back to article Psst: Want to know who else has their snout in the Copernicus trough? (spoiler: it's not the UK)

Rubbing salt into wounded British pride over a lack of prime contracts, Thales Alenia Space trumpeted its ESA awards last week. The French tentacle of the outfit picked up the prime contractor prize for the Hyperspectral Imaging mission while its Italian arm took prime contractor duties for the Passive Microwave Imaging …

  1. not.known@this.address Silver badge


    Would this be the same company that asset-stripped... sorry, "acquired" Racal at the turn of the century?

    Funny how our stuff is good enough for them to want to buy all the IP but not good enough to fly...

    1. Uffish

      Re: Racal

      "Ah, Racal," I thought, reading your comment, "whatever happened to Racal?"

      The Wiki article starts, like so many other Wiki articles about once proud British companies, "Racal was".

      I don't know why so many of our companies get driven into the ground. Don't blame Thales - ask why Racal was put up for sale.

    2. AdamT

      Re: Thales?

      As soon as a read "Racal" I heard "Racal-Redac" in my head. Couldn't work out why but a bit of googling suggests it was PCB design software. Presumably was related to Racal at some point...

  2. davidp231


    Copper knickers!


  3. Potemkine!

    This MEV is really a great idea. Congrats Northrop, you're still thinking ahead of others.

  4. Vulch

    Next Starlink

    The next Starlink launch is currently on for tomorrow, July 8th, at 15:59 UTC. Weather is 60% favourable, recovery fleet is on its way out.

  5. x 7


    Is the MEV going to be launched by the Zero-X?

    1. davidp231

      Re: Zero-X

      Now which one are we talking... the one that found the rock creatures or the one that found the Mysterons....

  6. fnusnu

    UK has done well. Someone else's taxpayers are paying and we will have access to the data

    1. Killing Time

      Someone else's taxpayers are paying and we will have access to 'some of' the data.

      Sorted that out for you. Wouldn't want to mislead anyone, would you?

    2. AlanS

      ESA is not EU

      So we are paying but will have the data.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: ESA is not EU

        And for that matter, we still paying full EU membership fees until the end of the transition period so yes, UK tax payers are most definitely contributing to these missions.

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