Pale Blue is developing a water-fueled Hall-effect thruster for 100 to 500-kilogram satellites. Credit: Pale Blue

Japan funding water-based satellite propulsion upgrade

Pale Blue is developing a water-fueled Hall-effect thruster for 100 to 500-kilogram satellites. Credit: Pale Blue By Jason Rainbow, Publishd by Space News, 7 February 2024 TAMPA, Fla. — Japan has awarded Tokyo-based small satellite thruster developer Pale Blue a grant worth up to $27 million to upgrade its water-based propulsion technology

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North Korea claims to have put spy satellite into orbit. Analysts say that could make its military stronger

A rocket lifts off late Tuesday carrying North Korea's first spy satellite in images released by state-run media. By Brad Lendon, Published by CNN, 22 November 2023 Seoul, South KoreaCNN — North Korea on Wednesday said it had put its first spy satellite into orbit and vowed further launches to defend against

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NASA and Japan to launch world’s 1st wooden satellite as soon as 2024. Why?

Artist's illustration of a wooden square satellite. (Image credit: Kyoto University) By Ben Turner, Published by Space.com, 16 November 2023 The magnolia wood LignoSat is an attempt to make space junk biodegradable. NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are planning to launch the world's first wooden satellite into space

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