An overview of Japan’s space activities

Let us go back a decade, to 2008. The Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, the iPhone 3G had been introduced by Apple, and it was also the International Year...

Dispose or extend? What to do with dead satellites?

China is developing a space-tug which will be used in orbit to assist with the safe disposal of satellites after their fuel has run out, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. The...

The world of small satellite launchers

The cost of making small satellites is coming down and hence there is an exploding demand for launching such satellites. There is also a move by small satellite players to cover...

Space durians and blood: Thailand’s payload in detail

Late last month, we reported on the launch of a 6kg payload from Thailand, on board the suborbital Blue Origin New Shepard. New Shepard flies to altitudes of 100 km providing...

Dr Megan Clark details the priorities of the Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency began operations on 1 July 2018, and has since been busy mapping the future of Australia’s space industry. At the Space Industry Association of Australia’s (SIAA's) Fourth Annual...

Interview: Arianespace CEO on the roadmap to 2020 & beyond

Arianespace is the world’s first commercial launch services provider, established in 1980 and rooted in the European space agencies and institutions. It has enjoyed a large commercial market share over its...

Updates on GLXP teams from Israel, India and Japan

Former Google Lunar X-Prize team SpaceIL have announced a launch and landing date via social media and other outlets. If all goes to plan, then Israel will be the fourth country...

The Philippine microsat program & satellite control centre

Last week we wrote about how CubeSats from Philippines, Bhutan and Malaysia were launched to the ISS on the Falcon 9 CRS-15 mission, as part of the BIRDS-2 project. This is...

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 KT SAT on global ambitions, future tech

KT SAT, part of the KT Corporation, is South Korea’s sole satellite services provider, with five satellites currently in orbit. The latest, KOREASAT-7 and KOREASAT-5A, were launched in May and October...
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