This week saw the maiden flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket lofting Elon Musk’s Tesla car, complete with spacesuit-clad dummy, to a trajectory through space that could last millions of years. No mere publicity stunt, this was an extraordinary scientific and technological achievement that will have repercussions throughout the space industry.In simple terms, the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle...
This report looks at the implications of the UK government's decision to take the defence elements out of the National Security Capability Review, which has been underway since July 2017. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has made clear that his 'hope' is that the 'Modernising Defence Programme’ (MDP) will be published before the House of Commons rises for the summer recess in July 2018.
Britain’s Nuclear Safeguards Bill overcame its first major hurdle last week and will now undergo further parliamentary scrutiny before receiving Royal Assent later this year. Now is a good time to reflect on the Bill’s necessity and the obstacles it will face.
Prime Minister Theresa May undertakes her long-awaited visit to Beijing tomorrow. It gives London an opportunity to define and shape its relationship with China, and move it beyond behind-the-scenes sniping and grandiose public rhetoric.