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

NASA marks the 1st powered controlled flight on Mars

NASA has flown a small rotorcraft on Mars, marking the first powered controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet. The US space agency says on 19 April that helicopter “Ingenuity” ascended to 10ft above the surface during a 39sec flight. The aircraft hovered, turned 96° and hovered again before landing. The Ingenuity team atRead More

Airbus to build Superbird-9 spacecraft for JSAT

Japanese satellite operator Sky Perfect JSAT has ordered a spacecraft from Airbus for the first time, choosing the European aerospace giant to build Superbird-9 for a launch in 2024. Superbird-9 will be based on Airbus’ reconfigurable payload platform OneSat, which can steer and reassign beams for different customers and services. JSAT said the geostationary (GEO)Read More

Arianespace successfully launches another 36 satellites into space, making a total count of 146

Arianespace successfully launched another 36 satellites for low Earth orbit broadband operator OneWeb, bringing its total in-orbit constellation to 146 satellites. The mission marks the second launch for OneWeb under its new owners, the British government and Indian telecom company Bharti Global, which bought the venture out of bankruptcy in November. It is also theRead More

Kencoa Aerospace to expand its US parts manufacturing plant in Georgia

Kencoa Aerospace Corp., a South Korean aircraft assembler and parts supplier that has NASA, SpaceX and Blue Origin as clients, is planning to expand its US parts manufacturing plant in Georgia. The company raised 30 billion won ($26.6 million) in February by issuing convertible bonds to domestic institutional investors and will use a third ofRead More

DoD space agency to solicit bids for up to 150 satellites to be launched in late 2024

The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency will solicit bids for an upcoming procurement of up to 150 satellites to be launched in late 2024, agency director Derek Tournear said. A request for proposals will be issued in August and multiple contracts could be awarded before the end of the year, Tournear said at a Potomac OfficersRead More

Firefly Aerospace to deliver a suite of 10 science and technology demonstrations to the Moon in 2023

NASA has awarded Firefly Aerospace of Cedar Park, Texas, approximately $93.3 million to deliver a suite of 10 science investigations and technology demonstrations to the Moon in 2023. The delivery, planned for Mare Crisium, a low-lying basin on the Moon’s near side, will investigate a variety of lunar surface conditions and resources. Such investigations willRead More

China carries out its 4th orbital launch

China carried out its fourth orbital space launch, sending a large satellite towards geostationary orbit from the hills of Xichang in the southwest of the country. A Long March 3B rocket lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, sending the TJSW-6 communication technology experiment satellite into orbit. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC),Read More