Issue of the Vega VV15 accident investigation report
The inquiry commission mandated after the accident of the light launcher of Arianespace occurred on July 11 presented its conclusions. The flight resumption of Vega is expected for the first quarter of 2020.
Third Iranian space failure of the year
An explosion occurred during the preparation of the orbital launch of the Iranian Space Agency. U.S. satellites sighted a column of smoke.
MAKS 2019: commercial imagery service on the Cloud
Terratekh offers a high resolution RGB and infrared commercial imagery service on its Cloud.
MAKS 2019: an unprecedented Russian space tug
Arsenal, the military entity of the conglomerate Roscosmos, introduced an unprecedented space tug on its pavilion at the MAKS 2019 Air Show.
Starhopper’s jump reaches 150 m high
The successful test of the demonstrator of SpaceX’s future giant launcher looks like a déjà vu…
Soyuz MS-14 docked safely
After the resettlement of the Soyuz MS-13, the ship occupied by the humanoid robot Fedor could dock at the International Space Station on August 27.
The German Aerospace Center DLR partners with Drone Rescue Systems to carry out the FALCon project
Drone Rescue Systems joins DLR’s FALCon project team to enable the return of rocket stages after launch.
A satellite sights Chinese military vehicles
Maxar Technologies collected imagery of the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, thanks to the satellite WorldView-1.
First rollout of Ariane 6 mobile gantry
The construction site of the future launch pad for the European heavy launch vehicle witnessed a first simulation of a launch operation.
Grid fins on the Chinese rocket Long March 2C
A return control system was set on the first stage of the launcher that allowed a new Chinese military mission, on July 26.
France fleshes out its military space strategy
The French Minister of the Armies detailed the space defense national strategy and the associated means.
Success for a first orbital launch from a Chinese “private” operator
The micro-launcher Hyperbola 1 of the Chinese startup company i-Space, founded in 2016, performed a successful maiden flight on July 25.
Ending of the qualification tests of Ariane 6’s engine Vulcain 2.1
ArianeGroup’s engine Vulcain 2.1 finished tests run, cumulating almost 4 hours of static firing.
With space probe Chandrayaan 2, India (too) aims at the Moon
A second Indian Space Agency’s probe was successfully sent to the Moon on July 22. The lander carried by the probe must perform a soft landing and then deploy a little rover.
Aerospace projects by young people in the Pyrenees’ sky
The 5th consecutive year, Ger’s military camp is hosting this week the young rocket, balloon and cansats manufacturers’ meeting organized by the CNES and the Planète Sciences association.
Europe deprived of the Galileo signal
During 4 days, the 24 satellites of the European navigation system stayed silent without any precise explanation.
First fail in flight of the European launcher Vega
During the night of 10 to 11 July, Arianespace’s small-lift launcher suffered an anomaly after two minutes of flight, resulting in the failing of the mission.
Contract award for CO3D Earth Observation satellites
Finalist against Thales Alenia Space, Airbus Defence and Space was awarded the contract for the development of the new French optical reconnaissance program for a dual utilisation.
LATAM nears a total solar eclipse
On July 2nd, a Boeing 787-9 of LATAM Airlines brought a group of 50 privileged to get to see a total solar eclipse over the Pacific Ocean.
Indonesia chooses Thales Alenia Space to provide Satria satellite
The Franco-Italian manufacturer was chosen to design and assemble a powerful telecommunication satellite for the Indonesian consortium PSN. The launch is scheduled for the end of 2022.
France and Japan keep running the solar system exploration together
On the occasion of the State visit to Japan by Emmanuel Macron, two agreements on the exploration of Phobos and the asteroid Ryugu were settled on June 26th between the CNES and the Japan Space Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The Falcon Heavy successfully completed an ambitious mission
Intended to confirm its military use, the 3rd flight of the heaviest launcher of the world had to face many unprecedented issues. Each one was easily overcome.
Ariane 6 series production begins
ArianeGroup is starting to build the first series-production batch of 14 Ariane 6 launchers, which are scheduled to fly between 2021 and 2023.
Arianespace to launch StriX-α satellite for Japanese startup
Synspective and Arianespace have signed a contract to launch the StriX-α Synthetic Aperture Radar demonstrator satellite.
Israeli lunar probe crashes
Israel is not (yet) the fourth nation to achieve a controlled landing on the Moon, but plans are already being made for a follow-on mission.
Stratolaunch makes first flight
Stratolaunch Systems Corporation successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch, on 13th April.
ESA supports reusable launcher tests
Drop test demonstrates technologies for reusable launcher.
Safran Reosc develops mini-camera for nanosatellite
The company is developing an innovative miniature camera for Norway's future NORSAT-4 nanosatellite.
Airbus to supply satellite imagery for digital agriculture
Under an agreement with The Climate Corporation, images will be used by farmers to monitor crop health and performance.
Arianespace launches O3b sats on Soyuz
The launch marks completion of the initial O3b satellite constellation.
Airbus exoplanet satellite set for launch
Airbus Defence and Space has completed construction of the Cheops satellite, which is set for launch from Kourou later this year.
First flight for India's PSLV-QL
A new variant of the PSLV featuring four strap-on motors made a successful first flight on 1st April, launching a total of 29 satellites.
India tests anti-satellite weapon
On 27th March, India became the fourth nation in the world possessing the capability to destroy a satellite in orbit.
France, China to cooperate on Moon mission
France and China are stepping up their space cooperation to include French participation in the Chang’e 6 mission to return samples from the Moon in 2023-2024.
3D printing enters series production at Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space reports that it is taking 3D printing/additive manufacturing into series production to make components for telecom satellites built on the Spacebus Neo platform.
Thales Alenia Space announces ISS airlock milestone
Thales Alenia Space (TAS) reports that the shell for the Bishop airlock module for the ISS is ready for shipment to the NanoRacks integration facility in Texas.
ESA green light for air-breathing rocket engine
The European Space Agency, together with the UK Space Agency, has reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE).
China launches 300th Long March
The Chinese launcher family, the first of which entered service in April 1970, has performed its 300th mission, following the successful launch of a new geostationary telecommunications satellite.
Safran Reosc wins ELT contract
Safran Reosc has signed a contract with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to design and produce the M5 mirror for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
Thales, Aireon to expand collaboration
The two companies aim to improve aviation efficiency using the space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) service.
France, India sign maritime surveillance agreement
French space agency CNES has signed an agreement with India's ISRO to establish a maritime surveillance centre in India.
Go-ahead for Europe/China space mission
The European Space Agency has given the green light for a mission to explore the Sun-Earth connection in collaboration with China.
First Spacebus Neo platform from Thales Alenia Space takes shape
Thales Alenia Space reports that the platform and payload of Eutelsat’s all-electric Konnect communications satellite have been successfully mated.
Arianespace launches first batch of OneWeb satellites
In Arianespace’s second launch of the year, a Soyuz launcher carried six OneWeb satellites into a circular low Earth orbit at 1,000km.
DLR inaugurates new Ariane 6 test stand
The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) has inaugurated the P5.2 test stand at its Lampoldshausen site that will be used to test the cryogenic upper stage of Ariane 6 under sea-level conditions.
Airbus opens new satellite facility
Airbus has opened what it claims is Europe’s most advanced satellite integration and space technology centre at its Friedrichshafen site.