China conducts first intercontinental quantum communication video call

On 29 September 2017, he China National Space Administration (CNSA), China’s space agency, conducted the world’s first video conferencing call through a quantum communication satellite network. The call, transmitted between Austria...

DLR, University of Sydney sign MoU on R&D and teaching

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the renowned University of Sydney have declared their intention for future cooperation in research and teaching activities related to aerospace...

NASA to contribute to 2 upcoming JAXA missions

NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have announced plans to continue collaborating on space exploration missions. In a press conference held at JAXA headquarters yesterday, the two...

LAPAN to build centre for technology transfer

Indonesian space agency LAPAN will develop an Aerospace and Technology Park (ATP), which will facilitate technology transfer from LAPAN to government and private industry. Under this scheme, LAPAN aims to add...

Indonesia’s space agency holds rocketry contest for university students

Indonesia's National Aeronautics and Aviation Agency (LAPAN), organised a Rocket Assembly and Rocket Indonesia Contest (Komunrindo), and a Weather Balloon Assembly Contest 2017 (Kombat) for public and private university students all...

China to build first Mars base simulator in Qinghai province near Tibet

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has announced that China’s first Mars base simulator will be built at the Qaidam Basin area in Haixi Prefecture, Qinghai province, in south-western China. The simulator...

A close look at JAXA’s Int-Ball zero-gravity drone on the ISS

On 4 June 2017, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) and carried with it the world’s first zero-gravity camera drone that can be controlled from...

JAXA’s clear-air turbulence detection system to be tested in Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 2018

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s onboard clear-air turbulence detection system will be tested for commercial use under Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program in 2018. Developed in 2012 through JAXA’s SafeAvio project, the system uses...

7 unlikely ISRO spinoff technologies

Like most national space programmes, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed many indigenous technologies that have either been directly transferred to industry, or that have been adapted for non-space...

Japan demos world’s 1st instance of quantum communication with a microsatellite

With all the hype around China’s quantum teleportation breakthrough, the world scarcely noticed that around the same time, Japan achieved a similar feat with a microsatellite. Japan’s National Institute of Information and...
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