Satellite technology has been featured in pop culture for decades. And when anxiety over spying was replaced by a belief in unlimited technological progress unrealistic expectations of what satellite can and cannot do quickly arose
The ARTES programme is ESA’s way of ensuring a thriving satcoms sector. Here is how it works in practice: from PPPs to financing innovation
The small spacecraft industry is in an exciting growth period. But troubles lurk beneath the surface – from the risk of an economic bubble to the lack of launch rockets.
NASA’s mission to asteroids Vesta and Ceres was made possible by the ion engine. A space collision further proved the capability of ion propulsion
In 2011, taikonaut Wang Yaping spoke to 60 million primary and middle school students and teachers from orbit. It inspired them and her
The Vega project created unprecedented cooperation between the USSR and the world. Yet the fall of the USSR seriously stymied progress, negatively impacting everything from research of Mars to Baikonur launches
Nano/Micro-Satellites are revolutionising how private organisations and individuals exploit space. But they also require better regulation
In spite of early financial setbacks, multi-satellite systems are now the future. How will this impact services and growth?
There is now wide-spread professional agreement that space weather is a hazard to satellites. In the UK, the public need some convincing
The state of relations between the West and Russia is currently abysmal. In light of that, the Russian government wishes to apply the lessons of the Cold War to avoid an arms race between major powers in space - via a new resolution to the UN