Space & Aeronautics

Space
Japan astronaut Akihiko Hoshide to become ISS commander next spring
Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will head to the International Space Station next spring aboard a spacecraft developed by U.S. aerospace manufacturer Space X and become the second Japanese national to serve as a commander of the ISS, the nation’s space agency said Tuesday.
Company developing laser satellite to clear away space junk
A laser beam in outer space that sends orbiting debris to a fiery end in the Earth's atmosphere may soon be a reality. SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. said it is developing a satellite that can shoot down space junk ranging from old, abandoned satellites to rocket parts still orbiting the Earth.