Last step for Virgin Galactic before commercial flights
On May 25, Richard Branson's company carried out the final test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket plane, prior to the start of tourist operations. Two pilots and four passengers were on board.
More than 100 orders for French electric thruster manufacturer ThrustMe
The Paris-based startup announced on May 25 that it had exceeded 100 orders for two of its products dedicated to cubesats.
A new 100% private crew on the International Space Station
SpaceX launched the Axiom 2 mission on May 21, which will allow four new private astronauts to spend a week around the Earth.
The radar antenna of the European probe Juice finally deployed
The cold sweats of the mission controllers in Germany will have lasted three weeks...
The promise of quantum technologies
Following the TeQuantS contract won by Thales Alenia Space, we met Mathias Van Den Bossche, Director of Research, Technology and Products at the Franco-Italian company.
Stratolaunch successfully completes Talon-A vehicle separation test
Stratolaunch LLC announces that it has successfully completed the separation test of the Talon-A separation test vehicle, TA-0. The flight was the eleventh for the company's Roc launch platform and the second time the team has conducted flight operations in the Western Range at Vandenberg Space Force Base off the central California coast.
First image of the European meteorological satellite MTG I1
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On May 4, the first image of the MTG I1 weather satellite, launched last December, was unveiled.
The Falcon Heavy seen from a Merritt Island pavilion
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On May 1, SpaceX performed its 20th launch in five months from Florida; some people watch it from their backyard.
Protein: the future of European heavy launchers under study
The European Space Agency has selected ArianeGroup and German startup RFA to lay the groundwork for a reusable, cost-effective European heavy-lift transport system.
Luxembourg hosts the third Summer Space Festival on May 5 and 6
The event offers meetings between students and professionals, conferences, stands of universities, associations and companies, as well as animations for the general public, in the presence of astronauts.
Deimos and Mars in the eye of Al-Amal
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On March 10, the UAE probe Al-Amal provided superb pictures of the planet Mars and its small moon Deimos, reopening an old debate on the origins of the two Martian satellites.
FLEX: a Monegasque astromobile on the Moon
Antonio Delfino, director and co-founder of Venturi Lab, tells us how the adventure of an imposing astromobile, which should be deposited on our natural satellite in mid-2026, began.
The great journey of the European probe Juice has begun
The European Space Agency's new major interplanetary exploration mission was successfully launched on April 14 by Ariane 5. Objective: the giant Jupiter and its icy moons, which will be reached... in 2031.
Three new countries will not conduct ASAT tests
Thirteen nations around the world have now committed to not (or no longer) conducting destructive anti-satellite tests in space (ASATs).
A new satellite equipped with a ThrustMe engine in orbit
The Paris-based startup is equipping a small Canadian-Norwegian technology demonstrator that was placed in sun-synchronous orbit during SpaceX's Transporter 7 mission.
German students break rocket altitude record
Already the world record holder for a student-built hybrid rocket, a club at the University of Stuttgart has now doubled its record.
China successfully intercepts a ballistic missile in space
China has successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in space, midway through its flight, using a ground-launched interceptor. China is demonstrating its progress in ballistic missile defense.
SpaceX barges crossing at Port Canaveral
Every end of week, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On April 2, two SpaceX autonomous barges passed each other at the entrance to the Port Canaveral harbor in Florida.
Record funds for German startup Isar Aerospace's Spectrum microlancer
The largest fundraising to date in 2023 in the field of space technology has just been completed by the Munich-based startup on a global scale.
New export contract for Exotrail, French supplier of electric thrusters for New Space
The French startup signs a new contract with the Californian company Astro Digital.
The market for geostationary telecommunications satellites remains low
The stagnation of the geostationary communications satellite market was again noted at the Satellite 2023 conference, held March 13-16 in Washington, DC. But the renewed success of the European industry was also celebrated.
Uranus has never been so beautiful
Every weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On April 6, Nasa published a wonderful infrared picture of the planet Uranus, taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.
A new face at the head of ArianeGroup
Martin Sion, formerly president of Safran Electronics & Defense, has been executive chairman of the Airbus and Safran joint venture since April 4, in charge of the Ariane launcher and M51 missile.
5 years ago, Irazu opened the doors of space to Costa Rica
On April 2, 2018, a Dragon cargo ship delivered Costa Rica's first satellite to the International Space Station, deployed a few weeks later in space on a mission dedicated to the environment.
The crew of the Artemis 2 mission to the Moon unveiled
Nasa announced April 3 the composition of the American-Canadian crew that will be launched to the Moon, at the earliest at the end of next year.
Tianlong 2, a new Chinese private launcher
The light launcher market is seeing the emergence of a new competitor, which can be recovered in the future.
[April Fools' Day] Elon Musk doesn't just dream of Mars
The billionaire continues to push the limits of astronautics with his giant Starship. But sometimes, especialy on April 1st, one must be wary of fake news...
First flight of a methane launcher
Every weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On March 23, the American startup Relativity Space flew its Terran 1 launcher, powered by methane gas. The first stage worked perfectly, the second stage did not ignite.
Can we expect a $10 Billion Satellite Giant?
In response to "market rumors," Luxembourg-based telecom operator SES confirmed "discussions regarding a possible combination" with its U.S. competitor Intelsat.
Interview with Christophe Grudler, rapporteur of the European Iris2 constellation
Following the vote of the European Parliament on February 14, allocating an exceptional budget to the Iris2 constellation (Infrastructure for Resilience and Secure Interconnection by Satellite), we interviewed its rapporteur, French MEP Christophe Grudler, member of the Mouvement Démocrate and the Renew Europe group.
Eutelsat's Hotbird 13F satellite greets you from GEO orbit
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On March 24, Airbus shared a series of rare views confirming the deployment of a communications satellite into geostationary orbit.
Reopening of the European Space Agency's historic headquarters
After five years of work, the renovated and expanded premises on rue Mario-Nikis in Paris reopened on March 22.
A Thales Alenia Space terminal to locate distress signals in Vietnam
The Vietnamese Maritime Administration has selected the Meolut Next antenna from the French-Italian manufacturer, capable of locating distress signals from thirty satellites at the same time.
A Rolls-Royce nuclear engine for the Moon
The United Kingdom is supporting research into how nuclear energy could be used to power a future lunar base for astronauts.
Nomade Aventure interview: another space tourism
Much more accessible than a real trip around the Earth, thematic trips to space centers are sometimes proposed to the public. In France, the agency Nomade Aventure proposes a unique offer. Interview with its general manager, Fabrice Del Taglia.
Axiom unveils its lunar suit
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On March 15, the Texas company Axiom presented its project of a new generation suit for NASA astronauts.
Vega C will deploy Iride, the Italian constellation
The European light launcher has just been awarded its fifteenth firm launch contract.
65 years ago, Vanguard 1, the second American artificial satellite
After successfully launching Explorer 1 on February 1, 1958, the Americans placed their second satellite - the first in the Vanguard series - on March 17, 1958, but after many setbacks.
Koichi Wakata, the most successful Japanese astronaut
The Crew 5 mission aboard the International Space Station ended on March 12. It allowed Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to become the longest-serving non-Russian and non-American astronaut in space.
The ISS is becoming more and more international
Thanks to the Axiom company, the International Space Station should receive in the next two years astronauts from countries of the Gulf, Asia Minor, Eastern Europe and Maghreb. A foretaste of private stations?
Delivery of the last solid rocket booster stage for Ariane 5
Every weekend, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. As the Ariane 5 launcher prepares to retire, its last "EAPs" have just been produced in French Guiana.
A university nanosatellite on SpaceX's next shared mission
The Latmos InspireSat 7 cubesat is scheduled for launch on April 3, with three major objectives.
Clap de fin for Megha-Tropiques, the first satellite to study the intertropical atmosphere
After more than a decade of activity, the Megha-Tropiques atmosphere study satellite has just completed its mission, illustrating the fruitful Franco-Indian cooperation that has lasted for nearly sixty years.
Failure of the inaugural flight of the H3, the new Japanese heavy launcher
The TF1 (Test Flight No. 1) flight of Jaxa's new launcher was short-lived, as its upper stage was scheduled to enter the stage.
Nasa's Perseverance astromobile celebrated its second year of "active" on Mars
Each weekend, an image that made the news or caught our attention. To celebrate the second anniversary of the arrival of the American astromobile Perseverance on the Red Planet, Olivier de Goursac, a specialist in planetary exploration missions, has reworked for Air & Cosmos one of his recent panoramas.
Causes of the latest failure of the European launcher Vega C identified
The causes of the Vega C VV22 mission failure are known. The independent commission of inquiry set up after the December 21 accident presented its conclusions on March 3 at ESA headquarters.
A new Emirati in space
On board the Crew Dragon capsule launched on March 2 towards the International Space Station is the Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, who will spend six months around the Earth as part of the Crew 6 mission.