South African satellite creates business for local industry

The South African manufactured nSight-1 nanosatellite, a product of SCS Aerospace Group, which has been in orbit since May 2017 has generated sales of some of its sub-systems in the international satellite market. It was launched as part of the European Space Agency’s QB50 project which collects research data from the earth’s lower thermosphere. The […]

Chinese space station plunges into the sea

Tiangong-1, China’s first prototype space station, re-entered the earth’s atmosphere over the South Pacific Ocean at 02h16 (CAT) on 2 April 2018 and its remains plunged into the sea somewhere North West of Tahiti. On 21 March 2016 the China Manned Space Engineering Office announced that Tiangong-1 had officially ended its service. The telemetry link […]

Kilonova gravitational-wave captured

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event as two neutron stars merged in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130-million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. On 27 August 2017, the space agency’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful […]

High-performance computing experiment to advance space travel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and NASA have recently launched a supercomputer to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a one-year experiment to test high-performance computing in space conditions. The high-performance commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer system is called the “Spaceborne Computer”. It is unique in that it relies on software hardening, as opposed to […]