A Franco-German startup to service a private orbital station
A symbolic contract was signed on October 9 in Paris between Texas-based Axiom Space and Franco-German start-up The Exploration Company.
SpaceX's seventieth launch this year
On October 5, the launch operator celebrated its seventieth orbital launch of the year (and as many successes), following a record month of September.
Satellite communications operators Eutelsat and OneWeb merge effectively
Last week, the General Meeting of the French operator confirmed the merger with its Indo-American counterpart. A new satellite communications giant is born, operating in both geostationary and low-Earth orbits.
Vega C: no return to flight before the end of 2024
The bad news was made official on October 2 by the Task Force led by the European Space Agency and Avio, the manufacturer of Vega C, which has been grounded since December 2022: Europe's new light launcher won't fly again for another year.
New Space startup Cailabs takes on America
The start-up, founded in 2013 in Brittany to "shape light", is opening an office in Washington.
Two microlancers lost in the space of 48 hours
The past week has been marked by the successive failures of the Electron microlancer (from American/New Zealand company Rocket Lab) and its counterpart Ceres 1 (from Chinese start-up Galactic Energy).
Third Intelsat contract for Ariane 6
Arianespace and one of its major historical customers took advantage of World Satellite Business Week to announce the signature of a new launch contract, using the future European heavy launcher.
French electric propulsion supplier Exotrail wins new U.S. contract
The French nugget has been chosen by California-based Muon Space to equip the next phase of its climate monitoring constellation. This is Exotrail's sixth U.S. contract to date.
Third firing of the Ariane 6 upper stage
The German Space Agency's test center in Baden-Württemberg saw the ULPM grow for the third time, in a ground test lasting over 11 minutes.
India on its way to the Sun
Every weekend, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. On September 2, an Indian PSLV-XL launcher sent the Aditya L1 coronagraph to our star.
40th launch for the Electron microlauncher
The American-New Zealand company Rocket Lab carried out the fortieth launch of its Electron launcher last month (including an orbital flight). Which is now the world's first commercial microlauncher.
Russian lunar mission Luna 25 fails
Russia has failed to return to our natural satellite after an absence of 47 years.
Astronaut Andreas Mogensen returns to the International Space Station
Eight years after a nine-day stay aboard the ISS, the Danish engineer is embarking on a long-term mission. For the occasion, he was the first foreign pilot of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, which carried the Crew 7 crew.
Thales Alenia Space works on solar power generation from space
The European Space Agency has chosen the Franco-Italian industrial company to lead the Solaris feasibility study, with a view to supplying large-scale clean energy from space.
China's Long March, the other record-breaking launcher
While the Western world tends to rave about SpaceX's impressive string of successes, it shouldn't take its eyes off what's been happening in China for some time now...
American-European joint venture for Starlab private station
Voyager Space and Airbus strengthen their partnership on the Starlab commercial orbital station project.
Last flight for the Northrop Grumman's Antares 200 launcher
After thirteen Cygnus launches to the International Space Station, Northrop Grumman's largest launcher will be replaced by the Antares 300, entirely "Made in America".
ISS: first commercial payload for Airbus external platform
On board the Cygnus NG 19 cargo ship (dispatched this morning to the International Space Station) is an instrument to be installed on Bartolomeo, the commercial payload platform provided by Airbus on the ISS.
The lights are green for the Eutelsat Group
The French satellite operator has published its annual results for 2022-2023. Sales from operating activities are higher than forecast.
Eurospace releases its annual report on the state of the European space industry
On July 12, the association representing the European space manufacturing industry presented the 27th edition of its annual report.
Thales Alenia Space awarded contract for ground segment of second-generation Galileo navigation system
The contract, signed with the European Space Agency, was announced on July 20. It is worth €300 million.
A stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launcher returns to port... for the 16th time
Every weekend, a new image makes the news or catches our attention. On July 12, stage B1058 of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launcher returned to port in Port Canaveral, Florida, after its... sixteenth flight.
Ariane 6 alone on its launch pad
At the end of each week, an image makes the news or catches our attention. On June 22, the gantry housing a functional mock-up of Ariane 6 for combined testing in French Guiana was removed for the first time.
Successful testing of the European rocket engine for the future Prometheus on the Themis reusable stage
The end of the 2023 Paris Air Show coincided with the first firing campaign for the Prometheus engine mounted on the Themis reusable stage demonstrator at Vernon.
June 30 and July 1 in Luxembourg: eighth edition of Asteroid Day
The Asteroid Foundation in Luxembourg is celebrating the eighth edition of Asteroid Day, with a program of festivities at the end of the week, focusing on education about asteroids and space, but also the development of space businesses and their relevance to Earth.
Regular updates on Ariane 6
Until the inaugural flight of the future European heavy launcher, press releases will be issued at the end of each progress meeting attended by the program's main stakeholders.
The last Ariane 5 assembled
At the end of each week, a picture that made the news or caught our attention. In French Guiana, preparations continue for the final flight of the European heavy launcher.
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.