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Nov 30, 2014

Europe targets Ariane deal to stay in commercial space race

BERLIN/PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Weeks after its dramatic
coup in landing a probe on a speeding comet, Europe is hoping a
last-minute deal to provide funding for the workhorse Ariane
rocket will prevent its space ambitions falling back to earth
this week.

Anxious to preserve its own access to space, the 20-nation
European Space Agency will seek to put aside differences over
how to respond to U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX and safeguard
thousands of high-tech jobs at ministerial talks on Tuesday.

Nov 21, 2014

Airlines eye tech partners to tap customer data

ANTWERP Belgium (Reuters) – Airlines are seeking to work more closely with travel technology companies to mine customer data for ways to generate more revenue beyond ticket sales, emulating other industries already using such methods.

While retailers have implemented ever more ingenious ways to make better use of customer data, both online and offline, many airlines have been slower off the mark, only recently looking to harvest more profitably the wealth of information provided by their frequent-flyer loyalty schemes.

Nov 21, 2014

European skies reform remains years away despite decade of effort

ANTWERP, Belgium, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Implementation of a
much-delayed single air traffic zone for Europe remains years
off because of resistance from unions and individual European
Union states, industry representatives said on Friday.

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) says that
streamlining Europe’s jigsaw of national air corridors would
save airlines 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) a year and
consumers a further 6 billion euros.

Nov 18, 2014

Comet team detects organic molecules, basis of life on Earth

BERLIN (Reuters) – European comet lander Philae ‘sniffed’ organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, German scientists said.

They said it was not yet clear whether they included the complex compounds that make up proteins. One of the key aims of the mission is to discover whether carbon-based compounds, and through them, ultimately, life, were brought to early Earth by comets.

Nov 15, 2014

Defying odds, comet lander phones home

BERLIN (Reuters) – The mission of the first robotic probe to land on a comet reached a high point on Friday when the spacecraft radioed back to Earth that it had successfully drilled into the comet’s body.

Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission did not know if the small lander that touched down on the comet on Wednesday would have enough battery power to phone its findings back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Nov 14, 2014

Dwindling battery makes comet probe drill results uncertain

BERLIN (Reuters) – European Space Agency scientists faced an anxious wait on Friday to see if a probe landed on a comet has enough power left to send results of a drill down into its surface back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Time was getting tight after the probe, released by the Rosetta spacecraft on Wednesday after a 10-year odyssey from Earth, floated away from its planned landing site.

Nov 13, 2014

Airlines mine customer data in marketing drive

BERLIN, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Airlines are waking up to the
possibilities offered by the reams of customer data they have on
file and will use this to make more targeted offers in the
future, two of the world’s largest carriers said on Thursday.

“The airlines know so much more about individual customers,
it’s such an exciting opportunity,” Michael O’Leary, the chief
executive of low-cost carrier Ryanair, said at a travel
conference in Berlin.

Nov 13, 2014

Emirates hopes for talks with Airbus on A350 in next few months

BERLIN, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Dubai’s Emirates hopes
to talk to plane maker Airbus in the next few months over
possibly buying A350 planes after it unexpectedly cancelled an
order for 70 in June, the airline’s president Tim Clark said on

The cancellation of the wide-body planes was a blow for
Airbus and Clark acknowledged he was not “flavour of the month”
with the plane maker.

Nov 12, 2014

European probe lands on comet, but fails to anchor down

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – The European Space
Agency landed a probe on a comet on Wednesday, a first in space
exploration and the climax of a 10-year-odyssey, but an
anchoring system problem may hamper planned investigations into
the origins of Earth and the solar system.

The 100-kg (220-pound) lander – virtually weightless on the
comet’s surface – touched down on schedule at about 1600 GMT
after a seven-hour descent from its orbiting mothership Rosetta,
now located a half-billion kilometres (300 million miles) from

Nov 12, 2014

Moment of truth in Europe’s ten-year mission to explore a comet

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Nov 12 (Reuters) – European scientists
will on Wednesday make the first-ever attempt to land a probe on
the surface of a comet, the most nail-biting stage of a ten-year
mission to find out more about these time-capsules of the

The European Space Agency early on Wednesday gave the final
go-ahead for the Rosetta spacecraft, which has been orbiting
comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since August, to jettison a
lander to collect samples from the surface.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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