Space Tech Expo Europe
Spacety and ThrustMe reported success in initial on-orbit testing of an iodine-fueled cubesat thruster at the Space Tech Expo Europe.
Development of spaceplanes for suborbital tourism, satellite launches and point-to-point terrestrial transportation are benefiting from advanced technology, panelists said at the Space Tech Expo Europe.
Space hardware builders say they fully expect 3D printing to revolutionize manufacturing, but cautioned that the technology is sometimes promoted without a full understanding of its pros and cons.
British aerospace company QinetiQ will use a newly expanded factory to build heat transfer experiment infrastructure for the European Space Agency under a 9 million euro ($10 million) contract, the company announced Nov. 21.
A consortium led by Italian space company D-Orbit plans to operate a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite for infrastructure monitoring.
Feng Yang, Spacety CEO and founder, talked with SpaceNews about his plans for small synthetic aperture radar satellites and the origins of the company at the Space Tech Expo Europe.
The European Space Agency is preparing to allocate a few million euros to ensure Vega doesn’t have any repeats of its July launch failure, an agency official said Nov. 20.
SpaceX’s plan to slash the cost of space transportation is shaking up the small satellite propulsion market.
Glavkosmos, the commercial subsidiary of Roscosmos, unveiled a web portal Nov. 20 for Russian rocket and space products.
At the Space Tech Expo, space agency leaders said artificial intelligence will play key roles in many space programs of the future.
Rather than waiting for international consensus on measures to mitigate the problem of space debris, space agencies and companies should take immediate action, said Jan Woerner, European Space Agency director general.