China completes first tests of space station’s propulsion system

On 14 August, China’s space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA), announced it has completed the first round of tests for the propulsion system of its space station, expected to...

CubeSats from Malaysia, Bhutan & the Philippines deployed from the ISS

On 10 August 2018, Japan’s space agency JAXA deployed three CubeSats from the International Space Station (ISS), using the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD). These Cubesats belong to Malaysia, Bhutan 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...

Singapore’s NUS conducts suborbital graphene tests for space R&D

On 30 June 2018, the Centre for Advanced Two-Dimensional Materials (CA2DM) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) tested the properties of graphene in a space environment, in order to provide...

Alba Orbital to host 1st Asian PocketQube Workshop

Alba Orbital, a Glasgow-based PocketQube satellite company, will be organizing the 1st Asian PocketQube Workshop in Singapore, on 5 November 2018. The goal of this workshop is to offer a venue to foster collaboration...

Space durians and blood: Thailand’s payload in detail

Late last month, we reported on the launch of a 6kg payload from Thailand, on board the suborbital Blue Origin New Shepard. New Shepard flies to altitudes of 100 km providing...

The way forward for ISRO’s launch vehicles

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched their heaviest launch vehicle to date, GSLV MK III, in June last year and are in preparation for launching the second and last of the...

Dr Megan Clark details the priorities of the Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency began operations on 1 July 2018, and has since been busy mapping the future of Australia’s space industry. At the Space Industry Association of Australia’s (SIAA's) Fourth Annual...

Blue Origin’s New Shepard carries first payload from Asia with Mission 9

Blue Origin today successfully launched the New Shepard space vehicle's Mission 9, carrying payloads from private companies, universities and space agencies. A statement by the company indicated that the mission was a success for...

Airbus & Chinese government jointly open nanoscience lab

The Chinese government has signed an agreement with Airbus, in which both parties have agreed to cooperate on engineering polymer nanocomposites for aeronautic applications. This includes Research and Development (R&D) on...
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