China completes design of graphene composite film for light propulsion

China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), the rocket development arm of the Chinese space programme, revealed that it has designed a graphene composite film suitable for use in light-propelled spacecraft. This...

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...

New JAXA President discusses BHUTAN-1 with Bhutan’s PM

In his first bilateral meeting, the new President of Japan's space agency JAXA, Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, met with Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay on 11 April to discuss cooperation in...

HEO Robotics & UNSW partner to develop CubeSat navigation solutions

High Earth Orbit Robotics (HEO), an Sydney-based company that provides cubesat services in high earth orbit, has just teamed up with the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at the...

Interview: Orbion Space Technology seeks to revolutionise smallsat propulsion

Like passengers utilizing public transportation, all satellites on a single launch vehicle are not going to the same destination, yet the bus only has one stop. Once a satellite is placed into...

The 10 space projects that won Japan’s space awards

Just before announcing a few days ago that it has created a US$940 million fund for space startups, the Japanese government held its 3rd Space Development Utilization Grand Prize. The event...

South Korea to complete rocket engine tests for KSLV-II

The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), which is South Korea’s space agency, has announced that it is currently conducting final engine tests for its upcoming launch vehicle, the Korea Space Launch...

Gilmour Space achieves 70kN of thrust in single-port hybrid engine test

The G-70 orbital-class rocket engine, developed by Gilmour Space Technologies, has successfully achieved 70,000 Newtons (15,700 pounds-force) of thrust in what could be the world’s largest successful test fire of a single-port...

Indonesia inaugurates a new propellant manufacturing facility

Last week, Indonesia’s Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu inaugurated the opening of a propellant manufacturing facility in Subang, West Java, owned by Indonesian defense contractor PT Dahana Persero. The manufacturing plant will...

JAXA, Sony to research in-orbit laser communications

JAXA, Sony Computer Science Laboratories (CSL) and Sony Corporation have signed a cooperative research agreement on conducting in-orbit demonstrations of laser communications system, according to its press release. This research will be...

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