Airbus rewarded CLTV for ‘Moon Cruiser’ by ESA

Airbus has been awarded a CLTV (Cis-Lunar Transfer Vehicle) study for a ‘Moon Cruiser’ by the European Space Agency (ESA). According to the study concept (two parallel Phase A/B1), the CLTV is a versatile, autonomous logistics vehicle that could, for example, provide timely and efficient support to NASA and ESA in the implementation of theRead More

Spacety releases first images of SAR satellite on China’s new Long March 8 medium-lift rocket

Chinese startup Spacety released the first images from Hisea-1, a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, launched in December on China’s new Long March 8 medium-lift rocket. Three days after launch, Spacety began receiving data from Hisea-1’s SAR payload built by the China Electronics Technology Group. On Dec. 27, Spacety acquired its first batch ofRead More

Inmarsat introduces GX5 to the Middle East

Inmarsat has confirmed the commercial service introduction of GX5, the company’s newest, geostationary satellite to date. GX5 is the fourteenth satellite currently in service with Inmarsat and provides additional capacity to Europe and the Middle East on the industry-leading Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band high-speed satellite broadband service. The satellite, launched in November 2019, delivers approximatelyRead More

Hayabusa2’ capsules could provide evidence of origin of life on Earth and evolution of the solar system

Japan’s Hayabusa2 mission delivered samples taken from a primitive asteroid to Earth Saturday, which could provide potential insights into the origin of life on Earth and evolution of the solar system. The 40-centimeter-diameter, 16-kilogram Hayabusa2 reentry capsule containing samples from asteroid Ryugu made a visibly fiery entry into the atmosphere on Dec. 5, landing inRead More

UAE announces 100% Emirati-made satellite project MBZ-SAT

The United Arab Emirates has announced a new satellite project called MBZ-SAT, which will become the second Emirati satellite to be fully developed and built by a team of Emirati engineers after KhalifaSat. The satellite is being developed at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai and is expected to be launched inRead More

Strata leverages 4IR technology to strengthen its core capabilities

Strata Manufacturing (Strata), a wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has leveraged Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology to strengthen core manufacturing capabilities, diversify product portfolio and pivot into new areas of manufacturing. Speaking at this year’s Global Aerospace Summit, Ismail Ali Abdulla, CEO of Strata, highlighted how the Al Ain-based company is embracing digital transformationRead More

World’s first flight with hydrogen electric commercial passenger aircraft

Alternative-fuel innovation company ZeroAvia is claiming to have achieved the world’s first flight of a hydrogen-electric commercial passenger aircraft, with its retrofitted Piper M350. The aircraft – under previous registration N866LP – had already been used to conduct a commercial-scale battery-electric flight in June. But ZeroAvia says it also completed a “world first” hydrogen fuel-cell-poweredRead More

MySky and SD announce strategic alliance for private aviation

MySky, the AI-powered spend management platform designed for the private aviation industry, and Satcom Direct (SD), have announced a strategic alliance enabling seamless access to real-time data for private aviation. Subscribers to MySky and SD will benefit from an all-encompassing approach to aircraft management that combines operational and financial information into a single source ofRead More

Rolls-Royce announces new breakthroughs in AI ethics

Rolls-Royce has announced two breakthroughs in artificial intelligence ethics, which it said could help gain society’s trust of the technology and accelerate the next generation of industrialization, known as industry 5.0. The first breakthrough is an AI ethics framework, which is a method that any organization can use to ensure the decisions it takes toRead More