Updates on GLXP teams from Israel, India and Japan

Former Google Lunar X-Prize team SpaceIL have announced a launch and landing date via social media and other outlets. If all goes to plan, then Israel will be the fourth country...

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...

India & France’s Joint Vision for Space Cooperation heavy on space exploration

India and France have signed a Joint Vision for Space Cooperation, in which both parties have agreed to cooperate on all areas of space technology. This latest document, which reaffirms the long-standing...

Interview: Microspace, Singapore’s 1st Newspace company

Microspace, which builds and operates its own nanosatellites, is Singapore's first Newspace company, having set up here in 2007. The company launched its first satellite POPSAT in 2014, making history for...

China to build first Mars base simulator in Qinghai province near Tibet

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has announced that China’s first Mars base simulator will be built at the Qaidam Basin area in Haixi Prefecture, Qinghai province, in south-western China. The simulator...

KARI selects Thales Alenia Space for communications equipment on lunar probe

South Korea’s space agency, the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has just signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for its lunar probe’s communications equipment. Known as the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter...

The role of intellectual property in space

Over the past decade there has been a transition from government to private enterprise conducting space-related activities. Several companies, such as Blue Origin, have publicly announced plans to establish a permanent human...

China-ESA SMILE spacecraft to launch on Vega-C in 2021

Between October 10-12, scientists from China’s space programme and the European Space Agency (ESA) conducted a review of China-ESA joint mission SMILE. During the review, they confirmed that the SMILE spacecraft...

China says 2020 Mars mission progressing smoothly

China’s space agency, the China National Space Administration (CNSA), has confirmed its 2020 Mars mission consisting of an orbiter, lander and rover, saying that the project is progressing smoothly. Speaking at...

JAXA & ESA to study feasibility of lunar demonstration mission ‘Heracles’

On 3 March 2018, at the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) held in Tokyo, Japan’s space agency JAXA and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a joint statement which included a...
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