The hunt for Lunar lava tubes — 1960s to today

Last week, Japan's Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) detected what may possibly be an intact 50km lava tube in the Marius Hills region of the Moon. If true, this...

ESA-JAXA Mercury mission BepiColombo successfully launched on Ariane 5

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo joint mission to Mercury has been launched on an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its mission. Signals from the spacecraft,...

ANA Holdings & JAXA partner to create a new space-based avatar industry

ANA Holdings and Japan’s space agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have announced the launch of "AVATAR X," a multi-phased program to revolutionize space exploration and development using real-world Avatars. These...

KARI contracts MDA for lunar mission communication subsystems

South Korea's space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has awarded a contract worth over US$5.74 million (CA$7 million) to Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). Under the contract, MDA...

Australia kicks off 3rd Off Earth Mining Forum

Today, The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) kicked off its 3rd Off Earth Mining Forum (OEMF), hosted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney from 19-20 September. First...

JAXA & ISRO to embark on Joint Lunar Polar Exploration

Japan’s space agency JAXA and India’s space agency ISRO have signed an Implementation Arrangement (IA) for a Joint Lunar Polar Expedition. Under the IA, the two agencies will jointly conduct a feasibility...

China to design a reusable winged spacecraft

Yesterday, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) announced that it will be working with Shenyang Aircraft Design Institute, which designs military aircraft, to develop a new reusable spacecraft for...

Indonesia to build South-East Asia’s largest observatory

Indonesia's space agency LAPAN will cooperate with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Nusa Cendana University (UNdana), East Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government (NTT), and Kupang Regency to build a modern space...

The Sungazers: Asian solar missions

On August 12th, NASA launched their Parker Solar Probe on a Delta V from Cape Canaveral. The 1.5 billion USD probe, which is designed to examine the outer corona of our...

ISRO to improve sensitivity of gamma-ray burst detector

In light of the detection of gravitational wave (GW) GW170817, caused by the merger of binary neutron stars, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has declared it will improve the sensitivity...

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