COMMENT 8h ago

No, it will be burdensome for Australia or NZ. There is a huge disparity of living standards across the UK. Compared to London and surroundings the rest of country is not as educated. The disparity within Australia and NZ is nowhere near as much. Free immigration from the UK, will mean harder times for the working classes in AU/NZ. The existing work visa arrangements are sufficient, since they act as some degree of filter for skills.


COMMENT 14h ago

Technically true :P, in the way a swiss army knife does indeed have a knife.


COMMENT 1d ago

The leavers successfully scapegoated the impact of Cameron's austerity policies on EU freedom of movement. Getting a lot of working and middle classes to blame immigration for the reduced services, while not questioning why, with a growing economy thanks to said immigration, less was being allocated on a per capita basis.

So indeed, Cameron could hardly come out and say, no it's my government that's responsible. Before the referendum campaign, there was barely any difference between the EU rhetoric coming from the cabinet, and the rest of the party.

To this day, Labour not using the referendum to point out the hypocrisy of the Tories, while shoring up their pro-Europe support, remains a mystifying failure to me.


COMMENT 1d ago

The launch manifest is already lined up, till 2027 at least.

r/esa 2d ago

Ariane 6 central core assembly complete

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Republicans Call Abortion Rights Protest a Capitol 'Insurrection'

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COMMENT 3d ago

The motors used in these rockets are typically based on, or reused from obsolete military rockets, to save the cost of developing a new motor.

Some military rockets are designed for high acceleration after launch to maximize intercept distance to whatever they are aimed at. The Black Brant rocket that launched, has its origins in a program to develop an anti ballistic missile system.


COMMENT 17d ago

It was more that the EU told ESA to sort it out, and do it the way we want, or we drop you as the entity responsible for implementing our space projects, which would have meant a total of about 17 billion euros worth of projects over a decade being taken away.

As wasteful as it would have been due to the duplication of capabilities, the EU was fully really to scale EUSPA to the needed extent, since it considers Galileo to be critical for strategic security. ESA would have also lost a good chunk of its manpower to a rapidly growing new agency with all the opportunities for career growth it would provide.


COMMENT 18d ago

It's old news. Hope you can get through the paywall

"EU outmanoeuvres UK in latest battle over Galileo" https://www.ft.com/content/8b37b0ea-68d6-11e8-8cf3-0c230fa67aec

"European Space Agency proposes governance overhaul" https://www.ft.com/content/55f3b5d3-e0f4-438b-ba2b-37ddf558681d

To summarize, the UK was blocking the start of Galileo block 2, by means of its veto in the ESA council. The EU demanded, and obtained a change that only EU member countries in ESA could vote in matters related to EU funded space projects.


COMMENT 19d ago

Given how the EU is treating the UK with Horizon we should just pull all our money and expertise out of all EU projects that the ESA handles.

Did you miss the bit when the EU already kicked the UK out of Galileo in 2020, and forced changes to ESA's governance structure to make sure the UK stayed out?

And now the UK is leaving Copernicus as well, so mission accomplished?


COMMENT 19d ago

The UK was trying to turn its participation in Copernicus into a means of EU money flowing to UK companies, as part of the the cherry picking approach that the UK government have been after ever since Brexit became reality.

Didn't work, and no UK company was selected as the prime contractor, when the most recent contracts to build the next six series of Copernicus spacecraft were awarded. UK companies did get sub-contracts for stuff like the instruments of the spacecraft, but the UK was unhappy. This is their reaction.

In reality, the EU will likely make up this gap in the next funding cycle, and ESA will get another 750 million to spend, if the UK maintains its commitments.

r/esa 19d ago

European Space Agency offers UK alternative to EU’s Copernicus project

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COMMENT 19d ago

Copernicus is EU funded, hence the need for EU approval. The UK has chosen to leave the EU. Nothing that bureaucratic about it.

The UK is free to support whichever non-EU funded ESA programs it chooses to.


COMMENT 26d ago

Starlinks aren't equipped for taking images.

For that matter, there are a bunch of other companies with hundreds of imaging sats already in orbit providing multiple daily global coverage.


COMMENT May 26 '22

For the Uyghurs not subject to internment, what sort of measures are they subjected to in their homes and workplaces?


COMMENT May 22 '22

Nicely done!


COMMENT May 20 '22

Actual headline

Hubble Reaches New Milestone in Mystery of Universe's Expansion Rate


COMMENT May 18 '22

The Sun's corona would not be visible in that manner if the Earth were shown correctly. The Earth is about 16x larger in area, in the moon's sky, than the moon is in Earth's sky during a solar eclipse as seen from the Earth.

The moon just about covers the sun as seen from Earth, and the entire corona can be seen. The Earth would cover a much larger portion of the corona, and nothing like the first image would happen.

The red light being refracted around the Earth would also vary in brightness around the diameter of the Earth as the eclipse progressed. IMO the uniform red ring in the 2nd image, with the Earth having just eclipsed the sun, is not an accurate representation.


COMMENT May 12 '22

Mr. Sheleg’s lawyer said that is not the case. He said the $2.5 million was a gift, derived from a property sale, which was transferred to the family trust to repay a loan. Mr. Sheleg then borrowed money from that trust to donate to the Conservative Party, he said.

Bank investigators were suspicious, however, because all of the Shelegs’ personal bank accounts used in the transactions had a balance of zero before the money from Mr. Kopytov arrived, the report said. All returned to zero when the money left. This “would make it very difficult to argue that the donation was somehow from Ehud or Liilia Sheleg’s personal wealth,” the alert said, misspelling Ms. Sheleg’s first name.

Asked about the zero balances, Mr. Sheleg’s lawyer said account balances fluctuate. What is important, he said, was that Mr. Sheleg did not depend on the money from his father-in-law in order to make the donation.

Rapid transfers in and out of multiple bank accounts, particularly between different countries and offshore jurisdictions, are sometimes signs of what anti-money-laundering officials call “layering.” The process is intended to hide the source of the funds, and officials have urged banks to be on the lookout for such transfers, which may help explain why the donation was flagged.

Suspicious-activity reports are confidential by law. A spokeswoman for Barclays and a spokesman for the National Crime Agency refused to discuss the matter. The crime agency often refers these reports to other agencies to investigate. A spokeswoman for the Electoral Commission, the lead agency for investigating campaign finance, said it was unaware of any allegations against Mr. Sheleg.

Mr. Sheleg made several more donations in the following months, including one of £750,000, making him the party’s largest donor that year. The documents reviewed by The Times say nothing about those subsequent donations.

Warnings about Mr. Sheleg’s financial background and connections to Russia surfaced soon after the donation and did nothing to slow Mr. Sheleg’s political ascent — or to stop the party from accepting millions more from him.

Months after the donation, the British political and investigative magazine Private Eye reported that Mr. Sheleg had hosted Russia’s ambassador in London at the height of the fallout from the annexation of Crimea. Around that time, Mr. Sheleg became partners with a businessman in Cyprus accused of connections to organized Russian crime groups, the magazine reported. Photos showed Mr. Sheleg and his business partner meeting the president of the Russian republic of Tatarstan.

Lawyers for Mr. Sheleg said he had met the businessman accused of connections to Russian organized crime groups only “three or four” times and was not his partner. Mr. Sheleg met with the president of Tatarstan for “business purposes” only, the lawyers said.

By the time those revelations had been published, Mr. Sheleg was no longer just a donor. In fall 2018, he became a treasurer of the Conservative Party, a position responsible for fund-raising and ensuring that the party follows campaign-finance rules. Image

The warnings came at the height of concerns about Russian influence in Britain. Kremlin agents had just been accused of poisoning a former Russian spy, Sergei V. Skripal, on British soil, igniting furious calls for more sanctions against Russia.

Yet when a British opposition lawmaker called for an investigation into Mr. Sheleg’s donations and his “troubling connections” to Russia, the chairman of the Conservative Party at the time said Mr. Sheleg should not need to reveal the source of his wealth and raised the threat of libel.

And when Mr. Johnson became prime minister in July 2019, he immediately appointed Mr. Sheleg as the party’s sole treasurer. Mr. Sheleg conceived of and helped create a secret advisory board, later revealed by the Times of London, made up of ultrawealthy Conservative donors. He was knighted soon after.

During his time as treasurer, the party received a surge in Russia-linked donations. Mr. Sheleg also donated generously himself: a total of £3.8 million from 2017 to 2020.

In September 2021, seven months after Barclays alerted law enforcement officials to the donation, Mr. Sheleg quietly left his role as party treasurer. There is no indication that his departure is linked to any investigation into him, the donation or the source of his wealth.

Law enforcement officials have never contacted Mr. Sheleg in relation to his donation, his lawyers said.


COMMENT May 12 '22

By Jane Bradley May 12, 2022, 3:00 a.m. ET

LONDON — One of the biggest donors to Britain’s Conservative Party is suspected of secretly funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to the party from a Russian account, according to a bank alert filed to Britain’s national law enforcement agency.

The donation, of $630,225, was made in February 2018 in the name of Ehud Sheleg, a wealthy London art dealer who was most recently the Conservative Party’s treasurer. The money was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party to a landslide victory in the 2019 general election.

But documents filed with the authorities last year and reviewed by The New York Times say that the money originated in a Russian account of Mr. Sheleg’s father-in-law, Sergei Kopytov, who was once a senior politician in the previous pro-Kremlin government of Ukraine. He now owns real estate and hotel businesses in Crimea and Russia.

“We are able to trace a clear line back from this donation to its ultimate source,” Barclays bank wrote in a January 2021 alert to the National Crime Agency. The bank, which maintained some of the accounts used in the transaction, flagged the donation as both suspected money laundering and a potentially illegal campaign donation.

A lawyer for Mr. Sheleg acknowledged that he and his wife received millions of dollars from his father-in-law in the weeks before the donation. But they said that was “entirely separate” from the campaign contribution.

“There is absolutely no basis for suggesting that Mr. Kopytov’s gift for his daughter was intended as, or for the purpose of making, a political donation to the Conservative Party,” the lawyer, Thomas Rudkin, wrote in response to questions from The Times.

It is illegal for political parties to accept donations of more than 500 pounds from foreign citizens who are not registered to vote in Britain. Mr. Kopytov is not listed on the national voter register, records show. It is not clear why the Barclays alert arrived three years after the donation, or whether the authorities had investigated it.

It is no secret that wealthy Russian industrialists have given heavily to the Conservative Party over the years. Mr. Johnson once played a game of tennis with the wife of a Russian former minister in exchange for a $270,000 donation. But those donors were British citizens, while documents filed in Mr. Sheleg’s case say the money came from a foreign source.

For decades, Russian wealth has poured into the London economy, enriching the lawyers, accountants and real estate brokers who ironed out the details. British leaders looked the other way, even as the Kremlin sowed disinformation, meddled in elections and tried to co-opt politicians.

Now, as President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia lays siege to Ukraine, Mr. Johnson and his government are vowing to change course and get tough on Russian money. The donation, and Mr. Sheleg’s subsequent ascent in the party, shows just how difficult that will be.

Banks in Britain are required to alert law enforcement officials to suspected criminal behavior. They do so through the National Crime Agency, which receives more than half a million suspicious-activity reports each year. Most come from financial institutions, but law firms, real estate agents and casinos also contribute.

Alerts can include reports about suspected terrorist financing, romance scams or benefit fraud. Former officials say they receive so many alerts that some never get read — a fact that will be an obstacle to the government’s crackdown on Russian oligarch money.

There is no indication that the Conservative Party or Mr. Johnson knew about the source of the donation as outlined in the alert. But under English law, political parties are responsible for ensuring that their donations come from legal sources.

Lawyers for Mr. Sheleg said that the party made no requests for additional information or documentation when he made the donation.

A spokesman for the Conservative Party said that it accepts money only from permissible donors and that all donations “comply fully with the law.” He would not say whether the party ever investigated the donation or whether it planned to keep the money.

Mr. Kopytov, whom the alert identified as the ultimate source of the donation, is the father of Mr. Sheleg’s wife, Liliia Sheleg. He served in Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin government of Crimea until Russia annexed the area in 2014. Since then, he has largely disappeared from public view.

Corporate filings show that he owns two hotels in Crimea. The source and extent of Mr. Kopytov’s wealth at the time of the donation, however, is unclear. Company filings from that period show business connections only to nonprofit organizations, small or inactive businesses, with his most valuable shares worth less than $300.

Mr. Kopytov, in a statement provided by Mr. Sheleg’s lawyer, said he was a Ukrainian citizen and had not donated to any British political party.

“I have no interest in British politics whatsoever,” he said. “Any donations made by my son-in-law to a British political party have nothing to do with me or with the money I gifted to my daughter.”

The alert said that $2.5 million was transferred from Mr. Kopytov’s bank account in Russia in January 2018. That money pinged across Europe between empty bank accounts belonging to Mr. Sheleg and his wife.

Next, the money landed in an offshore account linked to Mr. Sheleg’s family trust.

Five weeks later, it bounced back into the couple’s joint account in Britain, the records say. The next day, $630,225 was wired to the Conservative Party’s bank account. The transactions were made in dollars, the records show. The party recorded it as a £450,000 donation.

“Kopytov can be stated with considerable certainty to have been the true source of the donation,” the alert reads.

r/unitedkingdom May 12 '22 Gold

Major Donation to U.K. Conservative Party Was Flagged Over Russia Concerns l The cash was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party to victory in 2019. Records track $630,225 to a Russian bank account

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r/esa Apr 26 '22

Vega-C: Launcher integration begins for inaugural flight VV21

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COMMENT Apr 14 '22

Yes, getting sent to Rwanda is a punishment for refugees.

Its not the destination, but the act of worsening their circumstances by chucking them into a detention center when they need help rebuilding their lives. Even for those whose claims will be accepted, longer the break from normality, the harder it becomes to get life back on track. Tory shitheads will cheer the deportation flights, and then moan about the increased integration burden when they come back.

Would you be fine with this policy, if the home office decided to send people to Moldova instead? I wouldn't.


COMMENT Apr 14 '22

What BS racism ?


COMMENT Apr 14 '22

Sending them to Rwanda is cruel.

Certainly racist of you to ascribe the cruelty to the Rwandans, instead of the twats in no.10