Koichi Wakata, JAXA vice president and director general for Human Spaceflight Technology, is shown answering media questions at Karaganda Airport in Kazakhstan in 2014 after he commanded International Space Station Expedition 39. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Kenneth Shields, CASIS operations director, Akos Hegyi, Airbus Defense and Space EDRS Services head, Kris Kimel, Space Tango chairman and co-founder, Andrew Rush, Made in Space president and chief executive, Christian Maender, Axiom Space director of in-space manufacturing and research, and Mike Read, NASA commercial space utilization office manager, discussed ways to develop sustainable demand for low Earth orbit services during the 2018 ISS Research and Development conference in San Francisco. Credit: SpaceNews/Debra Werner
Abe ispace Hakamada
Bigelow module on ISS
ESA unveiled its BepiColombo probe July 6 in The Netherlands. Shown above is the  Mercury Transfer Module (sitting on top of a cone-shaped adapter, and with one folded solar array visible to the right); the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (with the folded solar array seen towards the left, with red protective cover), and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO).
The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter's Sunshield and Interface Structure (MOSIF) that will protect the MMO during the cruise to Mercury is sitting on the floor to the right. Credit: ESA
MHI H3 Configurations
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
Hitomi / ASTRO-H
U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy (center) visited Japan's Tanegashima Space Center during the February 2014 launch of the NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Canadarm 2 and HTV