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Voyager 1 Returning Science Data From All Four Instruments

Members of the Voyager flight team

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has returned to conducting normal science operations for the first time following a technical issue that arose in November 2023. The team at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) partially resolved the issue in April when they prompted the spacecraft to begin returning engineering data, which includes information about the health and status of the spacecraft

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SSC Awards Three Contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX and ULA

ULA / SSC

The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) has awarded National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 3 Lane 1 contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX, and ULA. The base Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) award includes Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Task Orders to each awardee to conduct an initial capabilities assessment and provide explanations of how they will approach tailored mission assurance.

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Armenia Becomes 43rd SIgnatory to the Artemis Accords

NASA and Armenia

Armenia has become the newest signatory to the Artemis Accords, signing the instrument during a ceremony with the U.S. State Department at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Armenia consequently joins 42 other countries in a commitment to advancing principles for the safe, transparent, and responsible exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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SOMA Package on Space Biology is Now Publicly Available

SOMA

The Space Omics and Medical Atlas (SOMA) package of manuscripts, data, protocols, and code has been publicly released. The package represents the largest-ever compendium of data for aerospace medicine and space biology with more than 100 institutions from over 25 countries working together for a coordinated 2024 release of molecular, cellular, physiological, phenotypic, and spaceflight data. 

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China Partners Egypt and Bahrain Towards Chang’e-7 Mission

China

China has signed a cooperation agreement with the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency, and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics towards its upcoming Chang'e 7 lunar mission. The parties signed a Scientific and Technical Cooperation Contract for the joint development of a Hyperspectral Imager of the Lunar Surface Material on Chang'e-7. The camera will subsequently image and analyze lunar surface materials from orbit, including the moon’s polar regions. 

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Orbex Receives Funding for Green Propulsion Excellence Center

Space rocket manufacturer Orbex, with design and production facilities in Hvidovre, has received an investment of DKK 23.7 million (3.4 million USD) from Innovation Fund Denmark. The Company will consequently leverage the funding to establish a 'Green Propulsion Excellence Center' at the site in the Copenhagen suburb, where Orbex will design, produce and test green propulsion systems for Orbex's Prime rocket, which will send satellites into orbit around the Earth.

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NASA and Boeing Evaluate Starliner Upon Arriving the ISS

Starliner

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams since getting to the International Space Station (ISS) have been testing Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. The testing is part of the data collection on the Starliner system for certification by NASA for regular crewed missions to the orbital complex. Along with teams on the ground, the astronauts are stepping through numerous flight objectives following Starliner's arrival.

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ThrustMe Announces Decarsin as Marketing and Comms Head

ThrustMe

ThrustMe, an in-orbit propulsion system Company, has announced the appointment of Pia Decarsin as the new Head of Marketing and Communications. This strategic hire comes as ThrustMe continues its growth, now boasting a dynamic team of 40.  Pia Decarsin joins ThrustMe with over a decade of experience in strategic communications, content creation, and media relations for international organizations

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USGIF and Black Cape Announce New Recurring Scholarship

USGIF

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and Black Cape have announced a new multi-year scholarship; the Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence. Each summer the scholarship will go to one female student studying geospatial, geography, geospatial technology, or a related field at the undergraduate level with the intent to work for the U.S. Government.

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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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