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The Exploration Company Appoints Kirasich as VP US Operations

The Exploration Company

The Exploration Company has announced the appointment of Mark Kirasich as its VP of US Operations to further strengthen the company's position in the industry, especially for the NASA certification of its vehicle, and its growth towards lunar missions and human space flight. Mark Kirasich will consequently oversee all aspects of the company's operations in the United States. Furthermore, his extensive background in human spaceflight, flight operations and lunar vehicles will be instrumental in driving the company's growth in the USA.

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Starliner Now Targeting May 21 Launch After Helium Leak

Boeing has announced another postponement of its Starliner mission until at least May 21 as it addresses a small helium leak in the Starliner spacecraft itself. NASA and Boeing had earlier postponed the mission's launch to May 17 following a data review which saw United Launch Alliance (ULA) decide to replace a pressure regulation valve on the Atlas V rocket’s Centaur upper stage.

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Axiom Space and Virgin Galactic to Send Turkish Astronaut to Space

Tuva Atasever and Axiom Space

Axiom Space has partnered with Virgin Galactic to send Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) backup and Turkish Space Agency (TUA) astronaut Tuva Atasever on a suborbital flight on June 8 to conduct microgravity research. As a result, Atasever will become the second Turkish astronaut in his nation’s history after participating in the Galactic 07 flight to expand Turkey's endeavors in space.

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Infinite Orbits Announces Successful Fundraising Round

Infinite Orbits has concluded its first fundraising round, raising €12M in a round which Newfund Capital led. The round also saw participation from the EIC Fund, IRDI Capital Investissement and Space Founders France (a CNES venture arm). The closing of this round demonstrates confidence in Infinite Orbits’ vision and marks an important confirmation of the Company’s roadmap.

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Marble Imaging and Reflex Aerospace to Deploy EO Satellite Network

Marble Imaging

Marble Imaging has announced its partnership with Reflex Aerospace to develop the first of up to 200 advanced satellites, towards revolutionizing the Earth Observation industry. The Satellite fleet aims to address the urgent need for Earth Observation capabilities, strengthening sustainability by supplying real-time insights through very-high-resolution (VHR) imagery, Furthermore, Marble Imaging aims to be the leading European EO company capturing images of the entire planet every day in very-high-resolution (VHR). 

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Avanti Communications launches LEO services in South Africa

Avanti Communications

Avanti Communications has announced the launch of Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity services in South Africa, partnering with Q-KON to deliver seamless LEO connectivity from Eutelsat OneWeb. The new deal aims to improve business operations nationwide in what is a unique and challenging connectivity environment. Furthermore, it significantly bolsters Avanti’s multi-orbit solution and means the company can now offer a combination of LEO and GEO services effective immediately.

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Source Energy Solar Arrays Power Impulse Space’s OTV

Source Energy, a supplier of space solar arrays, has emerged from stealth mode and revealed the orbital success of the primary solar arrays it supplied for commercial partner Impulse Space. The Company aims to provide the industry with an assured supply of solar panels, deployable solar arrays, and space-hardened photovoltaic (PV) modules at a dramatically lower cost, and higher reliability than what is currently available. 

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FAA to Conduct EIS for Starship Launches from KSC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States has disclosed its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of issuing a commercial launch Vehicle Operator License to SpaceX for the Starship-Super Heavy launch vehicle at Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida.

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Serbia Becomes the Latest Country to Join ILRS Program

Belarus

Serbia has become the latest country to join the China-led International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) program. The Serbian Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) in cooperation with the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) earlier this week. The MoU comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Serbia from May 7-8 2024.

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