Japanese company Interstellar launches sounding rocket Momo, aborts operation mid-flight

On 30 July 2017, at 16:31 JST (Japan Standard Time), Japan’s first private launch services company Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its first liquid-fuel sounding rocket, Momo, from its site at...

ISRO Contracts out Satellite Manufacturing to Private Consortium for its Navigation Constellation

In a move to liberalize the Indian space sector, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has tasked a consortium led by private defence equipment supplier Alpha Design Technologies to manufacture two...

Japan’s ispace selects SpaceX for first two lunar missions

ispace, a Japan-based company developing robotics for lunar delivery and resource exploration, announced today that SpaceX will be the launch provider for its first two maiden voyages to the Moon scheduled...

mu Space Corp awarded license to operate satellite service

mu Space Corp has become Thailand’s first space technology startup to operate a satellite service after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission awarded a license for the company, according to the...

Interview: Audacy aspires to be the ‘telco’ for spacecraft

Audacy, a space communications service provider, is working towards developing a space-based data relay system using three Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites (scheduled to launch in 2019) and two ground stations....

Chinese rocket company OneSpace raises US$43.6m in Series B

OneSpace, a China-based rocket company developing small satellite launch vehicles, completed its Series B round on 12 August, which raised a total of US$43.6 million (300 million RMB). The round was led...

Gilmour Space passes first orbital engine tests, aims for suborbital launch in 2018

Gilmour Space Technologies, a rocket company based in Australia/Singapore, has just announced the success of the first of its full-scale orbital engine tests. In December, Gilmour Space conducted ground tests of its...

Astroscale & Surrey Satellite Technology sign contract on debris-removal mission

Astroscale and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue "joint opportunities in areas of innovative on-orbit technologies and missions designed to safeguard the orbital...

Rocket Lab to Conduct Inaugural Launch at the World’s First Private Launch Site

Rocket Lab, a private US-New Zealand rocket development and launch company, has announced that it will conduct the first launch of its Electron rocket within the next two weeks. Named “It’s...

5 Australian space startups to watch

With a lively Newspace industry and numerous space startups, it is no wonder that Australians are currently lobbying for their government to set up its own space agency. This year, the...
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