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...

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...

ISRO releases Oct 8 Mars images

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has just released its most recent image of Mars, taken on October 8 2017, from at altitude of from an altitude of 70,157 km (the first...

China to design a reusable winged spacecraft

Yesterday, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) announced that it will be working with Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute, which designs military aircraft, to develop a new reusable spacecraft for...

JAXA launches final Michibiki satellite to commence GPS augmentation

This morning, at 7:01 JST (Japan Standard Time), Japan’s space agency JAXA launched Michibiki-4, the final satellite needed to make Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) operational. Michibiki-4 was launched using Mitsubishi Heavy...

Interview: mu Space Corp

mu Space Corp is a Thai space startup founded in August 2017, that is working to deliver satellite-based broadband, mobile, and broadcasting solutions across Thailand. Besides operating its own satellite, the...

China launches Venezuelan remote sensing satellite VRSS-2

China has just launched VRSS-2, also known as Antonio José de Sucre, Venezuela's second remote sensing satellite. The launch took place at approximately 12 p.m. Beijing time (GMT+8) from the Jiuquan...

Challenges and opportunities for Malaysia’s space entrepreneurs

On 5 October 2017, the first Space Entrepreneurship Symposium was held in Malaysia, organized by Aerospace Society Malaysia and Department of Aerospace Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, along with ANGKASA and Malaysia...

KARI selects Thales Alenia Space for communications equipment on lunar probe

South Korea’s space agency, the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has just signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for its lunar probe’s communications equipment. Known as the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter...

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...