Space saving measures: Addressing the debris problem

Earlier this month, the Space Security Index (SSI) 2017, an international research project headed by Canadian NGO Project Ploughshares, was released. This is the 14th edition of the annual, covering the period...

Book review of ISRO: A Personal History by R. Aravamudan

ISRO: A Personal History is a book released in March 2017, written by Ramabhadran Aravamudan, a pioneering scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and his wife Gita Aravamudan, an...

Japan brings Ryugu asteroid samples home

Yesterday, 6 December 2020 at around 3 a.m JST (UTC+9), Japan’s re-entry capsule containing samples from the asteroid Ryugu landed in Woomera, South Australia. The capsule was part of Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission...

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...

The Chang’e 4 mission: Launch, payload, and landing zone

On 7 December 2018, the Chang’e 4 mission was launched on board a Longmarch 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan. Its destination? The far side of the Moon. As...

China’s satcom industry on expansion, Belt & Road, NewSpace

Many satcom giants are feeling the pressure with the advent of NewSpace, the introduction of new and disruptive technologies, and a general stagnation in revenues, all of which are instilling a...

Interview: CEO of SpaceChain on blockchain, shared constellations & crowdfunding for space missions

SpaceChain is a Singapore-headquartered organization developing a community-based space platform combining space and blockchain technologies. The initiative was founded by Jeff Garzik, who was one of the original Bitcoin developers, and...

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...

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...

Interview: Space BD’s CEO on ISS nanosatellite launches, changes in JAXA, and Japan’s space...

Space BD is a Japanese space startup focusing on facilitating nanosatellite launch services. Currently, they provide launch opportunities from Japan’s module in the International Space Station (ISS), and have started offering rideshare opportunities on...
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