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Satellite Launch Business

Leaf Space partners with Agnikul to support the Agnibaan portable launch vehicle

Leaf Space announced a partnership with Agnikul, a company building an affordable, nimble launch vehicle that is capable of launching small satellites on demand. Under the MoU, the company will support Agnikul in the provision of ground-segment services for their highly-portable Agnibaan launch vehicle through their ground-station network infrastructure. Leaf …

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Ariane 5 ready for Arianespace’s July 28 launch

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2020 is now complete, following integration of its three modules at the Spaceport in French Guiana. During activity in Ariane 5’s Final Assembly Building, the upper payload component – containing Galaxy 30 (G-30) and the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) in a …

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NASA announces James Webb Space Telescope target launch date

NASA now is targeting Oct. 31, 2021, for the launch of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope from French Guiana, due to impacts from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as technical challenges. This decision is based on a recently completed schedule risk assessment of the remaining integration and test …

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Russia to refit Vostochny spaceport for crewed launches

Russia will start work in early 2021 to design ground infrastructure for launching cosmonauts from the Vostochny spaceport, Deputy CEO of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos for Capital Construction Yuri Roslyak told TASS on 15 July 2020. “From January 2021, the work on its design will just begin,” the deputy …

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Southern Launch prepares for spaceflight in South Australia

The development of small-satellite technologies (SmallSats) has ushered in an era of dynamic and responsive space systems. Hundreds, and soon thousands, of these small platforms will be launched into Low Earth Orbits (LEO) every year. LEO are ideal for Earth-Observation missions and other near-earth activities, including internet with global coverage. …

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Equatorial Space joins SSTL Accelerator Program

Singapore’s answer to the global small launch vehicle movement, Equatorial Space Systems, joins Singapore Space & Technology Ltd (SSTL)’s Space-based Accelerator Program. The is set to provide regional space and deep tech startups with insights, skill sets and resources to become commercially viable, and leverages SSTL’s deep space industry network to …

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Space Traffic Management and the urgency to respond to the problem together

We are proud of our heritage to go the Moon and to send satellites into Earth orbit. Humanity is depending on space objects, for Navigation with Global Navigation Satellite Systems like GPS, Glonass, Galileo or Beidou, weather satellites and Earth observation satellites. Space became a critical infrastructure for our daily …

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Space Hospitality startup Orbite to develop Spaceflight Gateway Complex for future explorers

Orbite, formed by entrepreneurs Jason Andrews and Nicolas Gaume, announced plans to develop the first “Spaceflight Gateway and Astronaut Training Complex” for commercial astronaut training. Orbite provides state-of-the-art astronaut preparation across all types of vehicles as well as luxury accommodations, dining, and recreation for future commercial astronauts, their friends & …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: A Smarter SDG 18

by Nick Barracca 2020 is a pivotal year for sustainable development and the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Decade of Action. This month, UN representatives hope to accelerate the SDG’s stunted progress during a high-level political forum, which is desperately needed so the world builds back better from …

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Gilmour Space completes successful hybrid rocket engine test

Australian rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies achieved a hybrid rocket engine test firing with a 110-second mission duration burn of its upper stage engine. The test is a significant milestone for Gilmour Space, which is pioneering single-port hybrid propulsion rocket engines that promise to be significantly cheaper, greener and safer to …

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