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.
Ariane 6's first flight postponed by a year
The future European heavy launcher will not take off before the second quarter of 2022. The delay is blamed on the health crisis, which is expected to cost member states an additional 230 million euros.
Electron becomes the second most used American launcher in 2020
The American-New Zealand operator Rocket Lab deployed ten new small Earth imaging satellites last night, making it one of the most active American operators of the year.
Moon: Airbus turns dust into oxygen
Space Europe was thought to be obsessed with Mars and timid about the conquest of the Moon. Each week that passes brings its share of technological innovations for lunar exploration. Fortunately, from elsewhere.
First flight over Venus by the BepiColombo probe
Every weekend, we publish an image that made the news or caught our attention. On October 15, the Euro-Japanese probe on its way to Mercury performed a gravitational assistance manoeuvre in the vicinity of Venus.
Kissing an asteroid
Nasa's Osiris-Rex spaceprobe, launched four years ago, visibly succeeded in the night of October 20-21 in collecting the first American sample on an asteroid.
China approaches its record number of orbital launches
With a thirtieth launch attempt this year, China is since yesterday in the first place of the world space leaders.
Thales Alenia Space’s site in Toulouse generates green energy
Thales Alenia Space chose EDF Group subsidiary EDF ENR to install its French-made solar carports at the Toulouse site.
Earth-imaging and scientific payloads arrive for Arianespace’s Vega mission in November
Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio (at left) is readied for the startup of its checkout process in the Spaceport’s S5 payload preparation facility, which will begin after the external wrapping is removed. In parallel, the French Taranis scientific satellite (at right) undergoes an initial inspection in another of the S5 clean room areas.
The European Space Agency embarks on a planetary defence mission
Europe is preparing alongside the Americans to protect themselves from near-Earth asteroids that would threaten the Earth.
Airbus selected for ESA’s new polar ice and snow topography mission
CRISTAL will measure sea ice thickness and ice sheet elevations. Airbus in Germany will lead the industrial consortium. Contract is worth € 300 million.
Braking action for the Japanese H3 launcher
The Japanese Space Agency in turn announces delays in the development of its future heavy launcher.
THALES ALENIA SPACE TO PROVIDE KEY TECHNOLOGY TO HERA, ESA’S PLANETARY DEFENCE MISSION
HERA aims to find out if we are capable of deflecting an asteroid and prevent it from hitting Earth.
ENGIE and ArianeGroup team up to develop renewable liquid hydrogen
ENGIE and ArianeGroup have just announced the signing of a cooperation agreement in the field of renewable liquid hydrogen to speed up the decarbonisation of heavy-duty and longdistance transportation.
Successful launch for Airbus’ Bartolomeo
Bartolomeo is now on its journey to the International Space Station (ISS)
First commercial life-extension service in orbit
On February 25, Northrop Grumman's MEV-1 tug achieved a historic milestone, docking the old Intelsat 901 satellite beyond the geostationary orbit.
Space defense: France joins Combined Space Operations
France decides to join the Allied Combined Space Operations initiative. The objective of this initiative is to coordinate the efforts of the seven participating nations in the area of space defense.
The White House further bolsters space activities
The Trump administration’s new budget proposal, presented nine months before the next U.S. presidential election, further bolsters — both civilian and military — space activities.
OneWeb: Second batch of satellites in orbit
The deployment of the British megaconstellation, whose mission is to provide global Internet, will accelerate after this first grouped launch of 34 satellites.
Raytheon-UTC merger interests BAE Systems
BAE Systems intends to buy Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System business for $1.9 billion and Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios division for $275 million, to be sold for antitrust clearances.
Thierry Breton addresses the European space community
The European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services concluded the 12th Conference on European Space Policy. A much awaited speech.
Europe invests €200 million for Ariane 6 and space SMEs
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group provide €200 million for the Ariane 6 program and SMEs in the space sector.
The European space gathered in Brussels
The annual conference on European space policy started this morning in the capital of the European Union, at the time of Brexit, a new Commission and the negotiation of the next Community budget.
The SLS lunar launcher at Stennis test center
A full-scale testing of the first stage of the mega-launcher will be the last big step before the first flight to the moon.
Maxar sells its Canadian subsidiary MDA
On December 30, Maxar announced the sale its Canadian commercial unit MDA to Northern Private Capital, a private investment company based in Toronto.
Space19+ Conference: an unexpected budget
The long-awaited ministerial meeting of the European Space Agency, which took place on November 27 and 28, ended with a historic budget agreement.
Ariane: 250 launches in 40 years
The last Ariane 5 mission of the year took place on November 26. The Ariane program reaches the milestone of 250 attempts to launch in almost 40 years.