Category: Space news

solar sail

Solar sails : all you need to know and news

Solar sails could be an effective solution for cleaning the geostationary orbit – News of May 28, 2019 – Solar sails can be used to maneuver in orbit. We can imagine them to navigate to one or more space debris to capture them. In this situation, the advantage of a solar sail is that its…
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galaxies

Galaxies : all you have to know and news

Giant galaxies put the size of the Milky Way in perspective – News of May 28, 2019 – In comparison to the dwarf galaxies that surround us, the Milky Way and Andromeda may seem immense. Their diameter is indeed spread over hundreds of thousands of light-years. But if you search the whole observable universe, you…
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hayabusa 2

Hayabusa 2 and the asteroid Ryugu : all you need to know and news

Ryugu impact crater is twice as big as expected – News of May 28, 2019 – On April 5, 2019, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 fired a penetrator at the asteroid Ryugu it has been studying since last summer. A simple copper plate was accelerated by an explosive charge before striking the asteroid at more…
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jerome vila arianeworks

Meet Jérôme Vila, ArianeWorks leader

Jérôme Vila leads ArianeWorks, the entity charged by CNES and Arianegroup to imagine and prepare the future European launchers ! Jérôme tells us about his career, the goals of ArianeWorks and projects carried by the initiative. Then he answers your questions and delivers us his Top 10 for space enthusiasts. Ready to take off ?…
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ISRO indian space research organization

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), the Indian space agency | News

ISRO unveils its space program for the 2020s – News of May 21, 2019 – ISRO, the Indian space agency, has achieved feats despite a very limited budget. It succeeded in a lunar mission and a Martian mission. A second mission to the Moon will leave in July 2019. More ambitious than the first lunar…
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Antimatter : all you have to know and news

Italian researchers succeed in interfering with antimatter – News of May 21, 2019 – In 1923, the French physicist Louis de Broglie published a surprising article. He formulates the hypothesis that matter has an associated wave. Over the next few years, this was confirmed when researchers succeeded in interfering with electrons, protons and even whole…
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virgin galactic

All about Virgin Galactic and news

Virgin Galactic to move to Spaceport America – News of May 14, 2019 – Virgin Galactic will soon be offering customers a few minutes in space for the price of a home. The company has demonstrated such an inhabited flight several times in recent months. To move on to market its project, Virgin Galactic will…
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blue origin new shepard

All about Blue Origin’s New Shepard and news

New Shepard is a fully reusable rocket system consisting of a capsule and a booster. The booster returns to land thanks to its rocket engine while the capsule is equipped with a parachute. The vehicle’s capabilities make it possible to place the capsule in a state of microgravity for three minutes, which should seduce not…
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milky way galaxy

All about the Milky Way and news

An atypical star would prove that the Milky Way has swallowed its cosmic neighbors – News of May 14, 2019 – The Milky Way is surrounded by dozens of dwarf galaxies like the Small and the Large Magellanic Cloud. There are clues that our galaxy has swallowed some of its smaller neighbors in its history.…
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commercial crew development

All about NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev) and news

SpaceX mishaps hinder CCDeV program – News of May 14, 2019 – The CCDeV program entrusts private companies with the design of the future American manned spacecrafts. This program was halted a few weeks ago with the explosion during a test phase SpaceX Crew Dragon space capsule. And we just learned that the Crew Dragon…
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triton

Triton, Neptune’s moon : all you need to know and news

Triton’s geysers will be targeted by the Trident mission or other missions – News of May 12, 2019 – Thirty years ago, the Voyager 2 space probe made the unique flyby of Neptune and Triton. The trajectory of the space probe was studied to fly only 40 000 kilometers height above the largest moon in…
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europa clipper

All about the Europa Clipper space probe and news

The Europa Clipper mission will embark 8 scientific instruments to study Europa – News of May 12, 2019 – The Europa Clipper mission will not have a lander, but it will be specially equipped to collect a lot of data from Europa, the icy moon of Jupiter. NASA will have to carefully prepare the scientific…
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All about CubeSats and news

A Japanese CubeSat will impact the Moon in 2020 or 2021 – News of May 12, 2019 – Last year, CubeSats MarCO-A and MarCO-A followed InSight towards Mars. These are the first CubeSats to have made an interplanetary mission. We lost contact with them at the beginning of the year. This first success inspires all…
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Firefly Aerospace

All about Firefly Aerospace and news

Firefly Aerospace tests its rocket engine successfully – News of May 7, 2019 – Firefly Aerospace has just successfully tested a 300-second test of its Lightning 1 engine. This will allow the company to make a first orbital flight at the end of 2019. The company’s launcher, called Firefly Alpha, is expected to be able…
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falcon 9

All about the SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher and news

NASA will use a Falcon 9 booster for three missions – News of May 7, 2019 – Slowly but surely, SpaceX seems to convince NASA with its reuse approach. The US space agency has already used several reused Falcon 9 launchers, but for the first time it could use the same booster for three missions.…
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rocket lab

All about Rocket Lab and news

Rocket Lab completes second mission in 2019 – News of May 7, 2019 – Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket comes to perform its second mission of the year. It put into orbit three satellites for the US Army. If all goes well, the private company could make six more shots in 2019. In addition, Rocket Lab…
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landspace

All about LandSpace (蓝箭) and news

LandSpace unveils methane engine that will allow it to reach orbit – News of May 7, 2019 – LandSpace was not demotivated after the failure of its first orbital attempt last year. On the contrary, the Chinese company has more ambitions. LandSpace is now working on a medium-capacity methane-powered launcher, and it’s moving fast. Photos…
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linkspace

All about LinkSpace and news

LinkSpace continues testing its reusable launcher – News of May 7, 2019 – LinkSpace multiplies the atmospheric flights of its reusable launcher demonstrator in the manner of SpaceX. On April 19, the launcher reached 40 meters of altitude. The young company now wants to reach 1 kilometer in the second half of 2019. These tests…
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PLD Space

All about PLD Space and news

PLD Space passes a new test – News of May 7, 2019 – PLD Space has just passed a parachute descent test for its reusable MIURA 5 launcher. PLD Space partners with RUAG Space – News of November 4, 2018 – PLD Space is one of the European companies wishing to gain a foothold in…
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neutron stars

All about neutron stars and news

LIRGO and VIRGO detect the meeting of a neutron star and a black hole – News of May 7, 2019 – In 2015, the first gravitational wave was observed, nearly a hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence. Gravitational waves are oscillations in the curvature of space-time. They occur when masses are accelerated. These…
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nasa trident space mission

NASA’s Trident space mission : all you need to know and News

Trident space mission to study Triton, Neptune’s Biggest Moon – News of April 30, 2019 – The outer planets of the solar system are still almost unexplored. Uranus and Neptune in particular have been stealthily flown over by the Voyager 2 space probe. A new orbiter could be sent around one of these two worlds.…
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wormholes

Wormholes : all you have to know and news

Wormholes would not be shortcuts, on the contrary – News of April 30, 2019 – In 1915, Albert Einstein presented his theory of general relativity, a revolutionary description of gravitation. A few weeks later, he received two letters from another German physicist Karl Schwarzschild. These letters contained the first exact solution to the equations of…
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NASA InSight

All about the NASA’s InSight lander and news

The InSight’s seismometer records tremors on Mars – News of April 28, 2019 – On April 6, the SEIS seismometer put on the Mars planet by the InSight lander recorded a signal that could be “Marsquakes”. Three other signals recorded at different times could also be Marsquakes, but it is less likely. The 6 April…
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luvoir space telescope

All about the LUVOIR space telescope and news

The LUVOIR space telescope could study exoplanets thanks to a 15-meter mirror – News of April 28, 2019 – The LUVOIR space telescope (Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor) is currently only a project. This is one of the four concepts studied to become one of NASA’s future big telescopes. LUVOIR would work primarily on visible…
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chinese private space companies

All about the Chinese private space sector (Chinese New Space) and news

The Chinese New Space is more and more supervised – News of April 28, 2019 – On Wednesday, April 24, China celebrated its fourth space day. This celebration has become annual throughout the country. This has been an opportunity to announce a new legal framework for Chinese New Space companies, which are more than 100.…
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chang'e

All about the Chinese lunar exploration program (Chang’e) and news

The Chang’e 4 mission rover broke a record – News of April 28, 2019 – Since arriving on the lunar ground at the beginning of January, the Yutu 2 rover of the Chang’e 4 mission has traveled a little less than 180 meters. This is not much because Yutu 2 was often inactive during the…
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ariane 6

All about the Ariane 6 launcher and news

ESA Member States will support Arianegroup if Ariane 6 order book is not completed – News of April 23, 2019 – Recently, Arianegroup was looking for institutional missions to start the production of the first Ariane 6 launchers. Half of these rockets should be used to launch government missions between 2020 and 2025. But the…
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ArianeWorks

All about ArianeWorks and news

ArianeWorks is in charge of imagining the Ariane launchers of the future – News of April 23, 2019 – Europe seems already well engaged on the after Ariane 6. At the end of February, we learned the creation of ArianeWorks, a small structure which should allow to accelerate certain developments, a little like a start-up…
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vega

All about the Vega space rocket and news

The first launch of the Vega-C launcher was shifted in 2020 – News of April 23, 2019 – The first launch of Vega-C, the new version of the Vega launcher, has been shifted to 2020. Originally, it was to take off this year, which would have been a first test of the P120 booster, one…
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titan saturn moon

All about Titan (Saturn’s moon) and news

Lakes on the surface of Titan disappear at the end of winter – News of April 23, 2019 – Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, is one of the largest moons of the solar system because its diameter exceeds the diameter of the planet Mercury. It is also one of the most interesting moons.…
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