Indian lab discovers large exoplanet around a Sun-like star

The scientific team, led by Prof Abhijit Chakraborty of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, have found a sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet (mass of about 27 Earth Mass and size of...

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...

Space durians and blood: Thailand’s payload in detail

Late last month, we reported on the launch of a 6kg payload from Thailand, on board the suborbital Blue Origin New Shepard. New Shepard flies to altitudes of 100 km providing...

SKY Perfect JSAT & Challenergy to power ground stations using wind energy

Japan-based satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT (SJC) has teamed up with startup Challenergy to deliver satellite communications to remote and mountainous areas, powered by wind energy. The formal commercial partnership was established...

Japan-US FOXSI experiment & Hinode satellite discover solar nanoflares

Japan’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), a research institute under the purview of Japan’s space agency JAXA, has announced that an international research team has discovered hidden solar nanoflares...

China and the UK begin on-orbit telescope assembly project

On 24 October 2017, China and the UK launched the The Ultra-Large Aperture On-Orbit Assembly Project, which will work towards on-orbit assembly of a jointly-developed space telescope. Led by the China's Changchun...

Kenya’s first satellite deployed from JAXA’s ISS module

On 11 May 2018, the first ever Kenyan was deployed into space from Japan’s space agency JAXA’s module on International Space Station (ISS). The satellite, known as 1KUNS-PF, is a 1U Cubesat...

South Korea successfully test launches KSLV-II rocket

Today, at approximately 4:05 p.m. South Korea time (GMT+9), the nation’s space agency, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) successfully test-launched the first stage of its orbital rocket KSLV-II (Korea Satellite Launch...

US Air Force Research Lab and Saber Astronautics sign space ops contract

According to a Saber Astronautics press release, the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded space engineering company Saber Astronautics a contract to develop new capabilities for...

What is Quantum Key Distribution and why does it matter?

Over the past few months, with the success of China’s Micius satellite and Japan’s Socrates microsatellite, it seems satellite-based quantum key distribution (QKD) will soon be a reality. But what exactly...
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