a m... Read More

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Comet begins thaw

The comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - target of Europe's ambitious Rosetta mission - has begun to develop a dust coma. A sequence of images were taken between 27 March and 4 May as the gap between craft and comet closed fr... Read More

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