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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, 3 January 2019

Dark side of the Moon

A Chinese spacecraft has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon in the latest achievement for the country’s growing space programme. The relatively unexplored lunar far side faces away from Earth and is als... Read More

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Soyuz emergency

A booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and a US astronaut onboard headed for the International Space Station (ISS) failed in mid-air today (11 October) forcing the crew to make an emergency landing. Th... Read More

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Pips in space

Seeds from Isaac Newton's apple tree, which were blasted into space with British European astronaut Tim Peake, are now young trees and in need of a new home. The apple pips were taken to the International Space Station (IS... Read More

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Space Station leak probe

Investigations into an air leak in a Soyuz return spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS) have been stepped up as it was revealed this week that the hole was most likely a result of human error rather than ... Read More

Monday, 16 July 2018

UK’s rocket plans

Space companies Lockheed Martin and Orbex are investing in space launch operations and plan to bring innovative new technology to Britain, business secretary Greg Clark announced today (Monday 16 July) during the Farnborough ... Read More

Monday, 21 May 2018

RAF to combat ‘space threats’

The British government is to give RAF Air Command responsibility for command and control of UK military space operations to help defend the country's interests in space. In an announcement preceding the opening of the firs... Read More

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Musk in pole position

From the same pad where NASA launched rockets that carried astronauts to the Moon and Space Shuttle crews into Earth orbit a big, new American rocket arced into space on Tuesday. But this time NASA was not involved. The rocke... Read More

Thursday, 18 January 2018

UK data centre moves to Spain

Post-Brexit security concerns means the UK is to lose the EU’s Galileo Security Monitoring Centre to Madrid, Spain. Spain was announced on today (Thursday) as the new host of a data centre that protects military informat... Read More

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

New UK space Bill

The UK’s new Space Industry Bill had its second reading in the Houses of Parliament this week (15 January) and ‘ROOM - The Space Journal’ was given a privileged mention. John Hayes MP, one of the bill’s key archite... Read More

Friday, 29 September 2017

Mars city on Earth

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) confirmed plans this week to build a city called ‘Mars Scientific City’, a US$135 million (Dh500 million) project that will simulate life on the red planet on Earth. The announcement was ... Read More

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

UK in unchartered waters

A ‘hard’ or ‘no deal’ Brexit delivered by a future Tory government could seriously damage the UK’s £14 billion a year space industry which is estimated to contribute around £250 billion a year across the British e... Read More

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Brave new world

The latest issue of global space magazine ROOM - The Space Journal is published this week and is a must-read for anyone interested in space and the future. Printed copies delivered either by mail direct to your home or ele... Read More

Friday, 14 April 2017

Closing in on alien life

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected hydrogen in a plume of gas and icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus, prompting the question could it be a suitable energy source for microbes to exist in its sub-surface o... Read More

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

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