Why spaceplanes are not flying

Despite over 80 attempts taking place over seventy years, a true spaceplane has never been flown. No clear answer has emerged thus far why this concept is so elusive in its...

Australia, Singapore teams clinch ActInSpace prizes

At the 3rd edition of the global space hackathon ActInSpace, held during the Toulouse Space Show, teams representing Australia and Singapore were among those that received prizes at the awards ceremony...

Australia commits $31.3 million to gravitational waves research centre

Australia's Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, has opened the Australian Research Council’s $31.3 million Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery at the Swinburne University of Technology, according to...

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...

JAXA’s clear-air turbulence detection system to be tested in Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 2018

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s onboard clear-air turbulence detection system will be tested for commercial use under Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program in 2018. Developed in 2012 through JAXA’s SafeAvio project, the system uses...

Cubesats from Malaysia, Bhutan & the Philippines on SpaceX’s Dragon launch

Today, at 5.42 a.m. UTC, SpaceX launched its 15th Cargo Resupply Mission (CRS) to the International Space Station (ISS), with the Falcon 9 lofting the Dragon cargo spacecraft into orbit. Along with...

Singapore/Malaysia universities conduct joint high-altitude balloon experiments

Last month, a team of students from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), successfully launched two high-altitude balloons to the...

Japan demos world’s 1st instance of quantum communication with a microsatellite

With all the hype around China’s quantum teleportation breakthrough, the world scarcely noticed that around the same time, Japan achieved a similar feat with a microsatellite. Japan’s National Institute of Information and...

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...

China conducts first intercontinental quantum communication video call

On 29 September 2017, he China National Space Administration (CNSA), China’s space agency, conducted the world’s first video conferencing call through a quantum communication satellite network. The call, transmitted between Austria...
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