Long March 5-Y2 fails, Shijian-18 satellite lost

Yesterday, China’s heavy lift launcher, the Long March 5-Y2, failed to carry the Shijian-18 satellite into orbit. The live broadcast of the event was terminated before the separation of Shijian-18 from the...

Mysterious suprathermal protons around the moon discovered by ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently announced that its first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1, discovered populations of suprathermal protons around the moon. These particles, which are hydrogen (H) in the...

JAXA begins test firing LE-5B-3 engine for second stage of H-3 rocket

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has begun test firing LE-5B-3, the engine developed for the second stage of its new H-3 rocket slated for launch in 2020. An enhanced version of...

What’s happening on Asteroid Day 2017

30 June is Asteroid Day, which seeks to raise awareness "of the Earth’s vulnerability and the realization that asteroids hit Earth all the time", and is held each year on the...

Space debris-removal company Astroscale to launch satellite soon

Founder & CEO of space debris-removal company Astroscale, Nobu Okada, has announced that it will launch a satellite “quite soon” from Russia. The announcement took place during a press conference at...

Arianespace marks 80th consecutive launch success with ISRO’s GSAT-17 & Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S...

On 28 June 2017 at 6:15 p.m. (local time), Arianespace’s heaviest launcher Ariane 5 launched two payloads into orbit from the Guiana Space Center (CSG), Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The first,...

Airbus’ Starling initiative: Can it reduce deforestation in Southeast Asia?

Airbus has announced the official launch of its Starling initiative, which aims to verify that companies are honouring their “No Deforestation” commitments, and to encourage them to do so. The launch...

Japanese space firms Axelspace and Weathernews will launch WNISAT-1R aboard Soyuz on 14 July...

WNISAT 1R (Weather News Inc. Satellite 1R), a microsatellite built by Axelspace and operated by Weathernews, will be launched on a Soyuz 2.1A on 14 July, and has already reached the...

Upcoming launches in late June to mid-July 2017

28 June 2017: Ariane5 ECA/HellasSat-3 & GSAT-17 Launch Vehicle: Ariane5 ECA, manufactured by Arianespace Payloads: Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN (commercial satellite), GSAT-17 (communications satellite, India) Launch date: 28 June 2017 Launch time: Between 5:59pm...

Second docking exercise of Tianzhou-1 and Tiangong-2 successfully completed

At 1455 on June 19, the second docking exercise of Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft and Tiangong-2 space station was successfully completed. Tianzhou-1 was first tested at 0937 on the same day for orbital...

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