China launches first Hongyan LEO comms satellite

Today, at 7:51 a.m. Beijing time, China successfully launched the first demonstration satellite of the proposed Hongyan Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications constellation. The satellite was orbited using the Long March...

Rocket Lab launches 13 CubeSats for NASA

On Sunday, December 16, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off at 06:33 UTC (19:33 NZDT) from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. This was Rocket...

ISRO’s satellite budgets & plans, India’s Space Bill

Yesterday, during a session of the Lok Sabha (the Indian parliament’s Lower House), several questions were raised about the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO’s) budget and plans, as well an official...

Australian Space Agency to be based in Adelaide, South Australia

Today, the Australian government announced that the newly-established Australian Space Agency will be based in Adelaide, South Australia, where the International Astronautical Congress 2017 (IAC 2017) was held. At present, the Australian...

Axelspace’s $22.8m funding, 2 upcoming launches & new partnerships

Axelspace, a Japanese space startup developing its own Earth imaging satellites, has raised 2.58 billion JPY (US$22.8 mlllion) in its Series B funding round. The funds will be used to develop...

Gilat to provide disaster management platform to Japan

Japan’s Local Authorities Satellite Communications Organization (LASCOM), which manages the nation’s satellite communications during disasters, has selected Gilat to provide a disaster response platform for the whole of Japan. Gilat’s role in...

Thales Alenia Space signs contracts for South Korea’s military radar constellation

Yesterday, Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed contracts to provide components and technological know-how for four radar satellites to be developed for South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development (ADD),...

Arianespace launches India’s GSAT-11 and South Korea’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A

On Tuesday, 4 December, Arianespace launched GSAT-11 for India’s space agency ISRO, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for South Korea’s space agency KARI, successfully deploying both satellites into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). The launch took...

Southern Launch to build an orbital launch site in South Australia

Southern Launch, a company based in Adelaide, South Australia, announced today that it will build an orbital launch facility at Whalers Way on the Southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula. The Whalers...

Asia-Pacific satellites on SpaceX’s SSO-A mission

On Monday, December 3rd at 10:34 a.m. PST, SpaceX successfully launched Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express. This was the first time SpaceX launched the same booster for a third time, and was...
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