Australia’s budget commits US$30.5 million over 4 years to space

Australia has confirmed the establishment of a national space agency that will "support Australian researchers and industries to collaborate as well as gain access to international projects and research infrastructure," according...

ISRO visits Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN to discuss Chandrayaan-2

On 26 April 2018, delegates from India’s space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), visited Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN at its Satellite Centre in Bogor, West Java. The purpose of...

Australian space agency details to be released on May 8

On 8 May 2018, the Australian government will unveil its Budget 2018-19, which will contain details of its new space agency. Next week's Budget release will confirm announcements that the space agency...

Inmarsat, Indian govt partner on disaster relief connectivity

Inmarsat is working in conjunction with strategic partner Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Indian state-owned telecommunications company, to provide vital remote connectivity to support disaster relief, according to an Inmarsat...

Pakistan allocates US$40.7m to space agency for 2018-19

Pakistan, in its latest budget released on 27 April 2018, has allocated PKR4.7 billion (~US$40.7 million) to Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Organisation (SUPARCO). This is a 34% jump over the...

Rocket Lab integrates payloads for first of NASA’s dedicated small launch contracts

Rocket Lab, a New Zealand/USA launch services company, has just finished integrating NASA payloads, slated for launch within the first half of 2018. The payload integration process took place at Rocket...

China to launch at least 6 scientific spacecraft by 2021

China has just announced that it will launch a slew of space science missions, targeting the years 2020/21. The announcement was made yesterday at the first China Aerospace Conference, which was held...

Vietnam, Airbus discuss future of VNREDSat program

On March 7, 2018, Phan Ngoc Minh, Vice President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, met Guy Limouzin, Vice President, Sales, Earth Observation Space Systems, Airbus Defense and Space....

Australian government selects Lockheed Martin for space situational awareness system

The Australian government has chosen Lockheed Martin's intelligent Space (iSpace), which the company released a year ago, as its space situation awareness training and demonstration mission system. Deployed within the Australian Space Operations...

China investigates Long March 5 Y2 failure, prepares end-2018 launch of Y3

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has determined that its heavy lift launcher, the Long March 5, crashed because of momentary decline in the engine's thrust caused by localised anomalies in...

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