Astronauts from China, Japan, Russia & Cuba awarded 1st UNESCO Space Science Medals

On 27 October 2017 in Paris, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded its UNESCO Space Science Medals for the first time. The Medal, established this year as part...

SpaceX launches Koreasat-5A

SpaceX has successfully launched Koreasat-5A, a South Korean geostationary communications satellite, at 3:34pm EDT (19:34 GMT) on Monday, 30 October. The satellite was launched using a Falcon 9 from NASA’s Kennedy...

China’s upcoming missions according to its 5-Year Plan & Space White Paper

The Communist Party of China’s (CPC) 19th Party Congress ended last Tuesday, presenting China with new political leadership, and a new political theory known as the 'Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with...

SKY Perfect JSAT’s ground station to host Spire’s antenna

SKY Perfect JSAT (SJC), one of Asia's largest satellite communication companies headquartered in Japan, will host an antenna owned by NewSpace company Spire Global at its ground station in Japan. The agreement...

The first China-France Oceanography Satellite to be launched in 2018

A marine remote sensing satellite, the first satellite developed jointly by China and France, will be launched in the second half of 2018 with China's Long March launch vehicle, announced the...

AstroTerrace & BridgeSat awarded optical communications contract for JAXA’s ETS-9

Japan-based startup AstroTerrace and US-based BridgeSat have been awarded a contract by Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) for Japan's Engineering Test Satellite 9 (ETS-9). NICT has been...

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...

ISRO seeks private sector participation for cryogenic engines

In two recently-released tenders, the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), which is responsible for India's cryogenic and semi-cryogenic engines, has solicited private sector participation to propel...

MHI’s Defense & Space Systems net sales ‎US$4.14 billion in 2016-2017

On 20 October 2017, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), which deals in launch vehicle technology, missiles, aerospace components and air-conditioners, released its annual MHI Report summarizing the company’s activities over the past...

Space observatories from Asia

This week, the scientific importance of both earth-based and space-based observatories was demonstrated when instruments all over the world detected the merger of binary neutron stars. This ground-breaking discovery, which marked...