China’s Chang’e 5 lunar mission delayed to 2019, Chang’e 4 on schedule

On China's annual Space Day, held on 24 April, officials from the Chinese space programme announced the lunar probe Chang'e 5 will be launched in 2019. Chang'e 5 was originally planned for...

The role of intellectual property in space

Over the past decade there has been a transition from government to private enterprise conducting space-related activities. Several companies, such as Blue Origin, have publicly announced plans to establish a permanent human...

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...

Thailand’s mu Space unveils Iron Man spacesuit design, to develop terrestrial IoT apparel

mu Space, a Thai NewSpace company with plans to provide both satellite communications and space tourism, has just announced two new developments: a spacesuit design for space tourists, as well as...

The hunt for Lunar lava tubes — 1960s to today

Last week, Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) detected what may possibly be an intact 50km lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the Moon. If true, this...

Interview: Singapore/UK Infinite Orbits on satellite life extension & tracking space objects

Infinite Orbits is a Singapore/UK-based in-space satellite servicing company. Founded in early 2017, the company is focusing on life extension and bring into use services for Geostationary Communication Satellite (GEO COMS)...

Mysterious suprathermal protons around the moon discovered by ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently announced that its first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, discovered populations of suprathermal protons around the moon. These particles, which are hydrogen (H) in the...

Heads of JAXA and ESA Announce Strengthening of Ties

During European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Woerner’s first visit to Japan on 15-16 May 2017, he met with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Dr Naoki Okumura to discuss...

China’s Tianzhou-1: Its Mission, Experiments and Significance

On 20 April 2017, China’s first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 was launched and made its way to China’s spacelab, Tiangong-2. Two days later, on 22 April, at about 4.00 UTC, Tianzhou-1 docked...

Japan-Europe Mercury mission BepiColombo to launch on October 19

Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has announced the BepiColombo mission to the planet Mercury will be launched on October 19 from French Guiana, at 22:45 local time. The...
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