Hensoldt and Fraunhofer work together on space surveillance radar
Hensoldt has agreed to cooperate with the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Technology FHR with the aim of transforming the technology demonstrator GESTRA (German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar) into a series-production ready.
A first exoplanet discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope
Every end of week, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On January 11, Nasa announced a new discovery of its fantastic space telescope.
First liftoff of the Electron microlauncher from Virginia
The small launcher from the U.S.-NZ company Rocket Lab flew its 33rd mission on January 24. It was launched for the first time from the Wallops Island base.
Defence : Airbus to provide satellite communications for Belgian Armed Forces
Airbus has signed a contract with the Belgian Ministry of Defence to provide tactical satellite communications services for a 15 year period.
High-level space summit in Brussels
This morning the 15th European Space Conference started in Brussels, with representatives of the European space industry and various public institutions, starting with the European Commission.
Medes recruits volunteers for weightlessness simulation clinical study
The Medes Institute of Space Medicine and Physiology in Toulouse has launched a call for volunteers. Are you ready to spend 60 days on bed rest to advance science and space exploration?
First transatlantic trip for the Ariane 6 transport ship
Each weekend, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. On January 13, the ship Canopée, which will transport Arianespace's future heavy launcher from Europe, arrived in French Guiana.
Space Defence : creation of a NATO space Centre of excellence (COE) in Toulouse
On 18th January 2023, the signing of the “operational” memorandum of understanding in Paris marked the creation of the NATO space Centre Of Excellence (COE) dedicated to space defence.
The crew of the Soyuz MS-22 without a landing spacecraft until February 20
Following the leak that occurred on the ship on which they left Earth last September, three passengers of the International Space Station are forced to wait for the arrival of a replacement ship... in a month.
False start for the Cornwall spaceport
"Start Me Up", the first orbital launch that the American company Virgin Orbit was to perform from England, ended in failure.
OneWeb : successful deployment of 40 satellites launched with SpaceX
Launch 16 brings the total OneWeb constellation to 542 satellites – over 80% of satellite fleet now in-orbit. OneWeb is on track to activate global coverage in 2023.
Airbus and VDL Group join forces to produce an airborne laser communication terminal
Airbus and VDL Group have signed a partnership agreement for the development and manufacturing of a laser communication terminal for military aircraft and UAVs, known as UltraAir. They now prepare a demonstration of a prototype and a first flight test in 2024.
Airbus has achieved key milestone on EGNOS V3 satellite-based augmentation system
Airbus has successfully achieved the System Critical Design Review (CDR) on the EGNOS V3 satellite-based augmentation system.
Indra creates an Earth Observation satellite center in the Sultanate of Oman
Indra is working with the Ministry of Finance and the National Survey Authority of the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman on the implementation of anadvanced Earth observation center.
ALUULA Composites selected for future NASA Lunar and Mars Missions
Canadian firm ALUULA Composites ultralight and strong composite materials have been selected by Thin Red Line Aerospace for future NASA Lunar and Mars missions.
Ariane 6 : Airbus and ArianeGroup sign contract for the next transition batch of carbon fibre structures
The contract includes the manufacturing and supply of innovative, large, lightweight structures for the next fourteen Ariane 6 launchers, to be manufactured until 2025.
Indra and Centum Electronics compete for the contract to equip India with a space surveillance radar
Spain's Indra and India's Centum Electronics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a radar prepared to detect objects in near earth orbits.
Zephyr : Airbus partners with Japan's Space Compass
Partnership between Airbus and Space Compass to serve the Japanese market with mobile connectivity and earth observation solutions from Zephyr platform.
GKN Aerospace achieves milestone with first run of RM16 engine in test rig
GKN Aerospace has successfully completed the first engine run of the state-of-the-art RM16 engine that will power the JAS 39 Gripen E. This landmark enables GKN Aerospace to deliver full RM16 product support to the Swedish Armed Forces, ensuring engine availability for future Swedish Air Force missions.
Airbus and Salam join forces for High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) connectivity services
Airbus´ HAPS Connectivity Business has signed a strategic partnership with Salam, a leading Saudi telecommunications and ICT company and part of the Mawarid Media & Communications Group (MMCG), to progress the development of private networks, IoT applications, disaster management solutions and other connectivity and high-altitude Earth observation services from the stratosphere to serve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Meeting with the Director General of the European Space Agency
We interviewed Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency, at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress. This was an opportunity to take stock of the ministerial conference to be held on November 22 and 23 in Paris.
Ariane 6 upper stage successfully fired on its test bench
The future European heavy launcher program has just reached a new decisive stage.
Erems: a nugget from the Occitan region that is becoming more independent
On the occasion of the International Astronautical Congress, we interviewed Gérard Dejonghe, president of Erems, one of the main space equipment manufacturers in the Occitania region.
SABCA joins the European reusable launcher project Themis
With more than 100 years of existence, SABCA is part of the Belgian and European aeronautical/aerospace landscape. After Ariane 5, Vega and the future Ariane 6, SABCA will also participate in the Themis program. This launcher should enable Europe to have a launcher capable of being reusable in order to be able to compensate for the other offers present on this growing market.
France Relance: the first winners of the space component
The first winners of the space section of the France Recovery Plan are now known. Others will benefit from this €515 million boost, including €150 million for dual research.
Airbus wins first geostationary 'satcom' of the year
Airbus Defence and Space will build the Eutelsat 36D geostationary communications satellite for French operator Eutelsat. It is scheduled to be launched in 2024.
Return to flight of the Chinese Long March 7A launcher
The second attempt of launch will have been the good one for the new generation medium launcher, almost one year to the day after the failure of its inaugural flight.
Launch of Indian GISAT-1
The Indian hyper and multi-spectral earth observation satellite, equipped with a SWIR sensor, was put into orbit with a 4-year delay.
Military Space: Beijing defies Washington
The Chinese automatic shuttle CSSHQ launched on September 4th placed a satellite in orbit just 50 km from the USA 276 vehicle. One of the most sensitive platforms in the U.S. space arsenal.
The first assembled Eurostar Neo satellite
Every weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On February 12, Airbus broadcast an image of its new Eurostar Neo satellite platform, currently being tested in Toulouse.
Military Space: Towards Autonomous Microwave Weapons ?
Americans and Chinese are looking for military satellites that are energetically autonomous and capable of emitting microwave beams over long distances.
The DGA makes official the successful completion of the first flight tests of the Vision daytime star finder
Safran Electronics and Defense and Sodern offer France a new technology, applicable to several strategic fields. A new potential for economic growth for manufacturers.
French military satellite CSO 2 launched
Arianespace launched at the end of 2020 French second military satellite CSO. His capabilities are classified.
First flight of the new Chinese Long March 8 launcher
China continues to accumulate space successes, with the commissioning this morning of a new medium-power, potentially reusable launcher.
Europe to evaluate reuse with Themis demonstrator
Following the Space19+ ministerial conference, ESA has entrusted ArianeGroup with the launch of the first phase of development of the European first-stage demonstrator for the Themis reusable launch vehicle.
UAE's Falcon Eye satellite: a major military export contract
A look back at the first UAE reconnaissance satellite, the last of which was launched on Arianespace's VS24 mission.
UAE launches to orbit its first spy satellite
Arianespace has successfully launched Emirates observation satellite FalconEye, using a Soyuz launcher launched from Guiana Space Center
First debris removal mission.
Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA signed an agreement with European Space Agency for the first removal of space debris from Low Earth orbit in the world.
Lauching the first work on the European space telescope Ariel
The future European mission dedicated to exoplanets has moved from the study phase to the implementation phase. The offers from industrialists for the construction of the satellite are now awaited.
Beginning of the ambitious Chinese lunar mission Chang’E 5
Chinese lunar exploration mission departed on November 23th, and its main job is no snag about 2kg of lunar material, 44 years after soviet mission Luna 24. Chang’E 5 will come back mid-december
SpaceX has stationed the first EU Sentinel 6
Perfect Saturday night launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 from California. On board is a powerful oceanographic altimetry satellite from the European Earth observation program Copernicus.
Second flight failure for European launcher Vega
The European light launcher, launched from French Guiana during the night of 16 to 16 November, suffered damage to its fourth stage, which was fatal to the mission.
A woman as NASA administrator ?
Speculations on the rise about who will replace Jim Brindestine as NASA administrator.
The first iodine satellite of the world
A cubesat equipped with an innovative electric thruster, developed by Paris Region startup ThrustMe, is paving the way for economical and sustainable constellations.
Entering the scene for Chinese smallsat launcher Ceres
China is adding a new competitor in the commercial market for small satellite launches.
First Indian launch of the year
Every weekend, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. On November 7, India placed ten satellites into low orbit using its small PSLV launcher operated from the Sriharikota base.
Space in the Presidential race
In the inglorious campaign that has just ended on the other side of the Atlantic, the two candidates for the presidential election did not distinguish themselves much in terms of their ambitions in terms of space.