SpaceX to launch 28 satellites for Pentagon’s space agency

SpaceX has been awarded a $150.4 million contract to launch as many as 28 satellites for the Pentagon’s space agency, the Defense Department announced in December. The contract is to launch a mix of small and medium spacecraft of different sizes that the Space Development Agency is acquiring from multiple vendors. That includes 20 data-relayRead More

US Embassy delegates visit MBRSC in Dubai

Delegates from the US Embassy, including Thomas Ulrich Brechbhul, Counselor of the US Department of State and John Rakolta Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the UAE Duba, have visited the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai. The delegates met with Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC and Salem AlMarri, Assistant Director General forRead More

China moves forward with Long March 9 for crewed lunar, robotic deep space exploration and space infrastructure

China is pressing ahead with the Long March 9 super heavy launch vehicle for crewed lunar, robotic deep space exploration and space infrastructure. The massive rocket is in the research and development stage with a test launch planned for around 2030, said Xu Hongliang, secretary-general of the China National Space Administration, speaking at the WenchangRead More

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo spacecraft with experiments and supplies to ISS

SpaceX recently launched the first of a new generation of Dragon cargo spacecraft, carrying experiments and supplies to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex (LC) 39A after a one-day delay caused by weather. It deployed the Dragon cargo spacecraft nearly 12 minutes after liftoff. TheRead More

Frontier Aerospace completes design of control thrusters for deep space missions

Frontier Aerospace, has completed the design of attitude control thrusters developed with NASA and Astrobotic Technologies for deep space missions. “We are well on our way to qualifying both 150 and 10 [pounds of thrust] engines for Astrobotic’s near-term Peregrine lunar lander mission,” Frontier Aerospace announced Nov. 2 on LinkedIn. Frontier Aerospace has been developingRead More

UAE strengthens its position in global space sector with MeznSat launch

The launch of the MeznSat satellite is a significant contribution from Ras Al Khaimah to the UAE’s position in the global space sector, asserted the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) following the official announcement that the MeznSat launch was a success. Sixteen students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah are celebratingRead More

Kepler Communications launches its first two satellites

Canadian startup Kepler Communications launched its first two satellites in September built in its own facility as the company ramps up its plans to deploy a constellation for data and Internet of Things services. The two six-unit XL cubesats, known as Kepler-4 and Kepler-5 but nicknamed Antilles and Amidala, were among the 15 smallsat secondaryRead More

China selects astronauts for upcoming space station project

China’s human spaceflight agency has selected a group of 18 new astronauts to participate in the country’s upcoming space station project. The 18 new Chinese astronauts consist of seven pilots, seven spaceflight engineers and four payload specialists. The final selection includes just one woman. The process, which included primary, secondary and final selections, began inRead More

MBRSC releases satellite image ‘Mosaic’ captured by KhalifaSat

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) has announced the completion of an updated map of Abu Dhabi and Dubai using the UAE’s first high-resolution satellite image “Mosaic”, captured by KhalifaSat. The system captures a matrix of individual digital images to create a single high-resolution picture of the UAE’s terrain. This imaging system by MBRSCRead More

Airbus to build mobile telecommunications system for Al Yah Satellite Communications Company

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, a UAE global satellite operator, has selected Airbus to build Thuraya 4-NGS, the next generation mobile telecommunications system that will drive the continued advancement of Thuraya’s L-band business. Thuraya 4-NGS will deliver higher capabilities and flexibility while increasing capacity and coverage across Europe, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East,Read More