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?
US technology used to worship gigantism. A change in thinking drove down costs - and eventually ushered in the CubeSat revolution
High power satellites provide unpredecented internet access, but are too expensive. Cutting the price requires cooperation between manufacturers
Repairing satellites in orbit sounds like a good idea, but there are economic and legal implications that make it challenging
Satellite changed the news media. Today, it faces tough competition. Yet the technology remains essential during times of disaster