New Zealand invests $3m into space research projects, $26m into MethaneSAT

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) has set up a Str Catalyst: Strategic Space Fund, which has recently invested NZ$500,000 (approximately US$300,000) into each of six...

China’s ExPace launches Jilin-1 Gaofen-02A satellite

Today, at 11.40 a.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), Chinese commercial launch company ExPace launched the Jilin-1 Gaofen-02A small satellite using the Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) light launcher. The launch took place at...

Singapore applies for COPUOS membership

Singapore has applied to join the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the international body responsible for reviewing space law and promoting cooperation between...

Two Chinese launches in 3 days

Earlier today, at 1.43 am Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched a BeiDou-3 navigation satellite from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, the third satellite in the BeiDou-3 IGSO (Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit)...

ISRO’s 2019-20 budget increases by 15.6% to US$1.88b

The Indian government has publicly released the budget for ISRO, the nation's space agency, for the year 2019-2020. For the coming year, ISRO's budget will...

US denies Chinese delegates visas to attend IAC 2019

Representatives from the Chinese government, and many from China's private sector, were a no-show at the 70th International Astronautical Congress 2019 (IAC 2019), currently being held in Washington DC....

JAXA launches its first startup-built satellite RAPIS-1 & 6 other satellites

“RAPIS-1” (RAPid Innovative payload demonstration Satellite 1), a small satellite commissioned by Japan's space agency JAXA and designed and operated by newspace startup Axelspace was successfully launched from the Uchinoura Space...

Satellite connectivity a key focus for Indonesia in 2019

On January 4, Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) announced its four key focus areas for the year 2019, with satellite connectivity being one of them. According to Minister Rudiantara,...

China launches first Hongyan LEO comms satellite

Today, at 7:51 a.m. Beijing time, China successfully launched the first demonstration satellite of the proposed Hongyan Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications constellation. The satellite was orbited using the Long March...

Rocket Lab launches 13 CubeSats for NASA

On Sunday, December 16, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off at 06:33 UTC (19:33 NZDT) from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. This was Rocket...

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