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Rocket Factory Augsburg inaugurates Swedish test site

Luxembourg, 15 October 2020. – One step closer to its maiden flight in 2022: Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) inaugurated a test site in Sweden, the German micro-launcher start-up said. The company wants to conduct the first hot fire engine tests of its RFA ONE vehicle later this year in Esrange …

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Isar Aerospace will launch small sats from French Guiana

Luxembourg, 15 October 2020. – Isar Aerospace goes to Kourou. The company has signed an agreement with the French Space Agency CNES to prepare the launch of its orbital launch vehicles from the Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) in French Guiana, the company said. “This spaceport of CNES is the only …

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Airbus wins ambitious ESA mission to bring first Mars samples back to Earth

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its ambitious five-year mission to go to Mars and bring the first samples from the Red Planet back to Earth, the company announced in Toulouse. Airbus acts as ESA’s prime contractor for the Earth …

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NASA calculates nearly $65 billion impact on U.S. economy in 2019

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – NASA has calculated the economic impact of its activities on the U.S. economy in 2019 at a stunning $64.3 billion, the U.S. space agency said in a recently published report. The first-ever agency-wide economic impact report shows that, through all NASA activities, the agency generated …

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Spaceflight to serve Canon, Kleos and Spire on two launches

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – Rideshare provider Spaceflight will execute three customer missions on two upcoming launches in the next weeks, the Seattle-based company announced today. Spaceflight will execute two launches on two different continents, the company said, one aboard a Rocket Lab Electron and the other on NewSpace India …

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Eight countries signed Artemis accords, NASA’s Bridenstine says

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Seven countries around the world plus the United States have now signed the U.S. space exploration Artemis accords, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. “The Artemis program will be the broadest and most diverse international space exploration coalition in history,” Bridenstine said on Twitter today. “With …

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Virgin Orbit looking to raise up to $200 million of funding

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is looking to raise up to $200 million of funding, valuing the company at around $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. “The fundraising comes as the British billionaire’s sprawling travel-to-finance empire and the wider commercial space industry have been …

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Japanese space debris specialist Astroscale raises $51 million

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Astroscale raised an additional funding of $51 million from a group of investors, bringing the total capital raised to $191 million, the Japanese orbital debris removal company said today. This latest round makes Astroscale the most funded on-orbit services and logistics company globally and most funded space …

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