Japan and India are preparing for a resumption of launch activities in a year heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While launch providers are doing a better job at disposing of upper stages left behind in orbit, rocket bodies still constitute the most dangerous pieces of orbital debris.
The head of Russia’s space agency said that the lunar Gateway, part of NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, is too “U.S.-centric” for it to participate in, even though the Gateway leverages the existing International Space Station partnership.
The International Astronautical Federation is ready for one of its biggest conferences ever this week, even as organizers deal with political and geopolitical issues about the event.
At a news conference on the opening day of the International Astronautical Conference in Bremen, Germany, Landspace said it will launch the Zhuque-1 three-stage solid-propellant rocket near the end of October, with the exact date to be decided.
With its economic ties to Japan and China, in addition to its bond with the British Commonwealth and the citizens of the United States, Australia is ready to co-write the next chapter of the New Space Age.
Incoming International Astronautical Federation (IAF) President Jean-Yves Le Gall on Oct. 14 said his term of office will be dedicated to broadening IAF’s geographic reach, bringing more young people and women into its ranks and diversifying its financial base beyond the annual conference.
The decision by the international Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) to cancel its biennial Scientific Assembly in July — just 12 days before it was to start in Istanbul — is a cautionary tale for any conference organizer with a strong international mandate.
SpaceNews Paris Bureau Chief Peter B. de Selding and Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust are covering the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2014) in Toronto, this week.
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