China to allow astronauts to travel to moon and beyond with next-generation spacecraft

China is developing a next-generation spacecraft for human spaceflight that would allow astronauts to travel to the moon and other deep-space destinations. China became the third country to independently launch astronauts in 2003 when Yang Liwei orbited Earth in the Shenzhou-5 spacecraft. And while the country plans to soon begin constructing a modular space station,Read More

India’s moon mission part ways as it prepared for its first touchdown on moon

The two halves of India’s moon mission have parted ways in preparation for the tensest moment of the entire endeavor. At the beginning of September, the Chandrayaan-2 mission split into two separate spacecraft: an orbiter that will circle the moon’s poles for about a year and a lander that will, later this week, attempt India’sRead More

UAE Space Agency to cultivate palm trees on Mars

In another first, UAE Space Agency is planning to cultivate palm trees on Mars. During the 6th Liwa Ajman Dates and Honey Festival 2019, which concluded on Sunday, the UAE Space Agency highlighted the possibility of cultivating palm trees on Mars. The agency’s plan is to send palm tree seeds to the International Space Agency,Read More

France to establish space command center with weaponized satellites

Months after President Donald Trump announced the creation of the US Space Force, France is beginning to lay the groundwork for its own version. French President Emmanuel Macron announced last month that the nation’s air force will establish a space command for the purpose of national defense, particularly to protect of French satellites. Last week,Read More

First Pakistani astronaut to go to space in 2022

Pakistan recently announced that it will send its first astronaut to space in 2022 using close ally China’s satellite launching facilities. Pakistan’s decision came as India recently successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2. Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science and Technology, said the selection process of the astronaut for the space mission would start fromRead More

Northrop Grumman to build satellites at its factory in Virginia

Northrop Grumman will build two satellites for Space Norway, each equipped with payloads for Inmarsat, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, and the US Air Force. Space Norway announced the purchase July 3, having down selected between Northrop Grumman and an unnamed, competing US satellite manufacturer. SpaceX will launch both satellites on a Falcon 9 rocketRead More

Lockheed Martin, NASA demonstrate Orion Launch Abort System In flight test

The critical launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft was put to its hardest test today, and it demonstrated its capability to pull the crew module and future astronauts to safety during a launch if there is an emergency. Lockheed Martin designed and built the launch abort system for the test and is also theRead More