15 May 2015
During its visit to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi anc Xi Jinping have signed an agreement, called "Space Cooperation Outline 2015-2020".
Although, details are not reported yet, the cooperation includes remote sensing missions, space based meteorology, lunar and deep space exploration, piggy back launching, satellite navigation, education and training.
11 May 2015
Bernie McNamara, an astronomy professor for the past 40 years at the New Mexico State University, has won the first prize in this year's Joan and Arnold Seidel Griffith Observer Science Writing Contest, the oldest and most prestigious writing contest in astronomy. His article, "Tsien Hsue-shen and China's First Satellite: A Collision between Politics and Technology," will be published in the Griffith Observer in August. "Progress in science and technology does not occur in an isolated environment. It is influenced by national and to international political considerations," Bernie McNamara said. "The story of Tsien demonstrates the importance of these factors on the development of the modern Chinese space program."
05 May 2015
China’s micro satellite telemetry market (LEO satellites > 500 kg) could be entering a new phase. With around 100 micro satellites launched in 2014 with prospects of 150 more in 2015, the micro satellite market is supposed to boom and the market could grow from around US$ 100 billion in 2014 to over US$ 240 billion by 2020. Over 90 percent of this share would be commercial.
08 May 2015
For an comprehensive overview on Chinese nano and micro satellites including an outlook to the future, please, compare the cover story "Micro/Nano Satellite Technologies and Applications in China" in the latest Go Taikonauts! newsletter no 15 - just published.
07 May 2015
The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group (IWG), planning standardisation of SBAS systems to come, was hosted from 1-3 April at the European Space Agency technical centre ESTEC at Noordwijk, the Netherlands. All participants unanimously endorsed the ‘message definition’ for a new secondary SBAS channel - to be known as L5, along with the current L1 - for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilise dual-frequency multi-constellation signals.