Category: Space news

smallsats

All about SmallSats and news

Chinese companies will drastically lower SmallSats launch prices – News of March 20, 2018 – The SmallSats market is exploding. More and more new businesses are being created to take advantage of this opportunity. Some are already operational like Rocket Lab and its space rocket Electron. But many other companies are only at the design…
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magnetic shield for spacecraft

All about the magnetic shield for spacecraft and news

NASA presents a concept of a magnetic shield for spacecraft – News of March 13, 2018 – When we interest in interplanetary travel, we immediately thinks of the problem of acceleration. How can a spacecraft go fast enough to free itself from Earth’s gravity and travel to another planet in a relatively short time ?…
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ionic engine

All about electric propulsion in space and news

ESA develops an electric thruster powered by gas – News of March 6, 2018 – ESA announced yesterday on its website to have tested a new type of thrusters concept very interesting. Satellites placed in very low orbits, around 200 km above sea level, have to cope with the residual friction of the Earth’s atmosphere.…
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trappist-1

All about the TRAPPIST-1 system and news

Exoplanets from the TRAPPIST-1 system could have a lot of water – News of February 14, 2018 – In 2015, we discovered the star TRAPPIST-1 and its 7 exoplanets, located just 39 light-years away from Earth. The dwarf star quickly aroused the interest of researchers of extraterrestrial life. Indeed, these 7 planets all have a…
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dream chaser

All about the Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser space shuttle and news

Dream Chaser space shuttle will transport cargo to the ISS – News of February 14, 2018 – SpaceX and Boeing should be able to offer manned flights to the ISS this year. For Sierra Nevada, the projects are also advancing because the company has just received official authorization to carry out its first cargo mission…
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google lunar xprize

All about Google Lunar XPrize and news

The Google Lunar XPrize will end without a winner – News of February 6, 2018 – At the end of January, we learned that the Google Lunar XPrize would arrive at its deadline without winner. The Google Lunar XPrize is a competition that was launched in 2007 to boost the private space sector. It proposed…
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earth twins

All about Earth twins and news

New telescopes search Earth twins – News of January 30, 2018 – ExTRA is a new set of three telescopes that will focus on the detection of Earth twins orbiting around red dwarfs. It is installed at the La Silla Observatory, located in northern Chile. It has just started its observations. The three telescopes that…
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interstellar travel

All about interstellar travel and news

NASA studies an interstellar travel to Alpha Centauri – News of January 16, 2018 – Almost every year, new space probes point to different planets and celestial bodies to tell us more about what is happening beyond the Earth. Unfortunately, there is little chance that we will be able to witness an interstellar travel during…
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callisto launcher

All about the Callisto reusable launcher demonstrator and news

Europe continues to study the reuse of space rockets with the Callisto demonstrator – News of January 9, 2018 – Prometheus is a new engine in development. It could be a turning point for reusable space rockets of ArianeGroup. But Prometheus is not the only project in Europe to prepare for reuse. CNES and its…
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voyager space probe

All about Voyager space probes and news

Voyager 1 thrusters reignited after 37 years of inactivity – News of December 5, 2017 – The Voyager 1 space probe is the farthest object a man has created. The space probe used its thrusters to orient its antenna towards the Earth. These thrusters had not been used for 37 years ! This is another…
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novawurks

All about the company NovaWurks and news

ISS astronauts test HISat modules from NovaWurks – News of November 7, 2017 – The design of a satellite faces significant constraints. It must be compact enough to fit under the rocket fairing, and possibly to share with another satellite. That is why the instruments of a satellite or a space probe are assembled within…
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project blue

All about the Project Blue mission and news

The Project Blue telescope wants to make photos of exoplanets – News of October 31, 2017 – Over the last twenty years, most exoplanets have been detected using indirect detection methods. But we are still unable to study them. It is therefore impossible to know their atmospheric composition or their water content, although we can…
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mars base camp

All about the space station Mars Base Camp and news

Lockheed Martin and NASA reveal the Mars Base Camp concept, a martian space station – News of October 10, 2017 – Lockheed Martin introduced at the end of last month an orbital base concept for Mars, called Mars Base Camp. The concept of assembling a base in orbit as a starting point for ground expeditions…
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australian space agency asa

Australia’s Space Program, Australian Space Agency (ASA) and news

Australian government announces creation of national space agency – News of October 3, 2017 – Australia is a country that benefits from a strong economy, a growing population and therefore more and more financial means. It is therefore logical that the Australian government announced at the Adelaide Congress that the country was ready to create…
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mercury

All about the planet Mercury and news

Mercury would house more water than expected – News of September 26, 2017 – When we think of Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, we imagine a dry and desolate hell. The surprise was great when, in 2012, the Messenger space probe detected ice water at the pole of Mercury. It is currently estimated…
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cassini huygens

All about the Cassini-Huygens space mission and news

Goodbye Cassini ! – News of September 19, 2017 – After 14 years of studying the Saturnian system, the Cassini space probe has just completed a vertiginous dive into the atmosphere of the gas giant. Cassini has achieved one of the most ambitious and successful missions in the history of space exploration. The Cassini-Huygens mission…
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sun

All about solar flares and news

 ISS astronauts protect themselves from solar flares – News of September 12, 2017 – On September 6th, a team of British researchers detected the biggest solar flare in 12 years. Other high-power solar flares have followed in recent days. A solar flare consists of increased activity of a part of the sun that can…
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Restore-L

All about the Restore-L project and news

The Restore-L project wants to refuel satellites in full flight – News of August 29, 2017 – The accumulation of satellites and space debris makes some orbits very dangerous. Many space agencies are working on solutions and many companies are now desorbiting their satellites when they reach the end of their life. But thanks to…
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cuve mission

All about the mission CUVE to Venus and news

The CUVE mission will explore the atmosphere of Venus with a CubeSat – News of August 22, 2017 – Although Venus is close to the Earth geographically and in terms of its characteristics, Venus is not at all as popular as Mars, no doubt because of its monstrous atmosphere. NASA has just selected the CUVE…
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laser seti

All about Laser SETI and news

Laser SETI will try to detect lasers from space – News of August 8, 2017 – Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a set of American research programs that has been trying to detect signs of extraterrestrial life since the 1960s. SETI uses radio telescopes primarily to observe stars in search of a signal of…
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lisa pathfinder

All about the LISA and LISA Pathfinder missions and news

LISA Pathfinder validates LISA mission technologies – News of July 25, 2017 – Gravitational waves are predictions derived from general relativity. They appear under certain circumstances when very massive objects move at high speed. For astrophysicists, the confirmation of the existence of these gravitational waves has opened a new field of observation : it is…
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quantum teleportation

All about quantum teleportation and news

Quantum teleportation and space, the future of quantum computing ? – News of July 18, 2017 – Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in which two particles have states dependent on each other, regardless of their geographic distance. The reactions between two entangled particles seem to be instantaneous. If for example two photons are entangled and…
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