Using commercial-off-the-shelf components for space: a technical look

For some spacecraft manufacturers, the use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) parts is the only option to meet the performance and cost needs of a mission. For many satellite Original Equipment Manufacturers...

Odysseus Space to collaborate with Taiwanese university on pulse plasma thruster

Taiwanese company Odysseus Space has just announced a collaboration with Taiwan's  National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to develop a Pulse Plasma Thruster (PPT) propulsion system for small satellites, known as ARGO. This...

Momentus to launch Taiwan’s IRIS-A satellite

Momentus, which is developing the Vigoride orbital transfer vehicle which uses water plasma thrusters, has signed an agreement with Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Odysseus Space for the upcoming...

Gilmour Space achieves 70kN of thrust in single-port hybrid engine test

The G-70 orbital-class rocket engine, developed by Gilmour Space Technologies, has successfully achieved 70,000 Newtons (15,700 pounds-force) of thrust in what could be the world’s largest successful test fire of a single-port...

Japan’s WERU Investment, Airbus Ventures lead LeoLabs’ $13 million Series A

LeoLabs, a California-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) startup, has just closed a US$13 million Series A financing round led by Japanese Venture Capital (VC) firm WERU Investment and Airbus Ventures. Other...

Japan launches GOSAT-2, UAE’s KhalifaSat, the Philippines’ Diwata-2, and 3 cubesats

Today, at 1:08pm JST (GMT+9), Japan’s space agency JAXA launched two Earth Observation (EO) satellites – KhalifaSat, the first satellite developed entirely by the UAE, as well as GOSAT-2, which will...

NanoAvionics to build nanosat for Singapore’s CaLeMPSat Research Mission

Nanosatellite mission integrator NanoAvionics has received a contract to build a 12U nanosatellite bus for the Singaporean research mission “Cathode-Less Micro Propulsion Satellite” (CaLeMPSat). The satellite bus is targeted to be...

Viasat, Infostellar partner for smallsat ground segment services

Viasat and Infostellar, a Japanese Ground Segment as a Service (GSaaS) start-up, today announced the signing of a Real-Time Earth (RTE) agreement. Through the collaboration, Viasat will act as a market...

AstroTerrace & BridgeSat awarded optical communications contract for JAXA’s ETS-9

Japan-based startup AstroTerrace and US-based BridgeSat have been awarded a contract by Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) for Japan's Engineering Test Satellite 9 (ETS-9). NICT has been...

Interview: Seraphim Capital’s $250m global fund & the NewSpace ecosystem

Seraphim Capital, the world’s first Venture Capital fund focused on space, is about to launch a new US$250 million Global Fund. This will add to the UK-based company’s existing US$90 million...

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