IAC 2024 - Banner

News

SGAC Announces 8th African Space Generation Workshop

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has announced its 8th annual African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW). The Space Generation Workshop will hold at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja, Nigeria, on the 20th and 21st of November 2024 with the theme: The Future of Africa’s Space Industry: Capacity Building For Sustainable Development. 

Read More »

UN Lunar Day 2024 – Interview with Aarti Holla-Maini

The interview provides a wrap-up of the first day of the UN Sustainable Lunar Activities Conference held in Vienna, featuring an interview with Aarti Holla-Maini, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Holla-Maini, discusses the success and challenges of organizing the event, marking the first public event by the UNOOSA, and emphasizes the importance of promoting open discussions among member states and industry representatives.

Read More »

UN Lunar Day 2024 – Outlook by Torsten Kriening

The first UN Sustainable Lunar Activities Conference 2024 is about to start. Torsten Kriening gives an overview of this fully packed day in Vienna. This conference aims to foster a meaningful discussion on lunar cooperation in view of our collective vision of bringing the benefits of space to all humankind. By better understanding commonalities within the different approaches of key actors, as well as unpacking complexities and challenges, this conference will aim to identify potential avenues for global coordination, as a fundamental requirement for sustainable, future lunar activities.

Read More »

Ariane 6 Upper Part Moves to Launch Pad for First Flight

ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has transferred Ariane 6's upper composite with the payloads that it will launch to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The upper part of the rocket was moved from the encapsulation hall in Europe's Spaceport to the launch pad in the morning, and placed on top of the rocket. The rocket's fairing includes hardware from experiments, deployers, satellites and reentry capsules.

Read More »

Kepler Validates Optical Technology for Data Relay Constellation

Kepler

Kepler Communications has announced the successful validation of optical inter-satellite links (OISLs) between two data relay satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO). During a commissioning and early operations phase, Kepler established optical inter-satellite links between two Pathfinder satellites featuring  Space Development Agency (SDA) compatible Tesat SCOT80 optical terminals.

Read More »

Satellogic Announce Another Round of Layoffs

Satellogic image. Credit Satellogic

Satellogic has announced another round of layoffs with an additional workforce reduction of approximately 70 Full-time Time Equivalents. This comes after the imaging company announced a workforce reduction in May 2024 of 34 employees, which constituted approximately 13% of its employee base. The workforce reduction comes as a part of the Company’s previously announced and ongoing efforts to reduce operating costs and control spending

Read More »

#SpaceWatchGL Venture Space – May 2024

Five years ago, a pace of $270m per month in venture investment in the space industry would have been ground-breaking. In 2024, it’s a down month: the second lowest month of the year in terms of venture investment. Still, if the current flow of venture capital into the space industry continues at the rate of the first five months of the year, $7.6b of venture capital will have flowed into space-tech startups by the end of 2024.

Read More »

Vyoma Contracts Aerospacelab for Second SSA Satellite

Vyoma has selected Aerospacelab for a contract for a microsatellite, flying Vyoma’s second Space Situational Awareness (SSA) optical payload, which will tentatively launch towards the end of 2025. The mission advances Vyoma’s 12-satellite Flamingo constellation which the Company designed for the acquisition and provision of low-latency, high-fidelity space-based SSA data.

Read More »

Vast and The Exploration Company Partner for Cargo Services

Vast and The Exploration Company

Vast and The Exploration Company have signed a cargo services agreement for a 2028 mission to Vast’s second Haven space station. The agreement commences collaboration between Vast and European industry partners to commercialize low-Earth orbit. In this case, The Exploration Company’s modular and reusable orbital space vehicle 'Nyx' is targeting a cargo mission to Vast’s second Haven space station, in 2028.

Read More »

Voyager 1 Returning Science Data From All Four Instruments

Members of the Voyager flight team

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has returned to conducting normal science operations for the first time following a technical issue that arose in November 2023. The team at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) partially resolved the issue in April when they prompted the spacecraft to begin returning engineering data, which includes information about the health and status of the spacecraft

Read More »