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Rocket Lab to Get Funding Under CHIPS Act for Semiconductors

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has announced the signing of a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) with the Department of Commerce that would see Rocket Lab receive up to $23.9M in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. The Company also plans to claim the Department of the Treasury’s Investment Tax Credit, which is potentially up to 25% of qualified capital expenditures.

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Deimos-Led Consortium Receive EU Funding for ICARUS

Deimos

A European consortium, led by Spanish mission and system integrator Elecnor Deimos (Deimos), has received €15 million in funding from the European Union to develop an inflatable heat shield to recover rocket stages from space and prepare for Mars missions. Other partners and affiliations include the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA), the French Aerospace Research Center (ONERA), Pangaia Grado Zero, Politecnico di Torino, Atmos Space Cargo, HDES Service & Engineering, and Demcon Advanced Mechatronics. 

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constellr Signs ESA ScaleUP INVEST Contract for Second Satellite

constellr

constellr has signed a contract for commercial acceleration with the European Space Agency’s ScaleUp INVEST program in a significant step for its growth trajectory. The contract marks an important milestone which will see ESA co-finance the launch of constellr's second satellite. Together with ExoLaunch as the Company's launch broker, constellr is preparing to take the next steps towards commercialization.

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iBOSS Unveils iFEX Fuel Transfer Interface Solution

iBOSS

During the State of the Space Industrial Base 2024 Conference (SSIB2024) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, iBOSS unveiled its second space system interface technology, the iFEX (intelligent Fuel EXchanger), an innovative fuel transfer interface solution. The patented iFEX is designed to transfer all types of space propellants and offers unique technical features and operational benefits.

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COSPAR Partners with LASP for COSPAR Center of Excellence

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) has announced its partnership with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, designating the LASP Small/CubeSat group as a "COSPAR Center of Excellence for Capacity Building in CubeSat Technologies". Part of COSPAR’s mission is to promote the exchange of scientific results at international level and encourage meaningful roles for young scientists in space research.

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Yahsat Contracts Airbus for Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites

Yahsat Al Yah 1 satellite in orbit image. Credit Yahsat

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider has announced that it has contracted Airbus Defence and Space, a leading satellite manufacturer, for its new geostationary telecommunications satellites, Al Yah 4 ("AY4") and Al Yah 5 ("AY5"). The new satellites will eventually replace Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2, which launched in 2011 and 2012, respectively, based on a previous version of the Airbus-built Eurostar platform

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Planet Hyperspectral Satellite Tanager-1 is Ready for Launch

Planet

Planets has announced that its first hyperspectral satellite, Tanager-1 is ready for launch. The spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base on June 3rd in preparation for liftoff as early as July on board the Transporter-11 Rideshare mission with SpaceX. Tanager-1 will subsequently be the first of a next-generation hyperspectral fleet which will expand Planet’s imaging capabilities in the spectral domain to complement the existing imaging capabilities in the temporal and spatial domains offered by the PlanetScope, SkySat, and Pelican missions.

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ESA and Vast Sign MoU for Future Vast Space Stations

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Vast have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future Vast space stations during the Berlin International Airshow (ILA), Germany. The agreement outlines the parties’ intention to foster human spaceflight, science, technology and commercialization development and explore collaboration in low Earth orbit destinations other than the International Space Station (ISS).The signed MoU also reflects ESA’s ambition for a smooth and efficient transition from the International Space Station towards sustained exploitation of human and robotic infrastructures in low Earth orbit after 2030, including through commercial services

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Zero Debris Charter Gains More Signatories at ILA Berlin

More than 40 companies, research centers and international organizations have signed the Zero Debris Charter at the Berlin International Airshow (ILA), confirming their dedication to the long-term sustainability of human activities in space. The Zero Debris Charter, which ESA unveiled at the ESA Space Summit in Seville in November 2023, is an initiative aiming for future missions to become debris-neutral in space by 2030.

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Starship Successfully Launches and Makes Controlled Reentry

Starship gliding

SpaceX has successfully launched its Starship rocket on its fourth flight test, clearing all previous milestones with both the Super Heavy booster and the Starship second stage making a soft splashdown. The booster’s flight ended with a landing burn and soft splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico seven minutes and 24 seconds into the flight. Meanwhile, Starship ignited its three-center Raptor engines to execute the first flip maneuver and landing burn for the first time, before soft splashing in the Indian Ocean one hour and six minutes after launch.

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