India’s ISRO launches 2 commercial small satellites manufactured by SSTL

Yesterday, at 10:08pm IST (UTC+5:30), India’s space agency ISRO launched two commercial small satellites (smallsats) manufactured by UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). The launch took place from ISRO’s only orbital...

Chinese government launch site conducts first 2 commercial launches

This week, two Chinese NewSpace startups conducted suborbital launches at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, one of the launch sites owned by China’s space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA). These...

Indonesia aims to launch an indigenous orbital rocket by 2040

Indonesia’s space agency LAPAN has announced its aim to launch an indigenous orbital rocket by 2040, with the ability to insert a 1-tonne satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The announcement was...

Additive Manufacturing in Launch Vehicles

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, as it is commonly known, is a technology that is being more and more used in manufacturing across many industries. The space industry is no...

India’s 19 upcoming missions, and ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)

India will conduct 19 missions from now till March, according to K Sivan, Chairman of India’s space agency ISRO. These will include the launch of India’s lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, which has been...

China launches BeiDou-3 satellites, says 40 million BeiDou chips have been sold

On 25 August, at 7:52 am Beijing time (UTC+8), China launched a pair of BeiDou-3 satellites that will add to China’s GNSS constellation. These will be the country’s 35th and 36th...

Chang’e-4 relay satellite operating smoothly, lunar rover to launch in December

Based on the operational success of its relay satellite launched on May 21 this year, China has confirmed that the Chang’e-4 lunar rover will be launch in December as scheduled. The announcement...

Rocket Lab & Dubai-based Circle Aerospace sign deal for 10 launches

US/New Zealand launch provider Rocket Lab and new Dubai-based launch brokerage firm Circle Aerospace have signed an agreement for ten dedicated launches aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. The first launch is...

SpaceX launches Indonesian communications satellite Merah Putih

Today, at 1:28 a.m. EDT, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched the geostationary communications satellite Merah Putih, also known as Telkom-4, for Indonesia’s largest telecommunications service provider Telkom Indonesia. The satellite, built by SSL,...

Australia’s Fleet opens ground station, clears 1st satellites for launch

Last Friday, Australian nanosatellite IoT startup Fleet Space opened its nanosatellite first ground station, known as Mission Control South Australia. The ground station is located at Red Banks Reservoir, Pinkerton Plains, and...
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