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  1. July 15, 2014

    UK space industry poised for lift-off

    Space tourism and the continued rapid growth of Britain’s space industry will provide a £1bn annual boost to the economy,...

  2. May 30, 2014

    Elon Musk plans next stage of space travel with reusable rockets

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk expects to send astronauts into space in his reusable rockets within two years, promising...

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  1. May 20, 2014

    General warns of US space vulnerability

    The head of the US Air Force’s space command says he is “very concerned” about the state of the country’s rocket industry in...

  2. May 13, 2014

    BitPay secures $30m in fundraising drive

    BitPay, whose software is used by Virgin Galactic to let people pay for space flights with Bitcoins, has become the world’s...

  3. April 30, 2014

    Space industry plans win extra thrust

    A new National Space Security Policy will make the UK more resilient to disruption of space services – whether through...

  4. March 14, 2014

    The dark side of space: how capitalism poses a threat beyond Earth

    For a long time the idea of commercial space was an eccentric billionaire’s pipe dream. A fanciful desire of those with a...

  5. FT Alphaville

    March 3, 2014

    Stratospheric property (seriously)

    Late last year we speculated that if anything was going to disrupt the London property bull market it was going to be a...

  6. February 28, 2014

    The new market space: billionaire investors look beyond Earth

    Here we are more than a decade into the 21st century and we’re still not there. To be a child of the 1960s and 1970s was to...

  7. February 10, 2014

    Bristol Spaceplanes joins tourism race

    Bristol Spaceplanes, a small UK company, has entered the galactic race by trying to develop a spaceplane aimed at making...

  8. November 14, 2013

    Call for Britain to have its own spaceport

    Britain should have a spaceport in operation by 2018 to take advantage of the coming era of space tourism and act as...

  9. October 28, 2013

    A wobbly ‘march of the makers’

    Can a country reshape its economy by political will? Joseph Stalin dragged the Soviet Union from the agrarian to the...

  10. October 25, 2013

    Short cuts: Heston Blumenthal in a food festival in Italy; Toronto’s $130m indoor aquarium

    Italy Heston Blumenthal is to host a food and skiing festival at the foot of Mont Blanc in February 2014. Blumenthal, chef...

  11. July 29, 2013

    When gravity is no obstacle

    Will the Rockefellers and Gateses of the future make their fortunes in space? Space missions used to be the preserve of...

  12. FT Tech Hub

    June 27, 2013

    PayPal Galactic: finally, an idea that makes Bitcoin look normal

    How will they pay for souvenirs? Imagine the faces of PayPal’s executive team when their boss asked for ideas on how to make...

  13. May 10, 2013

    Five inventions waiting to happen

    Recent decades have seen a remarkable number of ideas that were once the preserve of adventure comics and fantasy novels...

  14. February 21, 2013

    Former Virgin executive to head centre

    Will Whitehorn, a former senior Virgin Group executive, is to chair a government innovation centre being created to devise...

  15. July 11, 2012

    Virgin Galactic developing satellite launcher

    Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is developing a satellite launcher that would offer cut-price rates and help fund the...

  16. June 19, 2012

    Fly me to the Moon – for £100m

    Britain could become the first country to fly a tourist around the moon, after an Isle of Man-based company announced that...

  17. June 15, 2012

    Dalai Lama inadvertently takes on Virgin

    Known as a peacemaker, the Dalai Lama inadvertently took on the Virgin business empire in a speech to business leaders in...

  18. May 18, 2012

    IoD advocates space hub to lift economy

    Building a hub for space tourism could provide a futuristic boost to the British economy, according to a report from the...

  19. April 29, 2012

    Sheikh’s investments boost emirate’s profile

    One of the most prominent international investors to emerge from among the low-profile Abu Dhabi ruling family, Sheikh...

  20. April 27, 2012

    Stars back plan to mine asteroids

    It sounded like a page from a Hollywood movie script, but the billionaires behind plans to mine asteroids for precious...

  21. April 24, 2012

    Google founder backs plan to mine asteroids

    A new company backed by Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt has revealed plans to mine asteroids using robots with the aim...

  22. February 17, 2012

    Submergers and acquisitions

    As I look out over the calm sea, a transparent bubble breaks the surface like an enormous jellyfish. It rises as our...

  23. December 16, 2011

    The folly of private space travel

    Nasa, the government space programme that once brought the US boundless prestige, is underfunded and feckless. Last year,...

  24. December 2, 2011

    Outer space? Kinda been there, Dad …

    Like most men my age, I’m a sucker for space flight, so the details of Nasa’s latest robot mission to Mars have certainly...

  25. October 31, 2011

    Ipic sells longer-dated bonds

    International Petroleum Investment Co, one of Abu Dhabi’s most acquisitive government investment arms, has moved to tackle...

  26. September 26, 2011

    Past and future route to growth

    Now that time travel looks feasible, thanks to the faster-than-light experiment with sub-atomic particles at the Opera...

  27. May 13, 2011

    Space tourist numbers set to rocket

    A decade after Dennis Tito, a US fund manager, became the first commercial space tourist, the industry is set to take off....

  28. April 15, 2011

    Space shuttle leaves trail of opportunity in its wake

    “Two, one, booster ignition and the final lift-off of Discovery!” boomed the loudspeaker. As it vanished into the sky, the...

  29. April 14, 2011

    Jet operators report turnround in fortunes

    Signs of a turnround in the fortunes of general aviation are mounting. Flight Options, the number-two fractional jet...

  30. March 18, 2011

    Short cuts

    The pavilion in Syon Park England. Tourists looking for somewhere suitably aristocratic to stay during the forthcoming royal...

  31. February 16, 2011

    Abu Dhabi fund buys Spain’s Cepsa

    International Petroleum Investment Co (Ipic), an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, will take full ownership of Cepsa, Spain’s...

  32. November 14, 2010

    Abu Dhabi fund eyes Europe deals worth up to €2bn

    Aabar, one of oil-rich Abu Dhabi’s most active investment vehicles, has sold its stake in Banco Santander’s Brazilian unit,...

  33. October 1, 2010

    Energiya to build first space hotel

    Energiya, the Russian rocket and space group, will build the world’s first commercial space station in a partnership with...

  34. February 13, 2010

    ‘It’s all very eclectic and laid back’

    Philippe Starck, 60, has been a design frontrunner for 30 years. After studying product design and interior architecture at...

  35. January 9, 2010

    Branson takes a short cut to high street banking

    After Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson brings you . . . the Virgin Horse Trials. Virgin Money's...

  36. January 8, 2010

    Branson in short cut to high street banking

    After Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson brings you . . . the Virgin Horse Trials. Virgin Money’s...

  37. December 31, 2009

    Bionic athletes and nanobot surgery

    Next week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas serves as a technological anteroom for the next decade, with future...

  38. December 30, 2009

    What next? Bionic athletes and nanobot surgery

    Next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas serves as a technological anteroom for the next decade, with future...

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