SANSA to monitor space weather in African region and globally

South Africa has launched a new $5.79 million project on behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) dedicated to monitoring space weather globally, and specifically for the entire African region. South Africa, through the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), was selected as an ICAO-designated regional space weather center in 2018. ‘Space weather’ refersRead More

Virgin Orbit successfully places set of payloads for USS Space Force into orbit

Virgin Orbit successfully placed a set of payloads for the U.S. Space Force into orbit early recently in the company’s first nighttime launch. The rocket entered an initial transfer orbit and, after a 45-minute coast, fired its upper stage engine again before deploying its payloads into a 500-kilometer orbit inclined at 45 degrees. The launch,Read More

CNES to develop, deploy & commission ASECNA’s Satellite Based Augmentation System

Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and the Center National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), have signed a new agreement concerning the project to develop, deploy and commission ASECNA’s Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS). The seven-year agreement sets out the terms and provisions for providing oversight assistance in systems engineering for the ground segment,Read More

Sony to develop laser communications equipment for small satellites

Sony has formed a company to develop laser communications equipment for small satellites, drawing on optical disc technology it pioneered for CD players and other devices. The Japanese conglomerate said that it founded Sony Space Communications (SSC) in San Mateo, California, to help companies avoid running out of radio waves as the number of satellitesRead More

China sends astronauts to complete construction on its new space station

China has launched a rocket carrying three astronauts on a mission to complete construction on its new space station. The rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 mission with three Chinese astronauts lifts off at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China’s Gansu province in June 2022, the latest milestone in Beijing’s drive to become a majorRead More

New satellites stated to launch in June on Ariane 5 rocket’s 1st flight of the year

A pair of satellites from Malaysia and India are slated to launch in late June on the Ariane 5 rocket’s first flight of the year. Aboard the rocket will be Malaysian satellite operator Measat’s Measat-3d and state-funded NewSpace India Limited’s GSAT-24. Both are communications satellites bound for geostationary orbit. Measat-3d, built by Airbus Defense andRead More

Arabsat orders 1st geostationary satellite for flexible coverage across MENA and parts of Europe

Arabsat has ordered its first fully software-defined geostationary satellite to provide flexible coverage across the Middle East, Africa and parts of Europe. The company said that it signed a contract for Arabsat 7A with Europe’s Thales Alenia Space, which will build the satellite based on its Space Inspire platform. Although launch plans were not disclosed,Read More

SpaceX launches transporter-4 into low Earth orbit

SpaceX launched the fourth in its series of dedicated rideshare missions recently, placing one relatively large satellite and dozens of smallsats into low Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. SpaceX beat predictions of poor weather, with just a 30% chance of acceptable weatherRead More

Sierra Space to study future landings of its Dream Chaser vehicle at Japanese airport

Sierra Space has signed an agreement to study future landings of its Dream Chaser vehicle at a Japanese airport. Sierra Space, working in cooperation with Kanematsu Corporation and Oita Prefecture, announced recently the memorandum of understanding regarding landings of Dream Chaser at Oita Airport. As part of the agreement Sierra Space and Kanematsu will collaborateRead More