On November 29, a H-IIA rocket launched from the Japanese Tanegashima spaceport. The main payload was the JDRS-1 (Japanese Data Relay Satellite-1). The new Japanese data relay satellite will be used for both intelligence and civilian purposes.
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak will delay preparations for India’s first crewed spaceflight. According to the most recent schedule the inaugural, unmanned flight of the Gaganyaan capsule will take place at the earliest at the end of 2021.
The second Israeli astronaut will be Eytan Stibbe, a multi-millionaire and former military pilot. In October 2021, he will fly to the International Space Station as part of the SpaceX Axiom Space-1 tourist mission.
The main mission of the Japanese Hayabusa 2 mission ends in December. The spacecraft examined asteroid Ryugu from June 2018 to November 2019. Currently, the spacecraft is on the final stage of its Earth return journey.