The life of Qian Xuesen, father of China’s space programme

Undoubtedly the most important figure in China's space programme, Qian Xuesen (also spelt Tsien Hsue-shen) was responsible for directing the development of China's missiles and launch vehicles from 1956 to 1991. Born...

ISRO launch vehicle budgets and revenues

Yesterday, during a session of the Lok Sabha (the Indian parliament’s Lower House), several questions were raised about the budget and revenues of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO’s) launch vehicles. Budget...

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...

7 unlikely ISRO spinoff technologies

Like most national space programmes, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed many indigenous technologies that have either been directly transferred to industry, or that have been adapted for non-space...

Where to buy CubeSats online

The growth of NewSpace brings with it many opportunities, especially for enthusiasts who once found space an inaccessible domain. Those of us living in places where the space industry is inaccessible,...

The Australian space industry and why it needs a space agency

Last week, the Australian government issued a statement saying it has set up an Expert Review Group to study how Australia’s space capabilities can help the nation participate in the global...

5 pieces of space junk that landed in Indonesia

The information in this article was originally published at Kumparan, in Bahasa Indonesia. A fascinating feature article by Indonesian crowdsourced news platform Kumparan was published today, detailing five significant pieces of space...

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...

Key takeaways from SIA’s 2017 State of the Satellite Industry Report

The Satellite Industry Association, a U.S.-based trade association for the satellite industry, has released its 2017 State of the Satellite Industry Report. Based on studies by consulting firm Bryce Space and Technology,...

5 Australian space startups to watch

With a lively Newspace industry and numerous space startups, it is no wonder that Australians are currently lobbying for their government to set up its own space agency. This year, the...

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