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HyImpulse Launches First Rocket From the Koonibba Test Range

HyImpulse SR75 rocket lifts off from Koonibba Test Range. Credit: Hyimpulse

HyImpulse has successfully launched its SR75 rocket from Southern Launch’s Koonibba Test Range in a milestone achievement for commercial launch capabilities in Australia. The SR75 rocket is one of the largest commercially launched rockets in Australian history. The launch crew will subsequently recover the rocket from the Koonibba Test Range for post-flight analysis.

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Isar Aerospace to Establish New Headquarters in Vaterstetten

Isar Aerospace has announced that it will establish its new company headquarters near Munich in the municipality of Vaterstetten after signing a contract with VGP Group. VGP Group will consequently develop and build the facility for Isar Aerospace in the industrial area of Parsdorf III. The new site will accommodate the production, development, and corporate headquarters of Isar Aerospace.

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Vega-C to Launch ESA and CAS Smile Mission in 2025

Smile mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) has secured the launch of "Smile" on a Vega-C from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, currently expected for late 2025. Smile is a collaboration between ESA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Standing for "Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer", its goal is to enable a better understanding of the interaction between the Sun and Earth. The launch is a major European contribution to the mission.

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SES to Acquire Intelsat to Create a Stronger Multi-Orbit Operator

SES

SES S.A. ("SES") and Intelsat S.A. ("Intelsat") have announced an agreement for SES to acquire Intelsat through the purchase of 100% of the equity of Intelsat Holdings S.a.r.l. for a cash consideration of $3.1 billion (€2.8 billion) and certain contingent value rights. The combination will create a stronger multi-orbit operator with greater coverage, improved resiliency, an expanded suite of solutions, enhanced resources to profitably invest in innovation, and benefit from the collective talent, expertise, and track record of both companies.

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ADEO De-orbit Data Exceeds Expectations for HPS

After around twelve years of development, several zero-G parabolic campaigns and a first test flight with Rocket Lab, HPS has launched the current IOV flight of ADEO with D-Orbit on the Italian space company's ION platform. The current flight data and the orbit and position calculations based on it are now available. They show ADEO has been steering its satellite safely towards Nirvana without a scratch since it deployed the deorbit brake sail.

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Saudi Space Agency and WEF Establish Space C4IR Center

Saudi Space Agency and World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum has signed an agreement with the Saudi Space Agency to establish a Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) focused on space. The Center will consequently contribute to local and global advances in space technologies and sustainability. The Center for Space Futures will tentatively open in Autumn of 2024, with the aim of facilitating public-private discussions on space collaboration, incorporating best practices from the Forum and its communities into the global space sector,

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