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A European project could soon offer anyone with €200,000 (£120,000) the opportunity to soar over 100 km into space. Astrium has announced plans to test its prototype spaceplane at an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,048 metres) over Singapore in May. If successful, a second unpowered drop test from 100,000 feet (30,480 metres) should follow next year, according to officials.

Astrium, the prime contractor for the Vietnam Natural Resources, Environment, Disaster Satellite (VNREDSat-1) Earth observation satellite, has released the satellites first images. The satellite is Vietnam's first Earth observation satellite.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Astrium, Europe's leading space technology company, 108 million worth of prime contractor agreements covering the development of the Ariane 6 and Ariane 5 ME launchers. The contracts follow on from the decisions reached at the ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Naples on 20-21 November 2012.

Metop-B successfully placed in orbit

Today, at 22:28 hours local time (17:28 hours BST or 16:28 UTC), a Soyuz rocket successfully launched the Astrium-built Metop-B satellite into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A little less than one hour and nine minutes after the launch, the upper stage of the launch vehicle successfully released the satellite into its designated orbit at an altitude of approximately 800 kilometres.

Astrium, Europe's leading space company, is preparing a new technology mission for the maintenance and disposal of satellites.

MEASAT Global Berhad ("MEASAT") has selected Astrium to build MEASAT-3b, a new satellite to augment its core Ku-band business in Malaysia, India and Indonesia.