German Rocket Startup to Launch Monthly from UK’s Northernmost Spaceport

Long Read

A German rocket startup is gearing up for the summer when it will attempt the first-ever satellite launch into orbit from the UK. Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) is one of several firms with eyes on the night sky that plan to use the recently opened SaxaVord spaceport on...

We could soon be getting energy from solar power harvested in space

Deep Dive

The idea of space-based solar power (SBSP) – using satellites to collect energy from the sun and “beam” it to collection points on Earth – has been around since at least the late 1960s. Despite its huge potential, the concept has not gained sufficient traction due to cost...

Revitalizing the Old-Fashioned Spy Balloons with Modern Technology as Eyes in the Sky

Deep Dive

The US military has now shot down four high-altitude objects that had entered American and Canadian airspace, raising questions about their purpose and origin. The first of these objects, a Chinese balloon, was downed by a fighter jet on 4 February. While China says it was for weather...