Africa has entered the space race, with Ghana’s first satellite now orbiting earth

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Breaking down France’s new $76M Africa startup fund Af

Meet the adorable robot camera Japan’s space agency sent to the ISS

Science can be cute as hell when it wants to be – take the JEM Internal Ball Camera (“Int-Ball” for short). The device, created by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), was deli

Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

This week the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a new space observatory designed to study black holes, dying stars and the history of galaxy clusters. The X-ray Astronom

New GPS System Boosts Accuracy To 3cm

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/gps.jpg" /> Existing GPS systems usually achieve an accuracy of about 10m, but that will change soon, according to a recent report in Ja

Ikaros: Photos of solar-powered "Space Yacht" in outer space

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ikaros-620x430.jpg" /> We first blogged about <a href="http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2010/06/20100616_ikaros_e.html">Ikaros</a>, a solar powe

Japan to operate solar energy station in outer space

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Space-Solar-Power-System.jpg" /> The <a href="http://www.jaxa.jp/index_e.html">Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency</a> (JAXA) has big pla

Students develop satellites, which will launch next month

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/satellite_japan.jpg" /> In cooperation with private businesses, Japanese students from various universities have developed a total of fou