NASA targets launch for 1st Space Launch System mission in early 2022

A top NASA official says the agency will soon set a target launch date for the first Space Launch System mission, but that it’s “more than likely” it will slip into early 2022. Speaking at a Maryland Space Business Roundtable webinar in September, NASA Associate Administrator Bob Cabana said a firm date for the launchRead More

China heavy-lift rocket to be ready by 2028

China is showcasing a number of elements for future human lunar landing missions at a major airshow and stating that super heavy-lift rocket will be ready by 2028. Two super heavy-lift rockets, the return capsule from a prototype new-generation crew spacecraft, its parachutes and a Chang’e-5 spacecraft were on display at the 13th Zhuhai AirshowRead More

China launches 4 communications satellites in 2 launches within hours of each other

China launched four new communications satellites this week in two launches from different launch sites, within hours of each other, as the country’s intense launch activity continues. First up, a Long March 2C lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, northwest China on Aug. 24. The rocket used a YuanzhengRead More

Mubadala collaborates with BAE Systems to produce RAD510 system on single board computers for space

Mubadala’s GlobalFoundries is collaborating with BAE Systems to produce radiation-hardened RAD510 System on Chip (SoC) single board computers (SBCs) for space. Designed by BAE Systems and manufactured by GlobalFoundries (GF), the radiation-hardened RAD510 System on Chip (SoC) for space-based computing is now entering fabrication. The RAD510 SoC will be the core of a single boardRead More

SpaceLink to test its incoming relay satellites for faster communications with ISS in 2024

Significantly faster communications could be coming to the International Space Station in 2024, after SpaceLink won funding to test its incoming relay satellites. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the U.S. National Laboratory on the ISS, selected the startup to test its 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) optical terminalRead More

ispace raises new funding round to support future missions to the moon

Japanese lunar lander developer ispace raised $46 million in a new funding round to support future missions to the moon. Tokyo-based ispace said it raised the $46 million Series C round from seven investors, led by Incubate Fund, a Japanese venture capital fund. Incubate Fund had been investing in ispace since its seed round inRead More

Thuraya launches web-based SatTrack tracking & monitoring service in partnership with FrontM

The Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) subsidiary of UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Thuraya, has launched its web-based SatTrack maritime tracking and monitoring service in partnership with FrontM, an international developer of software applications. Developed for vessels and fleets serviced by the Thuraya MarineStar Solution (supporting voice, tracking and monitoring), SatTrack facilitates sustainable fishing practices,Read More

MBRSC & CNES partner for Emirates Lunar Mission

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center has partnered with French space agency, CNES for the Emirates Lunar Mission. Under the cooperation initiative, the French space agency will provide Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre with two optical cameras for the Rashid rover, which will provide high resolution images in full HD. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General, MBRSC,Read More

SpaceX selected to launch 1st lunar lander for Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace announced in May it selected SpaceX to launch its first lunar lander mission for NASA, the latest in a series of contract wins by SpaceX for lunar missions. Firefly said that a SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch its Blue Ghost lunar lander in 2023 on a mission to land in Mare Crisium onRead More

Japanese, Canadian space agencies to send rover to moon in 2022

The Japanese and Canadian space agencies announced plans May 26 to send small rovers to the moon in the next several years, as Lockheed Martin unveiled a partnership with automaker General Motors to propose a rover for NASA’s Artemis program. The Japanese space agency JAXA said it is working with several Japanese companies to flyRead More