SPACE

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

Japan launches satellite for advanced GPS operation

Published 19/08/2017

Japan on Saturday launched an H-2A rocket carrying a geo-positioning satellite into orbit after a week-long delay, the government said. [more…]

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch

Japan GPS satellite launch postponed due to glitch

Published 12/08/2017

Japan on Saturday postponed the planned launch of an H-2A rocket tasked to put a geo-positioning satellite into orbit due to possible helium gas leakage, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) said. [more…]

Chinese quantum satellite sends `unbreakable` code

Chinese quantum satellite sends `unbreakable` code

Published 10/08/2017

China has sent an "unbreakable" code from a satellite to the Earth, marking the first time space-to-ground quantum key distribution technology has been realized, state media said on Thursday. [more…]

Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

Rocket Lab says fixes test flight glitch which terminated first launch

Published 08/08/2017

Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, said a contractor's error was to blame for its maiden flight failing to reach orbit in May, but that the problem had been fixed ahead of another planned launch in the next two months. [more…]

Successful launch for two Israeli-made observation satellites

Successful launch for two Israeli-made observation satellites

Published 02/08/2017

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [ISRAI.UL] said on Wednesday that two of its observation satellites were successfully launched into space. [more…]

Three-man crew reaches space station as U.S. boosts research

Three-man crew reaches space station as U.S. boosts research

Published 29/07/2017

The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft carrying the crew of Paolo Nespoli of Italy, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Russia and Randy Bresnik of the U.S. blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan July 28, 2017.

A new crew arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, giving NASA for the first time four astronauts to boost U.S. research projects aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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Neil Armstrong`s moon bag to fetch up to $4 million at auction

Neil Armstrong`s moon bag to fetch up to $4 million at auction

Published 13/07/2017

The Apollo 11 Contingency Lunar Sample Return Bag used by astronaut Neil Armstrong is displayed for Sotheby's Space Exploration auction in New York City, U.S., July 13, 2017.

The long-lost bag used by U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong to bring back to Earth the first samples of moon dust is expected to sell for up to $4 million when it is auctioned with other space memorabilia next week in New York City.

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NASA probe grazes Jupiter`s clouds in brush with Great Red Spot

NASA probe grazes Jupiter`s clouds in brush with Great Red Spot

Published 12/07/2017

NASA's Juno spacecraft in orbit above Jupiter's Great Red Spot is seen in this undated handout illustration obtained by Reuters July 11, 2017. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Handout via REUTERS

A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Jupiter began transmitting data and images on Tuesday from humanity's closest brush with the Great Red Spot, a flyby of the colossal, crimson storm that has fascinated Earthbound observers for hundreds of years.

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Small satellites driving space industry growth: report

Small satellites driving space industry growth: report

Published 11/07/2017

A photo taken by Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (ESA) aboard the International Space Station shows Italy, the Alps, and the Mediterranean on January, 25, 2016.

Small satellites used for observing conditions on the earth are the fastest growing segment of the $260.5 billion global satellite industry, the Satellite Industries Association said in an annual report released on Tuesday.

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China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing

China tests self-sustaining space station in Beijing

Published 09/07/2017

A volunteer checks on plants inside a simulated space cabin in which he temporarily lives with others as a part of the scientistic Lunar Palace 365 Project, at Beihang University in Beijing, China July 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Sealed behind the steel doors of two bunkers in a Beijing suburb, university students are trying to find out how it feels to live in a space station on another planet, recycling everything from plant cuttings to urine.

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