SpaceTalks 4.0 - 2024

Joshua Faleti

EUSPA Publishes its Second Horizon Europe Call

The European Union Agency for the Space Program (EUSPA) has published its second Horizon Europe call with a total value of €48.1 million. The goal is to stimulate the development of innovative space downstream applications. As a result, the call will bring forth the added-value EU Space Program data and services, namely Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus.

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NASA and South Africa’s Space Agency Partner on LEGS

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have renewed their partnership in lunar exploration with the groundbreaking of a new communications facility that will help the Artemis missions return humans to the Moon. The ceremony came after the signing of a Letter of Intent between NASA and the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to formalize the space exploration partnership.

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Expleo Reaches Milestone for NewSpace Satellite Launches

Expleo, a global engineering, technology, and consulting service company, announced that it has completed the assembly, integration, and test of payloads for two nanosatellite projects. As a result, the payload subsystems are qualified, validated, and ready for integration into their respective satellite systems, marking a significant step towards the realization of the two missions and their anticipated launches in early 2023.

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GomSpace, HEMERIA and CS Group signs MoU

GomSpace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HEMERIA and CS Group to create a partnership framework to demonstrate the potential of joining forces to develop solutions building on the expertise of each party. HEMERIA is a French Small Sat company that designs, builds and supplies cutting-edge space systems, while CS Group designs, develops, deploys, maintains and operates critical systems for Aeronautics, Transports, Space and Defense.

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African Countries Uganda and Zimbabwe Launch First Satellites

Uganda and Zimbabwe have launched their respective first satellites, on November 7 2022, onto the International Space Station for subsequent deployment into orbit at a later date. The satellites, PearlAfricaSat-1 and ZimSat-1, were launched at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Northrop Grumman (NG-18 Cygnus) commercial cargo resupply services to the ISS).

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Lynk to Begin Commercial Services in 2023

Lynk CEO Charles Miller has announced that the mobile network technology company will begin its commercial services in early 2023 after receiving the "first commercial license" from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Miller made the disclosure during a panel session at the ongoing 3-day international forum on Connecting the World from the Skies

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OneWeb to complete constellation and become service ready in 2023

OneWeb CEO Sunil Bharti Mittal has announced that it will become ready for service in the second half of 2023 as it will complete the launch of its constellations by March 2023. Sunil made this announcement at the ongoing Connecting the World from the Skies forum, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Saudi Arabia Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST). 

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Four Italian EO Companies Jointly Establish OSIRIDE

D-Orbit spa, Exprivia spa, Planetek Italia srl, and Serco Italia spa have established OSIRIDE (Operational Solutions for IRIDE) to generate ideas by fostering the emergence of startups and innovative approaches for the development of the Iride satellite constellation. OSIRIDE will also extend benefits to a broad ecosystem of SMEs and startups in all Italian regions, thus ensuring innovation and further boosting the growth of aerospace districts.

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POLARIS tests Spaceplane Demonstrators at Peenemünde Airport

POLARIS conducted a 4-day flight campaign at the Airport of Peenemünde on the Baltic Sea, lasting from Friday, 28th to Monday, 31st of October. While previous demonstrator flight test campaigns took place at the local airport of Rotenburg/Wümme close to Bremen, POLARIS now required significantly larger airspace for high-performance testing.

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